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Connie McCarthy
Pizza Wheel Activity: Teaching Color Words

Sep 29, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Motor Skills, Kindergarten, Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy

It’s a colorful world and knowing basic color words are key for your child’s school success! Here’s a simple to make, and simple to use activity for some color word fun: With a ruler and a pencil divide a wh... Read more
Angela Norton Tyler
Teach Your Children to REALLY Finish Their Homework

Sep 28, 2009 - Posted by Angela Norton Tyler in Kids Learning, Homework, Angela Norton Tyler

I spend a lot of time talking about what students should do before they sit down to do homework. Today, I'd like to discuss what students should do after they've finished it! I have found that putting everything away is a cru... Read more
Bill Harley
Song about Swine Flu Prevention

Sep 28, 2009 - Posted by Bill Harley in Health and Fitness, Flu, Bill Harley

When you're sitting in class, There's a tickle in your noseThen you let out a sneeze and it finally explodesYou look down at your hand, It's all covered with that goo,Don't wipe it anywhere, You know what to do!You gotta wash... Read more
Angela Norton Tyler
Forgotten Homework Teaches Lessons

Sep 22, 2009 - Posted by Angela Norton Tyler in Parent Involvement, Homework, Helicopter Parents

Yesterday, my son reminded me to please not forget to fill out his field trip permission slip. "You know how you hate bringing stuff to school," he said. He's right; I do hate bringing forgotten items- homework, lunches, ... Read more
SchoolFamily
Ipods to Instill a Love of Learning?

Sep 21, 2009 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Technology, Kids Learning

Have heard of schools banning ipods -- but this article talks about a school that is using Ipods for an ESOL class to teach kids how to read."Students listen to stories as part of a fluency program designed to devel... Read more
Connie McCarthy
"Tips for Building a Great Parent-Teacher Relationship"

Sep 17, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent-Teacher Conference, Parent Involvement, Connie McCarthy

A good “Parent-Teacher” relationship is an integral part of your child’s school success.Parents are often unsure of how to approach their child’s teacher. Teachers welcome input and help from parents, ... Read more
SchoolFamily
The art of play: Have our kids forgotten?

Sep 15, 2009 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Parent Involvement, Kids Learning, Helicopter Parents, Extracurricular Activities

Or should I say, did they never learn? Either way, it's just plain sad.Did you know that there are consultants that help teach children how to play? I thought that's what kids naturally did best! Maybe not anymore, laments Bo... Read more
Bill Harley
Kids: Little Things are Big

Sep 14, 2009 - Posted by Bill Harley in Parent Involvement, Bill Harley

Every day for years, my wife Debbie put a note in our sons’ lunch. You can guess what they said – mostly those three little words, although they often commented on the tests they had to take that day, or the repor... Read more
Angela Norton Tyler
Homework Confessions of Real Parents (Or, What to Do If Your Child Is Having A Homework Meltdown)

Sep 14, 2009 - Posted by Angela Norton Tyler in Parent Involvement, Homework, Angela Norton Tyler

Parents have often confessed to me that when it comes to their children's homework, they have done some things of which they are not so proud:figured out every math problemwritten the vocabulary sentencescomposed the essaycol... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Tips to Help Ease School Anxiety

Sep 10, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

On the opening day of school I noticed Sarah, a new first grader, looking very upset.I saw that her shoelaces were untied."Would you like me to tie those for you?", I asked. "Yes", she said with tears in her eyes,  ... Read more