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Connie McCarthy
5 Ways To Enhance Summer Fun With Reading

Jul 23, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Reading, Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy

Summer is a great time to link purposeful reading to what you are doing as a family. Here are five simple ways to make summer reading goals easy and fun: If you are going to the park, take some favorite books along, for bo... Read more
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Math Fun for Summer (or Anytime)

Jul 16, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Bring math into your child’s daily life this summer to keep skills current. Here are three simple and fun activities to practice math that your child learned this past school year. Here is a geometry activity that I&rsq... Read more
Livia McCoy
Over-Praising Your Kids Can Hold Them Back

Jul 14, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Social and Emotional Development, Connie McCarthy

In her new book, Getting Real, Gretchen Carlson tells a story about her son. His hockey team had just won a tournament, yet he didn’t seem as happy as his mom expected him to be. He told her that everyone on the teams g... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Make the Most of Your Child’s Intrinsic Knowledge

Jul 09, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Earlier this summer, my husband Brian and I took our 20-month-old granddaughter to her neighborhood playground. She loves to climb up the slide ladder and giggle her way down the slide. She was wearing a new baseball cap that... Read more
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Rainy Day Science Fun

Jul 02, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Oh no! It’s finally summer vacation, and the weather forecast is calling for rain all day. But don’t let a rainy summer day spoil any fun. Use it as an opportunity to talk about and examine the wonderful natural p... Read more
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Combine Traveling With Learning for the Summer

Jun 25, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Connie McCarthy

Wherever your summer travels take you, there will be many learning opportunities for your young child. Places you visit can lead to fun exercises in both reading and math. For reading: Make a point to see any attractions tha... Read more
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Build True Reading Comprehension Skills This Summer

Jun 18, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy

The faster a child can decode a word, the stronger a reader he will become. Recognizing words, using clues from the pictures and reading with fluency can make him a successful, comprehensive reader. Here are ways to help deve... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Move Learning Away From the Classroom This Summer

Jun 11, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Summer break has started, or will very shortly. It’s a perfect time to take those classroom skills and apply them to different, more relaxed summer venues. By keeping the learning process active, you can help your child... Read more
Livia McCoy
Encourage Teens' Writing During the Summer

Jun 09, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Recently, a student shared a poem he had written with me. I was totally amazed at how beautiful and thoughtful it was. He was involved in a creative writing class, and the poem was an assignment. This made me think about the ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Sensory Activities Sharpen Skills and Encourage Creativity

Jun 04, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Sensory games can be a fun way for any child to learn. Here are three easy activities to encourage your child to learn in different ways: Heighten his listening comprehension with simple household objects. For example, use a ... Read more