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Connie McCarthy
Understanding Directional and Positional Words

Apr 16, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Does your young child have trouble understanding directions? An easy way to help remedy this problem is to practice directional and positional words each day. Around the house, in the car, and in the yard, there are always go... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Just What Goes On All Day in the 1st Grade?

Apr 09, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

At parent-teacher conferences, I’m often asked what you do with 25 1st graders all day long. Or parents ask me just how much time is devoted to the different subjects I teach. While there is no such thing as a typical d... Read more
Livia McCoy
Use Diigo for Organizing Online Research

Apr 07, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Organization, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, High School

Students are asked to do lots of research, and much of it takes place on the Internet. One of the most difficult parts of Internet research is gathering enough of it to support a thesis and then keeping up with where the rese... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Spring Into Science With a Fun Experiment

Apr 02, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Now that spring has finally arrived, it’s time to introduce some simple science fun and new science language into your young child’s life. Watching planted seeds come to life before their very eyes is exciting for... Read more
Connie McCarthy
10 Tips To Help Your Child Write a Story

Mar 26, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Getting young students to write good stories is a challenge. Most youngsters can tell a great story, but are reluctant writers. I tell my students that writing is simply “telling” a story on paper. If you can tell... Read more
Livia McCoy
Parents, Does a Legible Signature Matter?

Mar 24, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, Handwriting

Normally, I write blogs to offer advice to parents. This time, I am writing to ask your opinion. Recently, I received a number of documents signed by my students. I had not asked them to also print their name below their sign... Read more
Connie McCarthy
A Modern Twist on the Ancient Abacus

Mar 20, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Using an abacus for calculating numbers predates our modern system of writing numbers on paper or other materials. Its origin can be traced back to the very early civilizations of Persia, China, and Egypt. This simple device ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
What Is “Schema” in Education?

Mar 12, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

At PTO meetings or parent conferences, you might have heard the term “schema” (pronounced SKEE-mah) and its importance in reading comprehension. What exactly is “schema?” Simply put, schema is backgrou... Read more
Livia McCoy
When Learning and Teaching Styles Don't Mesh

Mar 03, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, Livia McCoy, Learning Styles, Kids Learning

Each student has preferences for how he likes to learn, what kind of classroom makes him feel the most comfortable, and how his teacher likes to teach. Many times, students are in classrooms that do not match up with their le... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Time for a Midyear Progress Check

Feb 12, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent-Teacher Conference, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Midway through the school year is a key time to reflect on your child’s school success. It’s the perfect time to “celebrate the halfway point” or to “plan it out.” By these two phrases I me... Read more