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Connie McCarthy
Connie McCarthy is passionate about her work as a teacher of young children. She has devoted her entire career to making sure that her students do well at school, right from the start. Connie has an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education, and a Master’s Degree in Special Education. She has been teaching first grade in East Providence, R.I. for 23 years, where she received the distinction of “Highly Qualified Teacher” by the Rhode Island State Board of Regents. Connie also taught nursery school for four years, and published numerous articles on early education in East Bay Newspapers in Bristol, R.I. She’s also been published in PTO Today Magazine. She lives with her husband, Brian, and has a daughter and a son, both young adults. Connie enjoys reading, writing about elementary education, and taking long walks with friends. During summer vacations, she likes to travel with her husband. She also loves reading readers’ comments on her weekly blog posts.


Use Listening to Practice Math

Jul 29, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Connie McCarthy

Many skills in early education rely on the sense of sight, hearing, and touch. Incorporating another approach to these senses, while teaching a certain skill, can provide a young child with an alternate way to learn and remem... Read more
5 Ways To Enhance Summer Fun With Reading

Jul 23, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Reading, Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy

Summer is a great time to link purposeful reading to what you are doing as a family. Here are five simple ways to make summer reading goals easy and fun: If you are going to the park, take some favorite books along, for bo... Read more
Math Fun for Summer (or Anytime)

Jul 16, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Bring math into your child’s daily life this summer to keep skills current. Here are three simple and fun activities to practice math that your child learned this past school year. Here is a geometry activity that I&rsq... Read more
Make the Most of Your Child’s Intrinsic Knowledge

Jul 09, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Earlier this summer, my husband Brian and I took our 20-month-old granddaughter to her neighborhood playground. She loves to climb up the slide ladder and giggle her way down the slide. She was wearing a new baseball cap that... Read more
Rainy Day Science Fun

Jul 02, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Oh no! It’s finally summer vacation, and the weather forecast is calling for rain all day. But don’t let a rainy summer day spoil any fun. Use it as an opportunity to talk about and examine the wonderful natural p... Read more
Combine Traveling With Learning for the Summer

Jun 25, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Connie McCarthy

Wherever your summer travels take you, there will be many learning opportunities for your young child. Places you visit can lead to fun exercises in both reading and math. For reading: Make a point to see any attractions tha... Read more
Build True Reading Comprehension Skills This Summer

Jun 18, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy

The faster a child can decode a word, the stronger a reader he will become. Recognizing words, using clues from the pictures and reading with fluency can make him a successful, comprehensive reader. Here are ways to help deve... Read more
Move Learning Away From the Classroom This Summer

Jun 11, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Summer break has started, or will very shortly. It’s a perfect time to take those classroom skills and apply them to different, more relaxed summer venues. By keeping the learning process active, you can help your child... Read more
Sensory Activities Sharpen Skills and Encourage Creativity

Jun 04, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Sensory games can be a fun way for any child to learn. Here are three easy activities to encourage your child to learn in different ways: Heighten his listening comprehension with simple household objects. For example, use a ... Read more
Verse Writing Sharpens Skills and Creativity

May 28, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Writing, Connie McCarthy

Whether your child loves to write stories or is a reluctant writer, a great way to bolster writing skills is to make simple poems. Verse writing is short; children easily understand the rhythm, and see quick results of their ... Read more