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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
Livia McCoy
Teaching Children to Accept Responsibility For Their Actions

Jun 06, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

All of my students have a specific language learning disability. I have noticed through the years, that many of them try to use their learning problems as an excuse for poor behavior. Parents and teachers have to make sure ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Publish a Memory Book with Your Child

Jun 03, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Here is a special way to help your child remember the fun of their Kindergarten or First Grade school year. Try making a "Memory Book" together. By asking a few simple questions, you can help your child create a "published... Read more
Livia McCoy
Easing High Stakes Testing Stress

May 31, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Standardized Testing, School Success, Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

Children everywhere are in the midst of taking standardized tests to measure academic progress.  We refer to this as "high stakes testing" because so much is riding on their outcome.  Children have to pass a certain... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Holiday Traveling Games for Learning... and Family Sanity!

May 26, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Are you traveling with young children this holiday weekend? If so, here are some easy reading and math games that will keep your children entertained, while reinforcing skills. "Rhyme Time" An adult says four words, three t... Read more
Livia McCoy
Making Sense of Notes Taken on the Computer

May 24, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, School Success, Livia McCoy

I have been tutoring a seventh grade student who takes his life science notes on his computer. Apparently, his teacher uses PowerPoint to teach the lessons. Students get a copy of her PowerPoint and are supposed to fill in ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
How to Help Children Increase Reading Connections

May 20, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Young readers enjoy stories more when they can relate to characters, settings, or actions of the plot. Teachers call this a "self-to-text" connection. Children envision it as being "part" of the story. Making a "self-to-tex... Read more
SchoolFamily
5 Ways To Help Your Teen Get Fantastic Exam Results

May 17, 2011 - Posted by SchoolFamily in School Success, Parent Involvement, High School, Fun Learning Activities

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
Multisensory Instruction -- It’s Not Just for School

May 16, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

Most parents are aware that children need to have multisensory instruction at school in order to learn things like math, english, science, or history. But, many of us have not really thought about the need for the same strat... Read more