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Connie McCarthy
Teach Inference for Better Reading Comprehension

Mar 13, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Children can often figure out what is going to happen in a story based on experience or prior knowledge. By using authors’ clues in a text to form logical conclusions, young readers can better understand what they are r... Read more
Livia McCoy
Accurately Filling Out Forms: A Lost Skill?

Mar 11, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

There are some fundamental skills students need to learn that aren’t normally taught in school. On several occasions through the years, I have been responsible for collecting forms for an event such as a field trip. Typ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Encouraging "Deeper-Level" Thinking in Young Children

Mar 06, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Preschool, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Asking and answering questions has been a staple of teacher and student interaction for centuries. A big shift in today’s classrooms is for teachers to challenge students with “deeper-level questioning.” Thi... Read more
Livia McCoy
Ways To Motivate Students To Do Their Best

Mar 04, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

One of the most difficult parts of raising kids is motivating them to do their best work. Adolescents can be externally motivated (like when you take their smartphone away from them until they get their grades up to an accept... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Simple Rhyming Songs Can Enhance Early Learning

Feb 25, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Preschool, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Music is a powerful tool to help a young child learn. It blends movement and rhythm with words and rhyme to increase phonemic awareness. Music helps young children naturally cross “over the midline” to understand ... Read more
Livia McCoy
The Olympics Teach Valuable Lessons About Perseverance

Feb 20, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Struggling Students, Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy

Singulyarra/Shutterstock Many families are spending hours watching the Sochi Olympics. It is amazing to see world-class athletes from so many different countries competing against one another. Several of the medal wi... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Play “Friends of 10” for Easy Math Practice

Feb 18, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Understanding addition and subtraction and strategies involving the number 10 are crucial components of Common Core Math Standards. Easy recall of various ways to add and subtract 10 is also an important part of early math fl... Read more
Craig Bystrynski
Fight Colds and Flu With Natural Remedies This Winter

Feb 13, 2014 - Posted by Craig Bystrynski in Healthy Kids

It’s been a challenging winter with record-breaking low temperatures and plenty of snow. Right about now, most families are wishing for spring—and the last thing they need is a cold or the flu invading their home.... Read more
Livia McCoy
Adolescents Should Solve Most of Their Problems Themselves

Feb 13, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Social and Emotional Development, Parenting, Livia McCoy

In nearly 30 years of teaching school, I have seen hundreds of cases where parents involve themselves in their adolescents’ problems. Sometimes, that’s the right thing to do because the problem is too great for a ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
A First Step in Helping Reluctant Readers: See the Doctor

Feb 11, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy

Recently, a mom shared with me that her daughter was showing signs of being a “reluctant reader.” As an avid reader herself, the mom had difficulty understanding why her child wasn’t embracing books and stor... Read more