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Connie McCarthy
Inspire Your Child to Become a Better Writer

Jul 16, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Extracurricular Activities, Connie McCarthy

Do you want your child to become a good writer? Start by sharing how you use writing every day, such as lists, e-mails, recipes, directions, etc. To spark your child’s interest in writing tie it to their everyday activ... Read more
Petition for Later Start Times for High School?

Jul 15, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Sleep, Kids Learning, High School

When you have children in elementary school the conventional advice is easy to follow: get your child to bed at a reasonable hour and they will have an easier time in school. Fast forward several years to high school and the ... Read more
Seeing Eye-to-Eye with Your T(w)een

Jul 13, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Parent Involvement, Middle School, High School, Fun Learning Activities

Parenting is not always easy, especially when parenting t(w)eens. Rewarding? Yes.  Easy?  Hmm… think I’d go as far as saying, almost never.  But like so many things in life, sometimes we get the gr... Read more
My child? A bully?! Part 1

Jul 12, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Parent Involvement, Internet Safety, Bullying

Annie Fox, M.Ed. is an award winning author, educator, and online adviser, and has been helping parents and teens since 1997. In this 2-part series, Fox tackles the uncomfortable realization that your own child is a bully. P... Read more
Connie McCarthy
The Joy of “Hands-On” Learning

Jul 09, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Parent Involvement, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

"Wouldn’t my students love this," I thought as three little hummingbirds were feeding from my outstretched hand. I could hear the tiny bird’s distinctive hum and see their rapidly beating wings. I felt their lit... Read more
Think About how you Define Success for Your Teenager

Jul 06, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Parent Involvement, High School, Helicopter Parents, College

This is a guest post by Sue Blaney, a nationally recognized award-winning author, speaker, and publisher dedicated to supporting parents in successfully raising teenagers. Sue specializes in communication and works with pare... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Fun Rainy Day (Learning) Activities

Jul 01, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Parent Involvement, Motor Skills, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Old magazines can be "recycled" to new learning tools this summer. With a stack of old magazines your child can practice visual, fine motor, phonic, reading and math skills. Here are a few ideas to get started. Have your c... Read more
Should Schools Discipline Students for Cyber-bullying that Occurs Outside of School?

Jun 30, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Middle School, High School, Cell Phones, Bullying

Just finished reading the New York Times article "Online Bullies Pull Schools into the Fray." If you have kids in grades 4-9, I strongly recommend that you read this article. But be forewarned, it will leave your head spinnin... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Fun, Summer Activities that Develop Fine Motor Skills

Jun 29, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Here are three enjoyable outdoor summer activities that help develop fine motor skills. They require no paper, pencils, or electronic devices! Plan each activity for a different summer day. For the first, you will need: A b... Read more
Chat with Other Parents of School-age Kids on our Facebook Page

Jun 28, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in, School Success, Parent Involvement

Just a head’s up to some changes to our site. With the ever-growing popularity of Facebook, we have decided to shift our community over to our Facebook page and continue the conversations over there. The party is not ov... Read more