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Livia McCoy
The Keys to Success in School

Jan 02, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

In my nearly 30 years of teaching, I have worked with many students who are struggling and anxious. There are times when these kids are their own worst enemy. The choices they make often exacerbate the problem. Here are some ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
New Year’s Resolutions for Kids

Dec 31, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Social and Emotional Development, Kids Learning, Healthy Kids, Connie McCarthy

At the start of a new year, adults often take time to reflect and think about positive changes they want to make in their lives. This is a wonderful time for children to do the same. Here is a list of 10 simple resolutions th... Read more
Livia McCoy
Many Teenagers Are Making a Difference

Dec 26, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy

“Children have a sense of entitlement these days.” I have heard that said so many times. It is, of course, true for some kids, but not for all. Most of the kids I have taught are thoughtful, sweet, helpful, polite... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Use Legos for Easy Math Practice

Dec 24, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Kids Learning, Counting, Connie McCarthy

Colorful Legos have been a favorite of young children for a long time. They’ve also been a great holiday gift. Here’s a simple way to combine a classic toy, new or old, to practice Common Core math skills over vac... Read more
Livia McCoy
Allow Children To Solve Problems on Their Own

Dec 19, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

My second child did not learn to talk as quickly as my first. Like all mothers do, I worried that she was behind, that she might have difficulty in school, and that she would not learn to read. Someone more wise than I pointe... Read more
Connie McCarthy
At the Holidays, Celebrate Accomplishments and Set New Goals

Dec 17, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

The holidays are a wonderful time to reflect on all the marvelous things young students have learned and accomplished during the year. They have grown and changed so much during 2013, physically, mentally, and emotionally. Wa... Read more
Livia McCoy
Impulsive Students Need Guidance When Online

Dec 11, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Internet Safety

The parents at our school sponsored a great workshop on social networking and keeping kids safe online. It was run by police at the local and state levels. As I took notes during their presentation, I kept thinking about the ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Mix Holiday Fun With Academics

Dec 10, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

The holiday season is a great time for young students. It provides a chance for them to help prepare for family holiday events while reinforcing academic skills. Here are some simple ways to incorporate math, reading, writing... Read more
Livia McCoy
Help Your Child Prepare for Exams

Dec 05, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Middle School, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, High School

The fact is, most students do not know how to prepare to take exams. For example, many do not understand that it is much better to study in many short blocks of time instead of trying to cram everything in the night before an... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Make a Birdfeeder for Wintertime Science Fun

Dec 03, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Simple birdfeeders are a great project for young students to have hands-on science fun. Wintertime feeders will attract native birds to your area, or help feed local birds in colder weather. They can be made with easily found... Read more