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Connie McCarthy
Improving Reading Fluency With Nonsense Words

Feb 14, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy

Parents of students in kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade may be aware of using “nonsense” words in teaching phonics and reading. Many school districts are using Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DI... Read more
Livia McCoy
Reinforce the Homework Habits of Successful Students

Feb 12, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Homework

Students who struggle in school often do not have the habits of successful students. Many of my students need reminders to do what other students do without thinking. You can help your child develop these “good student&... Read more
Livia McCoy
Making Sports Accessible for All Students

Feb 07, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Sports, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities

Some students enjoy playing sports and are talented in that arena. Studies suggest that students who participate in sports tend to do better in school. In some sports, kids learn what it means to commit to a team. In others, ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Sick Day Books For Early Readers Help Make Connections

Feb 05, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Reading, Connie McCarthy

So your young elementary student is down with the flu, or a really bad cold. SchoolFamily.com has an excellent article, Make School Sick Days Less Stressful, that offers wise advice in dealing with childhood sick days. I thou... Read more
Livia McCoy
Help Students Find Opportunities To Mentor Others

Jan 31, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Livia McCoy

We have a science fair mentoring program at our school for students who have completed satisfactory projects in the past. These students are required to apply for the position and pass a test that proves they understand the s... Read more
Connie McCarthy
A Midyear Checklist for 2nd Graders

Jan 29, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards, 2nd Grade

This informal 12-point checklist will help you determine if your 2nd grader is on schedule academically at the halfway mark of the school year. Common Core skills are fashioned to be taught sequentially, building on skills fr... Read more
Craig Bystrynski
Keep Communication Lines Open on Mobile Safety

Jan 25, 2013 - Posted by Craig Bystrynski in SchoolFamily.com, Internet Safety, Cell Phones

As parents, we want to convey the right messages about mobile safety so our kids understand the importance of behaving responsibly when using smartphones. But these conversations can be tough. Did you know two out of five kid... Read more
Livia McCoy
Brain Development in Teens: Help Them Deal With Peer Pressure

Jan 24, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Livia McCoy

A key area of the brain lies just behind the forehead. This area is called the prefrontal cortex, and it controls many high-level thought processes. Teens tend to make impulsive decisions and fail to consider the consequences... Read more
Connie McCarthy
A Midyear Checklist for 1st Graders

Jan 22, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards, 1st Grade

Below is an informal 12-point checklist for your 1st grade child at the midyear mark. Use this to measure six important math and six important English/Language Arts skills that are crucial to 1st grade progress. As a 1st grad... Read more
Livia McCoy
Life Beyond School Is Often Successful for Students With Learning Disabilities

Jan 17, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities

Students who struggle in school are complicated. There are similarities between any two of them, but there are many more differences. I used to say this is why we should not label children as having a learning disability, att... Read more