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Connie McCarthy
Sick Day Books For Early Readers Help Make Connections

Feb 05, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Reading, Connie McCarthy

So your young elementary student is down with the flu, or a really bad cold. SchoolFamily.com has an excellent article, Make School Sick Days Less Stressful, that offers wise advice in dealing with childhood sick days. I thou... Read more
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A Midyear Checklist for 2nd Graders

Jan 29, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards, 2nd Grade

This informal 12-point checklist will help you determine if your 2nd grader is on schedule academically at the halfway mark of the school year. Common Core skills are fashioned to be taught sequentially, building on skills fr... Read more
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A Midyear Checklist for 1st Graders

Jan 22, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards, 1st Grade

Below is an informal 12-point checklist for your 1st grade child at the midyear mark. Use this to measure six important math and six important English/Language Arts skills that are crucial to 1st grade progress. As a 1st grad... Read more
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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