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Connie McCarthy
Build True Reading Comprehension Skills This Summer

Jun 18, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy

The faster a child can decode a word, the stronger a reader he will become. Recognizing words, using clues from the pictures and reading with fluency can make him a successful, comprehensive reader. Here are ways to help deve... Read more
Livia McCoy
Try Quizlet for Summertime Math Vocabulary Review

Jun 16, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Summer Learning, Math, Livia McCoy, Kids Math

Every subject students take in school has specific facts and vocabulary associated with it. In history, students must learn people’s names, events that happened, and important dates. In literature, there are character n... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Move Learning Away From the Classroom This Summer

Jun 11, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Summer break has started, or will very shortly. It’s a perfect time to take those classroom skills and apply them to different, more relaxed summer venues. By keeping the learning process active, you can help your child... Read more
Livia McCoy
Encourage Teens' Writing During the Summer

Jun 09, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Recently, a student shared a poem he had written with me. I was totally amazed at how beautiful and thoughtful it was. He was involved in a creative writing class, and the poem was an assignment. This made me think about the ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Sensory Activities Sharpen Skills and Encourage Creativity

Jun 04, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Sensory games can be a fun way for any child to learn. Here are three easy activities to encourage your child to learn in different ways: Heighten his listening comprehension with simple household objects. For example, use a ... Read more
Livia McCoy
Keys To Helping Your Child Be Successful in School—and in Life

Jun 02, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Social and Emotional Development, School Success, Livia McCoy, High School

In a few short days, I will watch another class of seniors walk across the stage to receive their high school diplomas. It is always an emotional time, because I have worked with many of these students for several years and s... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Verse Writing Sharpens Skills and Creativity

May 28, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Writing, Connie McCarthy

Whether your child loves to write stories or is a reluctant writer, a great way to bolster writing skills is to make simple poems. Verse writing is short; children easily understand the rhythm, and see quick results of their ... Read more
Livia McCoy
Tips for Connecting With Your Kids During the Summer

May 26, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Summer Reading, Summer Learning, Livia McCoy

Summertime! Kids everywhere are living in anticipation of release from school for the summer. What happens then? That is an important question to ask; parents everywhere should consider what is best for their children. When p... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Create Word Rainbows To Help Young Spellers

May 21, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Spelling, Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

This year in my 1st grade class, I have been using a terrific new concept passed along to me by my colleague, Kathy. This idea greatly helps our students master their weekly spelling assignments. In both of our 1st grade clas... Read more
Livia McCoy
Help Students Have a Strong Finish to the Year

May 19, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

There are only a few weeks left of this school year. Students everywhere are looking forward to summer, and it’s hard to stay focused on school. It is important, however, to finish strong for more than just making this ... Read more