Join our bloggers as they share their experiences on the challenges and joys of helping children succeed in school.
|Consequences of a Zero: How One Missing Grade Makes a Huge Difference
Oct 24, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Supplies, School Success, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Learning Disabilities, Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Homework, High School, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Back to School
Many students do not understand how important it is to complete (and turn in) every single assignment. They think that missing a paper or two does not make much difference in their overall grade. I have tutored students befor... Read more
Is there a connection between the “Occupy Wall Street” movement and our schools?
As an early educator I read with interest an October 19 Op-Ed piece in the New York Times that a friend and fellow educator sent me.... Read more
My husband is an attorney. And surprising to many, that statement is not mutually exclusive of the fact that he is the funniest, silliest person I know, and the most likely to dress up in witch-drag as “Elph... Read more
|A Cool (Free) Tool for Doing a Presentation
Oct 19, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kindergarten, Homework, High School, Elementary School
Many teachers assign presentations to help their students develop their speaking and presenting skills. I recently learned to use some presentation software that is available free on the web. It’s called Prezi and is pa... Read more
|Use Estimating Fun to Educate
Oct 17, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parenting, Parent Involvement, Motor Skills, Kindergarten, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy, Back to School
Take advantage of your young child’s natural curiosity by using estimation! It is a great way to help your child improve her overall math skills.
Estimating gives a child the opportunity to “guess” a math an... Read more
Imagine you’re having lunch with a couple of friends who are talking about weight loss…
And you jump in and mention that you’re still trying to lose those last 10 pounds of “baby weight” (okay m... Read more
|How to Help Your Child Improve His or Her Vocabulary
Oct 11, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kindergarten, Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School
For children to be successful in school, they need a strong vocabulary. This especially helps them to understand what they are reading. Experts tell us that children need to read a wide range of fiction and non-fi... Read more
As a life-long Red Sox fan, I was astounded by my beloved team’s collapse.
Just about everyone has heard how the team fell apart in September, and squandered a nine game lead in the American League wild card race.
How c... Read more
Do your children do chores in your household?
Do they do them willingly and without being asked and reminded repeatedly?
Take heart; mine don't either.
To that end, I wish I'd had "chore charts" to use with my son and daughte... Read more
It’s 8 a.m., and the kids are all backpacked and out the door. I enjoy the quiet of that moment every single weekday.
Don’t get me wrong—massive crazy happens between 6:30 and 8 a.m.! But … we are ... Read more