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Connie McCarthy
Play a Pattern Game for Learning Fun!

Jul 16, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Kids Math, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Let's have some pattern fun with a game I call "Powerful Patterns." For this game you will need a deck of playing cards.The game can be played on any flat surface. The adult and child sit side-by-side, facing in the same dire... Read more
SchoolFamily
"Giving Back, by Backpack"

Jul 15, 2009 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Back to School

Here's a neat article about how Staples is helping millions of American school children, who live in poverty, get the supplies they need. How they are going about this, is what I find interesting. Rather than targeting mom or... Read more
Tim Sullivan
8th Grade: What to Expect Academically and Socially

Jul 13, 2009 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Parent Involvement, Organization, Middle School, Back to School

Most agree: junior high is not an easy time. Teens pretend to be cool and laid back, but beneath that cool exterior is your same child -- just trying to figure it all out. What's a parent to do? Well as the saying goes: "Th... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Recognizing Patterns is a First Step to Success in Reading and Math

Jul 09, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Kids Math, Connie McCarthy

Patterns are part of our daily life!Some patterns are visual; such as the way tiles are placed on a floor. Some patterns are auditory, like "e-i, e-i, o" in the song "Old MacDonald Had A Farm." We all, unconsciously, follow p... Read more
Tim Sullivan
Virtual Summer School - Something to Think About!

Jul 08, 2009 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Middle School, High School

What student doesn't feel that summer vacation is at least a month too short? Factor in summer school, and your summer vacation suddenly becomes less carefree (for both parent and child)! Enter virtual summer school! Here's a... Read more
Connie McCarthy
First Grade Letters to a Marine in Iraq; "I Hope You're Cozy in Your Tent!"

Jul 02, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Writing, Connie McCarthy

One of the students in my first grade class has a cousin who is a Marine, recently deployed to Iraq. I decided to make a "learning about writing letters" lesson very meaningful, by writing actual letters to this young Marine... Read more
Tim Sullivan
A Little Organization Goes a Long Way

Jul 01, 2009 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Organization, Back to School

We all want to make the most of our summer, right? In order for parents to have a carefree summer, a little organization goes a long way. Instead of letting the end-of-summer and back-to-school craziness creep up on you, use ... Read more
Bill Harley
Encourage Learning - Leave Things Around the House

Jun 30, 2009 - Posted by Bill Harley in Kids Learning, Bill Harley

Parents often come up to me after a concert and ask what they should do to get their child interested in music. When should you start lessons? What instrument is best? There are many approaches to getting children interested ... Read more
SchoolFamily
Bill Harley is joining the School Family blog Team!

Jun 29, 2009 - Posted by SchoolFamily in SchoolFamily.com, Bill Harley

We're thrilled that Bill Harley will be adding his unique voice to the SchoolFamily.com blog!A two-time Grammy award-winning artist and recipient of the Magic Penny Award from the Children's Music Network, Bill uses song and ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Understanding One-to-One Correspondence

Jun 25, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Kids Math, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

One-to-one correspondence is a fundamental skill in both math and reading.Adults use this concept every day. We automatically count out appropriate dollar bills and coins to pay for items. We set the table for the right amoun... Read more