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Connie McCarthy
Help Your Child Choose the Right Book

Oct 09, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Three ways to categorize young readers are emergent, beginning, and independent. Emergent reading is defined as children’s interaction with reading and writing before they can actually read and write. Emergent readers c... Read more
Livia McCoy
Make the Most of Family Meals

Oct 07, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy

Time spent enjoying family meals can pay off in stronger connections. When possible, it is important to sit down together to talk and find out how everyone is. It's also a time when your children learn manners and respectful ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Two Activities for Understanding Numbers

Oct 02, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

The ability to compare numbers helps your child understand quantity and number relationship. This understanding develops deeper math skills needed for more complex math operations in higher grades. One way to practice this sk... Read more
Livia McCoy
Don't Worry—Your Teen Is Probably Normal

Sep 30, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy, High School

Several times in the last couple of years, parents have asked for a conference with me. I am always happy to meet with parents, because I see myself as a partner with them to help take care of their child. What these parents ... Read more
SchoolFamily
A Case for Teaching Handwriting in the Digital Age

Sep 29, 2014 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Writing, Kids Learning, Handwriting

by Anne G. Faigen Until a friend described a recent visit with his middle-school-age grandson, I had no idea of a debate raging about the teaching of penmanship. My friend told me, “I got tired of his being in some alte... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Five Simple Ideas for Homework Success

Sep 25, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Organization, Homework, Connie McCarthy

Each September, it is adorable how my new 1st grade students can’t wait to start homework! The challenge for parents and teachers is to continue this enthusiasm and make a child’s time spent doing homework success... Read more
Livia McCoy
A Simple List System for Managing Time and Assignments

Sep 23, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Organization, Livia McCoy, High School

Many of my students have trouble managing their time. They come to school without their homework and especially long term assignments they have known about for a long time. All of them have digital calendars, apps on their ph... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Music and Movement Can Enhance Reading Skills

Sep 18, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Reading, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Listening to children’s music is a fun way to help your young student make connections needed for reading. These connections include: listening memory/recall rhyming language skills focus It can also be a great enrich... Read more
Livia McCoy
Ease the Transition From Middle to Upper School

Sep 16, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Middle School, Livia McCoy, High School

Transitioning from middle to upper school is difficult for many students. In my area of the country, 9th grade is considered upper school. Often students are not aware that grades in upper school are more important than they ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Teach Temporal Words for Better Reading Comprehension

Sep 11, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy

Knowing and understanding temporal words are key factors in helping young children sequence events in stories. Temporal words are words that relate to time. Twelve examples for young readers to know and practice are: once fi... Read more