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Connie McCarthy
A Midyear Checklist for Kindergartners

Jan 15, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards

Most schools have recently passed or are fast approaching the halfway mark in the 2012-13 school year. At this point, it’s important for parents to know if their kindergarten child is also halfway through the required a... Read more
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Balancing Creativity and Academics

Jan 08, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Creativity, Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards

I believe in the Common Core State Standards. Schools need a framework to help their students achieve college and career ready goals. This framework should be clear, rigorous, and equitable for each grade level. This is espec... Read more
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Fun Crafts Projects To Match Favorite Early Elementary Books

Dec 31, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Reading, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Looking for some creative educational activities to occupy young children on stormy days? To have some genuine parent/child fun together, simply look to books. The following are favorites of kindergarten and 1st grade student... Read more
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The Gift of Family History

Dec 26, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Social and Emotional Development, Connie McCarthy

In early education, our schools focus primarily on reading, writing, and math. While these are obviously important tangible skills, there are other aspects to educating young children that are much more subtle. How do we teac... Read more
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Reassuring Students After the Unthinkable Happens

Dec 18, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Grief, Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

I had another post all ready to go for this week…then the unthinkable happened in Newtown, Conn. This is such a horrific tragedy, especially for the families of the victims. It is also a pivotal event for American teac... Read more
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A Simple but Meaningful Holiday Gift for Your Child

Dec 04, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Connie McCarthy

As we are all aware, parents today are stretched in many different directions. Obligations at work, demands of home and family, and the stress of the holiday season can be difficult. Combined with text messages, tweets, email... Read more
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A Mystery Game To Improve Mental Math Skills

Nov 27, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Math, Kindergarten, Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

Understanding basic addition and subtraction facts provides a tremendous advantage to kindergarten and 1st grade students. The more a young child can quickly and accurately make addition and subtraction combinations mentally... Read more
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Boost Your Kindergartner's Reading Skills, Using Common Core Standards

Nov 19, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards

Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are clear and defined templates of skills that students should be learning at each grade level.  They have been written for K-12 students in both English/Language Arts and Mathematics.... Read more
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Practice Writing Skills With Thanksgiving Notes

Nov 13, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Writing, Connie McCarthy

  Young students should be able to write, or at least copy, short notes. What better opportunity to hone their writing skills than sending thank-you notes in the days prior to Thanksgiving?   Brighten someone’... Read more
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A Fun Game To Learn Addition and Subtraction

Nov 05, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

Understanding addition and subtraction within the number 20 is a First Grade Common Core goal. Here is an easy and fun way to help your child practice these skills to increase math fluency.   Start with addition, until ... Read more