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Livia McCoy
Honesty Is a Vital Part of Character

Oct 28, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy

Ben Lamm, a vice president at Capital One, spoke last week at the West Point Ethics and Leadership Conference in Richmond, Va. He emphasized the importance of honesty in the workplace. He called honesty a “non-negotiabl... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Build Math “Fact Power” in Young Students

Oct 23, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Connie McCarthy

The ability to easily recall basic addition and subtraction facts is an important skill for a young student. One of the best ways to facilitate this is playing a simple game to reinforce addition and subtraction skills. ... Read more
Livia McCoy
Tips for Better Note-Taking

Oct 21, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Struggling Students, Organization, Livia McCoy, High School

Taking notes is difficult for many students. Teachers often talk quickly, and students are not able to get everything written down. Additionally, students often do not know how to make the best use of their notes once they ta... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Modeling Respect Leads to School Success

Oct 16, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Social and Emotional Development, Connie McCarthy

When parents teach young children to talk, listen, and act with respect, they are clearly setting a standard for school success. In our classroom we have five simple class rules. They are: quiet hands quiet feet quiet lips e... Read more
Livia McCoy
Does Your Child Need Extra Time for Achievement Exams?

Oct 14, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Struggling Students, Standardized Testing, Livia McCoy

Receiving extra time or other accommodations on the SAT can be a lifesaver for some students. Those who process more slowly than others or who have attention deficits, vision problems, or learning disabilities may get lower s... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Help Your Child Choose the Right Book

Oct 09, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Three ways to categorize young readers are emergent, beginning, and independent. Emergent reading is defined as children’s interaction with reading and writing before they can actually read and write. Emergent readers c... Read more
Livia McCoy
Make the Most of Family Meals

Oct 07, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy

Time spent enjoying family meals can pay off in stronger connections. When possible, it is important to sit down together to talk and find out how everyone is. It's also a time when your children learn manners and respectful ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Two Activities for Understanding Numbers

Oct 02, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

The ability to compare numbers helps your child understand quantity and number relationship. This understanding develops deeper math skills needed for more complex math operations in higher grades. One way to practice this sk... Read more
Livia McCoy
Don't Worry—Your Teen Is Probably Normal

Sep 30, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy, High School

Several times in the last couple of years, parents have asked for a conference with me. I am always happy to meet with parents, because I see myself as a partner with them to help take care of their child. What these parents ... Read more
SchoolFamily
A Case for Teaching Handwriting in the Digital Age

Sep 29, 2014 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Writing, Kids Learning, Handwriting

by Anne G. Faigen Until a friend described a recent visit with his middle-school-age grandson, I had no idea of a debate raging about the teaching of penmanship. My friend told me, “I got tired of his being in some alte... Read more