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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.

Foster Your Child's Curiosity

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Most parents of young children have been bombarded with the “why” questions. “Why is the sky blue?”  “Why do I have to eat these vegetables?” “Why can’t I breathe underwater like a fish?”

Questions like these come from a child’s innate sense of curiosity—and that’s a wondrous thing that should be encouraged.

Curiosity is important because it:

  • starts with a quest for knowledge and wanting to know more
  • fosters intelligence
  • helps us all to see things in different ways
  • can help young students make connections
  • nourishes wonderment and happiness
  • promotes openness and acceptance of differences
  • helps build confidence with newly acquired knowledge
  • motivates learning
  • enhances social awareness and self-confidence
  • and cultivates life-long learning

Albert Einstein once said, “I have no special talents, I am only passionately curious.” So the next time your young child is “passionately curious,” help her as best you can. This may require some simple research on a home computer, or one at the library. Your interest will reinforce her sense of wonder. Help her explore the world around her, and share in her joy of discovery!


> Instill a Love of Learning in Your Child

> Balancing Creativity and Academics


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