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Connie McCarthy
What If My Child Isn't Reading As Well As His Friends?

Jan 23, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, School Success, Learning Disabilities, Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Often, when parents hear that other children their child’s age are reading higher-level books, they have concerns about their own child’s progress.    There may be several reasons why your child isn&rsqu... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Start Using Those S.A.T. Vocabulary Words Early

Jan 16, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, High School, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy, College

We were recently visiting a family friend, a young woman who's a great young mom with two active preschool children. It was impressive to hear her speak and explain things to her son and daughter. I complimented her on her gr... Read more
SchoolFamily
5 Ways to Handle A Drop In Your Child’s Grades

Jan 12, 2012 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parenting, Parent-Teacher Conference, Parent Involvement, Homework, High School, Elementary School

SchoolFamily.com's guest blogger this week is Neil McNerney, M.Ed., LPC , author of Homework—A Parent’s Guide To Helping Out Without Freaking Out!   You know the look. It’s the look your kid gives whe... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
Should Parents Get a Say in Their Child's Curriculum?

Jan 11, 2012 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Curriculum, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, High School, Elementary School

Do you think you should have say in any—and every—aspect of your child’s school curriculum?   What about your neighbor? Or how about the crank who shows up at every school committee meeting, complaining... Read more
Livia McCoy
A Teacher's Study Tips for Exams

Jan 10, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Homework, High School, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School

It is about the time of year when teachers begin talking about exams! At my school, we have first semester exams next week. Teachers here spend all of this week reviewing for them to make sure their students know what will be... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Make an Easy “Flap Book” to Increase Reading Comprehension

Jan 09, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, Parenting, Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

A “Flap Book” is a great way to get your child thinking about a story in a logical, sequential way. After reading a simple story together, enhance your young child’s comprehension by helping her make one. &... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
Food Allergy Tragedy: Parents, Check Your Child's School Action Plan

Jan 06, 2012 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Volunteers, School Lunch, School Breakfast, Parenting, Nutrition, Middle School, Kindergarten, Health and Fitness, Elementary School

In a tragic case of a severe allergic reaction, a 1st grade-student at an elementary school in Virginia, died Monday, Jan. 2, after reportedly being exposed to a peanut product.  This heartbreaking incident is a reminder... Read more
Livia McCoy
Children Need Experience Making Their Own Decisions

Jan 03, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Clothes, School Breakfast, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Motor Skills, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, High School, Helicopter Parents, Health and Fitness, Fun Learning Activities, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School, After-School

It is tempting as a parent to take control of every part of a child’s life. Parents make sure their children do all their homework, get up on time, get ready for school, eat a healthy breakfast, wear appropriate clothin... Read more
SchoolFamily
SchoolFamily.com's Favorite School and Education Videos From 2011

Jan 02, 2012 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Homework, High School, Fun Learning Activities, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School, Bullying

Sometimes kids learn best when music and fun are part of the equation. One way that’s been accomplished by many school districts is through the use of student-performed videos that are created locally and then uploaded ... Read more
Livia McCoy
What Does It Really Mean When A Child Is Learning Disabled?

Dec 27, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Homework, High School, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School

Students who struggle in school are often misunderstood. On Monday, they might turn in work that is beautifully written and thoroughly done. Then on Tuesday, their work is practically illegible, only partially complete, full ... Read more