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.
The New Year is a time for reflection and resolution. We tend to get rid of what doesn’t work in our life, and fine-tune what does.
Parents want to know how to maximize their young child’s early learning success, without putting them under too much pressure.
My experience has taught me that when you help your young child learn three core skills, you are on the road to rapid learning and school success.
I call these skills my “Triangle Base.” They are:
Here are three easy and effective ways to practice these skills:
Understanding these three core skills can lead to good comprehension in both reading and math. While these are by no means the only skills needed for learning, they form a solid foundation for early academic success.