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Why Your Teen Needs to Care About Math

Oct 27, 2011 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Teachers, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Homework, High School, College

This week, SchoolFamily.com presents a guest blog authored by Clare McIlwraith and Chris Whittington, a.k.a The Study Gurus. This dynamic duo specializes in teaching student how to study effectively. They share their years of... Read more
Livia McCoy
Consequences of a Zero: How One Missing Grade Makes a Huge Difference

Oct 24, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Supplies, School Success, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Learning Disabilities, Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Homework, High School, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Back to School

Many students do not understand how important it is to complete (and turn in) every single assignment. They think that missing a paper or two does not make much difference in their overall grade. I have tutored students befor... Read more
Livia McCoy
A Cool (Free) Tool for Doing a Presentation

Oct 19, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kindergarten, Homework, High School, Elementary School

Many teachers assign presentations to help their students develop their speaking and presenting skills. I recently learned to use some presentation software that is available free on the web. It’s called Prezi and is pa... Read more
SchoolFamily
How to Help Your Teen Crush Procrastination Once & For All

Sep 21, 2011 - Posted by SchoolFamily in School Success, Parent Involvement, Kids Learning, Homework

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
Carol Brooks Ball
Providing iPads Instead of Textbooks For Classroom Learning Gets My Vote

Sep 13, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Technology, Middle School, Homework, High School, Health and Fitness, Elementary School, Back to School, After-School

I don't know about you but my house has more computers than we need. Yes, that's partly due to the fact that my son, who today works in information technology, built two of his own computers during his middle school and high ... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
Why is Mom the Family's Social Calendar-Carrier?

Aug 30, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Vacation Homework, Teacher Appreciation, SchoolFamily.com, School Volunteers, School Supplies, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kindergarten, Homework, High School, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School, Back to School, After-School

School for my rising high school junior starts in seven days, which means that in seven days, I'll be hit with an avalanche of paperwork and important dates to record. I'm already in the doghouse, however, for forgetting some... Read more
Livia McCoy
Getting Started on a Task - How to Help Your Child

Aug 08, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, Homework, Fun Learning Activities

Some children have a hard time getting started on a task. They sit and stare at the worksheet or book and do not know what to do. There are several things that may be going on. They may know what they are supposed to do, b... Read more
Livia McCoy
When Smart Students Cannot Write What They Know

Feb 28, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Homework

Some students have difficulty getting their excellent ideas written down. This can be from a variety of problems such as dysgraphia (a physical problem that prevents handwriting or typing), or a specific language learning di... Read more
Livia McCoy
Homework Struggles - When to Talk to the Teacher

Feb 14, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Learning, Homework

In an earlier post I mentioned that there are some students who need to have their homework assignments modified for one reason or another. If your child is really struggling with homework, consider whether modifying their h... Read more
Livia McCoy
What if my Child Can’t do the Homework?

Jan 24, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Learning, Homework

When children consistently have difficulty with homework it is important to communicate this concern with your child’s teacher. With the teacher’s help you may be able to identify the source of the problem and fig... Read more