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Livia McCoy
Help Your Child Prepare for Exams

Dec 05, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Middle School, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, High School

The fact is, most students do not know how to prepare to take exams. For example, many do not understand that it is much better to study in many short blocks of time instead of trying to cram everything in the night before an... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Make a Birdfeeder for Wintertime Science Fun

Dec 03, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Simple birdfeeders are a great project for young students to have hands-on science fun. Wintertime feeders will attract native birds to your area, or help feed local birds in colder weather. They can be made with easily found... Read more
Connie McCarthy
A Simple Activity To Increase Number Fluency

Nov 26, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Connie McCarthy

Many young students easily adapt to the ABC’s and can quickly put letters in sequence, even when they are out of order. Mastering this concept helps students understand alphabetical order. This doesn’t always happ... Read more
Livia McCoy
For Thanksgiving, Kids Should Take a Break From School (but Help at Home)

Nov 25, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy

Thanksgiving is a wonderful opportunity for parents and students to take a break from the stresses of school. Everyone needs to relax a few days and recoup before the countdown to exams begins. If you are having visitors at y... Read more
Livia McCoy
A New Look at Learning Styles

Nov 21, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Styles, Kids Learning

For many years now, students and teachers have discussed learning styles. We look at whether a person learns best through visual, auditory, or kinesthetic channels as described in "What Is Your Child’s Learning Style?" ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
3 Skills Critical to Common Core Success

Nov 19, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Learning Styles, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards

As a mentor for new teachers, I spend a lot of time discussing the three important skills young students need to learn before starting with Common Core phonics and early math. I call this my “Triangle Base.” These... Read more
Livia McCoy
What Does It Mean To Be Twice Exceptional?

Nov 14, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Learning, Gifted and Talented

Some students have unbelievable abilities in an area such as art, language, or mathematics. Depending on the educational setting, these students might be labeled “gifted and talented.” There is not one definitive ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Does Memorization Have a Place in a Modern Classroom?

Nov 12, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Memory, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Most adults remember learning their times tables and to this day can easily tell you what 7 x 8 equals. Many can also name all the Great Lakes by recalling the acronym “HOMES.” When spelling, I always remember &ld... Read more
Livia McCoy
Homework Binder: A Strategy That Helps With Executive Functioning

Nov 07, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Struggling Students, Organization, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, Homework, Executive Functioning

Many children tend to be impulsive and have trouble planning ahead, keeping up with long-term projects, making thoughtful decisions, and turning in all of their homework. These abilities are all a part of executive functionin... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Use Pennies To Teach Common Core Math Skills

Nov 05, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Preschool, Kindergarten, Kids Math, Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards, 1st Grade

Young children love pennies. So make them part of math comprehension. Use pennies to help young students practice math skills in a simple yet memorable way. Here are four easy ways to use pennies to help reinforce important C... Read more