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Your T(w)een's School Social Life - When to Step in and When to Step Back

Jan 06, 2011 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Technology, School Success, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kids Learning, Internet Safety, Homework, High School, Bullying

Teenagers are social beings. Often, the social scene during this time is, well, complicated. Friendship issues, big and small, can be all-consuming for a t(w)een.  And sometimes, friendship drama can get in the way of sc... Read more
Connie McCarthy
New Year’s Resolutions To Help Your Child Become a Better Reader

Jan 04, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Here are three simple ideas to help your young child become a better reader. Keep a reading log. Purchase an inexpensive small notebook or blank journal. Date and write down book titles of what you read with your child and/... Read more
Livia McCoy
How can parents help with homework?

Jan 03, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, Homework, Fun Learning Activities

Most teachers give homework to their students. But, many students struggle with homework, and homework time is miserable. As parents we wonder, "Why do children need homework?" Having independent work to do outside of schoo... Read more
Livia McCoy
Kids, Stress and How Parents Can Help

Dec 20, 2010 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

Parents often think about their carefree childhood.  They forget that those days were not always so carefree. It is true that children do not worry about paying the bills or losing their jobs like adults do.  But t... Read more
Livia McCoy
Using Pictures to Aid Vocabulary Memorization = Better Results

Dec 14, 2010 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Homework, Fun Learning Activities

Some students do all right on daily work, but when it comes time to take the test—they fail. I currently have a student in my chemistry class who says he just cannot learn new vocabulary. He says that he can understand... Read more
SchoolFamily
How to Find the Experts you Need to Evaluate Your Struggling Student

Dec 01, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in School Success, Parent Involvement, Learning Disabilities, Kids Learning

This blog was originally published by Gary G. Brannigan, Ph.D. & Howard Margolis, Ed.D in www.reading2008.com/blog. They co-authored Reading Disabilities: Beating The Odds, a book to help parents identify reading difficu... Read more
Livia McCoy
Creating a Friendly Environment for ADHD Children

Nov 30, 2010 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, ADHD

Many people need to wiggle while they learn. Because this can be a distraction to other students, students with ADHD need to learn how to move without disturbing others. I have taught students how to kick their foot so that... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Holiday Gift Ideas for Your Child’s Learning Style

Nov 29, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

At this time of year parents often ask me for gift suggestions that promote learning. So often, a successful gift of this type depends on your child’s learning style. So here are a few gift ideas for visual, auditory,... Read more
Livia McCoy
Does my Child Have Dysgraphia?

Nov 22, 2010 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Motor Skills, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities

At the risk of causing a controversy, I am going to tell you what I think dysgraphia is! The reason I say this is controversial is that the definition of dysgraphia has changed through the years, and I disagree with the dire... Read more
Livia McCoy
How Can I Help my Child with her Long Term Project?

Nov 15, 2010 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, Homework, Fun Learning Activities

What? Mary has a science project to do? Many struggling students have a terrible time with long term projects. These projects require them to manage their time and energy for the project while continuing with their normal ... Read more