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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
Livia McCoy
Getting Organized: Back-to-School Shopping Tips

Aug 01, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Organization, Livia McCoy, Back to School

Many parents are shopping for school supplies, and most are using the list of supplies provided by their child’s school. Some students have problems keeping up with their school “stuff.” These kids lose penc... Read more
Connie McCarthy
5 Ways To Help Young Children With Back-to-School Anxieties

Jul 30, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Connie McCarthy, Back to School, Anxiety, 3rd Grade, 2nd Grade, 1st Grade

As August approaches, most young students are excited about starting a new school year. They are ready to go. However, some children experience anxiety about going to school. This can affect the entire family. Morning routine... Read more
Livia McCoy
Why Dress Codes Matter for Teenagers

Jul 25, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy

Adolescents go to school for a number of reasons beyond the fact that they are required to. If you ask them why, it is likely they will tell you they go to see their friends. (They have a different agenda than their parents a... Read more
Connie McCarthy
More Tips for Kindergarten Readiness

Jul 23, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Kindergarten, Connie McCarthy, Back to School

Last week I shared four strategies to help you prepare your young child for kindergarten. Here are four more quick and easy ways to make the transition from summer to kindergarten both smooth and productive. Help him practic... Read more
Livia McCoy
Tips for Choosing the Best Websites and Apps for Kids

Jul 18, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, Smartphone Apps, Livia McCoy, Internet Safety

Parents often ask me what they should look for when deciding whether a website or app will be helpful to their children. If the purpose of the site or app is for kids to learn something, there are several important key elemen... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Help Get Your Child Ready for Kindergarten

Jul 16, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Kindergarten, Connie McCarthy

Starting kindergarten does not have to be a stressful time for a child—or for parents. However, it will probably involve some big changes like going to a new facility, riding the bus for the first time, eating lunch in ... Read more
Livia McCoy
Help Kids Build Resilience, Part 3

Jul 11, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Social and Emotional Development, Parenting, Livia McCoy

My last two blogs have been about building resilience in kids. Resilient kids can deal with things when they do not go their way, and they recover quickly when things do not go well for them. Part 1 on resilience explains tha... Read more
Connie McCarthy
A Letter "Puzzle" Game for New Kindergartners

Jul 09, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Kindergarten, Connie McCarthy

There are simple things that parents can do to easily prepare their child for kindergarten success. Summer is a wonderful time to help young children get ready for September, by doing a fun academic activity each week. In the... Read more
Livia McCoy
Help Kids Build Resilience, Part 2

Jul 04, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Social and Emotional Development, Parenting, Livia McCoy

Last week I wrote about resilient children. Children who are resilient can bounce back after they experience a setback. When Gino failed a test, he was disappointed. But he didn’t stay depressed about it and quickly rea... Read more