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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
Livia McCoy
Fairness Doesn’t Mean Treating All Kids the Same

Nov 01, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy

  “That’s not fair!” Parents and teachers hear this often. What children don’t always understand is that treating students fairly does not mean treating them all alike. Even adults sometimes say t... Read more
Craig Bystrynski
Take the Transition Optical "My Eye Promise" and Help Get Books To Kids

Oct 31, 2012 - Posted by Craig Bystrynski in Healthy Kids

As parents, we talk to our kids about healthy living, but sometimes those messages are, well, boring. But here’s a really fun way to promote good vision care from Transitions Optical.  Consider taking the My Eye Pr... Read more