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Livia McCoy
How Learning Disabilities Affect a Parent’s Emotions

Sep 20, 2010 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Learning

When a child struggles in school, their parents experience a range of emotions -- frustration, anger, hopelessness, and guilt. In the beginning, we feel the problems in school have to be because the child is not trying. We fu... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Establish Routines for a Smooth School Year

Sep 17, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Connie McCarthy, Back to School

Establishing and maintaining simple routines can make getting ready in the morning and the entire school year run smoothly. Here are five simple tips to get your Kindergarten or First Grade child in a "ready-to-learn" routin... Read more
How do you Motivate Your Kids to Persevere?

Sep 15, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, After-School

One of my all-time favorite quotes that I have passed along to my kids is:  "I haven't failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." ~Thomas Edison  I think it's important for our kids to know that in school... Read more
Livia McCoy
Options for Helping a Struggling Student

Sep 13, 2010 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities

When a child is struggling in school, we have three choices for ways to help. We can remediate, accommodate, or teach the child to compensate. If at all possible, we should fix the problem. The best example of this is a chi... Read more
Livia McCoy
School is not life

Sep 10, 2010 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Back to School, ADHD

Some students do well in school and others do not. Have you ever wondered why? We are all different! When my husband and I travel in areas where we are not familiar (and when we do not have our GPS to guide us), it is bette... Read more
Connie McCarthy
School Anxiety… Teacher Style

Sep 09, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teacher Appreciation, Connie McCarthy, Back to School

Teachers have first day of school "jitters" too! Will I have enough crayons and pencils for everyone? Did I spell everyone’s name correctly? Do my students know how they are getting home...walking, taking the bus, going... Read more
Managing Technology Distractions on School Nights

Sep 09, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Sleep, Parent Involvement, Motor Skills, Kids Learning, Internet Safety, Homework, High School, Cell Phones, Back to School

Cell phones, Facebook, I-Touch, Xbox + students + parents… can they peacefully co-exist and survive the school year? How do we best teach our kids to manage technology distractions on school nights? Hmmm. Did you ever ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Hassle Free Homework

Sep 02, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Kids Learning, Homework, Connie McCarthy, Back to School

Parents often ask, "How can I make homework less of a chore?" As young children start Kindergarten or First Grade it’s the first time they have real homework. Very often the children are excited about homework because ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
The Impact of Too Little Unstructured Playtime

Aug 27, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Motor Skills, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Health and Fitness, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy, After-School

This past Monday night I chose to be the voice of my young students. In front of school committee members, the superintendent, and 300 or so parents of my school community, I spoke on behalf of all East Providence elementary ... Read more
Organization Tips to Eliminate the Forgotten Homework, Lunch, Sneakers...

Aug 25, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Parent Involvement, Learning Disabilities, Homework, Fun Learning Activities

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 kn... Read more