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Livia McCoy
Returning to School After a Concussion, Part 2

May 20, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Social and Emotional Development, Memory, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities

Last week’s blog, Returning to School After a Concussion (Part 1), was about concussions and how difficult it is for students to catch up with schoolwork after the necessary extended absence for cognitive rest. Once stu... Read more
Connie McCarthy
The Pleasure of Healthy Play

May 15, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Social and Emotional Development, Preschool, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Spring equals time for young children to get out there and play! Happy, healthful outdoor play is important for building muscular readiness… and that’s needed for all sorts of gross and fine motor skills used in ... Read more
Livia McCoy
Returning to School After a Concussion, Part 1

May 13, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, Health and Fitness

It is normal for students to miss school because of illness. When an illness causes a child to miss more than a few days, it is difficult for him to get caught up when he returns. One of the hardest absences to handle is when... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Ways To Help Your Child Become an Early Reader

May 08, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

What makes a child become an early reader? As a 1st grade teacher, I’ve helped many young children learn to read. In the process, certain patterns have emerged. It’s more than decoding sounds and words—it&rs... Read more
Livia McCoy
What To Do When You Don’t Get the Grade You Expected

May 06, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Grades

Students usually have an idea what they will get on an assignment when they turn it in. Many times, they are right on the mark. But there are times when the grade is much lower than expected. It is important to find out what ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Combine Easy Crafts With Math and Fine Motor Skills

May 01, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Motor Skills, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Creativity, Connie McCarthy

Very often, the best learning takes place when young students are just having fun. Here are some easy activities to do with your kindergarten or 1st grade child that will reinforce essential math and fine motor skills. You wi... Read more
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
Connie McCarthy
Practice Cause-and-Effect Thinking for Better Reading Comprehension

Apr 24, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Critical thinking skills are based on prior knowledge and experience. In reading, these higher-level strategies help young students make reasonable guesses based on what they already know. This in turn helps to significantly ... Read more
Livia McCoy
Getting Teens To Open Up

Apr 22, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy

One of the most common questions parents ask me about their teenage child is, “Is she normal?” They are usually concerned because their child, who used to be talkative and cheerful at home, is now surly; she answe... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Combine Nonfiction and Science for Springtime Fun

Apr 17, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Spring is a perfect time to explore the wonderful world of science. Young students are curious and imaginative and love learning about their environment. A favorite science subject for springtime study has been the life cycle... Read more