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Connie McCarthy
The Five Steps to Phonemic Awareness

Oct 22, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Reading, Connie McCarthy

“Phonemic awareness” is a term often used when children are beginning to read. You might hear this term at a parent conference or PTO night. Simply put, phonemic awareness is the ability to hear sounds in spoken l... Read more
Connie McCarthy
10 Important End-of-Year Questions for Your Child’s Teacher

Jun 04, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Reading, Math, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

End-of-the-year progress reports usually come home on the last day of school. This often leaves parents with unanswered questions about what the report really means. Parents may wonder just how well prepared their young child... Read more
Connie McCarthy
More New Words for Your Child’s Word Bank

May 07, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Reading, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

This month’s words for your child’s word bank involve consonant blends and consonant digraphs. Simply put, consonant blends consist of two or three consonants used together in words, where each letter sound is d... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Celebrate Spring With Stories and Common Core Activities

Mar 26, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Reading, Preschool, Kindergarten, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards

Warm weather is coming, and seasonal books, with fun and easy connecting activities, are a great way to celebrate with your young child. A variety of springtime books are readily available at your local library or on an e-re... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday With Great Books

Feb 26, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Reading, Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy

Looking for a reason to make this coming weekend memorable for your child? Celebrate Dr. Seuss! March 2 is Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Random House and the National Education Association (NEA) are urging adults to take time to... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Sick Day Books For Early Readers Help Make Connections

Feb 05, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Reading, Connie McCarthy

So your young elementary student is down with the flu, or a really bad cold. SchoolFamily.com has an excellent article, Make School Sick Days Less Stressful, that offers wise advice in dealing with childhood sick days. I thou... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Fun Crafts Projects To Match Favorite Early Elementary Books

Dec 31, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Reading, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Looking for some creative educational activities to occupy young children on stormy days? To have some genuine parent/child fun together, simply look to books. The following are favorites of kindergarten and 1st grade student... Read more
Carissa Rogers
Forget the "Brain Drain:" Combine Family Summer Travel and Education

Aug 16, 2012 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in Writing, Reading, Math, Brain Drain

Who else seriously needs a break…from summer break?! We’ve had a “goodncrazy” summer, filled with road trips, air trips, summer camps, camping-camps, and very little home time. Parents always worry a... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Get Your 1st Grader “Common Core Ready” for Reading

Aug 01, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Reading, Reading, Kindergarten, Common Core Standards

If your child is entering 1st grade, there are certain skills that should have been mastered in kindergarten. To keep those skills sharp, and be first-grade “Common Core Ready” for reading, here are 3 ways to prac... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Summer Reading for Youngsters Using Common Core Standards

Jul 17, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Reading, Recipe Share, Reading, Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards

Motivating your young child to read during the summer can be a challenge. Here are 3 easy ideas to keep your child reading all summer, while subtly reinforcing the Common Core reading standards. Connect reading to projects ... Read more