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Connie McCarthy
Create Word Rainbows To Help Young Spellers

May 21, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Spelling, Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

This year in my 1st grade class, I have been using a terrific new concept passed along to me by my colleague, Kathy. This idea greatly helps our students master their weekly spelling assignments. In both of our 1st grade clas... Read more
Livia McCoy
Help Students Have a Strong Finish to the Year

May 19, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

There are only a few weeks left of this school year. Students everywhere are looking forward to summer, and it’s hard to stay focused on school. It is important, however, to finish strong for more than just making this ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
6 Ways To Help Your Young Writer Bloom

May 14, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Writing, Connie McCarthy

When young authors start to write, they are sometimes confused about where to begin. Often, having one good idea gets them going! Here are six ways to let the author in your child bloom. Use a traditional pattern: Suggest th... Read more
Livia McCoy
Help Your Child Deal With Worrying News Stories

May 12, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy

Parents need to be mindful of how their children are feeling when the news is full of frightening events. Stories about violent protests, natural disasters, and political turmoil are prominent on every news source. Adolescent... Read more
Connie McCarthy
The Ability To Compare and Contrast Increases Reading Comprehension

May 07, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy

The ability to compare and contrast between fiction and nonfiction, or elements of a story, significantly increases your child’s reading comprehension. When comparing, students are thinking about how things are alike. W... Read more
Livia McCoy
Tricks To Help Kids Manage Electronic Distractions in the Classroom

May 05, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

Many schools are going “one-to-one,” which means every student has a laptop or tablet on which to work. While there are tremendous advantages of having access to electronic devices in school, there are some potent... Read more
Connie McCarthy
3 Easy Ways To Reinforce Subtraction Skills

Apr 30, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Connie McCarthy

Subtraction is often a difficult concept for young children to grasp. Yet it is very important for math comprehension and problem-solving. Here are three easy and fun ways to reinforce this all-important math skill: Start by... Read more
Livia McCoy
Strategies To Help Your Child Pay Attention in Class

Apr 28, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, ADHD

Paying attention in class is a challenge for many children. This is especially true late in the day when students have been sitting in class all day long and are ready for a break. It also relates to each student’s inte... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Is Your Child a Backward Printer?

Apr 23, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Writing, Handwriting, Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

Parents often worry when young children keep reversing letters and numbers in their written work. When young children first begin to print, it is very common for them to reverse letters and numbers. The most common are b, d, ... Read more
Livia McCoy
Creative Minds Need Time To Think

Apr 21, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, Creativity

Creative minds need time to think. It is during “down time” that our brains can come up with novel ideas or search for answers to “what if….?” or “how can we solve….?” kinds o... Read more