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Livia McCoy
How to Help Your Child Get the Most Out of Their Homework Sessions

Jan 17, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Kids Learning, Homework

In an earlier blog post I discussed ways parents can help their children learn more from homework. Here are a few additional suggestions that can help make homework time less stressful for students who struggle in school. Pr... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Make Math Facts More Automatic With Simple Math Games

Jan 12, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

The more "automatic" your child can be with basic math facts, the more he or she will be able to easily recall them. This recall can then be applied to more difficult math calculations. In education, we call this math "auto... Read more
Livia McCoy
A Notebook System That Aids With Organization

Jan 10, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Organization, Livia McCoy, Homework

Students with organizational difficulties often struggle in school. If extreme, they can be the reason for school failure. In order to do well in school, a student needs to complete the correct homework assignments each nig... Read more
SchoolFamily
Your T(w)een's School Social Life - When to Step in and When to Step Back

Jan 06, 2011 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Technology, School Success, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kids Learning, Internet Safety, Homework, High School, Bullying

Teenagers are social beings. Often, the social scene during this time is, well, complicated. Friendship issues, big and small, can be all-consuming for a t(w)een.  And sometimes, friendship drama can get in the way of sc... Read more
Connie McCarthy
New Year’s Resolutions To Help Your Child Become a Better Reader

Jan 04, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Here are three simple ideas to help your young child become a better reader. Keep a reading log. Purchase an inexpensive small notebook or blank journal. Date and write down book titles of what you read with your child and/... Read more
Livia McCoy
How can parents help with homework?

Jan 03, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, Homework, Fun Learning Activities

Most teachers give homework to their students. But, many students struggle with homework, and homework time is miserable. As parents we wonder, "Why do children need homework?" Having independent work to do outside of schoo... Read more
Livia McCoy
How are Children Identified to Receive Special Education Services?

Dec 29, 2010 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Learning

Have you heard teachers say something like, "We can’t identify your child for special education because we have not gone through the response to intervention process yet"? Ever since the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB)... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Family-Friendly Games for School Vacation (that Keep Learning Skills Sharp)

Dec 28, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

After the hustle and bustle of the holidays it’s great to relax with some family games that will keep learning skills sharp.  Here are two family-friendly games that are easy and fun to play:Game 1 “Find the ... Read more
SchoolFamily
School Vacation Activities for Children -- Beyond the Predictable

Dec 22, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School

There are lots of choices for activities for families around cities and towns on winter school vacation; museums, movies, indoor play spaces, etc. But if crowds aren't your thing and you don't want to spend the mone... Read more
Livia McCoy
Kids, Stress and How Parents Can Help

Dec 20, 2010 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

Parents often think about their carefree childhood.  They forget that those days were not always so carefree. It is true that children do not worry about paying the bills or losing their jobs like adults do.  But t... Read more