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Connie McCarthy
Start a “Word a Day” Bank in Your Family

Mar 05, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Spelling, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Here’s a simple and fun way to help your child become an awesome reader: Build a family “word of the day” bank. Halfway through the school year is a perfect time to start this because it builds on skills ear... Read more
Livia McCoy
Does Your Child Think in Three Dimensions?

Feb 28, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Styles, Learning Disabilities, Kids Learning

What was your favorite toy when you were a child? I love to ask my students this question. The students I teach have a specific language learning disability, and I can usually predict what they will answer to this question. M... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday With Great Books

Feb 26, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Reading, Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy

Looking for a reason to make this coming weekend memorable for your child? Celebrate Dr. Seuss! March 2 is Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Random House and the National Education Association (NEA) are urging adults to take time to... Read more
Livia McCoy
Small Steps Can Improve Student Skills

Feb 21, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Struggling Students, Livia McCoy

Students who struggle in school often have many areas where they need to improve. This is true whatever the age. I currently teach high school students who struggle with student skills, and it is unreasonable to expect them t... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Improve Math Skills With a Deck of Cards

Feb 19, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Connie McCarthy

Looking for a quick, fun activity to help young students improve math skills? Start with a deck of playing cards! Here is a simple, engaging, and fun game to increase your child’s mental math ability. Children in kinder... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Improving Reading Fluency With Nonsense Words

Feb 14, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy

Parents of students in kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade may be aware of using “nonsense” words in teaching phonics and reading. Many school districts are using Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DI... Read more
Livia McCoy
Reinforce the Homework Habits of Successful Students

Feb 12, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Homework

Students who struggle in school often do not have the habits of successful students. Many of my students need reminders to do what other students do without thinking. You can help your child develop these “good student&... Read more
Livia McCoy
Making Sports Accessible for All Students

Feb 07, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Sports, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities

Some students enjoy playing sports and are talented in that arena. Studies suggest that students who participate in sports tend to do better in school. In some sports, kids learn what it means to commit to a team. In others, ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Sick Day Books For Early Readers Help Make Connections

Feb 05, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Reading, Connie McCarthy

So your young elementary student is down with the flu, or a really bad cold. SchoolFamily.com has an excellent article, Make School Sick Days Less Stressful, that offers wise advice in dealing with childhood sick days. I thou... Read more
Livia McCoy
Help Students Find Opportunities To Mentor Others

Jan 31, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Livia McCoy

We have a science fair mentoring program at our school for students who have completed satisfactory projects in the past. These students are required to apply for the position and pass a test that proves they understand the s... Read more