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Connie McCarthy
A Simple Card Game to Promote National Math Standards

Feb 04, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Success, Kindergarten, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

“Roll for a Card” is a fun game that I have played with my own children and students to sharpen early learning skills. It's fun, easy, and takes about 15-20 minutes to play. Items Needed: One die from a pair of ... Read more
SchoolFamily
How to Make Math Fun for your Child

Jan 19, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Parent Involvement, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Homework, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School

Math facts + word problems + graphing ... does this add up to math anxiety for you and your child or does it equal fun? If you said anxiety you are not alone. I must confess that I was once in that camp as well. Math was neve... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Grandparents Can Play an Important Role In Educating Young Children

Jan 14, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

 Research confirms the importance of grandparents in a child’s life.  The time that grandparents spend, their patience, and their full-life experiences are invaluable to grandchildren. Grandparents are a wonde... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Foundation Skills for Young Learners

Jan 07, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Success, Kindergarten, Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

The New Year is a time for reflection and resolution.  We tend to get rid of what doesn’t work in our life, and fine-tune what does. Parents want to know how to maximize their young child’s early learning su... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Holiday Vacation Activities: Make Your Own “Play Dough” For Fine Motor Fun!

Dec 23, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Success, Motor Skills, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Looking for some parent/child "Holiday Vacation" fun? Try making your own “Play Dough!” You will need: 1 cup flour 1/2 cup salt 2 teaspoons cream of tartar 1 cup water2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 teaspoon food co... Read more
SchoolFamily
Relaxation Techniques for School (and life!) Success

Dec 18, 2009 - Posted by SchoolFamily in School Success, Health and Fitness, Fun Learning Activities, Flu, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School

Exams, papers, reports card, oh my. Not to mention the excitement of the holidays, time off from school, and the ever-present runny nose. December can be a very stressful and busy time for children of all ages. Anxiety can be... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Holiday Traditions that Improve Reading and Writing Skills

Dec 15, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

The Holiday Season is a time for family traditions. Retelling stories from your childhood and establishing new holiday experiences with your own family is one of the joys of the season. One of my fondest memories, as a child,... Read more
Bill Harley
Teacher Gift Ideas – Beyond the chocolate chip cookie

Dec 14, 2009 - Posted by Bill Harley in Teacher Appreciation, Elementary School, Bill Harley

If you’re considering some kind of teacher gift, I have a suggestion. Homemade cookies are always thoughtful, but the problem with cookies is that the teacher will eat them. And there's also all the other cookies and cu... Read more
Tim Sullivan
Cool Lowe's Christmas and holiday ideas

Dec 01, 2009 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Tim Sullivan, Teachers, Teacher Appreciation, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School

I've worked with Lowe's quite a bit these past few years, most often on our partnership on the very generous Toolbox for Education grant program. Even with all that work, I never really thought of Lowe's as a Christmas brand ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Kids' Holiday Gifts: Give the Gift of Learning

Nov 30, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Motor Skills, Kids Reading, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

With Holiday shopping upon us, parents often ask me for suggestions of games or toys that will enhance their child’s learning.  Here are some simple, inexpensive educational toys and games for 4-8 year olds.  ... Read more