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Join our bloggers as they share their experiences on the challenges and joys of helping children succeed in school.
Connie McCarthy
Inspire Your Child to Become a Better Writer

Jul 16, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Extracurricular Activities, Connie McCarthy

Do you want your child to become a good writer? Start by sharing how you use writing every day, such as lists, e-mails, recipes, directions, etc. To spark your child’s interest in writing tie it to their everyday activ... Read more
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Petition for Later Start Times for High School?

Jul 15, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Sleep, Kids Learning, High School

When you have children in elementary school the conventional advice is easy to follow: get your child to bed at a reasonable hour and they will have an easier time in school. Fast forward several years to high school and the ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
The Joy of “Hands-On” Learning

Jul 09, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Parent Involvement, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

"Wouldn’t my students love this," I thought as three little hummingbirds were feeding from my outstretched hand. I could hear the tiny bird’s distinctive hum and see their rapidly beating wings. I felt their lit... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Fun Rainy Day (Learning) Activities

Jul 01, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Parent Involvement, Motor Skills, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Old magazines can be "recycled" to new learning tools this summer. With a stack of old magazines your child can practice visual, fine motor, phonic, reading and math skills. Here are a few ideas to get started. Have your c... Read more
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The Summer Before Kindergarten

Jun 22, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Summer Learning, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Back to School

Getting ready for Kindergarten was top on my mind on my way to work this morning.  You see, I was at a cookout last night with a bunch of families who had soon-to-be kindergarten kids and many of the conversations center... Read more
Connie McCarthy
How to Prevent the Elementary School "Summer Slide"

Jun 17, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Vacation Homework, Summer Learning, Parent Involvement, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Extracurricular Activities, Connie McCarthy, Back to School

The ending of a school year often leaves parents wondering how they can keep their child’s academic and physical skills sharp during the summer months. Two great resources to check out are your local library, and your l... 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
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Can Silly Bandz Teach Your Kids to Manage Distractions?

Jun 03, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Kids Learning, Helicopter Parents, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School

If you have a child between the ages of 3 and 17, chances are you are all too familiar with Silly Banz. Heck, you may even have some on your wrist right now -- a gift of love from your kids perhaps? The wearing and trading of... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Help Improve Your Child’s Memory

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

Good visual and memory skills can help your child be successful in school. You can help improve these skills with a simple, fun activity that takes about ten to twenty minutes. This game can be played on a flat surface at ho... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Play "Read Around the Room" to Improve Reading Standards

May 28, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Here’s an activity that combines visual, auditory, and tactile skills in a game that can help improve national reading standards. I used this game with my own children to increase their interest in reading at an early a... Read more