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Livia McCoy
Helping a Student Catch Up After an Illness

Oct 24, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, Homework

Students who have to miss several days of school feel overwhelmed when they return. Some fear being so far behind that they wind up missing extra days, because they are so anxious about the amount of work they need to do. The... Read more
Connie McCarthy
The Five Steps to Phonemic Awareness

Oct 22, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Reading, Connie McCarthy

“Phonemic awareness” is a term often used when children are beginning to read. You might hear this term at a parent conference or PTO night. Simply put, phonemic awareness is the ability to hear sounds in spoken l... Read more
Livia McCoy
The Fine Line Between Giving Support and Helping Too Much

Oct 17, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Struggling Students, Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities

A parent of one of my students recently said she was struggling with walking the fine between giving her daughter the support she needs and supporting her too much. This is always a difficult decision parents must make. On th... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Common Core Review for Kindergarteners and 1st Graders

Oct 15, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent-Teacher Conference, Kindergarten, Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards, 1st Grade

Right now most school districts are six to eight weeks into the new school year. That’s a long time for a kindergarten or 1st grade student! It’s also a time when many schools are scheduling first parent conferenc... Read more
Livia McCoy
Parent-Teacher Conferences Help Develop the School-Home Relationship

Oct 10, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, Parent-Teacher Conference, Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy

In a few short weeks, parent-teacher conferences start. Interestingly, both parents and teachers are anxious about them! Parents worry about whether their child is performing well enough and behaving in class. They worry abou... Read more
Connie McCarthy
The Importance of Conversation With Young Kids

Oct 08, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Vocabulary, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Have you heard of the 30-million word gap for children? Psychologists Betty Hart of the University of Kansas and Todd Risley of the University of Alaska did a study of oral language. They observed 42 diverse families over a p... Read more
Livia McCoy
Alternatives to Flash Cards for Studying

Oct 03, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Styles, Kids Learning, Homework, High School

Most teachers teach their students how to use flash cards for studying facts or vocabulary. Flash cards are a great tool for many students, but there are some kids who need a different strategy. Students who are creative and ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Ideas To Increase Fine Motor Skills in Young Students

Oct 01, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Motor Skills, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

My post last week outlined the connection between gross and fine motor skills and activities to improve gross motor success. This week, my focus is on fine motor skills, and simple activities to help your kindergarten or 1st ... Read more
Livia McCoy
Explain Everything: A Low-Cost App for Creative Presentations

Sep 26, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, Smartphone Apps, Middle School, Livia McCoy, High School, Creativity

Last week, I was invited to the middle school where I work to hear student presentations. Their assignment was to create a project using Explain Everything that had several slides. The purpose of the presentation was to intro... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Practicing Gross Motor Skills Can Improve Learning

Sep 24, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Motor Skills, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

For the most part, all learning is sequential, which means that we build on known skills to acquire new ones. This is especially true for young children, who are developing gross and fine motor dexterity. Gross motor skills i... Read more