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Connie McCarthy
Organization Help for the Second Half of the School Year

Feb 19, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Organization, Connie McCarthy

Winter break is a great time to clear out clutter and organize for the remaining months of the school year. Here are four easy ways to simplify school papers, keep clutter to a minimum, and refine homework routines: Singer B... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Time for a Midyear Progress Check

Feb 12, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent-Teacher Conference, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Midway through the school year is a key time to reflect on your child’s school success. It’s the perfect time to “celebrate the halfway point” or to “plan it out.” By these two phrases I me... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Simple Activities for Fine Motor Success

Feb 05, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Motor Skills, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Good fine motor skills are a very important part of early school success. Fine motor skills are directed by the small muscle groups that control hands and fingers. They support cutting, coloring, tying shoes, printing, etc. H... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Help Your Child Learn Instant Math Recall at Home

Jan 29, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

"Instant math recall" is the ability to do basic math functions quickly, without resorting to finger counting or paper and pencil. This is an acquired skill that leads young students to correctly solve simple math problems in... Read more
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7 Keys to Independent Learning

Jan 22, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

January is the perfect time to help your young student resolve to make positive changes that will enhance the rest of his school year. It’s an opportunity to let him assume more responsibility, and to grow and mature as... Read more
Livia McCoy
Some "Tricks" Can Help Teens With Anxiety

Jan 20, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Social and Emotional Development, Connie McCarthy, Anxiety

In the last few years there seems to be an increasing number of kids who suffer from anxiety. I wanted to learn more about anxiety and how to help these kids. My journey began with a workshop with Dr. Michael Southam-Gerow, a... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Help Your Child Be a Reading Superstar

Jan 15, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

The start of the new year is a great time to reinvigorate your efforts to help in your child’s reading development. From January through the end of the school year, diligently practice the simple tips found below at hom... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Help Your Young Child Build Good Conversation Skills

Jan 05, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Social and Emotional Development, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

During the holidays, did you notice that it’s often hard for a young child to keep a conversation going? When visiting family or friends asked a question, did you hear mostly one-word answers? Young children need to lea... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Start a Winter Weather Journal With Your Child

Dec 26, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Winter is a great time to incorporate science with reading, writing, and math. A simple way to help your young student do this is to start a weather journal. Your youngster will need a notebook, pencil, and crayons to get sta... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Help Your Young Child Handle Stress

Dec 18, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Social and Emotional Development, Connie McCarthy

Managing stress is just as important for children as it is for adults. Stress can affect anyone who is overwhelmed, especially during the holidays—and that can include young children. Some stress triggers might be sched... Read more