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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
Livia McCoy
Problems Copying From the Board

Nov 15, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Struggling Students, School Success, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

Some children have a hard time copying things from the board. Some are unable to do it at all, while others are just very slow at copying. There are multiple reasons for this difficulty. Regardless of its cause, students nee... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Practice Writing Skills With Thanksgiving Notes

Nov 13, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Writing, Connie McCarthy

  Young students should be able to write, or at least copy, short notes. What better opportunity to hone their writing skills than sending thank-you notes in the days prior to Thanksgiving?   Brighten someone’... Read more
Livia McCoy
Developmental Differences in Thinking Ability

Nov 07, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Livia McCoy, Learning Styles, Kids Learning

When children are very young, they can only think about concrete things—objects they can actually see or touch. The curriculum in early elementary school begins with things that are concrete. For example, science instru... Read more
Connie McCarthy
A Fun Game To Learn Addition and Subtraction

Nov 05, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

Understanding addition and subtraction within the number 20 is a First Grade Common Core goal. Here is an easy and fun way to help your child practice these skills to increase math fluency.   Start with addition, until ... Read more