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Livia McCoy
Preparing Young High Schoolers for College Success

Apr 28, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, High School, College

College planning is certainly not my specialty area, but I do listen when our college counselor talks to students and families. Here are some key points I have heard her say many times. Ninth grade matters. In most schools, t... Read more
Livia McCoy
Back to School: College Options for Students Who Struggle in School

Aug 01, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Struggling Students, Livia McCoy, College

As students prepare to go back to school, parents of those students who find middle and high school difficult may worry about their child’s future. Many students who struggle believe college is not an option for them. W... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
Should School Start Later for Teens?

Feb 14, 2012 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Teachers, Sleep,, School Success, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Homework, High School, Helicopter Parents, Health and Fitness, Fun Learning Activities, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School, College, After-School

Ever try to wake a sleeping teenager? It’s a time-consuming undertaking that’s frustrating for everyone involved, especially on early morning weekdays before the sun is even up.   That’s the reality for... Read more
Livia McCoy
Why laptops aren't good for all students

Jan 17, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, School Curriculum, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Homework, High School, Elementary School, College

One-to-one Laptop Schools—those schools that provide each student with a laptop or tablet computer—may be good for some learners, but not for all. Many schools are also issuing digital textbooks along with laptops... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Start Using Those S.A.T. Vocabulary Words Early

Jan 16, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers,, 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
Carissa Rogers
"Yes, Virginia—Grades Do Matter" Or, My Attempt to Make My Kids See It This Way

Nov 30, 2011 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in Middle School, Homework, High School, College, Carissa Rogers

It’s that time of year: time to stress about sending holiday cards, time to battle the shopping frenzy, time to sneak one last glass of eggnog (I’m not judging); oh, and time for REPORT CARDS!  For years now ... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
Article Shows How My Daughter Will Study From Now On

Nov 03, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in School Curriculum, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, Homework, High School, Health and Fitness, Elementary School, College

The other day, an email arrived from my friend Cindy, with a link to an article in the Wall Street Journal. No, it wasn't about finding the best hedge fund manager or advice on what to do when the stock market takes another n... Read more
Why Your Teen Needs to Care About Math

Oct 27, 2011 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Teachers, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Homework, High School, College

This week, presents a guest blog authored by Clare McIlwraith and Chris Whittington, a.k.a The Study Gurus. This dynamic duo specializes in teaching student how to study effectively. They share their years of... Read more
Girls + Science, Technology, and Math = Never Too Young!

Aug 26, 2011 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Technology, School Success, Parent Involvement, High School, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School, College

As a parent, it’s inevitable that you have those “I wish I knew then, what I knew now” moments. My oldest child is a senior in high school. Needless to say, there have been a lot of those moments recently.&n... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
The 'Mindset' of college freshmen, for parents

Aug 24, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Parent Involvement, Helicopter Parents, College, Back to School

When my son was a college freshman, I remember dropping him off at school amid the chaos of freshmen move-in-day. After we'd helped him haul all his stuff in repeated trips up three flights of stairs in the dusty old dormitor... Read more