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Livia McCoy
Getting Started on a Task - How to Help Your Child

Aug 08, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, Homework, Fun Learning Activities

Some children have a hard time getting started on a task. They sit and stare at the worksheet or book and do not know what to do. There are several things that may be going on. They may know what they are supposed to do, b... Read more
SchoolFamily
Terrific New Site that Helps You Stay Connected to Your Child’s Classroom

Aug 04, 2011 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Parent Involvement, Back to School

There is no more denying it: back-to-school is upon us.  So, are you in the “it’s the most wonderful time of the year” camp or the “sad to see them go” camp? For me, I always suffer from a f... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Back to School Countdown for Early Elementary Kids

Aug 04, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Supplies, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy, Back to School

Relaxed summer schedules are ending, and the back to school rush has begun. If your young child is counting down the days until school starts, or has just started back, your household routines are changing and getting back in... Read more
SchoolFamily
Help Teachers Get the Supplies They Need Through TeacherWishList.com

Aug 03, 2011 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Teachers, Teacher Appreciation, PTOs and PTAs, Parent Involvement, Organization, Middle School, High School, Elementary School, Contest, Back to School

  Did you know that on average, teachers spend $462 of their own money to buy supplies for their classroom?   Enter TeacherWishList.com! This new site was launched last week by School Family Media (our parent compan... Read more
Livia McCoy
What Happens When We Learn?

Aug 01, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Learning

Many people ask me to help them understand why their child is having trouble learning in school. This is a very complicated question! Many things have to happen before learning can occur. The first step in the learning pro... Read more
SchoolFamily
Your Suggestions of Must-Read Children's Books & Sweepstakes Winners

Jul 29, 2011 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Summer Learning, School Success, Kids Reading, Contest

  Closing out this week with some good news and some good reads! We are happy to announce the 2 winners of the Summer Reading List Sweepstakes. Congrats go to: Gina Lovejoy from California Shelly Rogers from Missouri Jud... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Creative Play Leads to Learning

Jul 29, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Play is a great tool for learning, and summer is the time to easily blend play with academic skills. Here are some simple ways to turn play into valuable learning experiences. At the beach: Let your child use a stick to prac... Read more
Livia McCoy
Take Advantage of Real-Life Learning Experiences

Jul 25, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

There is nothing like a real-life experience to make you want to learn something new. In the education world, we call this "authentic learning." My grandsons found a pill bug (sowbug, roly-poly bug) under the house where we... Read more
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