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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.

Phonemic Awareness: An Important Step to Early Literacy

Oct 01, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

It has been a hectic yet rewarding experience completing the first week of my new assignment as a literacy coach for my school district. This new job involves traveling to five elementary schools and supporting teachers as th... Read more
3 Easy Ways To Practice Handwriting Skills

Sep 24, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Handwriting, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

Kindergarten and 1st grade are the critical times when a child is mastering handwriting. So much of good letter formation depends on your child’s fine motor development. Muscles in the hands and little fingers need to conne... Read more
Why Attending Your School's Open House Matters

Sep 18, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, Connie McCarthy, Back to School

Usually, during the first month or so of the school year, elementary schools schedule an open house or “meet the teachers” night. This is a very important event, and all parents should participate, if at all possi... Read more
4 Ways To Help Your Child “Relate” to Reading

Sep 10, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

It is well-known that good readers make personal connections to stories. These self-to-text connections help children deepen their understanding of what is being read.  Below are four concepts to help your child to relat... Read more
Getting Involved Matters!

Sep 03, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Connie McCarthy, Back to School

As you well know, now that school is back in session, it’s a very busy time for families. One of the best things parents can do to help their child be successful in school is to become involved in the school community. Even... Read more
Five Home Routines for Kindergarten Success

Aug 27, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Connie McCarthy

Kindergarten is a big step for your young child! Here are five easy ways to help her become better organized for a successful and smooth home-to-school transition. Create a school night bedtime routine. To the extent possi... Read more
Behavior Management, From Classroom to Home

Aug 20, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Social and Emotional Development, Connie McCarthy

We as adults have come to know actions involved in doing a good job or behaving. As teachers all over the country start a new school year, one of their first priorities is to establish a good, workable behavior management env... Read more
10 Tips To Ease the Back-to-School Transition

Aug 13, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy, Back to School, 2nd Grade, 1st Grade

Ideally, summer vacation has been relaxing, less stressful, and more laid back for your child. But now that August is halfway through, is she ready to gear up and start a new school year? Here are 10 easy ideas to help your ... Read more
What Pet Should I Get? Is Finally Here!

Aug 06, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Preschool, Kids Reading, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

As a parent and a 1st grade teacher, I’m a huge fan of Dr. Seuss. I could not wait for the release of his new book, What Pet Should I Get? And I am delighted to say it was worth the wait! From the front cover of The ... Read more
Use Listening to Practice Math

Jul 30, 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