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Livia McCoy
Be Careful Not To Let Your Teen Get Overbooked

Oct 13, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Livia McCoy, High School

Parents often push their children to take honors and AP level classes because they want them to be challenged and have a better chance to get into a competitive college. Additionally, they want them involved in extra-curricul... Read more
Connie McCarthy
The Importance of “One-to-One Correspondence” in Math

Oct 08, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Connie McCarthy

Although much of my professional focus is now on enhancing literacy skills, my blog posts will never neglect the importance of starting young students with solid math skills, as well. Last week I wrote about the importance of... Read more
Livia McCoy
School Success Doesn't Define Intelligence

Oct 07, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Styles

There is a difference between being intelligent and doing well in school. Generally, people speak as if the two are the same. In fact, there are some very smart people who do not do well in school and some who might not seem ... Read more
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