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Livia McCoy
How To Talk to Your Children About the Tragedy

Dec 17, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Grief

The entire nation mourns when tragedy strikes a school like Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. The pain must be unbearable for the families and friends of the children and educators who were so mercilessly killed. When a... Read more
Livia McCoy
Technology Solutions for Reading and Writing Difficulties

Dec 13, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Writing, Kids Reading

I teach at a school for students who have language learning difficulties. One of our students (I’ll call her Janel) makes excellent use of technology to help her overcome her difficulty with reading and writing for hers... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Let Children Help, and Learn, for the Holidays

Dec 11, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Fun Learning Activities

This weekend we received a Christmas card from our niece and her family. I noticed that the envelope had been addressed by her young son. “What a great idea!” I thought. I called my niece and asked her about this... Read more
Livia McCoy
Decoding and Reading Comprehension: Figuring Out Your Child’s Struggle

Dec 06, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Kids Reading, Elementary School, 1st Grade

Many of my students have difficulty understanding what they read. If you notice that your child struggles with reading, there are some ways you can figure out what the problem might be. Reading is very much like figuring out ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
A Simple but Meaningful Holiday Gift for Your Child

Dec 04, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Connie McCarthy

As we are all aware, parents today are stretched in many different directions. Obligations at work, demands of home and family, and the stress of the holiday season can be difficult. Combined with text messages, tweets, email... Read more
Livia McCoy
Overcoming the Fear of Making an Oral Presentation

Nov 29, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Livia McCoy, Anxiety

Speaking in front of people is frightening for some people. I have faculty members who will gladly teach in front of their students but if I ask them to present something to their peers, they do not want to do it!  Thi... Read more
Craig Bystrynski
Connecting With Your Kids About Mobile Phone Safety

Nov 29, 2012 - Posted by Craig Bystrynski in Cell Phones

If you are the parent of a teen or tween who has a mobile phone (or may be getting one for the holidays), you might have concerns about her safety. Will your child get bullied via texts? Will she make bad choices and be the s... Read more
Connie McCarthy
A Mystery Game To Improve Mental Math Skills

Nov 27, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Math, Kindergarten, Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

Understanding basic addition and subtraction facts provides a tremendous advantage to kindergarten and 1st grade students. The more a young child can quickly and accurately make addition and subtraction combinations mentally... Read more
Livia McCoy
Deep Breathing To Help With Test Anxiety

Nov 20, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Struggling Students, Standardized Testing, Livia McCoy

  Many students completely stress out when they have a test. They might be totally prepared and know everything on it, yet they are so scared and worried that they become unable to show what they know. There are some str... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Boost Your Kindergartner's Reading Skills, Using Common Core Standards

Nov 19, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards

Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are clear and defined templates of skills that students should be learning at each grade level.  They have been written for K-12 students in both English/Language Arts and Mathematics.... Read more