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Connie McCarthy
Kids' Holiday Gifts: Give the Gift of Learning

Nov 30, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Motor Skills, Kids Reading, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

With Holiday shopping upon us, parents often ask me for suggestions of games or toys that will enhance their child’s learning.  Here are some simple, inexpensive educational toys and games for 4-8 year olds.  ... Read more
SchoolFamily
Writing Contests for Kids

Nov 23, 2009 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Kids Writing

Looking for a way to inspire your kids to do a little more writing? Perhaps these contests will do the trick:Olive Garden's Pasta Tales ContestThis contest will give writers in grades 1 through 12 in the U.S. and Canada the o... Read more
Angela Norton Tyler
Thanksgiving Means Family, Food and Fun- NOT Homework

Nov 23, 2009 - Posted by Angela Norton Tyler in Vacation Homework, Homework, Angela Norton Tyler

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love spending time with family and friends, eating entirely too much delicious food and reveling in the fact that they haven't figured out how to turn the holiday into a commercial-gift-... Read more
Connie McCarthy
A Helpful Hint to Improve Fine Motor Skills

Nov 20, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Motor Skills, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

“Mrs. McCarthy, I like to color but my crayon just won’t stop at the line!” said Kate.  Some young children have yet to develop the fine motor skills needed to make their crayon “stop at the line.... Read more
Angela Norton Tyler
Before You Do Anything, Call the Teacher First!

Nov 18, 2009 - Posted by Angela Norton Tyler in Teachers, Helicopter Parents

Students come home and tell parents the most amazing things. "Today the teacher called us stupid.”  Before you rush off to call the principal, take a deep breath and contact your child's teacher and give him or... Read more
SchoolFamily
Helping Children with ADHD Focus at School

Nov 18, 2009 - Posted by SchoolFamily in School Success, Learning Disabilities, Kids Learning, ADHD

Just came across this blog by Kay Marner about sensory objects that help ADHD kids focus at school. Great stuff! Good teachers are always looking for sensible ways to make classroom accommodations for kids with ADH... Read more
Angela Norton Tyler
Quick Tips for Tests and Quizzes

Nov 10, 2009 - Posted by Angela Norton Tyler in Kids Learning

For many students, final exams are right around the corner. And while these exams make up a large percentage of final semester grades (and cause a lot of worry), please don't forget about those weekly tests and quizzes. Tips... Read more
SchoolFamily
How Attuned Are You to Your Kid's Stress Levels?

Nov 09, 2009 - Posted by SchoolFamily in School Success, Parent Involvement

By Lisa Gundlach for SchoolFamily.com A colleague recently sent me  a link to this blog about kids and stress. Some interesting statistics for parents to digest... According to a recent survey administered b... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Three Easy Activities to Improve Reading Skills

Nov 06, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy

"Mrs. McCarthy," said one of my students,  "I'd like to read...I just don't know where to start!"  Young students often don't understand the left-to-right progression needed for reading.   Here are three simple... Read more
Angela Norton Tyler
Why It's Not Okay to Be Late to School

Nov 03, 2009 - Posted by Angela Norton Tyler in Teachers, Kids Learning, Elementary School

Early one morning last week as I pulled the car up to my son's school, he announced that he wasn't wearing any shoes. He had managed to remember his lunch and backpack, but his new tennis shoes were in the garage where he had... Read more