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Connie McCarthy
A Great Tool To Help Students Organize Thoughts and Ideas

Jan 15, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Organization, Kids Learning, Homework, Connie McCarthy

A graphic organizer is a simple paper tool that uses drawings or words to express knowledge, thoughts, or ideas. They are particularly helpful for young students to organize and sequence facts, concepts or steps for problem s... Read more
Livia McCoy
Homework Binder: A Strategy That Helps With Executive Functioning

Nov 07, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Struggling Students, Organization, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, Homework, Executive Functioning

Many children tend to be impulsive and have trouble planning ahead, keeping up with long-term projects, making thoughtful decisions, and turning in all of their homework. These abilities are all a part of executive functionin... Read more
Livia McCoy
Getting Organized: Back-to-School Shopping Tips

Aug 01, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Organization, Livia McCoy, Back to School

Many parents are shopping for school supplies, and most are using the list of supplies provided by their child’s school. Some students have problems keeping up with their school “stuff.” These kids lose penc... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Get Your Child Organized for School

Oct 02, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Organization

At the beginning of every school year, teachers strive to get their classroom management strategies in place. They do this to provide a safe and predictable school environment for all students. Now is a great time to organiz... Read more
Carissa Rogers
Make Martin Luther King Day a Family Day of Service

Jan 11, 2012 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in School Volunteers, Parent Involvement, Organization, Middle School, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School, Carissa Rogers

“Everybody can be great because everybody can serve.” —Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Did you know Martin Luther King Day has morphed into an official “Day of Service?” If you check the website, MLK... Read more
Carissa Rogers
A Gratitude Shout-Out From Our “SchoolFamily” To Yours

Nov 16, 2011 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in Teacher Appreciation, School Volunteers, PTOs and PTAs, Organization, Middle School, High School, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School, Carissa Rogers, After-School

  Our family’s world revolves around the activities of our three school-age kids.  And as much as it often looks like we don’t know whether we’re coming or going… all those activities we&rsq... Read more
Livia McCoy
Executive Functioning -- How it Affects a Student in School

Aug 31, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Organization, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

There is a great article you might enjoy reading: Executive Function—A New Lens Through Which to View Your Child. What I like the most about it is that it focuses on how a better understanding of your child's stren... Read more
Help Teachers Get the Supplies They Need Through

Aug 03, 2011 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Teachers, Teacher Appreciation, PTOs and PTAs, Parent Involvement, Organization, Middle School, High School, Elementary School, Contest, Back to School

  Did you know that on average, teachers spend $462 of their own money to buy supplies for their classroom?   Enter! This new site was launched last week by School Family Media (our parent compan... Read more
Livia McCoy
A Notebook System That Aids With Organization

Jan 10, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Organization, Livia McCoy, Homework

Students with organizational difficulties often struggle in school. If extreme, they can be the reason for school failure. In order to do well in school, a student needs to complete the correct homework assignments each nig... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Household Items That Help With Homework

Dec 10, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Success, Organization, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Homework, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Having the right tools in one place can make homework less of a struggle. At a PTO meeting last night two colleagues and I addressed parent’s concerns about homework. Mrs. Monteiro, a third grade teacher, told parents ... Read more