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Carissa Rogers
Does Mom Age Gracefully (or Forgetfully)?

Mar 16, 2012 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in SchoolFamily.com, Parent Involvement, Health and Fitness, Carissa Rogers

I’ll be 39 in a few weeks. And—what a surprise—I have a few special wishes for my birthday. First, I want a pair of red boots. A little sparkle, a little kick to make my black boots jealous. And second, I w... Read more
Livia McCoy
Selecting Typing Software: Which is Best for Your Child?

Mar 15, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Teen Girls, Teen Boys, Technology, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parenting, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Learning, Homework, High School, Elementary School

Parents often call me to find out what typing software I recommend they get for their child. Unfortunately, this is a really difficult question! It really isn’t so much what software to buy as it is what your child does... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Kindergarten Math: The Common Core Standards and 4 Geometry Activities

Mar 12, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, School Curriculum, Parent Involvement, Kindergarten, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Math being taught in kindergarten classrooms today includes geometry as children learn about different geometric shapes. This is due to the establishment of the Common Core Standards for Education, which was developed by the... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
"Bully"—Documentary's Rating Creates Dilemma for Filmmakers, Parents, and Students

Mar 09, 2012 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Teenagers, Teen Girls, Teen Boys, Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, High School, Helicopter Parents, Health and Fitness, Gay Students, Bullying

UPDATE: 03/12/12 Have you heard about “Bully”? If you haven’t, you will. And then you can decide if you'll take your kids to see it. "Bully" is a documentary film produced by the Weinstein Co., which tells t... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
School District Signs Agreement to Prevent Bullying of Gay Teens

Mar 08, 2012 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Teenagers, Teen Girls, Teen Boys, Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parenting, Middle School, High School, Helicopter Parents, Health and Fitness, Gay Students, Elementary School, Bullying

 A public school district in Minnesota made news this week when officials there ended a federal investigation, and a civil lawsuit filed by six teenage students, by agreeing to a series of changes that will make schools ... Read more
Carissa Rogers
Kids Grow Up So Fast...And I Like It That Way!

Mar 07, 2012 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in Teenagers, Teen Girls, SchoolFamily.com, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kids Learning, High School, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Carissa Rogers

Paper airplanes are taking over my living room. In the past few months my little boy has developed an origami obsession, and The “Great Paper Beast” has vomited all over my house (see photo). It’s getting on... Read more
Livia McCoy
What Is a Language Learning Disability (LLD)?

Mar 06, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, High School, Health and Fitness, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Language is more than the words we speak to one another. There are many parts of the language process and if all are working as expected, we give little thought to it. But if a person is struggling with language, they may hav... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Introduce Your Young Reader to the “H Brothers”

Mar 05, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parenting, Kindergarten, Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Once young readers learn to blend letter sounds, they can easily sound out a new or unfamiliar word—that is until they encounter one of the “H Brothers!”   The “H Brothers” are consonant dig... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
Great Kids' Books for Read Across America Day

Mar 01, 2012 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Homework, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School

 Read Across America Day, an annual program of the National Education Association (NEA), is Friday, March 2. Read Across America is a celebration of reading and a celebration of the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, more... Read more
Carissa Rogers
Teenage Girls Are Messy, and What IS That Smell?!

Feb 29, 2012 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in Teenagers, Teen Girls, SchoolFamily.com, School Clothes, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, High School, Health and Fitness, Elementary School, Carissa Rogers

No one told me teenage girls are so messy! (And stinky?)   My oldest daughter is downright disgusting when it comes to her room and her laundry, and I’m scared to look under her bed. Her little sister (poor thing s... Read more