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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
Livia McCoy
The Quick Fix for Learning Disabilities

Mar 21, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, ADHD

When you have a child with a learning disability or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) you yearn for a way to help. Parents are confronted with offers for reading programs, diets, vitamin regimens, and medical d... Read more
SchoolFamily
Countdown to Middle School

Mar 17, 2011 - Posted by SchoolFamily in School Success, Parent Involvement, Middle School

We are excited to have Sue Blaney as a guest blogger this week. Sue Blaney is an author, speaker and communications expert. Please visit www.ParentingTeensInfo.com to get tips, resources and information. There you can lear... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Helping Kids Make a Reading and Math Connection

Mar 16, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Kids Reading, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Although reading and math are two separate subjects there is a strong connection between the two. Helping your child improve their math vocabulary will in turn help them improve their math comprehension. Here are three easy ... Read more