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Connie McCarthy
Back to School Supplies

Aug 05, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Supplies, Connie McCarthy, Back to School

"Please Mom; please can I have that giant box of crayons and the smelly markers?" This plea, recently overheard at a local store, got me thinking about the items that a new Kindergarten or First Grade student really needs..... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Back to School Tips

Jul 30, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Connie McCarthy, Back to School

For some children, getting ready for school means jazzy new sneakers, a colorful backpack, and a cool lunch box. For parents, it may be setting a morning routine, shopping for those new sneakers, or locating a bus stop. Augu... Read more
How to Help Children With Reading Disabilities Cope with Academic Demands

Jul 29, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Parent Involvement, Learning Disabilities, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities

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... Read more
How do I know if my child is ADHD?

Jul 27, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Learning Disabilities, Health and Fitness, ADHD

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
Help Your Child Discover the Joy of Reading

Jul 23, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Remember the excitement and joy you felt when your child started to speak? Sounds led to words, words to sentences, and sentences to conversations. You encouraged their speech with interactions, imitation, questions and comm... Read more
Foster a Love of Science this Summer!

Jul 20, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Technology, Summer Learning, Kindergarten, Health and Fitness, Fun Learning Activities, Extracurricular Activities

  I love the fact that the unstructured nature of summer gives kids a chance to explore, discover and experiment. When my kids were little they would spend hours in the woods in our backyard exploring, building, creating... Read more
My child? A bully?!! Part 2

Jul 19, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Parent Involvement, Internet Safety, Bullying

Annie Fox, M.Ed., is an award winning author, educator, and online adviser, and has been helping parents and teens since 1997. In the second of this 2-part series on what to do if your child is a bully, Fox offers tips for c... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Inspire Your Child to Become a Better Writer

Jul 16, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Extracurricular Activities, Connie McCarthy

Do you want your child to become a good writer? Start by sharing how you use writing every day, such as lists, e-mails, recipes, directions, etc. To spark your child’s interest in writing tie it to their everyday activ... Read more
Petition for Later Start Times for High School?

Jul 15, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Sleep, Kids Learning, High School

When you have children in elementary school the conventional advice is easy to follow: get your child to bed at a reasonable hour and they will have an easier time in school. Fast forward several years to high school and the ... Read more
Seeing Eye-to-Eye with Your T(w)een

Jul 13, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Parent Involvement, Middle School, High School, Fun Learning Activities

Parenting is not always easy, especially when parenting t(w)eens. Rewarding? Yes.  Easy?  Hmm… think I’d go as far as saying, almost never.  But like so many things in life, sometimes we get the gr... Read more