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.
Our city’s librarian came to visit our school this week. She wanted to tell the children about summer reading programs that are available, free of charge. Each child went home with a brochure explaining the upcoming programs, special presentations, and incentives for reading.
Many of these incentives include crafts, games, painting, and drama programs. Our city’s program also includes story times, books clubs, and the opportunity to earn prizes for summer reading.
City and town summer programs are a wonderful resource for parents of young children. Most municipalities have a "Parks & Recreation" department, as well as libraries that strive to keep children productively busy during the summer months. There is usually little or no cost to families.
It can be great fun to pick and choose the programs that would work for your family. And it’s usually very easy to contact your school, local library, or parks department to find these great services available to you and your young child.
This is a fabulous way to keep children connected to learning... at a slower paced, fun-filled way!