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Connie McCarthy
Help Good Readers Become Good Writers, Part 1

Apr 16, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Writing, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards, 2nd Grade, 1st Grade

Being a good reader does not automatically make your young child a good writer. Like reading, writing is a learned skill, and there are simple ways to help her learn to write well. Many school districts across the country bas... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Fun Crafts Projects To Match Favorite Early Elementary Books

Dec 31, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Reading, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Looking for some creative educational activities to occupy young children on stormy days? To have some genuine parent/child fun together, simply look to books. The following are favorites of kindergarten and 1st grade student... Read more
Livia McCoy
Decoding and Reading Comprehension: Figuring Out Your Child’s Struggle

Dec 06, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Kids Reading, Elementary School, 1st Grade

Many of my students have difficulty understanding what they read. If you notice that your child struggles with reading, there are some ways you can figure out what the problem might be. Reading is very much like figuring out ... Read more
SchoolFamily
Icky Childhood Illnesses: My Family’s Icky Illness and the Yuck Factor

Jul 18, 2012 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Preschool, Patti Ghezzi, Middle School, Kindergarten, High School, Healthy Kids, Elementary School, Back to School

The phone rings and I recognize the school’s number on my caller ID. It’s not a number I want to see. The school doesn’t call to say hello. It’s the school nurse, and she’s calling to tell me tha... Read more
SchoolFamily
Host a Playdate for a Child With Food Allergies—You Can Do It!

Jul 18, 2012 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Preschool, Middle School, Kindergarten, High School, Elementary School

Joshua, Henry, Isabella, Matthew, Jasper, Jack, Katie, and Paige. These are just a few of the names of children who have come to our house for playdates and parties for my sons. Between my two kids there have been numerous bi... Read more
Connie McCarthy
3 Easy Ways to Get Your Child “Hooked” on Books This Summer!

Jun 19, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Reading, Summer Learning, Reading, Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Reading is like playing an instrument: Without practice, you’ll get rusty. Each summer, when my husband was a young boy in elementary school, my mother-in-law, Mimi, would find age appropriate books that would intere... Read more
SchoolFamily
Laughter Can Lift Spirits: Fond Remembrances From A School Superintendent

Jun 05, 2012 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Teachers, Elementary School

This guest blog post is by Gary Doi, retired school superintendent and founder/editor of A Hopeful Sign, a blog intended to "spread hope by sharing real-life stories of living-learning-leading." Whoever first said that laught... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
Teacher's "Catastrophe Award" to 3rd Grader Stuns, Angers Mother

Jun 01, 2012 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Teachers, Elementary School, 3rd Grade

If the teacher who recently presented an 8-year-old student with a special “Catastrophe Award,” which was delivered to the child in front of the child's entire 3rd grade class, thinks this was funny, I think the t... Read more
Livia McCoy
What Do Standardized Test Scores, and Percentiles, Mean?

May 22, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Elementary School

Often when schools do standardized testing, they report the scores in percentiles. Percentiles are not the same thing as percentages (percents), even though they sound like they should be. Percentages are what most teachers u... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Preschool, Kindergarten End-of-the-Year Academic Checklist

May 21, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Preschool, Kindergarten, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

For most students, the school year is coming to an end in the next few weeks. But as a parent, how do you know if your child is prepared for the next phase? Here is a simple checklist for your preschool or kindergarten child... Read more