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Connie McCarthy
A "Synonym" is Not Something You Put on Toast!

Mar 20, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parent Involvement, Kindergarten, Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

 A few years ago, when I was introducing word categories to my 1st grade students, I asked if anyone knew what a “synonym” was. I called on one student who was enthusiastically waving his hand. “Oh yes... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Introduce Your Young Reader to the “H Brothers”

Mar 05, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parenting, Kindergarten, Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Once young readers learn to blend letter sounds, they can easily sound out a new or unfamiliar word—that is until they encounter one of the “H Brothers!”   The “H Brothers” are consonant dig... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
Valentine's Day Activities and Crafts To Make With Your Kids

Feb 07, 2012 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Teachers, Teacher Appreciation, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, School Curriculum, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kindergarten, Kids Writing, Fun Learning Activities, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School, After-School

Looking for a special Valentine’s Day activity or craft for your children to make or for you to make together? Look no further—we’ve compiled a variety of gift ideas through images we’ve pinned to our ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
5 Ways to Help Your Advanced Reader

Jan 30, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Kindergarten, Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Gifted and Talented, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

  Last week I wrote about struggling young readers, and offered some strategies to help these children succeed.  But, what if your child is an above-level reader?  How do you keep an advanced reader challenged ... Read more
Livia McCoy
What Does It Really Mean When A Child Is Learning Disabled?

Dec 27, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Homework, High School, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School

Students who struggle in school are often misunderstood. On Monday, they might turn in work that is beautifully written and thoroughly done. Then on Tuesday, their work is practically illegible, only partially complete, full ... Read more
Livia McCoy
Helping Kids By Reducing the Demands on Working Memory

Dec 13, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kindergarten, Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Homework, Elementary School

Note: Please read Livia McCoy's earlier post that defines working memory, before reading this blog post. Otherwise, it may not make much sense! Imagine that your daughter has not mastered cursive handwriting. This is a likely... Read more
Livia McCoy
4 Ways to Help Reluctant Kids With Research Papers

Nov 28, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Homework, High School

Students in my Science, Technology, and Society class are just beginning to work on their research papers. Mark (name is changed, of course) was particularly stressed about choosing his topic. He said things like, “I am... Read more
Livia McCoy
What If My Child Refuses To Do Homework?

Nov 22, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Curriculum, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Kindergarten, Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Homework, High School, Elementary School

More than once parents have asked me what to do when their child refuses to do her homework, with a refrain that goes something like this: “This math is stupid. When will I ever use it? I’m not going to do it.&rdq... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Kids Learn Skills Through Art

Nov 07, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Motor Skills, Kindergarten, Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

“Art is thought expressed through the hands.” — Unknown author Most young children are natural artists. Some of an infant’s earliest responses are to color, light and shapes. These responses help an in... Read more
Livia McCoy
How to Help Your Child Improve His or Her Vocabulary

Oct 11, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kindergarten, Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School

For children to be successful in school, they need a strong vocabulary.  This especially helps them to understand what they are reading.  Experts tell us that children need to read a wide range of fiction and non-fi... Read more