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Connie McCarthy
Do a “Reading Survey” With Your Child

Apr 30, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy, 2nd Grade, 1st Grade

There is a strategy that teachers use in classrooms to identify various interests in student reading. It’s a concept that parents can easily incorporate at home called a “Reading Survey.” Teachers use a Read... Read more
Livia McCoy
Make the Most of Museum Visits With Your Child

Apr 25, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities

Museums are marvelous places to learn about our culture—history, music, art, science, and current events. Many families are making plans for summer trips that will include visits to local museums. I went recently on a f... Read more
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Middle and High School: Helping Teens Solve Their Own Problems

Apr 24, 2013 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Social and Emotional Development, School Success, Parenting, Middle School, High School, Helicopter Parents

This guest blog post is by Erika Cook, a high school administrator who works directly with parents and students. When your teen has a problem at school, what should you do? Perhaps your child has a streak of missing assignmen... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Help Good Readers Become Good Writers, Part 2

Apr 23, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards, 2nd Grade, 1st Grade

In “Help Good Readers Become Good Writers, Part 1,” I explained the “six traits of writing” that many school districts use to teach young authors. This week’s focus is on the three types of writi... Read more
Livia McCoy
Reduce the Stress of High-Stakes Standardized Tests

Apr 18, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Standardized Testing, Livia McCoy

Many schools are focusing on the standardized tests coming up soon. These tests are so important to schools because they stand to lose their accreditation if their students do not perform well enough on them. In addition, man... Read more
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