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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
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