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Fourth of July Kids Activities that Nudge Kids out of Their Comfort Zone

Jun 29, 2011 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Summer Learning, Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities

  Last night I went to a mom’s night out. You know, the night where you go to connect with other moms, get a break from the kids and where, inevitably, all conversation turns to talking about your kids. Last night&... Read more
Livia McCoy
How to Help Your Child Improve his or her Memory

Jun 28, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Fun Learning Activities

Some children struggle with memory. This is especially true when learning something brand new when there isn’t already similar learning in memory. But, according to Dr. Gary Brannigan and Dr. Howard Margolis, there is... Read more
Connie McCarthy
End of the School Year Reflections

Jun 27, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Every June I am reminded what a magical year First Grade is in a child’s academic life. I’m reminded by the inspiring words of my students and their parents. "She taught me how to read and now I love it!" wrote ... Read more
Creative Ways to Encourage Your Kids to Read More This Summer!

Jun 24, 2011 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Summer Learning, Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Elementary School, Contest

  Reading programs at your local library are an awesome way to get your kids to read over the summer. But not all kids are inspired to read by these programs. Some just need that extra nudge. Turning reading into an adve... Read more
Summer Activity Ideas for Kids that Inspire Creativity, Self-Reliance and Good Citizenship

Jun 23, 2011 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Summer Learning, Contest

Summer's here and that means some parents are are reveling in the lack of schedule and the slower pace, while others are anxious about all their kids' down time. If you fall into the latter category, fear not! There's no sho... Read more
Livia McCoy
Learning Disabilities Increase Risk in the Cyber World

Jun 21, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Internet Safety

The number one concern of most parents is keeping their children safe and healthy. The Internet, smart phones, and cell phones have added a level of concern that parents just a few years ago did not have to worry about! Some... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Take Advantage of Your Town’s Summer Programs

Jun 16, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Connie McCarthy

Our city’s librarian came to visit our school this week. She wanted to tell the children about summer reading programs that are available, free of charge. Each child went home with a brochure explaining the upcoming p... Read more
Enter our Summer Reading List Sweeps for a Chance at a $200 Amazon Gift Card

Jun 15, 2011 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Summer Learning, Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Contest

Is it me, or does it feel like it’s tough for kids to find time to read for pleasure during the school year? Sure, there’s the book before bed, but I am talking about having a stack of books and no schedule. No s... Read more
Livia McCoy
What Decisions Should T(w)eens be Allowed to Make?

Jun 13, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy

Do you ever find yourself questioning whether you are making the right decision for your adolescent? I believe in giving kids choices when I can. Adolescents resent that they have so little control over their lives. But, t... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Keep Academic Skill Sharp with a "Summer Fun Contract"

Jun 09, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Connie McCarthy

Parents want to know how to keep academic skills sharp, while enjoying the slower pace of summer. One way is to make a "Summer Fun Contract" with your child. Here’s what to do: Together, make a list of favorite summer... Read more