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Connie McCarthy
Good Social and Emotional Development Equals Early School Success

Apr 13, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Health and Fitness, Fun Learning Activities, Extracurricular Activities, Connie McCarthy, After-School

Part of the framework for early school success is a child's social and emotional development. A positive self-concept, appropriate self-control, and awareness of interacting with others will help your child learn. Play is a... Read more
SchoolFamily
Fighting School Budget Cuts With Creativity

Apr 12, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in PTOs and PTAs, Parent Involvement, Fundraising

Megan Fox, American Idol, texting donations. Wow, school parent groups certainly are finding original ways to combat extreme budget cuts! With the level of cuts we are seeing recently, the standard school fundraisers aren&rsq... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Basic Number Grids Make Math Easy

Apr 07, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Simple number grids are a great math tool for young children. Grids allow children to clearly see numbers they are adding or subtracting, as their finger “jumps” from one number to the next. Grids consist of rows... Read more
SchoolFamily
15 Ways To Advocate for Your Child with a Learning Disability

Mar 31, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Learning Disabilities, Kids Learning, Elementary School

This week we are pleased to have a guest blog co-authored by two professors who are specialists in the area of learning disabilities:Howard Margolis, Ed.D., is Professor Emeritus of Reading and Special Education at the City U... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Help Your Child Become a Creative Writer

Mar 26, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

There are many simple and effective ways to help your child become a more creative writer. Here are three easy activities to promote creative writing with your young child. Each activity should take about fifteen to thirty ... Read more
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Neat Video Competition Focused on Online Safety

Mar 23, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Middle School, Kids Learning, Internet Safety, High School

Just wanted to give you a heads up to a neat contest that one of our partners, Trend Micro, is running. Their “What’s Your Story” contest invites anyone age 13 and up to grab a camcorder and talk about... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Practical Ways to Encourage Writing For a Purpose

Mar 22, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Writing well usually begins with writing for a purpose. Here are three simple activities to give writing meaning, and encourage your child to connect the importance of writing and reading to everyday life. Give your chi... Read more
SchoolFamily
6 Critical Facts To Consider Before Applying to College

Mar 17, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in High School, College

This guest blog is from Paul Hemphill, a private college admissions coach and financial aid specialist.He has created six DVDs and written two books about strategies that make students stand out in the college application pro... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Simple Activities to Improve Your Child's Listening Skills

Mar 11, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Success, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Good listening skills are essential for school success. If your child’s listening skills could use sharpening try these three easy, quick, and fun activities. These games can be played in a 10-20 minute period of tim... Read more
SchoolFamily
The Arts in Education: Essential or Not?

Mar 10, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Summer Learning, School Success, School Curriculum, Motor Skills, Kids Learning, Elementary School

Every time I scan the news I see another article about cutting the arts from education. It saddens me. Deeply. I know that budget cuts are very real and that there are no easy decisions or answers. Here's the thing: to me,... Read more