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Connie McCarthy
A Modern Twist on the Ancient Abacus

Mar 20, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Using an abacus for calculating numbers predates our modern system of writing numbers on paper or other materials. Its origin can be traced back to the very early civilizations of Persia, China, and Egypt. This simple device ... Read more
Livia McCoy
The Benefits of Student Internships

Mar 17, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Livia McCoy, High School

Students from the school where I teach are off this week to do internships. They are allowed to choose where they want to go, and we have students in several states (and a few out of the country). The students try to find a p... Read more
Connie McCarthy
What Is “Schema” in Education?

Mar 12, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

At PTO meetings or parent conferences, you might have heard the term “schema” (pronounced SKEE-mah) and its importance in reading comprehension. What exactly is “schema?” Simply put, schema is backgrou... Read more
Livia McCoy
Help Keep Your Kids Safe Online

Mar 10, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Social Media, Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy

Teens spend a lot of time on social networks. We have all heard of Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook; but have you also heard of Whisper, Vine, and Yik Yak? It is difficult to keep up in the digital world when it is changing... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Coming Soon: A New Dr. Seuss Book!

Mar 05, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy

March 2 is always a special day in early childhood education. This year it was the 111th birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss is the beloved author of such childhood classic books as Hop on P... Read more
Livia McCoy
When Learning and Teaching Styles Don't Mesh

Mar 03, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, Livia McCoy, Learning Styles, Kids Learning

Each student has preferences for how he likes to learn, what kind of classroom makes him feel the most comfortable, and how his teacher likes to teach. Many times, students are in classrooms that do not match up with their le... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Sorting and Classifying Help Develop Strong Math Skills

Feb 26, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Kids Math, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Sorting and classifying are early elements of math.  Understanding patterns in general is the beginning of algebra. Young children can be taught to sort by color, shape, size, etc. They can learn to manipulate and create... Read more
Livia McCoy
The Benefits of Extracurricular Activities

Feb 24, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Sports, Livia McCoy, Extracurricular Activities, After-School

Parents often ask me whether I think it is a good idea to allow their child to play sports or participate in extracurricular activities even though they are struggling in school. They feel the time would be better spent if th... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Organization Help for the Second Half of the School Year

Feb 19, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Organization, Connie McCarthy

Winter break is a great time to clear out clutter and organize for the remaining months of the school year. Here are four easy ways to simplify school papers, keep clutter to a minimum, and refine homework routines: Singer B... Read more
Livia McCoy
Teens and Marijuana Use: What Parents Should Know

Feb 17, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy, High School, Healthy Kids, Anxiety

When students smoke marijuana, they typically do not do well in school. I was curious about whether the recent state laws legalizing marijuana for recreational use have affected the number of teens who smoke it regularly. A r... Read more