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Livia McCoy
Using Praise Effectively Helps Self-Esteem

Jul 29, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy

Parents are rightly concerned about the self-esteem of their teens. It is important to feel confident and self-assured. Equally important, however, is the need to learn to accept and benefit from constructive criticism. You c... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Practice the Magic "E" With Young Readers

Jul 24, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

Young students usually first learn simple “cvc” words—consonant, vowel, consonant. These are simple three-letter words such as cat, pet, hid, hop, and cub. Three-letter words help a young reader learn as he ... Read more
Livia McCoy
Encourage Good Grammar on Social Media

Jul 22, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Social Media, Livia McCoy, Kids Writing, Kids Learning

Many teens spend a great deal of time on social sites networking with friends. One concern I have about that relates to language skills. It is acceptable on these sites to use improper grammar and spelling, and we often blame... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Estimate for Summer Math Fun

Jul 17, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Kids Math, Connie McCarthy

Estimation is an important math skill because it allows for a reasonable guess before something is actually measured or counted. Coming “close enough” to the actual number is a real accomplishment, and part of hig... Read more
Livia McCoy
Foster Your Child's Emotional Health

Jul 15, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy, Healthy Kids

One of the signs of emotional health is being aware of emotions and understanding what they mean. Teens need to be aware of the emotions they are feeling as well as the emotions of others. Unfortunately, many in our society d... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Four Simple Strategies To Build Reading Comprehension

Jul 10, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy

Young readers need to acquire good comprehension skills. In order to do this, they need strategies that help them fully understand what they read. Here are four simple strategies to help your young reader understand and appr... Read more
Livia McCoy
Help Your Kids Cope With Stress in Healthy Ways

Jul 08, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy, Healthy Kids

Tim Elmore, an expert on growing leadership in today’s youth, recently wrote, “…students who are emotionally fragile often struggle with addictive behavior…[a]ddictions [that] often begin as coping m... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Two Easy Games To Develop Motor Skills

Jul 03, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Motor Skills, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Dexterity, a good grip, and eye-hand coordination are abilities that all young students need in order to print legibly. These require fine motor skills, which means using smaller muscle groups in the hands, and fingers. Yet b... Read more
Livia McCoy
Executive Functioning Practice During the Summer

Jul 01, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Summer Learning, Livia McCoy, Executive Functioning

The ability to plan, initiate, and carry out daily activities takes place in the part of the brain just behind the forehead. We call this ability executive functioning. It involves the ability to be flexible, to control one&r... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Simple Summer Science for Young Learners

Jun 26, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Summer is a wonderful time to introduce your young student to “simple science.” One great way to start is to encourage your child to become a “weather watcher.” After watching or listening to a local w... Read more