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Connie McCarthy
3 Summer Activities to Improve Fine Motor Skills

Jul 23, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

Here are 3 simple activities to help your child improve her fine motor skills. Fine motor skills develop muscles that allow her to draw, print, color, and successfully complete other physical activities. These games can be do... 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
Connie McCarthy
3 Basic Skills, and 3 Easy Ways, to Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten Reading

Jul 02, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

You can help get your young child ready for kindergarten reading by practicing three simple skills this summer:  1. Recognizing and naming all uppercase and lowercase letters of the alphabet.  2. Understanding that ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Get Your Child Ready for Kindergarten With Common Core Standards

Jun 25, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Counting, Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards

The National Common Core Standards are sequential skills from kindergarten through high school. They are comprehensive, purposeful instruction to promote student achievement in both English/language arts and mathematics. The... Read more
Connie McCarthy
3 Easy Ways to Get Your Child “Hooked” on Books This Summer!

Jun 19, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Reading, Summer Learning, Reading, Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Reading is like playing an instrument: Without practice, you’ll get rusty. Each summer, when my husband was a young boy in elementary school, my mother-in-law, Mimi, would find age appropriate books that would intere... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Let Young Students Make Lots of Mistakes!

Jun 04, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

 Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.  —Albert Einstein   Taking academic risks and making mistakes are both essential to learning. Recently, in my 1st grade class, we were w... Read more
Connie McCarthy
1st Grade, 2nd Grade End-of-Year Academic Checklist

May 29, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Preschool, Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Kids Math, Connie McCarthy

If you're the parent of a child completing 1st or 2nd grade, how do you know if your child has mastered the skills necessary for moving up to the next grade? The following academic checklist can help. While it isn't a compre... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Preschool, Kindergarten End-of-the-Year Academic Checklist

May 21, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Preschool, Kindergarten, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

For most students, the school year is coming to an end in the next few weeks. But as a parent, how do you know if your child is prepared for the next phase? Here is a simple checklist for your preschool or kindergarten child... Read more
Connie McCarthy
My Personal Experience With Kindergarten “Redshirting”

May 14, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Academic “redshirting” (holding children back so that they're older when entering kindergarten) has been a hot topic lately. But, many years ago, before the term redshirting was borrowed from college football and ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Moms, You Are Appreciated More Than You May Know!

May 08, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in SchoolFamily.com, Kids Writing, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Moms, I’m here to let you know that all those little things you do for your children are noticed! During these past two weeks, my 1st grade class has been preparing for our annual “Mother’s Day Tribute.&rdqu... Read more