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Connie McCarthy
American Children and ADD/ADHD

Apr 29, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Health and Fitness, Connie McCarthy, ADHD

I want to share a chance remark, at a recent doctor’s appointment, that got me really thinking about American children and ADD/ADHD. At a routine medical check-up my Vitamin D levels were checked, and they came up a li... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Basic Educational Benchmarks for Your Four, Five, and Six Year Old Child

Apr 22, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Extracurricular Activities, Connie McCarthy

Parents often ask me what young children should be able to accomplish before entering nursery school, Kindergarten, or First Grade. Following is a basic list of important skills any young child needs for school success. Nat... Read more
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My Child has a Reading Disability: How Often Should the School Monitor His Progress?

Apr 21, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Learning Disabilities, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, ADHD

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
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How to Get Off a College's Wait-List

Apr 13, 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 applicati... Read more
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
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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
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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