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Connie McCarthy
What Fine Motor Skills Does Your Child Need for School Success?

Feb 26, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Motor Skills, Connie McCarthy

Fine Motor Skills require the use of the smaller muscle groups like the hands, fingers, toes, and lips. Young children need to develop these skills for school success. Cutting, printing, coloring, pasting, writing stories, a... Read more
SpellQuizzer Spelling Software Give-away on Twitter

Feb 22, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in, Kids Learning, Homework, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School

We're excited to tell you about a give-away that we are doing on Twitter. We are partnering with SpellQuizzer to give away 6 SpellQuizzer software licenses -- two a week for three weeks.    We think that t... Read more
Connie McCarthy
What Gross Motor Skills Should Your Child Master by the Age of Six?

Feb 18, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Motor Skills, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Health and Fitness, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Gross motor skills impact bigger muscle groups, like the arms, legs, feet, and torso. They are the first motor skills a child develops.Mastering gross motor skills helps your child develop a sense of balance and spatial aware... Read more
Help your Kids Be Math & Science Stars

Feb 16, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Summer Learning, Middle School, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities

In honor of National Engineers Week (this week), thought I'd pass along some articles, resources, and sites that focus on making math and science fun for your kids.    Articles: Loved this article that talks a... Read more
Connie McCarthy
What Is “Too Much” When It Comes to Young Children And Consumer Electronics?

Feb 10, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Technology, Kids Learning, Internet Safety, Health and Fitness, Extracurricular Activities, Connie McCarthy

National news programs recently reported that the amount of time American children spend watching TV, playing video games, using small electronic devices, or surfing on the computer has increased to almost 8 hours a day! I c... Read more
Do Your Kids Know how to Deal with Setbacks?

Feb 09, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Parent Involvement, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities

Recently, I found a resource called Fishful Thinking (sponsored by Pepperidge Farm Goldfish, thus the name) that does a great job of teaching kids the skills they need to deal with set backs,  overcome challenges, and re... Read more
What Does the Future Hold for Gifted Education?

Feb 05, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Kids Learning, Gifted and Talented

We often hear from parents of children with high academic talent how difficult it is to advocate for their children and find the best gifted and talented resources.  That's why the latest news of President Obama's p... Read more
Connie McCarthy
A Simple Card Game to Promote National Math Standards

Feb 04, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Success, Kindergarten, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

“Roll for a Card” is a fun game that I have played with my own children and students to sharpen early learning skills. It's fun, easy, and takes about 15-20 minutes to play. Items Needed: One die from a pair of ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Improve Your Young Child's Drawing and Handwriting Skills

Jan 28, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, School Success, Motor Skills, Kindergarten, Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

In my last post I shared some simple activities that can help your young child improve cutting skills. Today's games are very effective in improving your child's drawing and handwriting skills. Fill a shirt-sized cardboa... Read more
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