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Connie McCarthy
6 Easy Ways To Volunteer in Your Child’s Classroom

Aug 14, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Connie McCarthy

Very often parents want to volunteer in their child’s classroom—and that’s a great idea! Classroom involvement is beneficial in many ways. When you volunteer, you: subtly reinforce the importance of school ... Read more
Livia McCoy
Establishing Back-to-School Routines for Kids With ADHD

Aug 12, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Organization, Memory, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, ADHD

Adolescents with ADHD or working memory problems often have trouble getting ready for school in the morning. They often forget to take important things to school like their book bag, homework, and clothes for gym. Mornings ar... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Two Fine Motor Activities To Develop Math Skills

Aug 07, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Motor Skills, Kindergarten, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

Using fine motor activities involving hand and finger movements is a great way to get a young child to practice and remember number concepts. Here are two easy ways to mesh fine motor and simple math readiness skills for your... Read more
SchoolFamily
Help Your Child’s School Win $4,000 From Frigo Cheese Heads Snack Cheese

Aug 05, 2014 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Contest

Are you a parent who can think of something your child’s school could use? Could you describe it in 50 to 200 words? Then you have a chance to win $4,000 for your school in the Frigo® Cheese Heads® Build a Brigh... Read more
Livia McCoy
Organization Tips for Back-to-School Time

Aug 05, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Organization, Livia McCoy, Executive Functioning, Back to School, ADHD

Some of the schools near me start in two weeks! It is hard to believe the summer is almost over. If your child is disorganized and has trouble keeping up with everything and managing his time, you might be able to help. While... Read more
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Staying Healthy at Back-to-School Time

Aug 01, 2014 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Healthy Kids

When kids go back to school, it often isn’t long before the first sniffles and colds arrive. Parents can’t stop their kids from getting sick, but there’s plenty they can do to help them stay healthy, and if ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
10 Things To Practice for Kindergarten Readiness

Jul 31, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Connie McCarthy

When I first began my teaching career, kindergarten was a half-day program and primarily focused on play and socialization. Wow, have those days changed! Today, many kindergartens are on a full-day schedule and are much more ... Read more
Livia McCoy
Using Praise Effectively Helps Self-Esteem

Jul 29, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy

Parents are rightly concerned about the self-esteem of their teens. It is important to feel confident and self-assured. Equally important, however, is the need to learn to accept and benefit from constructive criticism. You c... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Practice the Magic "E" With Young Readers

Jul 24, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

Young students usually first learn simple “cvc” words—consonant, vowel, consonant. These are simple three-letter words such as cat, pet, hid, hop, and cub. Three-letter words help a young reader learn as he ... Read more
Livia McCoy
Encourage Good Grammar on Social Media

Jul 22, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Social Media, Livia McCoy, Kids Writing, Kids Learning

Many teens spend a great deal of time on social sites networking with friends. One concern I have about that relates to language skills. It is acceptable on these sites to use improper grammar and spelling, and we often blame... Read more