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Connie McCarthy
Use Legos for Easy Math Practice

Dec 24, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Kids Learning, Counting, Connie McCarthy

Colorful Legos have been a favorite of young children for a long time. They’ve also been a great holiday gift. Here’s a simple way to combine a classic toy, new or old, to practice Common Core math skills over vac... Read more
Livia McCoy
Allow Children To Solve Problems on Their Own

Dec 19, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

My second child did not learn to talk as quickly as my first. Like all mothers do, I worried that she was behind, that she might have difficulty in school, and that she would not learn to read. Someone more wise than I pointe... Read more
Connie McCarthy
At the Holidays, Celebrate Accomplishments and Set New Goals

Dec 17, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

The holidays are a wonderful time to reflect on all the marvelous things young students have learned and accomplished during the year. They have grown and changed so much during 2013, physically, mentally, and emotionally. Wa... Read more
Livia McCoy
Impulsive Students Need Guidance When Online

Dec 11, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Internet Safety

The parents at our school sponsored a great workshop on social networking and keeping kids safe online. It was run by police at the local and state levels. As I took notes during their presentation, I kept thinking about the ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Mix Holiday Fun With Academics

Dec 10, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

The holiday season is a great time for young students. It provides a chance for them to help prepare for family holiday events while reinforcing academic skills. Here are some simple ways to incorporate math, reading, writing... Read more
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