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Connie McCarthy
Poetry and Play for Summer Learning Fun

Jul 06, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy

Combining poetry and play is a great way to strengthen language and literacy skills in a melodic and lyrical way. One of my favorite poems is Robert Louis Stevenson's classic "The Swing." When my own children were young, we w... Read more
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Fourth of July Kids Activities that Nudge Kids out of Their Comfort Zone

Jun 29, 2011 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Summer Learning, Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities

  Last night I went to a mom’s night out. You know, the night where you go to connect with other moms, get a break from the kids and where, inevitably, all conversation turns to talking about your kids. Last night&... Read more
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Creative Ways to Encourage Your Kids to Read More This Summer!

Jun 24, 2011 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Summer Learning, Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Elementary School, Contest

  Reading programs at your local library are an awesome way to get your kids to read over the summer. But not all kids are inspired to read by these programs. Some just need that extra nudge. Turning reading into an adve... Read more
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Summer Activity Ideas for Kids that Inspire Creativity, Self-Reliance and Good Citizenship

Jun 23, 2011 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Summer Learning, Contest

Summer's here and that means some parents are are reveling in the lack of schedule and the slower pace, while others are anxious about all their kids' down time. If you fall into the latter category, fear not! There's no sho... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Take Advantage of Your Town’s Summer Programs

Jun 16, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Connie McCarthy

Our city’s librarian came to visit our school this week. She wanted to tell the children about summer reading programs that are available, free of charge. Each child went home with a brochure explaining the upcoming p... Read more
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Enter our Summer Reading List Sweeps for a Chance at a $200 Amazon Gift Card

Jun 15, 2011 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Summer Learning, Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Contest

Is it me, or does it feel like it’s tough for kids to find time to read for pleasure during the school year? Sure, there’s the book before bed, but I am talking about having a stack of books and no schedule. No s... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Keep Academic Skill Sharp with a "Summer Fun Contract"

Jun 09, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Connie McCarthy

Parents want to know how to keep academic skills sharp, while enjoying the slower pace of summer. One way is to make a "Summer Fun Contract" with your child. Here’s what to do: Together, make a list of favorite summer... Read more
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Foster a Love of Science this Summer!

Jul 20, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Technology, Summer Learning, Kindergarten, Health and Fitness, Fun Learning Activities, Extracurricular Activities

  I love the fact that the unstructured nature of summer gives kids a chance to explore, discover and experiment. When my kids were little they would spend hours in the woods in our backyard exploring, building, creating... Read more
Connie McCarthy
The Joy of “Hands-On” Learning

Jul 09, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Parent Involvement, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

"Wouldn’t my students love this," I thought as three little hummingbirds were feeding from my outstretched hand. I could hear the tiny bird’s distinctive hum and see their rapidly beating wings. I felt their lit... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Fun Rainy Day (Learning) Activities

Jul 01, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Parent Involvement, Motor Skills, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Old magazines can be "recycled" to new learning tools this summer. With a stack of old magazines your child can practice visual, fine motor, phonic, reading and math skills. Here are a few ideas to get started. Have your c... Read more