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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
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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
Connie McCarthy
How to Make an Easy Fine Motor Activity for Your Young Child

Mar 04, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Motor Skills, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Here is a great activity for eye-hand coordination, as well as strengthening finger muscles. Make your own lacing cards to help strengthen your child’s finger muscles. You will need: Poster board A hole puncher... Read more
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Preparing for College Applications – As Early as Middle School and Younger

Mar 03, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Parent Involvement, Kids Learning, High School, Extracurricular Activities

Pleased to introduce a guest blogger this week: Janis Daly. Janis is our director of sponsorship sales, and mom to 2 teen boys. Her oldest is nearing the end of his college admissions process. Janis has some insight, tha... Read more
SchoolFamily
Let's Talk About Homework Hassles

Mar 01, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Kids Learning, Homework, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School

Homework. Amazing how one word can enduce so much stress for parents and kids alike, isn't it?  We get many questions from parents on the topic of homework. How do I get my child to do their homework without tears?  ... Read more
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
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SpellQuizzer Spelling Software Give-away on Twitter

Feb 22, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in SchoolFamily.com, 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