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Carol Brooks Ball
Teacher's "Catastrophe Award" to 3rd Grader Stuns, Angers Mother

Jun 01, 2012 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Teachers, Elementary School, 3rd Grade

If the teacher who recently presented an 8-year-old student with a special “Catastrophe Award,” which was delivered to the child in front of the child's entire 3rd grade class, thinks this was funny, I think the t... Read more
Livia McCoy
What Do Standardized Test Scores, and Percentiles, Mean?

May 22, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Elementary School

Often when schools do standardized testing, they report the scores in percentiles. Percentiles are not the same thing as percentages (percents), even though they sound like they should be. Percentages are what most teachers u... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Preschool, Kindergarten End-of-the-Year Academic Checklist

May 21, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Preschool, Kindergarten, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

For most students, the school year is coming to an end in the next few weeks. But as a parent, how do you know if your child is prepared for the next phase? Here is a simple checklist for your preschool or kindergarten child... Read more
Connie McCarthy
My Personal Experience With Kindergarten “Redshirting”

May 14, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Academic “redshirting” (holding children back so that they're older when entering kindergarten) has been a hot topic lately. But, many years ago, before the term redshirting was borrowed from college football and ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Moms, You Are Appreciated More Than You May Know!

May 08, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in SchoolFamily.com, Kids Writing, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Moms, I’m here to let you know that all those little things you do for your children are noticed! During these past two weeks, my 1st grade class has been preparing for our annual “Mother’s Day Tribute.&rdqu... Read more
Livia McCoy
The Importance of Teaching Students To Write By Hand

May 01, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Elementary School

Ever since writing my earlier blog post about whether we really need to teach cursive handwriting, Do Children Still Need to Learn Cursive?, I have been thinking more about it. Many parents are concerned that their children a... Read more
Connie McCarthy
The Most Important Question You Should Ask Your Child’s Teacher, Right Now!

Apr 30, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parent-Teacher Conference, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

In the beginning of May, I highly recommend that all parents ask their child’s teacher a very important question: “Is my child on grade level?” If the answer is no, there is still enough time left in the sch... Read more
Livia McCoy
Making Friends From a Wheelchair Can Be Difficult for Kids

Apr 26, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in SchoolFamily.com, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Elementary School

Living in a wheelchair is difficult. Children and teens who use wheelchairs often have a hard time making friends. Yet, having at least one good friend is essential for good mental health. Other children can be afraid of some... Read more
Connie McCarthy
5 Ways to Celebrate Poetry Month and “Poem in Your Pocket” Day

Apr 25, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in SchoolFamily.com, Kindergarten, Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

April is National Poetry Month and this Thursday, April 26, is “Poem in Your Pocket Day.” Both are national celebrations of poetry whereby adults and children are encouraged to share a poem with someone. Introduci... Read more
Connie McCarthy
1st Graders Send Heartfelt Letters To A Marine

Apr 17, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in SchoolFamily.com, Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Remember how lovely it was to get a beautifully handwritten note from a friend? Some people say that letter writing is a lost art but I’m here to say it’s alive and well—at least in the 1st grade! For the pa... Read more