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Blog Give-Away: Win a Free House Cleaning & Lysol Gift Pack

Oct 06, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in School Supplies, Nutrition, Health and Fitness, Elementary School

Are your kids sniffling and sneezing already this school year? Yep, cold and flu season is upon us. You'll be happy to know that we just launched a new Healthy School Kids page that provides practical tips, tools and insight ... Read more
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The Price for Being Absent from School

Oct 06, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Nutrition, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, Homework, Health and Fitness, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

“School is more demanding for my kids than it was when I went to school.” How many times have you said this or heard this said? Kids need to be at their best in order to do well and enjoy school. It seems that nev... Read more
Connie McCarthy
The Impact of Too Little Unstructured Playtime

Aug 27, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Motor Skills, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Health and Fitness, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy, After-School

This past Monday night I chose to be the voice of my young students. In front of school committee members, the superintendent, and 300 or so parents of my school community, I spoke on behalf of all East Providence elementary ... Read more
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No Recess? Give Me a Break!

Aug 19, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Health and Fitness, Connie McCarthy, Back to School

Yikes! No recess in all elementary schools in East Providence, Rhode Island? They can’t be serious! This is the new directive teachers and parents are facing as we prepare for a new school year. As of September 8, 20... Read more
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How do I know if my child is ADHD?

Jul 27, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Learning Disabilities, Health and Fitness, ADHD

Livia McCoy has spent twenty-six years teaching science to students with language learning disabilities. In addition to teaching students daily, she trains teachers and runs workshops for teachers and parents who want to kn... Read more
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Foster a Love of Science this Summer!

Jul 20, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Technology, Summer Learning, Kindergarten, Health and Fitness, Fun Learning Activities, Extracurricular Activities

  I love the fact that the unstructured nature of summer gives kids a chance to explore, discover and experiment. When my kids were little they would spend hours in the woods in our backyard exploring, building, creating... Read more
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Beyond Facebook & X-Box: Summer fun list for Teens & Tweens

Jun 15, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Summer Learning, Middle School, Kids Learning, High School, Health and Fitness, Fun Learning Activities, Extracurricular Activities

Yippee. School's out. I have always been one of those mothers who prefers the unstructured nature of summer over the frenetic pace of the school year.  That is, until  my kids became tweens. Never is the term tween ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Sneezes, Runny Noses and Changes in Classroom Behavior

Jun 11, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Health and Fitness, Flu, Connie McCarthy

Often, at this time of year I see dramatic changes in classroom behavior and a child’s ability to stay focused and on task. I suspect that this is sometimes caused by seasonal allergies and the medications used to treat... Read more
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Make-overs for School Lunches

Jun 07, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Nutrition, Health and Fitness, Elementary School

What do Michele Obama, Rachel Ray and the Hidden Valley company have in common? (No this is not a joke!) The answer: They all want America's school lunches to get an extreme make-over! I thi... Read more
Connie McCarthy
American Children and ADD/ADHD

Apr 29, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Health and Fitness, Connie McCarthy, ADHD

I want to share a chance remark, at a recent doctor’s appointment, that got me really thinking about American children and ADD/ADHD. At a routine medical check-up my Vitamin D levels were checked, and they came up a li... Read more