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Connie McCarthy
Move Learning Away From the Classroom This Summer

Jun 11, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Summer break has started, or will very shortly. It’s a perfect time to take those classroom skills and apply them to different, more relaxed summer venues. By keeping the learning process active, you can help your child... Read more
Livia McCoy
Encourage Teens' Writing During the Summer

Jun 09, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Recently, a student shared a poem he had written with me. I was totally amazed at how beautiful and thoughtful it was. He was involved in a creative writing class, and the poem was an assignment. This made me think about the ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Sensory Activities Sharpen Skills and Encourage Creativity

Jun 04, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Sensory games can be a fun way for any child to learn. Here are three easy activities to encourage your child to learn in different ways: Heighten his listening comprehension with simple household objects. For example, use a ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Create Word Rainbows To Help Young Spellers

May 21, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Spelling, Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

This year in my 1st grade class, I have been using a terrific new concept passed along to me by my colleague, Kathy. This idea greatly helps our students master their weekly spelling assignments. In both of our 1st grade clas... Read more
Livia McCoy
Help Students Have a Strong Finish to the Year

May 19, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

There are only a few weeks left of this school year. Students everywhere are looking forward to summer, and it’s hard to stay focused on school. It is important, however, to finish strong for more than just making this ... Read more
Livia McCoy
Tricks To Help Kids Manage Electronic Distractions in the Classroom

May 05, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

Many schools are going “one-to-one,” which means every student has a laptop or tablet on which to work. While there are tremendous advantages of having access to electronic devices in school, there are some potent... Read more
Livia McCoy
Creative Minds Need Time To Think

Apr 21, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, Creativity

Creative minds need time to think. It is during “down time” that our brains can come up with novel ideas or search for answers to “what if….?” or “how can we solve….?” kinds o... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Understanding Directional and Positional Words

Apr 16, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Does your young child have trouble understanding directions? An easy way to help remedy this problem is to practice directional and positional words each day. Around the house, in the car, and in the yard, there are always go... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Just What Goes On All Day in the 1st Grade?

Apr 09, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

At parent-teacher conferences, I’m often asked what you do with 25 1st graders all day long. Or parents ask me just how much time is devoted to the different subjects I teach. While there is no such thing as a typical d... Read more
Livia McCoy
Use Diigo for Organizing Online Research

Apr 07, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Organization, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, High School

Students are asked to do lots of research, and much of it takes place on the Internet. One of the most difficult parts of Internet research is gathering enough of it to support a thesis and then keeping up with where the rese... Read more