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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
Connie McCarthy
An Easy Game To Help Kids Practice Important Math Skills

Mar 12, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Connie McCarthy

Games are an easy and fun way to practice important Common Core math skills. A good math skill for kindergarten and 1st grade students to know is different ways to get sums of numbers from 3 to 10. Here is a simple, hands-on ... Read more
SchoolFamily
How To Teach Teens About the Risks of Over-the-Counter Medicine Abuse

Mar 07, 2013 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Teenagers

We are coming out of cold and flu season and chances are you may have some cough medicine and other over-the-counter drugs around the house. It’s hard to believe, but did you know that cough medicines can be abused by t... Read more
Livia McCoy
Drill and Practice the Basics: Keys to Student Success

Mar 07, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Memory, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

Students do better in school when they know their basic facts to an automatic level. If your child has to first figure out the basic information, then that information is what occupies her working memory. For example, if aske... Read more