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From Triaminic: Knowing When a Sick Day Is Needed

Sep 17, 2013 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Healthy Kids

Chances are your child will stay out of school because of illness at some point during this school year. Often parents aren’t sure when to make that call. Many of us have been there: Is my daughter sick or does she just... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Helping Kids Connect Numbers to Words

Sep 17, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Often young students have no trouble doing simple addition and subtraction number problems yet, have little understanding of what the numbers actually represent. Most 1st graders know that 2 + 2 = 4. However, when given those... Read more
Livia McCoy
Tips for Overcoming Homework Frustrations

Sep 12, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, Homework

The most frequent complaints I hear from parents relate to homework. For some, their child doesn’t have enough homework to do. For others, too much. Sometimes the complaint is that the homework is too hard, or that teac... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Make Learning Fun With Classic Childhood Games

Sep 10, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

“Play is the work of childhood,” Jean Piaget, a noted psychologist, once said. Fall is a great time for young children to still enjoy the “business of playing,” outdoors. It’s also a time to easi... Read more
Livia McCoy
Thought and Planning Can Improve Written Work

Sep 05, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Writing, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

For most of us, summer vacation seems like it was ages ago. We are going full force at school. Students are already working on daily homework and long-term projects. English teachers are teaching their students the writing pr... Read more
Connie McCarthy
8 Simple Ways To Encourage Your Child’s Literacy

Sep 03, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy, Back to School

It’s widely known that parents who are actively involved in their child’s reading activities can significantly increase their child’s literacy. Here are eight simple strategies you can use to encourage good ... Read more
Livia McCoy
Creative Ways To Make and Use Flash Cards

Aug 29, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Smartphone Apps, Livia McCoy, Learning Styles, Back to School

Before very long, it will be time for the first test of the school year. Tests can be stressful, especially when students have not prepared well enough. Many students learn by studying flash cards. They are a great study meth... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Activities To Help Kindergartners Understand Numbers

Aug 27, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Kids Math, Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards

Two Common Core math skills that your kindergarten child will be required to know by the end of the school year are: Count to 100 by ones and tens Counting forward within the known sequence (instead of having to always sta... Read more
Livia McCoy
Helping Children Deal With Anxiety

Aug 22, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Anxiety

Teachers are back at work in many schools getting ready for students to arrive. As I was sitting in one of our professional development workshops this week, the leader said, “We are creating a society full of anxious ki... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Today's Students Need Upgraded Schools

Aug 20, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Technology, Connie McCarthy

Educators and parents agree that purposeful and appropriate use of technology is terrific for both students and teachers. The use of technology, including personal devices, can be very helpful in supporting implementation of ... Read more