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Connie McCarthy
Fun, Summer Activities that Develop Fine Motor Skills

Jun 29, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Here are three enjoyable outdoor summer activities that help develop fine motor skills. They require no paper, pencils, or electronic devices! Plan each activity for a different summer day. For the first, you will need: A b... Read more
SchoolFamily
The Summer Before Kindergarten

Jun 22, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Summer Learning, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Back to School

Getting ready for Kindergarten was top on my mind on my way to work this morning.  You see, I was at a cookout last night with a bunch of families who had soon-to-be kindergarten kids and many of the conversations center... Read more
Connie McCarthy
How to Prevent the Elementary School "Summer Slide"

Jun 17, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Vacation Homework, Summer Learning, Parent Involvement, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Extracurricular Activities, Connie McCarthy, Back to School

The ending of a school year often leaves parents wondering how they can keep their child’s academic and physical skills sharp during the summer months. Two great resources to check out are your local library, and your l... Read more
SchoolFamily
Beyond Facebook & X-Box: Summer fun list for Teens & Tweens

Jun 15, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Summer Learning, Middle School, Kids Learning, High School, Health and Fitness, Fun Learning Activities, Extracurricular Activities

Yippee. School's out. I have always been one of those mothers who prefers the unstructured nature of summer over the frenetic pace of the school year.  That is, until  my kids became tweens. Never is the term tween ... Read more
SchoolFamily
School Bullies: Some Things to Ponder Over the Summer

Jun 08, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Summer Learning, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Internet Safety, High School, Helicopter Parents, Bullying, Back to School

Excited to have Annie Fox as a guest blogger this week. Annie Fox, M.Ed. is an award winning author, educator, and online adviser for parents and teens since 1997. Check out her new anti-bullying forum, Cruel’s Not Co... Read more
SchoolFamily
The Arts in Education: Essential or Not?

Mar 10, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Summer Learning, School Success, School Curriculum, Motor Skills, Kids Learning, Elementary School

Every time I scan the news I see another article about cutting the arts from education. It saddens me. Deeply. I know that budget cuts are very real and that there are no easy decisions or answers. Here's the thing: to me,... Read more
SchoolFamily
Help your Kids Be Math & Science Stars

Feb 16, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Summer Learning, Middle School, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities

In honor of National Engineers Week (this week), thought I'd pass along some articles, resources, and sites that focus on making math and science fun for your kids.    Articles: Loved this article that talks a... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Improve Your Young Child's Drawing and Handwriting Skills

Jan 28, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, School Success, Motor Skills, Kindergarten, Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

In my last post I shared some simple activities that can help your young child improve cutting skills. Today's games are very effective in improving your child's drawing and handwriting skills. Fill a shirt-sized cardboa... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Your Child's Gross Motor Skills: How to Improve Them

Aug 07, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Motor Skills, Health and Fitness, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Outdoor summer activities are great tools for improving your child's Gross Motor Skills. Parents often ask: "What is the difference between Gross and Fine Motor Skills, and how do they impact on my child's ability to learn?"&... Read more
Tim Sullivan
Summer and Learning and Fun Can Go Together

May 12, 2009 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Summer Learning, Kids Learning

Our family is right in the middle of summer planning season. I know that those "organized" families have already booked all their camps and trips and classes (you know who you are...), but I bet we're not alone in still figur... Read more