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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
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