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Connie McCarthy
Foster Your Child's Curiosity

Jun 19, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Most parents of young children have been bombarded with the “why” questions. “Why is the sky blue?”  “Why do I have to eat these vegetables?” “Why can’t I breathe underwate... Read more
Livia McCoy
Help Students Set Reasonable Goals

Jun 17, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, High School, Gifted and Talented

Children need to learn how to set reasonable goals for themselves. In the last few weeks, I have worked with several students who were disappointed in themselves and truly upset about how their final grades turned out. Their ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Help Young Students Understand Coins

Jun 12, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Recognizing coins and understanding their value are two separate and important skills. Young students cannot be expected to add and subtract mixed coins, then understand the different value of each one, if they don’t fi... Read more
SchoolFamily
Win a Classroom Reading Area From TeacherLists.com and Scholastic Instructor

Jun 11, 2014 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Untagged 

Imagine a brand-new reading area at your school where students can sit in comfy beanbag chairs, relax, and read. Add to this: a stereo listening center and more than 1,000 books! Well, it can happen—if you let your scho... Read more
Livia McCoy
10 Things New Graduates Should Know

Jun 10, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy, High School

The class of 2014 has now graduated. I always have mixed emotions when students leave after several years of working together. I remember all the struggles along the way, and how they made it through those struggles to gradua... Read more
Connie McCarthy
More Healthy Play for Summer Learning and Fun

Jun 04, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Social and Emotional Development, Healthy Kids, Connie McCarthy

Summer is the time to have fun while learning! Here are three more healthy play activities to build a child’s coordination and body control, as well as enhance gross- and fine-motor skills.Walking the line You’ll ... Read more
Livia McCoy
In a Digital World, Many Students Prefer Printed Books

Jun 03, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, Livia McCoy, Learning Styles, Kids Learning

Will there ever be a day when there are no real books in schools? This question comes up periodically when we discuss how we should prepare students for the twenty-first century. I hope the answer is “Of course not!&rdq... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Keep Your Child Reading All Summer

May 29, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Reading, School Vacation, Kids Reading, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

One successful reading strategy I’ve used in 1st grade is pairing students with a 5th grade “reading buddy.” We would meet with our buddies once a week. Sometimes the older student would read to the younger ... Read more
Livia McCoy
In Summer Months, Practice School Skills as a Family

May 22, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Summer Learning, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

In just a few weeks, school will close for the summer! It is important that students have some time for fun and relaxation while off. There are some skills, however, that students need to practice even through the summer mont... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Use “Story Starters” To Help Young Writers

May 22, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Writing, Connie McCarthy

Very often young children are reluctant writers because they simply don’t know how to start a story. One way to circumvent this is to provide them with a “story starter.” Story starters are prompts. They can... Read more