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Connie McCarthy
Easy Vacation Memories

Jul 20, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

One of the easiest ways to help your child practice writing this summer is to make a "Vacation Memory Book." If you are going away on vacation, or just taking short day trips to the beach with your child this summer, this is ... Read more
Livia McCoy
Using Text-to-Speech Software to Proofread

Jul 18, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Kids Writing, Kids Reading

Summertime writing projects are a great time to work on proofreading skills. My students hate to proofread their work! I guess it's because it takes longer to finish it if they take the time to proof it. However, it is a w... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Frustration Free Creative Writing

Jul 14, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Kids Writing, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

When young children first begin to write stories they often get frustrated, and need help spelling the "big words." Here is a way to help your child overcome this obstacle and let creative writing flow. You will need: A sta... Read more
Livia McCoy
Learning to Accept Help

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Summer Learning, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Math, Fun Learning Activities

Some of my summer school students feel like accepting my help means I am doing the work for them. They would rather turn in lower quality work and do it totally by themselves. This is admirable -- that they want to do the w... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Poetry and Play for Summer Learning Fun

Jul 06, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy

Combining poetry and play is a great way to strengthen language and literacy skills in a melodic and lyrical way. One of my favorite poems is Robert Louis Stevenson's classic "The Swing." When my own children were young, we w... Read more
Livia McCoy
Fairness Is Not Always What It Seems

Jul 05, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy

Parents sometimes feel guilty about spending money on one child who needs extra help and not spending the same amount of money on their other children -- or, not having the money to spend on the others. Tutors, special summe... Read more
Fourth of July Kids Activities that Nudge Kids out of Their Comfort Zone

Jun 29, 2011 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Summer Learning, Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities

  Last night I went to a mom’s night out. You know, the night where you go to connect with other moms, get a break from the kids and where, inevitably, all conversation turns to talking about your kids. Last night&... Read more
Livia McCoy
How to Help Your Child Improve his or her Memory

Jun 28, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Fun Learning Activities

Some children struggle with memory. This is especially true when learning something brand new when there isn’t already similar learning in memory. But, according to Dr. Gary Brannigan and Dr. Howard Margolis, there is... Read more
Connie McCarthy
End of the School Year Reflections

Jun 27, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Every June I am reminded what a magical year First Grade is in a child’s academic life. I’m reminded by the inspiring words of my students and their parents. "She taught me how to read and now I love it!" wrote ... Read more
Creative Ways to Encourage Your Kids to Read More This Summer!

Jun 24, 2011 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Summer Learning, Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Elementary School, Contest

  Reading programs at your local library are an awesome way to get your kids to read over the summer. But not all kids are inspired to read by these programs. Some just need that extra nudge. Turning reading into an adve... Read more