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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
Connie McCarthy
1st Grade, 2nd Grade End-of-Year Academic Checklist

May 29, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Preschool, Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Kids Math, Connie McCarthy

If you're the parent of a child completing 1st or 2nd grade, how do you know if your child has mastered the skills necessary for moving up to the next grade? The following academic checklist can help. While it isn't a compre... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
Farewell To Maurice Sendak, Author of "Where The Wild Things Are"

May 08, 2012 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in SchoolFamily.com, Kids Reading

To borrow a phrase from a classic Beatle’s song that feels especially applicable, “I read the news today, oh boy…” The news in this case is the passing of writer Maurice Sendak, the man who penned whi... 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
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