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Livia McCoy
Summer Chores Teach Kids Responsibility

May 30, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Summer Learning, Smartphone Apps, Livia McCoy

Summer is a great time to develop responsibility in your children. Many parents plan wonderful activities to keep their children busy over the summer. Camping, swimming, trips to the park, vacationing—all are important ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Fun Educational Games To Play When Traveling

May 28, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, and a time when many families start traveling. Although there are plenty of electronic devices and mobile movies to keep young ones occupied while traveling, try alternating som... Read more
Connie McCarthy
3 Easy Ways to Get Your Child “Hooked” on Books This Summer!

Jun 19, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Reading, Summer Learning, Reading, Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Reading is like playing an instrument: Without practice, you’ll get rusty. Each summer, when my husband was a young boy in elementary school, my mother-in-law, Mimi, would find age appropriate books that would intere... 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
SchoolFamily
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
Connie McCarthy
Creative Play Leads to Learning

Jul 29, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Play is a great tool for learning, and summer is the time to easily blend play with academic skills. Here are some simple ways to turn play into valuable learning experiences. At the beach: Let your child use a stick to prac... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Easy Vacation Memories

Jul 20, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

One of the easiest ways to help your child practice writing this summer is to make a "Vacation Memory Book." If you are going away on vacation, or just taking short day trips to the beach with your child this summer, this is ... Read more
Livia McCoy
Learning to Accept Help

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Summer Learning, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Math, Fun Learning Activities

Some of my summer school students feel like accepting my help means I am doing the work for them. They would rather turn in lower quality work and do it totally by themselves. This is admirable -- that they want to do the 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
SchoolFamily
Fourth of July Kids Activities that Nudge Kids out of Their Comfort Zone

Jun 29, 2011 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Summer Learning, Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities

  Last night I went to a mom’s night out. You know, the night where you go to connect with other moms, get a break from the kids and where, inevitably, all conversation turns to talking about your kids. Last night&... Read more