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Connie McCarthy
Help Good Readers Become Good Writers, Part 1

Apr 16, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Writing, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards, 2nd Grade, 1st Grade

Being a good reader does not automatically make your young child a good writer. Like reading, writing is a learned skill, and there are simple ways to help her learn to write well. Many school districts across the country bas... Read more
Livia McCoy
Families and Learning Differences

Apr 11, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Struggling Students, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities

It is common that learning differences run in families. It is not totally clear whether these differences are inherited. However, I have personally witnessed many, many cases of a child who has the same trouble in school that... Read more
Connie McCarthy
3 Strategies To Build Strong Reading Skills

Apr 09, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy

When a young student starts to read, it’s a very exciting time for parents! But progressing from a beginning reader to a good reader takes time, practice, and knowing and using certain strategies. Here is a list of thre... Read more
Livia McCoy
AudioNote: A Technological Solution for Note Taking

Apr 04, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, Struggling Students, Livia McCoy

In an earlier blog I wrote about the Livescribe Pen which is a recording pen that assists students who have trouble taking notes. In this same blog, I mentioned the AudioNote app. At that point, I did not have any experience ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
New Words To Add to Your Child’s Word Bank

Apr 02, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Spelling, Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards

Last month I provided a list of 30 common sight words, along with directions on how to build a word bank. As promised, here is a new word list. These words are called “word family words,” or phonograms, formed wit... Read more
Livia McCoy
Necessary Skills for Students in the Digital Age

Mar 28, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, Livia McCoy

My 8-year-old grandson recently picked up the television remote control, turned on the satellite dish, found the recorded program his mom wanted to watch, highlighted the correct one, and then handed the remote to his mom. He... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Celebrate Spring With Stories and Common Core Activities

Mar 26, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Reading, Preschool, Kindergarten, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards

Warm weather is coming, and seasonal books, with fun and easy connecting activities, are a great way to celebrate with your young child. A variety of springtime books are readily available at your local library or on an e-re... Read more
Livia McCoy
Let Kids Know That Failure Is a Normal Part of Life

Mar 21, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Struggling Students, Livia McCoy

As parents, we want to protect our children from failure. What we don’t realize is that failure is an important part of life. If children do not experience failure, they may not learn to struggle through to success. Thi... Read more
Connie McCarthy
A Fun Memory Game To Help Build Confidence

Mar 19, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Memory, Kids Math, Connie McCarthy

Does your child have difficulty remembering school lessons, homework assignments, spelling words, etc.? Her memory is probably just fine, and you can help her it prove to herself by teaching her how to play a fun memory game.... Read more
Livia McCoy
Struggling Students Require More Energy To Learn

Mar 14, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Struggling Students, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

A person’s brain occupies approximately 2 percent of the body’s weight, yet it uses 25 percent of the body’s energy. This amount of energy is required to stay alive, move around, and think. Studies have show... Read more