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Connie McCarthy
New Year’s Resolutions To Help Your Child Become a Better Reader

Jan 04, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Here are three simple ideas to help your young child become a better reader. Keep a reading log. Purchase an inexpensive small notebook or blank journal. Date and write down book titles of what you read with your child and/... Read more
Livia McCoy
How can parents help with homework?

Jan 03, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, Homework, Fun Learning Activities

Most teachers give homework to their students. But, many students struggle with homework, and homework time is miserable. As parents we wonder, "Why do children need homework?" Having independent work to do outside of schoo... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Family-Friendly Games for School Vacation (that Keep Learning Skills Sharp)

Dec 28, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

After the hustle and bustle of the holidays it’s great to relax with some family games that will keep learning skills sharp.  Here are two family-friendly games that are easy and fun to play:Game 1 “Find the ... Read more
SchoolFamily
School Vacation Activities for Children -- Beyond the Predictable

Dec 22, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School

There are lots of choices for activities for families around cities and towns on winter school vacation; museums, movies, indoor play spaces, etc. But if crowds aren't your thing and you don't want to spend the mone... Read more
Connie McCarthy
World Wide Wishes From the First Grade

Dec 16, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

One of our writing projects last week was about "Christmas Wishes." I asked my First Grade students to write about their Christmas wishes for people of the whole world. If they had the power to make a real difference in the... Read more
SchoolFamily
A Last Minute Handmade Christmas Present for Grandparents

Dec 15, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Motor Skills, Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities

  We all know that grandparents love homemade gifts from their grandkids. But for many of us Christmas sneaks up too quickly and we are left with nothing but good intentions and a store-bought gift. Well with 10 days unt... Read more
Livia McCoy
Using Pictures to Aid Vocabulary Memorization = Better Results

Dec 14, 2010 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Homework, Fun Learning Activities

Some students do all right on daily work, but when it comes time to take the test—they fail. I currently have a student in my chemistry class who says he just cannot learn new vocabulary. He says that he can understand... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Household Items That Help With Homework

Dec 10, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Success, Organization, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Homework, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Having the right tools in one place can make homework less of a struggle. At a PTO meeting last night two colleagues and I addressed parent’s concerns about homework. Mrs. Monteiro, a third grade teacher, told parents ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Sharing Holiday Traditions

Dec 03, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Extracurricular Activities, Connie McCarthy

So much of the holiday season is about sharing family traditions. In my class today, we were very excited to have one of my student’s mom share their family’s Chanukah celebrations. Most of the students in my cla... Read more
Livia McCoy
Creating a Friendly Environment for ADHD Children

Nov 30, 2010 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, ADHD

Many people need to wiggle while they learn. Because this can be a distraction to other students, students with ADHD need to learn how to move without disturbing others. I have taught students how to kick their foot so that... Read more