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Connie McCarthy
A New School Year Means A New Challenge for Students—and This Teacher

Sep 04, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

Every new school year is full of challenges for students, parents, teachers, and administrators. I’m excited to report that this will be a very different school year for me. For the first time in 25 years, I’m not... Read more
SchoolFamily
Back to School Has a Fun New Routine For Kids with KLEENEX® Brand’s Shield, Sneeze, Swish*

Aug 29, 2012 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Back to School

Back-to-school time is a great opportunity for parents to introduce (or bring back) routines into children’s lives, from homework and bedtime routines to practicing healthy habits. And one of the best ways to help kids ... Read more
Livia McCoy
We're All Different and Have Individual Learning Styles

Aug 28, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Styles

As I was reading comments people posted to some of my earlier blogs, I realized how different we are from each other. This is a good thing! We need diversity in order to thrive as a society. There were several comments on my ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Have Kids Practice Writing by Capturing Summer Memories

Aug 28, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Writing, Kindergarten, Connie McCarthy, 2nd Grade, 1st Grade

Children love the spontaneous fun and pure joy of summertime.  While the end of summer is bittersweet, now is the time to help your child capture wonderful summer memories, while practicing writing skills for a new schoo... Read more
Carissa Rogers
Back-to-School Clothes Shopping: Online vs. (Standing) In Line

Aug 23, 2012 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in Carissa Rogers, Back to School

Are you kidding me? School starts in less than two weeks! There’s no time for back-to-school clothes shopping! We just got back from a huge family vacation, before-school activities have already begun (marching band any... Read more
SchoolFamily
5 School Volunteering Tips for Busy Parents

Aug 21, 2012 - Posted by SchoolFamily in School Volunteers, Parent Involvement

Most families are deep into back-to-school preparations (some are already back!). For those getting ready, there’s back-to the mall for school shopping, then back-to the office supply section for glue and crayons, and o... Read more
Livia McCoy
How to Foster a Positive Parent-Teacher Relationship for Your Child’s Benefit

Aug 21, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Parent-Teacher Conference, Livia McCoy

A couple of weeks ago, I spent several days teaching at a new teachers’ institute. We worked together on all sorts of things new teachers need to know before beginning their careers. One of the workshops was about commu... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Why School and Home Routines are Important for Students—6 Tips

Aug 21, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

In my 1st grade class, we spend the first few weeks of the new school year establishing classroom routines. These routines are both academic and organizational. Routines are important because they give children a clear sense... Read more
Carissa Rogers
Forget the "Brain Drain:" Combine Family Summer Travel and Education

Aug 16, 2012 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in Writing, Reading, Math, Brain Drain

Who else seriously needs a break…from summer break?! We’ve had a “goodncrazy” summer, filled with road trips, air trips, summer camps, camping-camps, and very little home time. Parents always worry a... Read more
Livia McCoy
Have Kids Learn to Touch Type Before Going Back to School

Aug 15, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Handwriting

A friend of mine asked me, “I’ve got three more weeks of summer left before the kids go back to school. Is there anything I can do that will help Emily do better this year?” My response was, “Teach her... Read more