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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
Connie McCarthy
Turn the Night Sky Into Memorable Summer Learning

Jul 02, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Connie McCarthy

Summer is a wonderful time to teach children about the night sky. It’s great fun to identify and observe the various constellations of stars. Incorporating a child’s natural curiosity with a clear and dark evening... Read more
Livia McCoy
Help Kids Build Resilience, Part 1

Jun 27, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Social and Emotional Development, Parenting, Livia McCoy

All of us go through tough times. Some students have more than their share. Divorce, death in the family, events in the news, high-stakes testing and many other factors add to the normal stresses all kids experience. Children... Read more
Connie McCarthy
My Year Mentoring New Teachers

Jun 25, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, Connie McCarthy

This past school year, I was offered a special opportunity. Instead of returning to my 1st grade classroom, I was selected by the Rhode Island Department of Education to be an “induction coach” for first-year teac... Read more
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