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Livia McCoy
What Are “21st Century Skills” and Why Does Your Child Need Them?

Jan 27, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, High School

There is a movement in education to improve what we are offering our students. Some schools have completely revamped their curriculum to make sure they are teaching kids the skills they will need to be successful in the infor... Read more
Connie McCarthy
7 Keys to Independent Learning

Jan 22, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

January is the perfect time to help your young student resolve to make positive changes that will enhance the rest of his school year. It’s an opportunity to let him assume more responsibility, and to grow and mature as... Read more
Livia McCoy
Some "Tricks" Can Help Teens With Anxiety

Jan 20, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Social and Emotional Development, Connie McCarthy, Anxiety

In the last few years there seems to be an increasing number of kids who suffer from anxiety. I wanted to learn more about anxiety and how to help these kids. My journey began with a workshop with Dr. Michael Southam-Gerow, a... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Help Your Child Be a Reading Superstar

Jan 15, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

The start of the new year is a great time to reinvigorate your efforts to help in your child’s reading development. From January through the end of the school year, diligently practice the simple tips found below at hom... Read more
Livia McCoy
A Free Tool To Help With Video Instruction

Jan 13, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

For some students, watching videos is not a great way to learn. Attention or learning style differences can make it difficult to get much from a video, especially when it consists mostly of someone talking. Google has provide... Read more
Livia McCoy
A Strategy To Help Boost Comprehension

Jan 06, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Memory, Livia McCoy, Learning Styles, Kids Learning, High School

When reading an academic textbook, students often lose track of the meaning, because there is too much information to hold in working memory. If the words in the text are already known and understood, the meaning is clear. Th... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Help Your Young Child Build Good Conversation Skills

Jan 05, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Social and Emotional Development, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

During the holidays, did you notice that it’s often hard for a young child to keep a conversation going? When visiting family or friends asked a question, did you hear mostly one-word answers? Young children need to lea... Read more
Livia McCoy
The Future of Handwriting: Only Time Will Tell

Dec 30, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Handwriting

Recent research published in Early Childhood Research Quarterly confirms the need for preschool children to learn to write with a pencil. Researchers claim that children learn the sounds associated with letters as they practi... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Start a Winter Weather Journal With Your Child

Dec 26, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Winter is a great time to incorporate science with reading, writing, and math. A simple way to help your young student do this is to start a weather journal. Your youngster will need a notebook, pencil, and crayons to get sta... Read more
Livia McCoy
Managing Attention Issues in Middle School

Dec 23, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Organization, Middle School, Livia McCoy

Parents have asked me before why their child has attention and executive functioning issues now that they are in middle school when they handled elementary school just fine. Executive functioning is the ability to manage day-... Read more