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Livia McCoy
Insight on How to Speak to your Child who Struggles In School

Apr 25, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities

Children who struggle in school often process language more slowly than other children. Many times parents and teachers ask a child a question and then make the mistake of not allowing them enough time to think and respond. ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
My Case for All Day Kindergarten

Apr 21, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Success, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Why don’t all school districts, across the country, have full day kindergartens? Spring is the time of year when parents usually register their children for the upcoming kindergarten year. For many parents, whose schoo... Read more
Livia McCoy
Poor Social Skills Can Lead to Bullying

Apr 18, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Bullying

Children with learning differences may have problems socially (see Kids Who Do Poorly in School More Likely to Become Bullies). According to the Pacer Center, "children who bully suffer as much as those they target. They ar... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Six Simple Ideas to Encourage your Child to be a Good Reader

Apr 14, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

This week is one of my favorite weeks of the entire school year! This is "Reading Week," and every day we are celebrating the priceless joys of reading. Here are six simple ideas to encourage your child to be a good reader. ... Read more
Livia McCoy
Social Skills and Learning Disabilities

Apr 13, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Fun Learning Activities

Some children who struggle with their schoolwork also struggle with social skills. This is especially true of children who have nonverbal learning disabilities. They may not pick up on normal social cues like other children... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Try “Brain Gym” to Enhance Learning

Apr 07, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Health and Fitness, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

We can all benefit from a stronger mind/body connection. This is particularly true for young learners. A few years ago I learned a simple program from the occupational therapists in our school. It is called "Brain Gym" and ... Read more
Livia McCoy
How to Help Struggling Students Build Self Esteem

Apr 04, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities

My heart broke just a little when one of my students recently told me, "I’m just ready to give up." I thought a lot about him and what might help him feel better about himself. Children who struggle in school need some... Read more
Connie McCarthy
"Five Fingers" Can Determine the Right Book

Mar 30, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

When young children begin to read they love to go to the library and choose their own books. Yet, parents often wonder how a child can pick out a book on their own that is appropriate for their reading level. Here is a simpl... Read more
Livia McCoy
Using Webbing to Study for a Test

Mar 28, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities

Webbing is a great study strategy for some students. It is especially good for visual learners and those who need to see the "big picture" -- the ones who focus on the overall concept rather than the details that support it.... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Educational Uses for Sticky Notes

Mar 23, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

I think "sticky notes" are one of the world’s greatest inventions! Their educational uses can be fun and creative. Young children love working with them. Here are four ways to use these helpful notes to inspire read... Read more