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Livia McCoy
Birdwatching Can Be Fun and Easy for Kids Struggling With Reading

Jun 27, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Middle School, Livia McCoy, Kids Reading, Kids Learning

Does your middle school child love birds, but then he gets frustrated when trying to identify them? Many children do. Unfortunately, field guides that help identify birds can be really hard to use, especially for children who... Read more
Livia McCoy
Student Absences: They Hurt Learning More Than You Might Think

Jun 05, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, Homework

It seems like missing one day of school would not be that big of a deal. Some parents feel free to keep their children out of school fairly often (even when they are not sick). It is appropriate to keep your child home if th... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Let Young Students Make Lots of Mistakes!

Jun 04, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

 Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.  —Albert Einstein   Taking academic risks and making mistakes are both essential to learning. Recently, in my 1st grade class, we were w... Read more
Livia McCoy
The Importance of Teaching Students To Write By Hand

May 01, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Elementary School

Ever since writing my earlier blog post about whether we really need to teach cursive handwriting, Do Children Still Need to Learn Cursive?, I have been thinking more about it. Many parents are concerned that their children a... Read more
Connie McCarthy
The Most Important Question You Should Ask Your Child’s Teacher, Right Now!

Apr 30, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parent-Teacher Conference, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

In the beginning of May, I highly recommend that all parents ask their child’s teacher a very important question: “Is my child on grade level?” If the answer is no, there is still enough time left in the sch... Read more
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
Livia McCoy
Help Your LD Student Have a Successful Trip To the Library­

Apr 10, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in SchoolFamily.com, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Educational Trips

Libraries are supposed to be fun places. But if you are dyslexic or have a problem reading and spelling, they might not be so much fun. I work at a school for dyslexic students. We have a nice sign in the school library titl... 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
Livia McCoy
Why Do Some LD Students Act Out in School?

Apr 03, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Learning, ADHD

Recently, I read Nelson Lauver’s book, Most Unlikely to Succeed. The first part of the book was difficult for me to read. When Nelson was a child, he was abused by his teachers because he couldn’t read and do math... Read more