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Connie McCarthy
Holiday Traveling Games for Learning... and Family Sanity!

May 26, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Are you traveling with young children this holiday weekend? If so, here are some easy reading and math games that will keep your children entertained, while reinforcing skills. "Rhyme Time" An adult says four words, three t... Read more
Livia McCoy
Making Sense of Notes Taken on the Computer

May 24, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, School Success, Livia McCoy

I have been tutoring a seventh grade student who takes his life science notes on his computer. Apparently, his teacher uses PowerPoint to teach the lessons. Students get a copy of her PowerPoint and are supposed to fill in ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
How to Help Children Increase Reading Connections

May 20, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Young readers enjoy stories more when they can relate to characters, settings, or actions of the plot. Teachers call this a "self-to-text" connection. Children envision it as being "part" of the story. Making a "self-to-tex... Read more
SchoolFamily
5 Ways To Help Your Teen Get Fantastic Exam Results

May 17, 2011 - Posted by SchoolFamily in School Success, Parent Involvement, High School, Fun Learning Activities

This week we are excited to have a guest blog authored by Clare McIlwraith and Chris Whittington, a.k.a The Study Gurus. This dynamic duo specializes in teaching students how to study effectively.  Their aim is to show ... Read more
Livia McCoy
Multisensory Instruction -- It’s Not Just for School

May 16, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

Most parents are aware that children need to have multisensory instruction at school in order to learn things like math, english, science, or history. But, many of us have not really thought about the need for the same strat... Read more
Connie McCarthy
To Repeat a Grade or Not to Repeat…That is the Question!

May 12, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Success, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Are you facing the decision of whether your young child should repeat their school grade? The goal of repeating a grade is to give a student extra time to grow, mature, and master grade level skills that were missed the first... Read more
Livia McCoy
Teaching Your Child to Listen--The First Time You Say It!

May 09, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities

I saw an interesting suggestion for helping children with ADD (attention deficit disorder) in an article about classroom interventions. In a long list of ideas it said, "Give simple, concrete directions, once." This reminded ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Happy Mother’s Day From the First Grade!

May 06, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

I asked my First Graders to write a story about "why their Mom was special to them." We talked about writing "from your heart." I told them how their words could be better than a "million dollar gift," and a keepsake that th... Read more
Livia McCoy
Voice-to-Text Software = Great Homework Tool for Kids Who Have Difficulty Writing

May 02, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Kids Writing

For several years I have been experimenting with voice-to-text software for my students who have difficulty writing for themselves. The students who need it the most had very little success with it! Well, actually I didn&rs... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Use Music to Enhance Your Young Child's Memory

Apr 28, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

By the end of first grade students should know how to tell time to the hour and half-hour, on both an analogical and digital clock. This is sometimes a difficult skill for them to master, especially transitioning from a clo... Read more