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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
SchoolFamily
Staying Healthy at Back-to-School Time

Aug 20, 2013 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Healthy Kids

When kids go back to school, it often isn’t long before the first sniffles and colds arrive. Parents can’t stop their kids from getting sick, but there’s plenty they can do to help them stay healthy, and, if... Read more
Livia McCoy
Unscheduled Time—Does Your Child Get Enough?

Aug 15, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Healthy Kids, Back to School

One of my favorite things in life is watching my grandson play. He doesn’t need toys, although he does like them. He sometimes picks up a stick and one moment it’s an airplane. Then it becomes a car, then a train,... Read more
SchoolFamily
Map Out a Plan for Breakfast

Aug 13, 2013 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Breakfast

We all know how hectic school mornings can be. With rushing to get dressed, packing up homework and special projects, making lunches, and getting everyone out the door, we can run out of time to serve a nutritious breakfast.&... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Now’s the Time To Get Involved!

Aug 13, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy, Back to School

The start of the school year is the perfect time to think about volunteering at your child’s school. Any time you can spare would be beneficial. As a more involved parent, you increase your child’s opportunities t... Read more
Livia McCoy
Strategies To Help Your Child Get to School On Time

Aug 08, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Sleep, Livia McCoy

Every school year, we have certain students who are chronically late to school. Just a few minutes might not seem like a big problem, but it actually has a bigger effect than you realize. Those who arrive a little late miss o... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Help Teach Your 1st Grader To Listen and Speak Well

Aug 06, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Social and Emotional Development, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

Listening and speaking well are two of the most important skills that any person can have. These are also key components of the Common Core State Standards for 1st grade. Learning these skills, early in life, can give your ch... Read more