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Connie McCarthy
The Importance of Conversation With Young Kids

Oct 08, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Vocabulary, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Have you heard of the 30-million word gap for children? Psychologists Betty Hart of the University of Kansas and Todd Risley of the University of Alaska did a study of oral language. They observed 42 diverse families over a p... Read more
Livia McCoy
Alternatives to Flash Cards for Studying

Oct 03, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Styles, Kids Learning, Homework, High School

Most teachers teach their students how to use flash cards for studying facts or vocabulary. Flash cards are a great tool for many students, but there are some kids who need a different strategy. Students who are creative and ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Ideas To Increase Fine Motor Skills in Young Students

Oct 01, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Motor Skills, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

My post last week outlined the connection between gross and fine motor skills and activities to improve gross motor success. This week, my focus is on fine motor skills, and simple activities to help your kindergarten or 1st ... Read more
Livia McCoy
Explain Everything: A Low-Cost App for Creative Presentations

Sep 26, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, Smartphone Apps, Middle School, Livia McCoy, High School, Creativity

Last week, I was invited to the middle school where I work to hear student presentations. Their assignment was to create a project using Explain Everything that had several slides. The purpose of the presentation was to intro... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Practicing Gross Motor Skills Can Improve Learning

Sep 24, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Motor Skills, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

For the most part, all learning is sequential, which means that we build on known skills to acquire new ones. This is especially true for young children, who are developing gross and fine motor dexterity. Gross motor skills i... Read more
Livia McCoy
How To Help a Child With an Auditory Processing Disorder

Sep 19, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Struggling Students, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Learning

Students who have an auditory processing disorder are often left behind in the classroom even though they are very smart. Like many learning differences, APD is not something you can tell is there. Most of the time, children ... Read more
SchoolFamily
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