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Connie McCarthy
Turn Paper Clutter Into Learning Tools

Nov 13, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Are old magazines, newspapers, flyers, and brochures causing clutter in your home? Turn them into new learning tools that develop academic and important motor skills for your young student! For phonics practice: Use pictures... Read more
Livia McCoy
Is Online Skimming Destroying Reading Comprehension?

Nov 11, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Kids Reading

Most students feel that as soon as they have answered all the questions on their homework assignment, they are finished with learning that material. They often rush through and only use the resources they absolutely must use ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Your Child’s Collectibles Can Support Academic Skills

Nov 06, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Does your child like to collect things? If so, turn those seashells, rocks, action figures, comic books, toy dinosaurs, into useful objects that promote math and Language Arts skills. Here are three ways to involve math with ... Read more
Livia McCoy
Use Table of Contents Tools for Note-Taking

Nov 04, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Struggling Students, Organization, Livia McCoy

My students often have difficulty keeping up with their notes. Those who type them on their tablet or computer often save each day’s notes in a separate file. When they need to use the notes to study or do homework, the... Read more
Connie McCarthy
A Simple Activity To Help With Story Writing

Oct 30, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Writing, Connie McCarthy

Writing stories is a learned skill. It’s a process by which the writer uses written words to communicate clear ideas. In our 1st grade class, we talk about the writer’s responsibility to the reader. For example, t... Read more
Livia McCoy
Honesty Is a Vital Part of Character

Oct 28, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy

Ben Lamm, a vice president at Capital One, spoke last week at the West Point Ethics and Leadership Conference in Richmond, Va. He emphasized the importance of honesty in the workplace. He called honesty a “non-negotiabl... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Build Math “Fact Power” in Young Students

Oct 23, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Connie McCarthy

The ability to easily recall basic addition and subtraction facts is an important skill for a young student. One of the best ways to facilitate this is playing a simple game to reinforce addition and subtraction skills. ... Read more
Livia McCoy
Tips for Better Note-Taking

Oct 21, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Struggling Students, Organization, Livia McCoy, High School

Taking notes is difficult for many students. Teachers often talk quickly, and students are not able to get everything written down. Additionally, students often do not know how to make the best use of their notes once they ta... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Modeling Respect Leads to School Success

Oct 16, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Social and Emotional Development, Connie McCarthy

When parents teach young children to talk, listen, and act with respect, they are clearly setting a standard for school success. In our classroom we have five simple class rules. They are: quiet hands quiet feet quiet lips e... Read more
Livia McCoy
Does Your Child Need Extra Time for Achievement Exams?

Oct 14, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Struggling Students, Standardized Testing, Livia McCoy

Receiving extra time or other accommodations on the SAT can be a lifesaver for some students. Those who process more slowly than others or who have attention deficits, vision problems, or learning disabilities may get lower s... Read more