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Connie McCarthy
Just What Goes On All Day in the 1st Grade?

Apr 09, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

At parent-teacher conferences, I’m often asked what you do with 25 1st graders all day long. Or parents ask me just how much time is devoted to the different subjects I teach. While there is no such thing as a typical d... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Sorting and Classifying Help Develop Strong Math Skills

Feb 26, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Kids Math, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Sorting and classifying are early elements of math.  Understanding patterns in general is the beginning of algebra. Young children can be taught to sort by color, shape, size, etc. They can learn to manipulate and create... Read more
Connie McCarthy
7 Keys to Independent Learning

Jan 22, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

January is the perfect time to help your young student resolve to make positive changes that will enhance the rest of his school year. It’s an opportunity to let him assume more responsibility, and to grow and mature as... Read more
Connie McCarthy
10 Simple Skills for 1st Grade Readiness

Sep 04, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Elementary School, Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

Each time I start a new school year, I can’t help but wonder how prepared my students are for the challenges of 1st grade. When a child comes to school with background knowledge, educational experiences, and basic skill... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Keep Your Child Reading All Summer

May 29, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Reading, School Vacation, Kids Reading, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

One successful reading strategy I’ve used in 1st grade is pairing students with a 5th grade “reading buddy.” We would meet with our buddies once a week. Sometimes the older student would read to the younger ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
The Pleasure of Healthy Play

May 15, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Social and Emotional Development, Preschool, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Spring equals time for young children to get out there and play! Happy, healthful outdoor play is important for building muscular readiness… and that’s needed for all sorts of gross and fine motor skills used in ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Encouraging "Deeper-Level" Thinking in Young Children

Mar 06, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Preschool, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Asking and answering questions has been a staple of teacher and student interaction for centuries. A big shift in today’s classrooms is for teachers to challenge students with “deeper-level questioning.” Thi... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Now’s the Time To Get Involved!

Aug 13, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy, Back to School

The start of the school year is the perfect time to think about volunteering at your child’s school. Any time you can spare would be beneficial. As a more involved parent, you increase your child’s opportunities t... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Do a “Reading Survey” With Your Child

Apr 30, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy, 2nd Grade, 1st Grade

There is a strategy that teachers use in classrooms to identify various interests in student reading. It’s a concept that parents can easily incorporate at home called a “Reading Survey.” Teachers use a Read... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Help Good Readers Become Good Writers, Part 1

Apr 16, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Writing, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards, 2nd Grade, 1st Grade

Being a good reader does not automatically make your young child a good writer. Like reading, writing is a learned skill, and there are simple ways to help her learn to write well. Many school districts across the country bas... Read more