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Connie McCarthy
Your Child’s Collectibles Can Support Academic Skills

Nov 06, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Does your child like to collect things? If so, turn those seashells, rocks, action figures, comic books, toy dinosaurs, into useful objects that promote math and Language Arts skills. Here are three ways to involve math with ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
A Simple Activity To Help With Story Writing

Oct 30, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Writing, Connie McCarthy

Writing stories is a learned skill. It’s a process by which the writer uses written words to communicate clear ideas. In our 1st grade class, we talk about the writer’s responsibility to the reader. For example, t... Read more
Livia McCoy
Encourage Good Grammar on Social Media

Jul 22, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Social Media, Livia McCoy, Kids Writing, Kids Learning

Many teens spend a great deal of time on social sites networking with friends. One concern I have about that relates to language skills. It is acceptable on these sites to use improper grammar and spelling, and we often blame... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Use “Story Starters” To Help Young Writers

May 22, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Writing, Connie McCarthy

Very often young children are reluctant writers because they simply don’t know how to start a story. One way to circumvent this is to provide them with a “story starter.” Story starters are prompts. They can... Read more
Connie McCarthy
A Simple Sequence for Helping Children Write Stories

Oct 29, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Young students can be reluctant story writers, even when they are good readers. However, understanding a simple sequence often gives them the confidence to give writing a try. This is a basic writing sequence that’s bee... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Help Good Readers Become Good Writers, Part 2

Apr 23, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards, 2nd Grade, 1st Grade

In “Help Good Readers Become Good Writers, Part 1,” I explained the “six traits of writing” that many school districts use to teach young authors. This week’s focus is on the three types of writi... 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
Livia McCoy
Why Is Spelling So Hard for Some Kids?

Jan 10, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Kids Writing, Kids Reading

Have you ever wondered why some people can speak and read well but are terrible at spelling? In order to understand why, you have to take a look at language in general. Not long after a baby is born, he begins to babble by mi... Read more
Livia McCoy
Technology Solutions for Reading and Writing Difficulties

Dec 13, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Writing, Kids Reading

I teach at a school for students who have language learning difficulties. One of our students (I’ll call her Janel) makes excellent use of technology to help her overcome her difficulty with reading and writing for hers... Read more
Connie McCarthy
1st Grade, 2nd Grade End-of-Year Academic Checklist

May 29, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Preschool, Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Kids Math, Connie McCarthy

If you're the parent of a child completing 1st or 2nd grade, how do you know if your child has mastered the skills necessary for moving up to the next grade? The following academic checklist can help. While it isn't a compre... Read more