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Livia McCoy
What Happens When We Learn?

Aug 01, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Learning

Many people ask me to help them understand why their child is having trouble learning in school. This is a very complicated question! Many things have to happen before learning can occur. The first step in the learning pro... Read more
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Your Suggestions of Must-Read Children's Books & Sweepstakes Winners

Jul 29, 2011 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Summer Learning, School Success, Kids Reading, Contest

  Closing out this week with some good news and some good reads! We are happy to announce the 2 winners of the Summer Reading List Sweepstakes. Congrats go to: Gina Lovejoy from California Shelly Rogers from Missouri Jud... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Creative Play Leads to Learning

Jul 29, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Play is a great tool for learning, and summer is the time to easily blend play with academic skills. Here are some simple ways to turn play into valuable learning experiences. At the beach: Let your child use a stick to prac... Read more
Livia McCoy
Take Advantage of Real-Life Learning Experiences

Jul 25, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

There is nothing like a real-life experience to make you want to learn something new. In the education world, we call this "authentic learning." My grandsons found a pill bug (sowbug, roly-poly bug) under the house where we... Read more
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Easy Vacation Memories

Jul 20, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

One of the easiest ways to help your child practice writing this summer is to make a "Vacation Memory Book." If you are going away on vacation, or just taking short day trips to the beach with your child this summer, this is ... Read more
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Using Text-to-Speech Software to Proofread

Jul 18, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Kids Writing, Kids Reading

Summertime writing projects are a great time to work on proofreading skills. My students hate to proofread their work! I guess it's because it takes longer to finish it if they take the time to proof it. However, it is a w... Read more
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Frustration Free Creative Writing

Jul 14, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Kids Writing, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

When young children first begin to write stories they often get frustrated, and need help spelling the "big words." Here is a way to help your child overcome this obstacle and let creative writing flow. You will need: A sta... Read more
Livia McCoy
Learning to Accept Help

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Summer Learning, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Math, Fun Learning Activities

Some of my summer school students feel like accepting my help means I am doing the work for them. They would rather turn in lower quality work and do it totally by themselves. This is admirable -- that they want to do the w... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Poetry and Play for Summer Learning Fun

Jul 06, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy

Combining poetry and play is a great way to strengthen language and literacy skills in a melodic and lyrical way. One of my favorite poems is Robert Louis Stevenson's classic "The Swing." When my own children were young, we w... Read more
Livia McCoy
Fairness Is Not Always What It Seems

Jul 05, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy

Parents sometimes feel guilty about spending money on one child who needs extra help and not spending the same amount of money on their other children -- or, not having the money to spend on the others. Tutors, special summe... Read more