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Connie McCarthy
3 Skills Critical to Common Core Success

Nov 19, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Learning Styles, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards

As a mentor for new teachers, I spend a lot of time discussing the three important skills young students need to learn before starting with Common Core phonics and early math. I call this my “Triangle Base.” These... Read more
Livia McCoy
What Does It Mean To Be Twice Exceptional?

Nov 14, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Learning, Gifted and Talented

Some students have unbelievable abilities in an area such as art, language, or mathematics. Depending on the educational setting, these students might be labeled “gifted and talented.” There is not one definitive ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Does Memorization Have a Place in a Modern Classroom?

Nov 12, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Memory, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Most adults remember learning their times tables and to this day can easily tell you what 7 x 8 equals. Many can also name all the Great Lakes by recalling the acronym “HOMES.” When spelling, I always remember &ld... Read more
Livia McCoy
Homework Binder: A Strategy That Helps With Executive Functioning

Nov 07, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Struggling Students, Organization, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, Homework, Executive Functioning

Many children tend to be impulsive and have trouble planning ahead, keeping up with long-term projects, making thoughtful decisions, and turning in all of their homework. These abilities are all a part of executive functionin... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Use Pennies To Teach Common Core Math Skills

Nov 05, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Preschool, Kindergarten, Kids Math, Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards, 1st Grade

Young children love pennies. So make them part of math comprehension. Use pennies to help young students practice math skills in a simple yet memorable way. Here are four easy ways to use pennies to help reinforce important C... Read more
Livia McCoy
A Free App To Help With Time Management

Oct 31, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Struggling Students, Smartphone Apps, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, Homework

Many students have trouble keeping up with everything they are supposed to do each day. This is especially true when they move from middle to upper school, where teachers expect them to be more independent. I recently discove... Read more
SchoolFamily
Start a Conversation About Medicine Abuse With Your Kids

Oct 29, 2013 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Teenagers, Healthy Kids

October is National Medicine Abuse Month, a good reminder for parents to consider the possibility that their teens might experiment with over-the-counter medicines. It’s also worth having a discussion with your child, e... Read more
Connie McCarthy
A Simple Sequence for Helping Children Write Stories

Oct 29, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Young students can be reluctant story writers, even when they are good readers. However, understanding a simple sequence often gives them the confidence to give writing a try. This is a basic writing sequence that’s bee... Read more
Livia McCoy
Helping a Student Catch Up After an Illness

Oct 24, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, Homework

Students who have to miss several days of school feel overwhelmed when they return. Some fear being so far behind that they wind up missing extra days, because they are so anxious about the amount of work they need to do. The... Read more
Connie McCarthy
The Five Steps to Phonemic Awareness

Oct 22, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Reading, Connie McCarthy

“Phonemic awareness” is a term often used when children are beginning to read. You might hear this term at a parent conference or PTO night. Simply put, phonemic awareness is the ability to hear sounds in spoken l... Read more