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Livia McCoy
Consequences of a Zero: How One Missing Grade Makes a Huge Difference

Oct 24, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers,, School Supplies, School Success, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Learning Disabilities, Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Homework, High School, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Back to School

Many students do not understand how important it is to complete (and turn in) every single assignment. They think that missing a paper or two does not make much difference in their overall grade. I have tutored students befor... Read more
Livia McCoy
How to Help Your Child Improve His or Her Vocabulary

Oct 11, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in, School Success, Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kindergarten, Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School

For children to be successful in school, they need a strong vocabulary.  This especially helps them to understand what they are reading.  Experts tell us that children need to read a wide range of fiction and non-fi... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Three Simple Ways to Help Struggling Young Readers

Oct 03, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

What parent's heart doesn't sink when they hear their young child struggling to read? An immediate response is to jump in and say the word to keep the story flowing. That works for the short-term … but doesn't really ... Read more
Reading Log as Homework? Win a Reading Pup

Sep 01, 2011 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Contest, Back to School

Yesterday was the first day of school in my town. I met up with a bunch of moms after bus stop time to swap stories. Fortunately everyone in our bunch went off to school happily. The back-to-school mood of the group was divi... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
Back to School Books that Address First-Day Jitters

Aug 23, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Teachers,, Kids Reading, Health and Fitness, Elementary School, Bullying, Back to School

If I had to pick a favorite book that I’ve read to my children during times when they've been anxious about returning to school, I’d be unable to choose – there are that many excellent choices. One that top... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Simple Ways to Increase Your Child's Reading Comprehension

Aug 15, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, School Success, Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Ready, Set, Read! When my son, Michael, was four years old someone gave him a video of his favorite movie “Star Wars.”   The problem was he could not yet read.  So, each time the movie started, as t... Read more
Your Suggestions of Must-Read Children's Books & Sweepstakes Winners

Jul 29, 2011 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Summer Learning, School Success, Kids Reading, Contest

  Closing out this week with some good news and some good reads! We are happy to announce the 2 winners of the Summer Reading List Sweepstakes. Congrats go to: Gina Lovejoy from California Shelly Rogers from Missouri Jud... Read more
Livia McCoy
Using Text-to-Speech Software to Proofread

Jul 18, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Kids Writing, Kids Reading

Summertime writing projects are a great time to work on proofreading skills. My students hate to proofread their work! I guess it's because it takes longer to finish it if they take the time to proof it. However, it is a w... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Poetry and Play for Summer Learning Fun

Jul 06, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy

Combining poetry and play is a great way to strengthen language and literacy skills in a melodic and lyrical way. One of my favorite poems is Robert Louis Stevenson's classic "The Swing." When my own children were young, we w... Read more
Creative Ways to Encourage Your Kids to Read More This Summer!

Jun 24, 2011 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Summer Learning, Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Elementary School, Contest

  Reading programs at your local library are an awesome way to get your kids to read over the summer. But not all kids are inspired to read by these programs. Some just need that extra nudge. Turning reading into an adve... Read more