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Livia McCoy
Learning Disabilities and Social Problems

Jan 24, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parenting, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Learning, High School, Health and Fitness, Elementary School

Children with learning disabilities (especially nonverbal LD) or attention issues often have social problems. I wrote about some of them in an earlier post. But, there is one problem that I didn’t mention in that blog t... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
So, Junk Food in Schools Isn't to Blame for Kids' Obesity?

Jan 24, 2012 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in SchoolFamily.com, School Lunch, Parenting, Nutrition, Middle School, High School, Health and Fitness, Elementary School

Wait a minute. Can this be true? Researchers at Pennsylvania State University have released the results of a study in which they found no relationship between children’s obesity levels and the availability of soft drink... Read more
Connie McCarthy
What If My Child Isn't Reading As Well As His Friends?

Jan 23, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, School Success, Learning Disabilities, Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Often, when parents hear that other children their child’s age are reading higher-level books, they have concerns about their own child’s progress.    There may be several reasons why your child isn&rsqu... 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, SchoolFamily.com, 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
SchoolFamily
5 Ways to Handle A Drop In Your Child’s Grades

Jan 12, 2012 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parenting, Parent-Teacher Conference, Parent Involvement, Homework, High School, Elementary School

SchoolFamily.com's guest blogger this week is Neil McNerney, M.Ed., LPC , author of Homework—A Parent’s Guide To Helping Out Without Freaking Out!   You know the look. It’s the look your kid gives whe... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
Should Parents Get a Say in Their Child's Curriculum?

Jan 11, 2012 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Curriculum, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, High School, Elementary School

Do you think you should have say in any—and every—aspect of your child’s school curriculum?   What about your neighbor? Or how about the crank who shows up at every school committee meeting, complaining... Read more
Carissa Rogers
Make Martin Luther King Day a Family Day of Service

Jan 11, 2012 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in School Volunteers, Parent Involvement, Organization, Middle School, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School, Carissa Rogers

“Everybody can be great because everybody can serve.” —Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Did you know Martin Luther King Day has morphed into an official “Day of Service?” If you check the website, MLK... Read more
Livia McCoy
A Teacher's Study Tips for Exams

Jan 10, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Homework, High School, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School

It is about the time of year when teachers begin talking about exams! At my school, we have first semester exams next week. Teachers here spend all of this week reviewing for them to make sure their students know what will be... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Make an Easy “Flap Book” to Increase Reading Comprehension

Jan 09, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, Parenting, Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

A “Flap Book” is a great way to get your child thinking about a story in a logical, sequential way. After reading a simple story together, enhance your young child’s comprehension by helping her make one. &... Read more