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Livia McCoy
3 Strategies To Help Kids Follow Spoken Directions

Jun 20, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Struggling Students, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

Marcus frequently misunderstands oral directions. There are many children who have this issue. The underlying cause can be difficult to figure out. Consider what has to happen in his brain when he hears, “Marcus, would ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Improve Subtraction Skills With a Fun Pennies Game

Jun 18, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Kids Math, Connie McCarthy

An interesting yet easy game to enrich “mental math” subtraction skills is “Penny Hide and Seek.” It uses visual and hands-on practice to help young children quickly and easily remember simple subtract... Read more
Livia McCoy
Some Last Lessons for My Students

Jun 13, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy

Saying goodbye to students is always a difficult time of the year for teachers. We spend a lot of time with our students. For me, I figure about 200 hours of time with each person. For elementary school teachers, it’s a... Read more
Connie McCarthy
A Fun “Mental Math” Addition Game for Summer (or Anytime)

Jun 11, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Kids Math, Connie McCarthy

Summer is a great time to practice improving “mental math” skills through games. The "Counting On" game is a great activity that uses visual, auditory, and hands-on techniques to help your child instantly solve ad... Read more
Livia McCoy
Math Games To Keep Skills Sharp in Summer

Jun 06, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Summer Learning, Math, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

Summer vacation should be just that. It should be time for students to relax and enjoy life without worrying about school. This is especially true for those who find school difficult and exhausting. On the other hand, summer ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
10 Important End-of-Year Questions for Your Child’s Teacher

Jun 04, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Reading, Math, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

End-of-the-year progress reports usually come home on the last day of school. This often leaves parents with unanswered questions about what the report really means. Parents may wonder just how well prepared their young child... Read more
Livia McCoy
Summer Chores Teach Kids Responsibility

May 30, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Summer Learning, Smartphone Apps, Livia McCoy

Summer is a great time to develop responsibility in your children. Many parents plan wonderful activities to keep their children busy over the summer. Camping, swimming, trips to the park, vacationing—all are important ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Fun Educational Games To Play When Traveling

May 28, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, and a time when many families start traveling. Although there are plenty of electronic devices and mobile movies to keep young ones occupied while traveling, try alternating som... Read more
Livia McCoy
Multitasking or Just Plain Distracted?

May 23, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, Learning Styles, Cell Phones, ADHD

There is a lot of talk about multitasking these days. Many claim they can do two things at once. However, if two tasks require conscious attention, we cannot do both of them at the same time and do both well. If we try to do ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
An Easy Way To Improve Math Fluency: Count Backward

May 21, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Kids Math, Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

Parents are well aware of the importance of reading fluency. However, early math fluency is equally crucial. Simply put, math fluency means fast and automatic retrieval of math facts from memory. For young students it should ... Read more