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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
Connie McCarthy
No Recess? Give Me a Break!

Aug 19, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Health and Fitness, Connie McCarthy, Back to School

Yikes! No recess in all elementary schools in East Providence, Rhode Island? They can’t be serious! This is the new directive teachers and parents are facing as we prepare for a new school year. As of September 8, 20... Read more
First Day of Kindergarten Mommy Angst

Aug 18, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Kindergarten, Helicopter Parents, Back to School

  The first day of kindergarten is undoubtedly near the top of the “parenting memorable moments” list. My oldest is going into her junior year in high school and I still remember her first day of kindergarten... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Back to School and Separation Anxiety

Aug 13, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Success, Connie McCarthy, Back to School

What parent hasn’t experienced a "lump in their throat" as they brought their young child to school for the first time? A new school experience can be exciting yet sometimes unsettling, for both parent and child! Than... Read more
How to Teach Your Child to be a Bully at School This Year

Aug 06, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Parent Involvement, Elementary School, Bullying, Back to School

No one wants to get the call from the school principal saying that your child was bullying a classmate. No one.  And yet bullying harrassement in schools is rampant.  Recently, we featured two blogs on kids bullying... Read more