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Livia McCoy
Tips for Preparing To Take Semester Exams

Dec 16, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, High School

Exams are coming up soon in many schools. I have written several times before about exams such as How To Prepare for Semester Exams. Many students know how to make flashcards or to use online apps like Quizlet to learn vocabu... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Supporting Your Accelerated Learner

Dec 11, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Gifted and Talented, Connie McCarthy

Teachers know that much time and energy is focused on making sure a student reaches and stays at grade level for his academic benchmarks. Yet all good teachers know that supporting and challenging an above-level child is equa... Read more
Livia McCoy
Tips To Help Develop Responsibility in Your Kids

Dec 09, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy, Community Service

All parents want to raise their kids to be  self-reliant, hard-working, successful adults. It is not easy to do, because to do so children must take responsibility for their own actions. It is difficult to watch a child ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Simple Holiday Gift Ideas That Enhance Learning

Dec 04, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

The holidays are a great time to unplug from all the electronic games. Encourage creativity in young students with simple gifts that reinforce skills in a fun and interactive way. Here are six interesting holiday gift ideas t... Read more
Livia McCoy
School Attendance Is Critical for Success

Dec 02, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

Part of my responsibility at work is to track attendance and grades to make sure students are on track for success. There is a high correlation between attending school regularly and better grades. There are days when it is a... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Your Child’s Teacher Is Thankful for Your Help

Nov 26, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

At this time of year I often ask my students what they are thankful for—and their answers are always inspiring! This year, I want to share with parents the simple things that make early elementary school teachers thankf... Read more
Livia McCoy
Help Your Daughter Deal With "Mean Girls"

Nov 25, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teen Girls, Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy, Bullying

Sometimes adolescent girls can be mean to one another. I am not certain why this happens. My mother always said it was because they are jealous. Perhaps so, but whatever the reason for it, it can really hurt. It especially hu... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Help Your Child Have a Deeper Understanding of Stories

Nov 20, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Asking questions when reading to your child is a great way to build your child’s reading comprehension. Helping her pay attention to key details, story settings and characters simplifies the complexities of reading for ... Read more
Livia McCoy
Teach Students Self-Questioning for Better Learning

Nov 18, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

Self-questioning is an important learning strategy. Students need to learn to ask themselves questions before starting a new unit of study, when doing homework, and when studying for tests. These questions can lead to a deepe... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Turn Paper Clutter Into Learning Tools

Nov 13, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Are old magazines, newspapers, flyers, and brochures causing clutter in your home? Turn them into new learning tools that develop academic and important motor skills for your young student! For phonics practice: Use pictures... Read more