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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.

Publish a Memory Book with Your Child

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Here is a special way to help your child remember the fun of their Kindergarten or First Grade school year. Try making a "Memory Book" together. By asking a few simple questions, you can help your child create a "published" book to keep for years to come.

This book can be hand-printed by an adult, or typed on a computer. Your child will be the author and illustrator.

Here’s what to do:

  • Use standard 8 1/2 x 11 inch white copy paper
  • Start with a title page in larger print, for example "Kindergarten 2010/2011 by Megan Kelly"
  • Start to create content with a question like, "What was your teacher’s name?" Write or type their answer at the bottom of the page, and let your child draw and color a picture of their teacher above the text.
  • Ask a question for each new page. Here are some examples:
    • "What was your favorite subject?"
    • "Who was your best friend this year?"
    • "What did you like best about your classroom?"
    • "What was your favorite book?"
    • "What did you like best in math?"
    • "What was your favorite lunch?"
    • "What was your favorite computer or math game?"
    • "What do you know now that you didn’t know before?"

Be creative with your own questions

Let your child illustrate a page or two a day. This book can be stapled together, punched with holes and tied with ribbon, or kept in a plastic folder. Your child will have a wonderful keepsake...and you will learn a lot about your child’s school year!

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