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Livia McCoy
The Future of Handwriting: Only Time Will Tell

Dec 30, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Handwriting

Recent research published in Early Childhood Research Quarterly confirms the need for preschool children to learn to write with a pencil. Researchers claim that children learn the sounds associated with letters as they practi... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Start a Winter Weather Journal With Your Child

Dec 26, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Winter is a great time to incorporate science with reading, writing, and math. A simple way to help your young student do this is to start a weather journal. Your youngster will need a notebook, pencil, and crayons to get sta... Read more
Livia McCoy
Managing Attention Issues in Middle School

Dec 23, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Organization, Middle School, Livia McCoy

Parents have asked me before why their child has attention and executive functioning issues now that they are in middle school when they handled elementary school just fine. Executive functioning is the ability to manage day-... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Help Your Young Child Handle Stress

Dec 18, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Social and Emotional Development, Connie McCarthy

Managing stress is just as important for children as it is for adults. Stress can affect anyone who is overwhelmed, especially during the holidays—and that can include young children. Some stress triggers might be sched... Read more
Livia McCoy
Tips for Preparing To Take Semester Exams

Dec 16, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, High School

Exams are coming up soon in many schools. I have written several times before about exams such as How To Prepare for Semester Exams. Many students know how to make flashcards or to use online apps like Quizlet to learn vocabu... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Supporting Your Accelerated Learner

Dec 11, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Gifted and Talented, Connie McCarthy

Teachers know that much time and energy is focused on making sure a student reaches and stays at grade level for his academic benchmarks. Yet all good teachers know that supporting and challenging an above-level child is equa... Read more
Livia McCoy
Tips To Help Develop Responsibility in Your Kids

Dec 09, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy, Community Service

All parents want to raise their kids to be  self-reliant, hard-working, successful adults. It is not easy to do, because to do so children must take responsibility for their own actions. It is difficult to watch a child ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Simple Holiday Gift Ideas That Enhance Learning

Dec 04, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

The holidays are a great time to unplug from all the electronic games. Encourage creativity in young students with simple gifts that reinforce skills in a fun and interactive way. Here are six interesting holiday gift ideas t... Read more
Livia McCoy
School Attendance Is Critical for Success

Dec 02, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

Part of my responsibility at work is to track attendance and grades to make sure students are on track for success. There is a high correlation between attending school regularly and better grades. There are days when it is a... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Your Child’s Teacher Is Thankful for Your Help

Nov 26, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

At this time of year I often ask my students what they are thankful for—and their answers are always inspiring! This year, I want to share with parents the simple things that make early elementary school teachers thankf... Read more