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Your T(w)een's School Social Life - When to Step in and When to Step Back

Jan 06, 2011 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Technology, School Success, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kids Learning, Internet Safety, Homework, High School, Bullying

Teenagers are social beings. Often, the social scene during this time is, well, complicated. Friendship issues, big and small, can be all-consuming for a t(w)een.  And sometimes, friendship drama can get in the way of sc... 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
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
Livia McCoy
How Can I Help my Child with her Long Term Project?

Nov 15, 2010 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, Homework, Fun Learning Activities

What? Mary has a science project to do? Many struggling students have a terrible time with long term projects. These projects require them to manage their time and energy for the project while continuing with their normal ... Read more
SchoolFamily
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
Livia McCoy
Low Skills do not Mean Low Intelligence

Oct 05, 2010 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Learning, Homework, Elementary School, ADHD

Many students who struggle in school are called “lazy and dumb” by their peers and at some times even by a teacher or parent! This is extremely hurtful and unnecessary. First of all, you cannot always tell whethe... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Help Your Child Develop Independence and Responsibility

Oct 04, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Homework, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

“How can I help my child become more independent?”  This was one of many great questions parents asked at our recent “Meet the Teacher” night at my school.  Here are five simple tips to help ... Read more
SchoolFamily
Managing Technology Distractions on School Nights

Sep 09, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Sleep, Parent Involvement, Motor Skills, Kids Learning, Internet Safety, Homework, High School, Cell Phones, Back to School

Cell phones, Facebook, I-Touch, Xbox + students + parents… can they peacefully co-exist and survive the school year? How do we best teach our kids to manage technology distractions on school nights? Hmmm. Did you ever ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Hassle Free Homework

Sep 02, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Kids Learning, Homework, Connie McCarthy, Back to School

Parents often ask, "How can I make homework less of a chore?" As young children start Kindergarten or First Grade it’s the first time they have real homework. Very often the children are excited about homework because ... Read more