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Livia McCoy
Ease the Transition From Middle to Upper School

Sep 16, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Middle School, Livia McCoy, High School

Transitioning from middle to upper school is difficult for many students. In my area of the country, 9th grade is considered upper school. Often students are not aware that grades in upper school are more important than they ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Teach Temporal Words for Better Reading Comprehension

Sep 11, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy

Knowing and understanding temporal words are key factors in helping young children sequence events in stories. Temporal words are words that relate to time. Twelve examples for young readers to know and practice are: once fi... Read more
Livia McCoy
Teach Kids To Be Active Listeners

Sep 09, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy

In Opening Minds: Using Language to Change Lives, Peter Johnston suggests a technique for teachers to use that is meant to help students listen better, become more socially aware, and possibly more empathetic towards other st... Read more
Connie McCarthy
10 Simple Skills for 1st Grade Readiness

Sep 04, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Elementary School, Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

Each time I start a new school year, I can’t help but wonder how prepared my students are for the challenges of 1st grade. When a child comes to school with background knowledge, educational experiences, and basic skill... Read more
Livia McCoy
The Fundamentals of School Success

Sep 02, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Livia McCoy

Educators often use terminology that really doesn’t mean a lot to people who are not in the business of teaching children. Terms like “working memory,” “executive functioning,” “attention d... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Instilling a Love of Reading at Home

Aug 28, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy

Reading enjoyment begins at home. Parents can be a powerful influence on ensuring their child has a lifelong love of reading. Here are 10 easy steps to subtly reinforce the joy of reading: Set the example. Each time a child ... Read more
SchoolFamily
Emotional Awareness: An Essential Tool for Back to School

Aug 27, 2014 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Social and Emotional Development, Back to School

by Eve Sullivan Getting kids ready to start school may have been simple in the past, but not today. Ads scream “Order this…buy that…and your child will be safer, smarter, happier!” And young people, ... Read more
Livia McCoy
Should Kids Get an Allowance?

Aug 26, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Allowance

Parents often ask me about whether they should give their teens an allowance. Some feel that children should do their chores because it’s the right thing to do, and they should not be paid for it. Others think giving th... Read more
Connie McCarthy
5 Back-to-School Organization Ideas for Kids and Families

Aug 21, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Organization, Connie McCarthy, Back to School

Help your child begin the school year with some simple organizational skills and family routines to encourage school success, right from the start. Here are five easy ways to help your family keep school priorities on track: ... Read more
Livia McCoy
Homework Help for the New School Year

Aug 19, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Organization, Livia McCoy, Homework, Back to School, ADHD

Recently, I wrote about some back-to-school organization tips to help students who are disorganized or have problems managing their time. A daily routine that includes time for getting ready for the next day is very helpful. ... Read more