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Livia McCoy
Computer-Assisted Reading

Mar 14, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Reading

If your child has trouble reading, or reads too slowly, she might benefit from text-to-speech software. Text-speech-software takes any text in digital format (such as on the Internet or in a word processor) and reads it alou... Read more
SchoolFamily
Searching for Balanced & Tasty Before-School Breakfasts

Mar 09, 2011 - Posted by SchoolFamily in School Success, Nutrition, Middle School, Kids Learning, High School, Helicopter Parents, Health and Fitness, Elementary School

Is it just me or is getting your kids to eat breakfast before school a challenge?  I am ever-conscious of not being a helicopter parent, but when it comes to breakfast, this is one battle that I pick.  As the school... Read more
Livia McCoy
Study Strategies that Match Your Child’s Learning Style

Mar 08, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

Students do better in school if they understand how they best learn. Some need to see a demonstration to learn something new. Others need to read about it and study illustrations in a book. A few people just need for someo... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Use Greeting Cards as Story Starters

Mar 07, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Collaborating with colleagues is a great way for professionals to exchange successful ideas. Recently, I met with my college friend, Elaine Scott, who is a retired first grade teacher. Of course we were "talking shop" and ... Read more
SchoolFamily
Get Moving and Do Better in School

Feb 28, 2011 - Posted by SchoolFamily in School Success, Nutrition, Motor Skills, Kids Learning, Internet Safety, Health and Fitness, Extracurricular Activities

Last week was school vacation here in Massachusetts.  One afternoon I went to lunch with a few friends who were lamenting how difficult it is to get their kids outside and moving. Of course the conversation turned to lim... Read more
Livia McCoy
When Smart Students Cannot Write What They Know

Feb 28, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Homework

Some students have difficulty getting their excellent ideas written down. This can be from a variety of problems such as dysgraphia (a physical problem that prevents handwriting or typing), or a specific language learning di... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Simple Questions Can Spark Reading Comprehension

Feb 25, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Would you like to have your child read with confidence and increased comprehension? Here are five simple ideas to accomplish this: When your young child gets a new book, or revisits an old favorite book, let him look throug... Read more
Livia McCoy
Accommodating for a Spelling Disability

Feb 21, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Learning

What if when you stored a word in your memory the letters in the word got switched around? And, every time you access it, the letters may or may not go back in there the same way. When you try to spell the word it comes out... Read more
Connie McCarthy
School Vacation Games for Fun and Learning

Feb 18, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Kids Reading, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Extracurricular Activities, Connie McCarthy

Looking for fun ways to keep your young child actively engaged in learning over February vacation? Here are two simple activities for you. One will help with reading skills, and the other is for math. While these activities c... Read more
Livia McCoy
Homework Struggles - When to Talk to the Teacher

Feb 14, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Learning, Homework

In an earlier post I mentioned that there are some students who need to have their homework assignments modified for one reason or another. If your child is really struggling with homework, consider whether modifying their h... Read more