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Connie McCarthy
New Words To Add to Your Child’s Word Bank

Apr 02, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Spelling, Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards

Last month I provided a list of 30 common sight words, along with directions on how to build a word bank. As promised, here is a new word list. These words are called “word family words,” or phonograms, formed wit... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday With Great Books

Feb 26, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Reading, Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy

Looking for a reason to make this coming weekend memorable for your child? Celebrate Dr. Seuss! March 2 is Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Random House and the National Education Association (NEA) are urging adults to take time to... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Improving Reading Fluency With Nonsense Words

Feb 14, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy

Parents of students in kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade may be aware of using “nonsense” words in teaching phonics and reading. Many school districts are using Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DI... Read more
Livia McCoy
Why Is Spelling So Hard for Some Kids?

Jan 10, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Kids Writing, Kids Reading

Have you ever wondered why some people can speak and read well but are terrible at spelling? In order to understand why, you have to take a look at language in general. Not long after a baby is born, he begins to babble by mi... Read more
Livia McCoy
Technology Solutions for Reading and Writing Difficulties

Dec 13, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Writing, Kids Reading

I teach at a school for students who have language learning difficulties. One of our students (I’ll call her Janel) makes excellent use of technology to help her overcome her difficulty with reading and writing for hers... Read more
Livia McCoy
Decoding and Reading Comprehension: Figuring Out Your Child’s Struggle

Dec 06, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Kids Reading, Elementary School, 1st Grade

Many of my students have difficulty understanding what they read. If you notice that your child struggles with reading, there are some ways you can figure out what the problem might be. Reading is very much like figuring out ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Teach Your Child Sight Words To Make Reading Easier

Oct 30, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

We all use words in four main ways: 1.) to listen; 2.) to speak; 3.) to read; and 4.) to write. Talking and reading to young children are methods that parents and caregivers can use to develop sounds and vocabulary. Young st... Read more
Connie McCarthy
3 Basic Skills, and 3 Easy Ways, to Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten Reading

Jul 02, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

You can help get your young child ready for kindergarten reading by practicing three simple skills this summer:  1. Recognizing and naming all uppercase and lowercase letters of the alphabet.  2. Understanding that ... Read more
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
Connie McCarthy
3 Easy Ways to Get Your Child “Hooked” on Books This Summer!

Jun 19, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Reading, Summer Learning, Reading, Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Reading is like playing an instrument: Without practice, you’ll get rusty. Each summer, when my husband was a young boy in elementary school, my mother-in-law, Mimi, would find age appropriate books that would intere... Read more