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Connie McCarthy
Three Simple Ways to Help Struggling Young Readers

Oct 03, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

What parent's heart doesn't sink when they hear their young child struggling to read? An immediate response is to jump in and say the word to keep the story flowing. That works for the short-term … but doesn't really ... Read more
Carissa Rogers
Carissa Rogers Joins SchoolFamily as GoodNCrazy Mom!

Sep 29, 2011 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in Parenting, Parent Involvement, Carissa Rogers

At, we are thrilled to introduce readers to our newest blogger, Carissa Rogers, who will be blogging here as GoodNCrazy Mom. An experienced writer in the blogosphere, Carissa has a devoted following at her pe... Read more
Livia McCoy
Do Children Still Need to Learn Cursive?

Sep 28, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Kids Writing, Kids Learning

Last night at Parent's Night, I had a conversation with parents of a student new to our school. The father said his son is so excited that he was going to "get to learn cursive"! Word is that many schools have had to remove... Read more
Connie McCarthy
4 Ways to Help Young Learners Use Technology Wisely

Sep 27, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Technology, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Recently, at a dinner party, a parent of an elementary school child asked my opinion of how technology has affected children’s reading and written language skills. That was quite a question to digest! I answered by say... Read more
How to Help Your Teen Crush Procrastination Once & For All

Sep 21, 2011 - Posted by SchoolFamily in School Success, Parent Involvement, Kids Learning, Homework

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
Change How You Praise Your Children to Assure They Reach Their Potential

Sep 20, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

I just finished a wonderful book by Dr. Carol Dweck. It’s called Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, and it is about how we as humans approach our lives. It explains how we can change the outcome of events by the ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
First Grade is More Than Academics

Sep 19, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

I've often said that First Grade is a magical year in a child’s life. This is because First Graders arrive in September, primarily as "babies" in the school hierarchy. However, by the end of the school year, I could le... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
Providing iPads Instead of Textbooks For Classroom Learning Gets My Vote

Sep 13, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Technology, Middle School, Homework, High School, Health and Fitness, Elementary School, Back to School, After-School

I don't know about you but my house has more computers than we need. Yes, that's partly due to the fact that my son, who today works in information technology, built two of his own computers during his middle school and high ... Read more
Livia McCoy
How to Advocate for Your Child with Learning Disabilities at the Beginning of the School Year

Sep 13, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Back to School

If your child is learning disabled, now is the time to make contact with his or her new teachers. Speaking from a teacher’s perspective, the beginning of the school year is extremely hectic! It is very easy to overloo... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Establishing Communication With Your Child's Teacher

Sep 12, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, Parent-Teacher Conference, Parent Involvement, Connie McCarthy

Will my daughter know how to buy her lunch? What if my son’s not reading yet? Will my shy child develop friends in the class? Understandably, parents have questions and concerns when their young child starts school. ... Read more