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Livia McCoy
Grades: How Much Do They Really Tell About Learning?

May 09, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Styles, Kids Learning, Grades

After visiting a school that has made a concerted effort to change how they evaluate their students, I started thinking about the grades teachers give to students. If a student gets a C at the end of the quarter, what does th... Read more
Connie McCarthy
More New Words for Your Child’s Word Bank

May 07, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Reading, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

This month’s words for your child’s word bank involve consonant blends and consonant digraphs. Simply put, consonant blends consist of two or three consonants used together in words, where each letter sound is d... Read more
Livia McCoy
Make the Most of Museum Visits With Your Child

Apr 25, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities

Museums are marvelous places to learn about our culture—history, music, art, science, and current events. Many families are making plans for summer trips that will include visits to local museums. I went recently on a f... Read more
Livia McCoy
Struggling Students Require More Energy To Learn

Mar 14, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Struggling Students, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

A person’s brain occupies approximately 2 percent of the body’s weight, yet it uses 25 percent of the body’s energy. This amount of energy is required to stay alive, move around, and think. Studies have show... Read more
Livia McCoy
Drill and Practice the Basics: Keys to Student Success

Mar 07, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Memory, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

Students do better in school when they know their basic facts to an automatic level. If your child has to first figure out the basic information, then that information is what occupies her working memory. For example, if aske... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Start a “Word a Day” Bank in Your Family

Mar 05, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Spelling, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Here’s a simple and fun way to help your child become an awesome reader: Build a family “word of the day” bank. Halfway through the school year is a perfect time to start this because it builds on skills ear... Read more
Livia McCoy
Does Your Child Think in Three Dimensions?

Feb 28, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Styles, Learning Disabilities, Kids Learning

What was your favorite toy when you were a child? I love to ask my students this question. The students I teach have a specific language learning disability, and I can usually predict what they will answer to this question. M... Read more
Livia McCoy
How To Prepare for Semester Exams

Dec 27, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

Many children will return to school after the holiday and begin preparing for semester exams. Exams that cover a whole semester can be overwhelming for some students, especially if they do not do well on tests that are shorte... Read more
Livia McCoy
Problems Copying From the Board

Nov 15, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Struggling Students, School Success, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

Some children have a hard time copying things from the board. Some are unable to do it at all, while others are just very slow at copying. There are multiple reasons for this difficulty. Regardless of its cause, students nee... Read more
Livia McCoy
Developmental Differences in Thinking Ability

Nov 07, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Livia McCoy, Learning Styles, Kids Learning

When children are very young, they can only think about concrete things—objects they can actually see or touch. The curriculum in early elementary school begins with things that are concrete. For example, science instru... Read more