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Livia McCoy
The Olympics Teach Valuable Lessons About Perseverance

Feb 20, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Struggling Students, Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy

Singulyarra/Shutterstock Many families are spending hours watching the Sochi Olympics. It is amazing to see world-class athletes from so many different countries competing against one another. Several of the medal wi... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Play “Friends of 10” for Easy Math Practice

Feb 18, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Understanding addition and subtraction and strategies involving the number 10 are crucial components of Common Core Math Standards. Easy recall of various ways to add and subtract 10 is also an important part of early math fl... Read more
Craig Bystrynski
Fight Colds and Flu With Natural Remedies This Winter

Feb 13, 2014 - Posted by Craig Bystrynski in Healthy Kids

It’s been a challenging winter with record-breaking low temperatures and plenty of snow. Right about now, most families are wishing for spring—and the last thing they need is a cold or the flu invading their home.... Read more
Livia McCoy
Adolescents Should Solve Most of Their Problems Themselves

Feb 13, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Social and Emotional Development, Parenting, Livia McCoy

In nearly 30 years of teaching school, I have seen hundreds of cases where parents involve themselves in their adolescents’ problems. Sometimes, that’s the right thing to do because the problem is too great for a ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
A First Step in Helping Reluctant Readers: See the Doctor

Feb 11, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy

Recently, a mom shared with me that her daughter was showing signs of being a “reluctant reader.” As an avid reader herself, the mom had difficulty understanding why her child wasn’t embracing books and stor... Read more
Livia McCoy
The Link Between TV Time and Brain Development

Feb 06, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

Scientists have known for a long time that children who are raised in a stimulating environment learn more easily than those who are not. Children need toys to play with, puzzles to solve, and to interact with other people. A... Read more
Connie McCarthy
7 Strategies for Successful Homework Routines

Feb 04, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Homework, Connie McCarthy

Homework is a part of every student’s school experience, starting as early as preschool. Yet sometimes it can be a source of stress for busy families. Here are seven strategies to help alleviate that stress and create s... Read more
Livia McCoy
Machine-Scored Bubble Forms Can Cause Problems for Some Students

Jan 30, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Test Scores, Struggling Students, Standardized Testing, Livia McCoy, Learning Styles, Kids Learning

Multiple choice and true/false tests are often evaluated using bubble-type, machine-scored forms. This is extremely helpful for teachers who have lots of papers to grade. But students who have visual-motor integration problem... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Inside Learning Games That Are Fun and Easy

Jan 28, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Are your children stuck inside because of cold weather? Had enough of the TV and video games? Here are two simple activities to promote learning while having fun. And if you live in a warmer climate, these are great for outdo... Read more
Livia McCoy
You Can Be Good at Math, Too!

Jan 23, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Memory, Livia McCoy, Kids Math, Kids Learning

Most people feel strongly that they are either good at math or that they are terrible at it. They think that math ability is genetic and cannot be changed. An interesting new research study suggests that this might not be tru... Read more