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Livia McCoy
Developmental Differences in Thinking Ability

Nov 07, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Livia McCoy, Learning Styles, Kids Learning

When children are very young, they can only think about concrete things—objects they can actually see or touch. The curriculum in early elementary school begins with things that are concrete. For example, science instru... Read more
Connie McCarthy
A Fun Game To Learn Addition and Subtraction

Nov 05, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

Understanding addition and subtraction within the number 20 is a First Grade Common Core goal. Here is an easy and fun way to help your child practice these skills to increase math fluency.   Start with addition, until ... Read more
Livia McCoy
Fairness Doesn’t Mean Treating All Kids the Same

Nov 01, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy

  “That’s not fair!” Parents and teachers hear this often. What children don’t always understand is that treating students fairly does not mean treating them all alike. Even adults sometimes say t... Read more
Craig Bystrynski
Take the Transition Optical "My Eye Promise" and Help Get Books To Kids

Oct 31, 2012 - Posted by Craig Bystrynski in Healthy Kids

As parents, we talk to our kids about healthy living, but sometimes those messages are, well, boring. But here’s a really fun way to promote good vision care from Transitions Optical.  Consider taking the My Eye Pr... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Teach Your Child Sight Words To Make Reading Easier

Oct 30, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

We all use words in four main ways: 1.) to listen; 2.) to speak; 3.) to read; and 4.) to write. Talking and reading to young children are methods that parents and caregivers can use to develop sounds and vocabulary. Young st... Read more
Livia McCoy
School Might Be Hard, but Life Doesn't Have To Be

Oct 25, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities

Recently, I watched a 30 minute documentary produced by HBO called I Can’t Do This But I Can Do That: A Film for Families About Learning Differences. It is an excellent film that shows several children with learning di... Read more
Connie McCarthy
New Questions You Should Ask at the Parent Teacher Conference

Oct 23, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent-Teacher Conference, Connie McCarthy

While there are many articles covering the exchange of information at parent-teacher conferences, some recent developments should also be stressed.   “Common Core Standards” are now federal mandated models fo... Read more
Livia McCoy
A Fun Game To Improve Working Memory

Oct 19, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Memory, Livia McCoy, Fun Learning Activities

  Working memory is not a new topic for my blog. I have mentioned it several times before. It is an important topic to learn about because students who have working memory issues often struggle more in school. Essentiall... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Use the Election To Teach Children About Voting

Oct 16, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

With our presidential election less than a month away, we are bombarded with images and messages regarding who to vote for on November 6. Children can’t vote, but they do have the important right to know exactly what&r... Read more
Livia McCoy
Some Children Just Need Time To Think

Oct 11, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Memory, Livia McCoy, Learning Styles

Young children take more time to process information than older kids do. Parents and teachers have a tendency to speak too quickly for them, and they get confused easily. Remember Mr. Rogers? He spoke very slowly to children... Read more