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Connie McCarthy
Time for a Rhyme

Jun 18, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Children learn how to talk instinctively. It is a natural process. It occurs through interaction with family members, caregivers, or even playmates. However, this is not the case with reading. Reading must be learned.Lear... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Simple Tools for Sharp Listening Skills

Jun 12, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

In this digital age an old-fashioned, child-friendly cassette tape player can be your four-to-six year old's best friend!Do you have to be away on a business trip, and miss your child's bedtime story? Record your child's favo... Read more
SchoolFamily
Summer Learning Activity Can Turn Into Donated Rice

Jun 10, 2009 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Kids Reading, Kids Math

A colleague sent me this neat site that promotes learning and feeds people at the same time! I have to confess I probably spent a little too much time reviewing my high school french vocabulary but it's hard to stop when each... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Mother's Day Reflections - "My Mom's Hair Is Like Polished Wood"

Jun 09, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy

"My mom's hair is like polished wood," wrote one student in my class. Another wrote "Her hugs feel like the ocean waves." Yet another wrote "If I could choose any mom in the world to be my mom, I would choose her."  ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
The Triangle Base: Three Core Skills All Early Elementary Children Need To Enhance Learning

Jun 02, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Kids Math, Connie McCarthy

When parents want to prepare a healthy meal for their child, there are hundreds of cookbooks to guide them. But when a parent wants to prepare their child for school success, there are limited resources at their disposal. Tha... Read more
SchoolFamily
Welcome Connie McCarthy to the School Family blog team!

Jun 01, 2009 - Posted by SchoolFamily in SchoolFamily.com, Connie McCarthy

We're thrilled that Connie will be sharing her insight and expertise here on SchoolFamily.com. As a teacher, she has devoted her career to making sure that her young students do very well in school, right from the start. Conn... Read more
Tim Sullivan
Summer Reading and Your Family

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

Really like this idea from the Washington Post "On Parenting" Blog. It's a summer reading challenge for the whole family starting now and ending Labor Day.Our guys have done the program at the local library the past few summe... Read more
SchoolFamily
Using the Internet to Learn Science Curriculum

May 29, 2009 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Technology

Thought this was a neat story written by a mom with a 13 year-old who found her science curriculum about food chains turned into music and video and posted on Youtube. The catchy tunes helped the daughter (and of course her f... Read more
SchoolFamily
Doodle 4 Google Competition for K-12 Students

May 15, 2009 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Technology

I always enjoy the quirky way Google adapts its logo to tie-in with special holidays and events. Now they're getting school-age kids involved by inviting them to submit doodles around the theme "What I Wish for the World."Unf... Read more
Tim Sullivan
Summer and Learning and Fun Can Go Together

May 12, 2009 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Summer Learning, Kids Learning

Our family is right in the middle of summer planning season. I know that those "organized" families have already booked all their camps and trips and classes (you know who you are...), but I bet we're not alone in still figur... Read more