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Connie McCarthy
5 Ways to Celebrate Poetry Month and “Poem in Your Pocket” Day

Apr 25, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in SchoolFamily.com, Kindergarten, Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

April is National Poetry Month and this Thursday, April 26, is “Poem in Your Pocket Day.” Both are national celebrations of poetry whereby adults and children are encouraged to share a poem with someone. Introduci... Read more
Connie McCarthy
1st Graders Send Heartfelt Letters To A Marine

Apr 17, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in SchoolFamily.com, Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Remember how lovely it was to get a beautifully handwritten note from a friend? Some people say that letter writing is a lost art but I’m here to say it’s alive and well—at least in the 1st grade! For the pa... Read more
Carissa Rogers
My Son, The Absent Minded Professor

Apr 12, 2012 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in SchoolFamily.com, Elementary School, Carissa Rogers

Why is my little boy so dang forgetful? He is smart, amazing, fun loving, and all about science, engineering, and Rube Goldberg contraptions…but ask him where his library book is, and you’ll get a stare of oblivi... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Put Colorful Magnetic Letters to Work With These 4 Tips!

Apr 09, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in SchoolFamily.com, Kindergarten, Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Is your refrigerator covered in colorful magnetic letters? If so, put those letters to work! Magnetic letters are a great tool to help your young reader practice sight words, spelling, and reading.  In my classroom we ha... Read more
Connie McCarthy
1st Graders Suggest Top Books for Kindergarteners

Apr 03, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

In preparation for my school’s annual “Reading Week,” I asked my 1st grade students to name their favorite kindergarten books, and tell me why they liked them. Their answers were impressive. Here are their t... Read more
Livia McCoy
Moving Up to Middle School Can Be Frightening for Some Kids

Mar 29, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in SchoolFamily.com, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Elementary School

Moving from elementary school to middle school can be especially scary for students with learning disabilities. If your child will be moving into middle school next year, it might be a good idea to think about what things wil... Read more
Carissa Rogers
Father-Daughter Travel Tradition Is Born, Accidentially

Mar 29, 2012 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in SchoolFamily.com, School Vacation, School Vacation, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Educational Trips, Carissa Rogers, 5th Grade

Fifth grade is American History year. And four years ago my oldest daughter’s class (then 5th grade) had planned to visit Washington D.C. to tour the National Mall and a few historic sites. The problem was that the &ldq... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Have Kids Roll the Dice to Learn Place Value

Mar 27, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Kindergarten, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Most kindergarten and 1st grade students can easily understand single-digit numbers (0-9.) However, knowing double-digit numbers, from 10-99, often is confusing to young math students.  Understanding “place value&r... Read more
Connie McCarthy
A "Synonym" is Not Something You Put on Toast!

Mar 20, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parent Involvement, Kindergarten, Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

 A few years ago, when I was introducing word categories to my 1st grade students, I asked if anyone knew what a “synonym” was. I called on one student who was enthusiastically waving his hand. “Oh yes... Read more
Livia McCoy
Selecting Typing Software: Which is Best for Your Child?

Mar 15, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Teen Girls, Teen Boys, Technology, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parenting, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Learning, Homework, High School, Elementary School

Parents often call me to find out what typing software I recommend they get for their child. Unfortunately, this is a really difficult question! It really isn’t so much what software to buy as it is what your child does... Read more