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Connie McCarthy
In Praise of the Average Reading Student

Feb 07, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Supplies, School Curriculum, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Homework, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

I’m writing this week in support and recognition of all the wonderful young students who fall into the under appreciated category of “average” when it comes to their reading.   Average means that a chil... Read more
Livia McCoy
Consequences of a Zero: How One Missing Grade Makes a Huge Difference

Oct 24, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, 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
Carol Brooks Ball
Why is Mom the Family's Social Calendar-Carrier?

Aug 30, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Vacation Homework, Teacher Appreciation, SchoolFamily.com, School Volunteers, School Supplies, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kindergarten, Homework, High School, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School, Back to School, After-School

School for my rising high school junior starts in seven days, which means that in seven days, I'll be hit with an avalanche of paperwork and important dates to record. I'm already in the doghouse, however, for forgetting some... Read more
SchoolFamily
In Search of the Ultimate Back-to-School Tips and Checklist -- Kind of

Aug 17, 2011 - Posted by SchoolFamily in School Supplies, School Success, School Lunch, Elementary School, Back to School

Well, the countdown to back to school has begun in my house. 15 more days. I say that with serious lament. I want to hang on to every minute of summer, every shred of the lack of routine. Well kind of. I want to, but my chec... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Back to School Countdown for Early Elementary Kids

Aug 04, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Supplies, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy, Back to School

Relaxed summer schedules are ending, and the back to school rush has begun. If your young child is counting down the days until school starts, or has just started back, your household routines are changing and getting back in... Read more
Livia McCoy
Stand up and Study More!

Dec 07, 2010 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Supplies, School Success, Organization, Livia McCoy, ADHD

After my posting on creating a friendly environment for ADHD children, I heard from several people about how much they like the stand-up desks. One felt it would be great for him rather than his children. Another says she p... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Observe Your Child to Learn More About His/Her Learning Style

Oct 22, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Supplies, Parent Involvement, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Most children use a combination of senses to learn. The three most common are visual, auditory (hearing,) and touch or "hands-on." Yet, it’s also true that most children tend to be stronger in one of those areas. A sim... Read more
SchoolFamily
Blog Give-Away: Win a Free House Cleaning & Lysol Gift Pack

Oct 06, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in School Supplies, Nutrition, Health and Fitness, Elementary School

Are your kids sniffling and sneezing already this school year? Yep, cold and flu season is upon us. You'll be happy to know that we just launched a new Healthy School Kids page that provides practical tips, tools and insight ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Back to School Supplies

Aug 05, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Supplies, Connie McCarthy, Back to School

"Please Mom; please can I have that giant box of crayons and the smelly markers?" This plea, recently overheard at a local store, got me thinking about the items that a new Kindergarten or First Grade student really needs..... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Keep School Supplies Simple

Sep 07, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Supplies, Connie McCarthy, Back to School

For many children getting school supplies is the best part of going to school! A few years ago, on the first day of school, Amanda, was so proud of her big box of 64 crayons. Very quickly pride turned into panic when I asked ... Read more