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Connie McCarthy
Where Have Children's Good Manners Gone?

Nov 14, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, School Success, Parent Involvement, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Often I find myself asking, “What’s happened to basic good manners these days?”  Last week I was having a conversation with another teacher in our school corridor. As we were chatting, two students plow... Read more
Carissa Rogers
Drama vs. Sports: Is There A Difference?

Nov 09, 2011 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in High School, Carissa Rogers, After-School

Welcome to our first year of high school. My daughter is a freshman and has all honors classes, with promises of double homework. She also has piano, marching band (marching during home football games), and all the friends an... Read more
Livia McCoy
Can “Working Memory” Problems Cause Difficulty in School?

Nov 08, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, Homework, High School, Elementary School, ADHD

Memory is a complicated process. Most of us are familiar with short-term memory, the place where new information goes before it gets stored in long-term memory for later use. Most psychologists now agree that there is yet an... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Kids Learn Skills Through Art

Nov 07, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Motor Skills, Kindergarten, Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

“Art is thought expressed through the hands.” — Unknown author Most young children are natural artists. Some of an infant’s earliest responses are to color, light and shapes. These responses help an in... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
Article Shows How My Daughter Will Study From Now On

Nov 03, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in School Curriculum, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, Homework, High School, Health and Fitness, Elementary School, College

The other day, an email arrived from my friend Cindy, with a link to an article in the Wall Street Journal. No, it wasn't about finding the best hedge fund manager or advice on what to do when the stock market takes another n... Read more
Carissa Rogers
When You Give A Mom A Trip to Spain…

Nov 01, 2011 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in Middle School, Elementary School, Carissa Rogers, After-School

Every once in a blue moon, a rare thing happens. The stars align and a mom of 3 children is allowed to travel away from her kids, the chaos, and the never-ending car pools. In fact it’s a delicate recipe of multiple ing... Read more
Livia McCoy
"Retrieval Practice" is A Proven Way to Study

Nov 01, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Parent Involvement, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, Homework, High School, Elementary School

Many students do not know the best methods to use when studying for a test.  According to Jeffrey D. Karpicke, a researcher at Purdue University, a lot of students don't  understand that they can't be looking at wha... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Music is a Valuable Tool in Early Education

Oct 31, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Remember all the times you have gotten a song stuck in your head and it’s driven you crazy? The reverse is true for young children.  If you really want them to remember something, put it to music!  I have foun... Read more
Why Your Teen Needs to Care About Math

Oct 27, 2011 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Teachers, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Homework, High School, College

This week, presents a guest blog authored by Clare McIlwraith and Chris Whittington, a.k.a The Study Gurus. This dynamic duo specializes in teaching student how to study effectively. They share their years of... Read more
Carissa Rogers
School's Halloween Carnival Equals Applause For teachers!

Oct 25, 2011 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in Teachers, Teacher Appreciation, School Volunteers, PTOs and PTAs, Middle School, High School, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School, Carissa Rogers

My fake Farah Fawcett wig is off to teachers who make a difference … kudos to teacher involvement in schools everywhere! Three years ago, we experienced our first elementary “Halloween Carnival” at our curr... Read more