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Connie McCarthy
Phonemic Awareness: An Important Step to Early Literacy

Oct 01, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

It has been a hectic yet rewarding experience completing the first week of my new assignment as a literacy coach for my school district. This new job involves traveling to five elementary schools and supporting teachers as th... Read more
Livia McCoy
Teaching Kids To Be Honorable Students

Sep 29, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

The school where I work has a lovely ceremony each year when all students and teachers sign the Honor Code. Many teachers ask students to “pledge” their work, signifying that the work is their own. We teach students to ci... Read more
Does Learning an Instrument Help Learning?

Sep 24, 2015 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Fun Learning Activities, Extracurricular Activities, Creativity

by Kathryn Lagden A couple of weeks ago we shared this fun fact on Facebook: 20% of kids learn to play music. 70% of adults wish they had. It obviously resonated with folks as it generated a lot of “shares” and d... Read more
Connie McCarthy
3 Easy Ways To Practice Handwriting Skills

Sep 24, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Handwriting, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

Kindergarten and 1st grade are the critical times when a child is mastering handwriting. So much of good letter formation depends on your child’s fine motor development. Muscles in the hands and little fingers need to conne... Read more
Livia McCoy
When Being a Perfectionist Is Difficult

Sep 22, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, Anxiety

If your child is a perfectionist, he may have trouble finishing his work in a timely manner. He may spend inordinate amounts of time trying to make each assignment or test question exactly right. He might feel that if he writ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Why Attending Your School's Open House Matters

Sep 18, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, Connie McCarthy, Back to School

Usually, during the first month or so of the school year, elementary schools schedule an open house or “meet the teachers” night. This is a very important event, and all parents should participate, if at all possi... Read more
Livia McCoy
Strategies To Manage a Rotating Class Schedule

Sep 15, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Organization, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, Homework

Many schools have a rotating schedule, meaning only some classes meet each day. This can be very difficult for some students, especially those who are disorganized already. It becomes extremely important to figure out a syste... Read more
5 Quick Tips: Staying Connected During Middle School

Sep 14, 2015 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Parent Involvement, Middle School

Staying involved in what is going on with your middle schooler is a tricky endeavor. She wants more freedom and you want to give it to her, but at the same time you don’t want to be completely cut off from her school l... Read more
Easing the Back-to-School Transition for Preschool Siblings

Sep 11, 2015 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Preschool, Back to School

by Kathryn Lagden My 6-year-old left the safety of the “kindie pen” and walked into grade 1 with confidence and ease. Back- to-school transition handled. But it wasn’t quite so easy for my feisty two-and-a-h... Read more
Connie McCarthy
4 Ways To Help Your Child “Relate” to Reading

Sep 10, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

It is well-known that good readers make personal connections to stories. These self-to-text connections help children deepen their understanding of what is being read.  Below are four concepts to help your child to relat... Read more