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The Summer Before Kindergarten

Jun 22, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Summer Learning, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Back to School

Getting ready for Kindergarten was top on my mind on my way to work this morning.  You see, I was at a cookout last night with a bunch of families who had soon-to-be kindergarten kids and many of the conversations center... Read more
Connie McCarthy
How to Prevent the Elementary School "Summer Slide"

Jun 17, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Vacation Homework, Summer Learning, Parent Involvement, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Extracurricular Activities, Connie McCarthy, Back to School

The ending of a school year often leaves parents wondering how they can keep their child’s academic and physical skills sharp during the summer months. Two great resources to check out are your local library, and your l... Read more
Beyond Facebook & X-Box: Summer fun list for Teens & Tweens

Jun 15, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Summer Learning, Middle School, Kids Learning, High School, Health and Fitness, Fun Learning Activities, Extracurricular Activities

Yippee. School's out. I have always been one of those mothers who prefers the unstructured nature of summer over the frenetic pace of the school year.  That is, until  my kids became tweens. Never is the term tween ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Sneezes, Runny Noses and Changes in Classroom Behavior

Jun 11, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Health and Fitness, Flu, Connie McCarthy

Often, at this time of year I see dramatic changes in classroom behavior and a child’s ability to stay focused and on task. I suspect that this is sometimes caused by seasonal allergies and the medications used to treat... Read more
School Bullies: Some Things to Ponder Over the Summer

Jun 08, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Summer Learning, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Internet Safety, High School, Helicopter Parents, Bullying, Back to School

Excited to have Annie Fox as a guest blogger this week. Annie Fox, M.Ed. is an award winning author, educator, and online adviser for parents and teens since 1997. Check out her new anti-bullying forum, Cruel’s Not Co... Read more
Make-overs for School Lunches

Jun 07, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Nutrition, Health and Fitness, Elementary School

What do Michele Obama, Rachel Ray and the Hidden Valley company have in common? (No this is not a joke!) The answer: They all want America's school lunches to get an extreme make-over! I thi... Read more
Can Silly Bandz Teach Your Kids to Manage Distractions?

Jun 03, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Kids Learning, Helicopter Parents, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School

If you have a child between the ages of 3 and 17, chances are you are all too familiar with Silly Banz. Heck, you may even have some on your wrist right now -- a gift of love from your kids perhaps? The wearing and trading of... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Help Improve Your Child’s Memory

Jun 03, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Extracurricular Activities, Connie McCarthy

Good visual and memory skills can help your child be successful in school. You can help improve these skills with a simple, fun activity that takes about ten to twenty minutes. This game can be played on a flat surface at ho... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Play "Read Around the Room" to Improve Reading Standards

May 28, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Here’s an activity that combines visual, auditory, and tactile skills in a game that can help improve national reading standards. I used this game with my own children to increase their interest in reading at an early a... Read more
Does Your Child Know how to Study?

May 25, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in School Success, Parent Involvement, Homework, Fun Learning Activities, After-School

Livia McCoy has spent twenty-six years teaching science to students with language learning disabilities. In addition to teaching students daily, she trains teachers and runs workshops for teachers and parents who want to kno... Read more