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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.


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
Organization Help for the Second Half of the School Year

Feb 19, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Organization, Connie McCarthy

Winter break is a great time to clear out clutter and organize for the remaining months of the school year. Here are four easy ways to simplify school papers, keep clutter to a minimum, and refine homework routines: Singer B... Read more
Time for a Midyear Progress Check

Feb 12, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent-Teacher Conference, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Midway through the school year is a key time to reflect on your child’s school success. It’s the perfect time to “celebrate the halfway point” or to “plan it out.” By these two phrases I me... Read more
Simple Activities for Fine Motor Success

Feb 05, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Motor Skills, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Good fine motor skills are a very important part of early school success. Fine motor skills are directed by the small muscle groups that control hands and fingers. They support cutting, coloring, tying shoes, printing, etc. H... Read more
Help Your Child Learn Instant Math Recall at Home

Jan 29, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

"Instant math recall" is the ability to do basic math functions quickly, without resorting to finger counting or paper and pencil. This is an acquired skill that leads young students to correctly solve simple math problems in... Read more
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
Help Your Child Be a Reading Superstar

Jan 15, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

The start of the new year is a great time to reinvigorate your efforts to help in your child’s reading development. From January through the end of the school year, diligently practice the simple tips found below at hom... Read more
Help Your Young Child Build Good Conversation Skills

Jan 05, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Social and Emotional Development, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

During the holidays, did you notice that it’s often hard for a young child to keep a conversation going? When visiting family or friends asked a question, did you hear mostly one-word answers? Young children need to lea... Read more
Start a Winter Weather Journal With Your Child

Dec 26, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Winter is a great time to incorporate science with reading, writing, and math. A simple way to help your young student do this is to start a weather journal. Your youngster will need a notebook, pencil, and crayons to get sta... Read more
Help Your Young Child Handle Stress

Dec 18, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Social and Emotional Development, Connie McCarthy

Managing stress is just as important for children as it is for adults. Stress can affect anyone who is overwhelmed, especially during the holidays—and that can include young children. Some stress triggers might be sched... Read more