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Connie McCarthy
Understanding Directional and Positional Words

Apr 16, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Does your young child have trouble understanding directions? An easy way to help remedy this problem is to practice directional and positional words each day. Around the house, in the car, and in the yard, there are always go... Read more
Livia McCoy
The Many Benefits of Summer Camps

Apr 14, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Summer Learning, Livia McCoy

Spending time away from home at a summer camp usually results in memories that last a lifetime. Children make new friends, learn new skills, and have loads of fun. The time away gives them a chance to be independent from pare... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Just What Goes On All Day in the 1st Grade?

Apr 09, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

At parent-teacher conferences, I’m often asked what you do with 25 1st graders all day long. Or parents ask me just how much time is devoted to the different subjects I teach. While there is no such thing as a typical d... Read more
Livia McCoy
Use Diigo for Organizing Online Research

Apr 07, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Organization, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, High School

Students are asked to do lots of research, and much of it takes place on the Internet. One of the most difficult parts of Internet research is gathering enough of it to support a thesis and then keeping up with where the rese... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Spring Into Science With a Fun Experiment

Apr 02, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Now that spring has finally arrived, it’s time to introduce some simple science fun and new science language into your young child’s life. Watching planted seeds come to life before their very eyes is exciting for... Read more
Livia McCoy
Help Your Child With a Learning Challenge Adapt to Change

Mar 31, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Styles, Learning Disabilities

Children who have executive functioning disorder, attention issues, autism spectrum disorder, or other learning disabilities are often resistant to change. I believe this is likely because when things are orderly and predicta... Read more
Connie McCarthy
10 Tips To Help Your Child Write a Story

Mar 26, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Getting young students to write good stories is a challenge. Most youngsters can tell a great story, but are reluctant writers. I tell my students that writing is simply “telling” a story on paper. If you can tell... Read more
Livia McCoy
Parents, Does a Legible Signature Matter?

Mar 24, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, Handwriting

Normally, I write blogs to offer advice to parents. This time, I am writing to ask your opinion. Recently, I received a number of documents signed by my students. I had not asked them to also print their name below their sign... Read more
Connie McCarthy
A Modern Twist on the Ancient Abacus

Mar 20, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Using an abacus for calculating numbers predates our modern system of writing numbers on paper or other materials. Its origin can be traced back to the very early civilizations of Persia, China, and Egypt. This simple device ... Read more
Livia McCoy
The Benefits of Student Internships

Mar 17, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Livia McCoy, High School

Students from the school where I teach are off this week to do internships. They are allowed to choose where they want to go, and we have students in several states (and a few out of the country). The students try to find a p... Read more