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Healthy School Lunches: an Oxymoron?

Jan 25, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in School Lunch, Nutrition, Health and Fitness

Just came across this blog called "Fed-up: School Lunch Project" and was very intrigued. I've read with great interest countless articles about what parents are doing to reform school lunches, and how to have h... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Simple Activities Can Improve Fine Motor Skills

Jan 20, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Motor Skills, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Early school success is often based on the mechanics of a young child’s fine motor skills. These skills are needed for cutting, coloring, pasting and printing.In these next few weeks I’ll share some tips and activ... Read more
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How to Make Math Fun for your Child

Jan 19, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Parent Involvement, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Homework, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School

Math facts + word problems + graphing ... does this add up to math anxiety for you and your child or does it equal fun? If you said anxiety you are not alone. I must confess that I was once in that camp as well. Math was neve... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Grandparents Can Play an Important Role In Educating Young Children

Jan 14, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

 Research confirms the importance of grandparents in a child’s life.  The time that grandparents spend, their patience, and their full-life experiences are invaluable to grandchildren. Grandparents are a wonde... Read more
SchoolFamily
Benefits of Community Service as a Family

Jan 12, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Parent Involvement, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Extracurricular Activities

 "Everyone can be great because anyone can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't even have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve... You only need a heart full of grace. A soul gen... Read more
SchoolFamily
Homework, Technology and Teens, Oh My!

Jan 08, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Technology, School Success, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kids Learning, Internet Safety, Homework, Cell Phones

A homework time vignette: Mom (through the bedroom door): "Where is your cell phone and itouch?"Tween or teen: "I have them right here. I need to check my Facebook to see if Matty got back to me about our group project a... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Foundation Skills for Young Learners

Jan 07, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Success, Kindergarten, Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

The New Year is a time for reflection and resolution.  We tend to get rid of what doesn’t work in our life, and fine-tune what does. Parents want to know how to maximize their young child’s early learning su... Read more
SchoolFamily
Over Parenting, Helicopter Parent -- Sound Familiar?

Jan 04, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Parent Involvement, Kids Learning, Helicopter Parents

Just came across this amusing article titled, "Are you a Helicopter Parent?" Well actually, it was amusing and troubling all at once.  If you spend any time on this site, you know that we are all about parent involvement... Read more
SchoolFamily
A New Year's Wish for Parents of School-Age Kids

Dec 31, 2009 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Parent Involvement

Parenting school-age kids is anything but peaceful. Tiring, joyful, confusing, sometimes rewarding - maybe.  But peaceful, hardly ever. And yet, a quote I came across this holiday season made me rethink that belief. ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Holiday Vacation Activities: Make Your Own “Play Dough” For Fine Motor Fun!

Dec 23, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Success, Motor Skills, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Looking for some parent/child "Holiday Vacation" fun? Try making your own “Play Dough!” You will need: 1 cup flour 1/2 cup salt 2 teaspoons cream of tartar 1 cup water2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 teaspoon food co... Read more