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Connie McCarthy
New Words To Add to Your Child’s Word Bank

Apr 02, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Spelling, Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards

Last month I provided a list of 30 common sight words, along with directions on how to build a word bank. As promised, here is a new word list. These words are called “word family words,” or phonograms, formed wit... Read more
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Celebrate Spring With Stories and Common Core Activities

Mar 26, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Reading, Preschool, Kindergarten, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards

Warm weather is coming, and seasonal books, with fun and easy connecting activities, are a great way to celebrate with your young child. A variety of springtime books are readily available at your local library or on an e-re... Read more
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A Fun Memory Game To Help Build Confidence

Mar 19, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Memory, Kids Math, Connie McCarthy

Does your child have difficulty remembering school lessons, homework assignments, spelling words, etc.? Her memory is probably just fine, and you can help her it prove to herself by teaching her how to play a fun memory game.... Read more
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An Easy Game To Help Kids Practice Important Math Skills

Mar 12, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Connie McCarthy

Games are an easy and fun way to practice important Common Core math skills. A good math skill for kindergarten and 1st grade students to know is different ways to get sums of numbers from 3 to 10. Here is a simple, hands-on ... Read more
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Start a “Word a Day” Bank in Your Family

Mar 05, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Spelling, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Here’s a simple and fun way to help your child become an awesome reader: Build a family “word of the day” bank. Halfway through the school year is a perfect time to start this because it builds on skills ear... Read more
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Celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday With Great Books

Feb 26, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Reading, Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy

Looking for a reason to make this coming weekend memorable for your child? Celebrate Dr. Seuss! March 2 is Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Random House and the National Education Association (NEA) are urging adults to take time to... Read more
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Improve Math Skills With a Deck of Cards

Feb 19, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Connie McCarthy

Looking for a quick, fun activity to help young students improve math skills? Start with a deck of playing cards! Here is a simple, engaging, and fun game to increase your child’s mental math ability. Children in kinder... Read more
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Improving Reading Fluency With Nonsense Words

Feb 14, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy

Parents of students in kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade may be aware of using “nonsense” words in teaching phonics and reading. Many school districts are using Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DI... Read more
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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