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Livia McCoy
Easing High Stakes Testing Stress

May 31, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Standardized Testing, School Success, Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

Children everywhere are in the midst of taking standardized tests to measure academic progress.  We refer to this as "high stakes testing" because so much is riding on their outcome.  Children have to pass a certain... Read more
Livia McCoy
Making Sense of Notes Taken on the Computer

May 24, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, School Success, Livia McCoy

I have been tutoring a seventh grade student who takes his life science notes on his computer. Apparently, his teacher uses PowerPoint to teach the lessons. Students get a copy of her PowerPoint and are supposed to fill in ... Read more
5 Ways To Help Your Teen Get Fantastic Exam Results

May 17, 2011 - Posted by SchoolFamily in School Success, Parent Involvement, High School, Fun Learning Activities

This week we are excited to have a guest blog authored by Clare McIlwraith and Chris Whittington, a.k.a The Study Gurus. This dynamic duo specializes in teaching students how to study effectively.  Their aim is to show ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
To Repeat a Grade or Not to Repeat…That is the Question!

May 12, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Success, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Are you facing the decision of whether your young child should repeat their school grade? The goal of repeating a grade is to give a student extra time to grow, mature, and master grade level skills that were missed the first... Read more
Livia McCoy
Teaching Your Child to Listen--The First Time You Say It!

May 09, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities

I saw an interesting suggestion for helping children with ADD (attention deficit disorder) in an article about classroom interventions. In a long list of ideas it said, "Give simple, concrete directions, once." This reminded ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
My Case for All Day Kindergarten

Apr 21, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Success, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Why don’t all school districts, across the country, have full day kindergartens? Spring is the time of year when parents usually register their children for the upcoming kindergarten year. For many parents, whose schoo... Read more
Countdown to Middle School

Mar 17, 2011 - Posted by SchoolFamily in School Success, Parent Involvement, Middle School

We are excited to have Sue Blaney as a guest blogger this week. Sue Blaney is an author, speaker and communications expert. Please visit to get tips, resources and information. There you can lear... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Helping Kids Make a Reading and Math Connection

Mar 16, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Kids Reading, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Although reading and math are two separate subjects there is a strong connection between the two. Helping your child improve their math vocabulary will in turn help them improve their math comprehension. Here are three easy ... Read more
Searching for Balanced & Tasty Before-School Breakfasts

Mar 09, 2011 - Posted by SchoolFamily in School Success, Nutrition, Middle School, Kids Learning, High School, Helicopter Parents, Health and Fitness, Elementary School

Is it just me or is getting your kids to eat breakfast before school a challenge?  I am ever-conscious of not being a helicopter parent, but when it comes to breakfast, this is one battle that I pick.  As the school... Read more
Livia McCoy
Study Strategies that Match Your Child’s Learning Style

Mar 08, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

Students do better in school if they understand how they best learn. Some need to see a demonstration to learn something new. Others need to read about it and study illustrations in a book. A few people just need for someo... Read more