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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
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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
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Chat with Other Parents of School-age Kids on our Facebook Page

Jun 28, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in SchoolFamily.com, 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
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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
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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
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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
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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