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Livia McCoy
When Learning and Teaching Styles Don't Mesh

Mar 03, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, Livia McCoy, Learning Styles, Kids Learning

Each student has preferences for how he likes to learn, what kind of classroom makes him feel the most comfortable, and how his teacher likes to teach. Many times, students are in classrooms that do not match up with their le... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Sorting and Classifying Help Develop Strong Math Skills

Feb 26, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Kids Math, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Sorting and classifying are early elements of math.  Understanding patterns in general is the beginning of algebra. Young children can be taught to sort by color, shape, size, etc. They can learn to manipulate and create... Read more
Livia McCoy
The Benefits of Extracurricular Activities

Feb 24, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Sports, Livia McCoy, Extracurricular Activities, After-School

Parents often ask me whether I think it is a good idea to allow their child to play sports or participate in extracurricular activities even though they are struggling in school. They feel the time would be better spent if th... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Organization Help for the Second Half of the School Year

Feb 19, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Organization, Connie McCarthy

Winter break is a great time to clear out clutter and organize for the remaining months of the school year. Here are four easy ways to simplify school papers, keep clutter to a minimum, and refine homework routines: Singer B... Read more
Livia McCoy
Teens and Marijuana Use: What Parents Should Know

Feb 17, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy, High School, Healthy Kids, Anxiety

When students smoke marijuana, they typically do not do well in school. I was curious about whether the recent state laws legalizing marijuana for recreational use have affected the number of teens who smoke it regularly. A r... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Time for a Midyear Progress Check

Feb 12, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent-Teacher Conference, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Midway through the school year is a key time to reflect on your child’s school success. It’s the perfect time to “celebrate the halfway point” or to “plan it out.” By these two phrases I me... Read more
Livia McCoy
Pros and Cons of Flipped Classrooms

Feb 10, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Curriculum, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, High School

Many teachers have flipped their classrooms. What was once taught in class is now homework, and what was once homework is completed in class. Teachers videotape their lessons, and students watch the lessons at home. In class ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Simple Activities for Fine Motor Success

Feb 05, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Motor Skills, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Good fine motor skills are a very important part of early school success. Fine motor skills are directed by the small muscle groups that control hands and fingers. They support cutting, coloring, tying shoes, printing, etc. H... Read more
Livia McCoy
Good School Attendance Is More Important Than Ever

Feb 03, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

Regular attendance to school has always been important and a factor that leads to success. Now that schools across America are focusing on 21st century skills—those skills that prepare our students for living in the 21s... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Help Your Child Learn Instant Math Recall at Home

Jan 29, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

"Instant math recall" is the ability to do basic math functions quickly, without resorting to finger counting or paper and pencil. This is an acquired skill that leads young students to correctly solve simple math problems in... Read more