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Connie McCarthy
Get Your Child Organized for School

Oct 02, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Organization

At the beginning of every school year, teachers strive to get their classroom management strategies in place. They do this to provide a safe and predictable school environment for all students. Now is a great time to organiz... Read more
Connie McCarthy
5 Questions To Ask the Teacher at Open House

Sep 27, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Connie McCarthy, Back to School

As your elementary-age child settles into the new year, schools typically schedule an open house or “meet the teacher” night. This is an important event to attend, if your schedule allows. It’s important be... Read more
Livia McCoy
Make the Most of Parents Night

Sep 25, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Back to School

Parents night (also called back-to-school night) is a big event at our school. Almost all of our families are represented by one or both parents. It is a time to get a feeling for the atmosphere in the school and find out ... Read more
Livia McCoy
When Your Child Has a Chronic Health Illness

Sep 18, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy

When children have chronic health concerns, it is more important than ever for the parents and school to form a partnership for the benefit of the child. The National Institutes of Health has an excellent guide that instructs... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
SchoolFamilycom and Meal Makeover Moms Present Healthier Mealtime Choices—And a Special Offer

Sep 18, 2012 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Recipe Share

“Hey Mom, what’s for dinner?” Deciding what to make for dinner is a challenge in many households with young children, especially on busy weeknights. With school the next day, kids need a nutritious evening m... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Everyday Ways to Help Children Practice New Skills

Sep 17, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Recipe Share, Connie McCarthy

Now that school is in session your young child is learning new skills every day.  Here are some simple ways to reinforce and practice those skills as part of your family’s routines:   Count backwards. While w... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
Paying Kids for Grades: Bribery or Good Investment?

Sep 12, 2012 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Grades

“Hey kids: I’ll give you $50 for that A!” Have you ever paid your kids for getting good grades? It’s a controversial practice to some who argue that it’s akin to bribing kids for studying hard an... Read more
Livia McCoy
Help Your Kids Handle Back-to-School Anxiety

Sep 05, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy

    One day this week was set aside as orientation for new students at the school where I teach. Our middle school dean of students mentioned to me that he was very nervous. When I asked him if it was because he was... Read more
Connie McCarthy
A New School Year Means A New Challenge for Students—and This Teacher

Sep 04, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

Every new school year is full of challenges for students, parents, teachers, and administrators. I’m excited to report that this will be a very different school year for me. For the first time in 25 years, I’m not... Read more
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Aug 29, 2012 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Back to School

Back-to-school time is a great opportunity for parents to introduce (or bring back) routines into children’s lives, from homework and bedtime routines to practicing healthy habits. And one of the best ways to help kids ... Read more