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Livia McCoy
10 Things New Graduates Should Know

Jun 10, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy, High School

The class of 2014 has now graduated. I always have mixed emotions when students leave after several years of working together. I remember all the struggles along the way, and how they made it through those struggles to gradua... Read more
Connie McCarthy
More Healthy Play for Summer Learning and Fun

Jun 04, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Social and Emotional Development, Healthy Kids, Connie McCarthy

Summer is the time to have fun while learning! Here are three more healthy play activities to build a child’s coordination and body control, as well as enhance gross- and fine-motor skills.Walking the line You’ll ... Read more
Livia McCoy
In a Digital World, Many Students Prefer Printed Books

Jun 03, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, Livia McCoy, Learning Styles, Kids Learning

Will there ever be a day when there are no real books in schools? This question comes up periodically when we discuss how we should prepare students for the twenty-first century. I hope the answer is “Of course not!&rdq... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Keep Your Child Reading All Summer

May 29, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Reading, School Vacation, Kids Reading, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

One successful reading strategy I’ve used in 1st grade is pairing students with a 5th grade “reading buddy.” We would meet with our buddies once a week. Sometimes the older student would read to the younger ... Read more
Livia McCoy
In Summer Months, Practice School Skills as a Family

May 22, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Summer Learning, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

In just a few weeks, school will close for the summer! It is important that students have some time for fun and relaxation while off. There are some skills, however, that students need to practice even through the summer mont... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Use “Story Starters” To Help Young Writers

May 22, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Writing, Connie McCarthy

Very often young children are reluctant writers because they simply don’t know how to start a story. One way to circumvent this is to provide them with a “story starter.” Story starters are prompts. They can... Read more
Livia McCoy
Returning to School After a Concussion, Part 2

May 20, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Social and Emotional Development, Memory, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities

Last week’s blog, Returning to School After a Concussion (Part 1), was about concussions and how difficult it is for students to catch up with schoolwork after the necessary extended absence for cognitive rest. Once stu... Read more
Connie McCarthy
The Pleasure of Healthy Play

May 15, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Social and Emotional Development, Preschool, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Spring equals time for young children to get out there and play! Happy, healthful outdoor play is important for building muscular readiness… and that’s needed for all sorts of gross and fine motor skills used in ... Read more
Livia McCoy
Returning to School After a Concussion, Part 1

May 13, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, Health and Fitness

It is normal for students to miss school because of illness. When an illness causes a child to miss more than a few days, it is difficult for him to get caught up when he returns. One of the hardest absences to handle is when... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Ways To Help Your Child Become an Early Reader

May 08, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

What makes a child become an early reader? As a 1st grade teacher, I’ve helped many young children learn to read. In the process, certain patterns have emerged. It’s more than decoding sounds and words—it&rs... Read more