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Connie McCarthy
Hands-On Math Games; A Fun Way to Improve Skills

Oct 15, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Math games are a great way to practice skills and allow your child to visualize abstract concepts. For these two games you will need a deck of cards, and a pair of dice. Start with twenty-five cards from the deck and one die... Read more
SchoolFamily
Bullying on the School Bus

Oct 14, 2009 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Elementary School, Bullying

When you ask a soon-to-be Kindergartener what part of school they are most excited about, they often say riding the school bus! Fast forward a couple of years and ask some moms what they dread the most about their child's sch... Read more
Angela Norton Tyler
Why Breakfast Really Is the Most Important Meal of the Day

Oct 12, 2009 - Posted by Angela Norton Tyler in Nutrition, Kids Learning

When I was growing up, my mother insisted that my sister, brother and I eat breakfast every morning. This was non-negotiable. Mom said, "You can't learn on an empty stomach." Just once, I wanted to go to school hungry to find... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Math Games to Help Your Child Understand Numbers

Oct 05, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Saying numbers and knowing what numbers mean are two different and distinct mathematical skills. Your child might be a champion counter, yet not be able to identify the number “8″ out of numerical sequence. He or... Read more
Angela Norton Tyler
Get (and Keep!) Those Backpacks Organized!

Oct 05, 2009 - Posted by Angela Norton Tyler in Organization, Back to School

The kids have been back in school for awhile, and that "new school smell" is gone. New grade, new teacher, new classroom- big yawn. Most of us have settled in and gotten used to our school schedules. Before you get too relaxe... Read more
SchoolFamily
Advocating for Your Gifted Child

Oct 01, 2009 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Parent Involvement, Gifted and Talented

Do you have a child that is gifted? Does your school system have program for talented and gifted children? Judging from all the articles about budget cuts in education, thinking that most of you answered no to this question. ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Pizza Wheel Activity: Teaching Color Words

Sep 29, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Motor Skills, Kindergarten, Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy

It’s a colorful world and knowing basic color words are key for your child’s school success! Here’s a simple to make, and simple to use activity for some color word fun: With a ruler and a pencil divide a wh... Read more
Angela Norton Tyler
Teach Your Children to REALLY Finish Their Homework

Sep 28, 2009 - Posted by Angela Norton Tyler in Kids Learning, Homework, Angela Norton Tyler

I spend a lot of time talking about what students should do before they sit down to do homework. Today, I'd like to discuss what students should do after they've finished it! I have found that putting everything away is a cru... Read more
Bill Harley
Song about Swine Flu Prevention

Sep 28, 2009 - Posted by Bill Harley in Health and Fitness, Flu, Bill Harley

When you're sitting in class, There's a tickle in your noseThen you let out a sneeze and it finally explodesYou look down at your hand, It's all covered with that goo,Don't wipe it anywhere, You know what to do!You gotta wash... Read more
Angela Norton Tyler
Forgotten Homework Teaches Lessons

Sep 22, 2009 - Posted by Angela Norton Tyler in Parent Involvement, Homework, Helicopter Parents

Yesterday, my son reminded me to please not forget to fill out his field trip permission slip. "You know how you hate bringing stuff to school," he said. He's right; I do hate bringing forgotten items- homework, lunches, ... Read more