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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.

Back to School and Separation Anxiety

What parent hasn’t experienced a "lump in their throat" as they brought their young child to school for the first time? A new school experience can be exciting yet sometimes unsettling, for both parent and child! Thankfully, there are ways to ease everyone’s stress and make those first few days of school worry free.

  • If your child is attending a new school, try to make a classroom connection before school starts. If possible, visit the school and meet the teacher. (Most teachers are at school preparing for the first day)
  • If the school has a website, show pictures of the school and grounds to your child. Talk about the fun he’ll have there. This makes the school a familiar, less threatening place.
  • Make sure your child knows the grade she’s entering and her teacher’s name.
  • When you drop your child off at school, do not linger! Give a quick hug and say a cheerful "good-bye." The longer you stay the harder it is for both you and your child.

For additional ideas and tips see:

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