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Carissa Rogers
Rewards, Movies, and Holiday Parties? Oh My!

Dec 07, 2011 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Curriculum, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Carissa Rogers

Is any work getting done in school during the holiday months? I recently came across a Facebook group discussion about using classrooms using movies as a reward for everything from meeting accelerated reader (AR) reading goal... Read more
Connie McCarthy
6 Questions for a Successful Parent Teacher Conference

Dec 05, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in SchoolFamily.com, Parenting, Parent-Teacher Conference, Parent Involvement, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

National standards have set the bar for academic achievement, which means that today it is clear what a student should have achieved by certain points in the school year. Parent teacher conferences are a terrific opportunity ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
6 Top Books to Give This Holiday Season for Creating Memories With Young Children

Nov 28, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

With the holiday season now in full swing, don’t forget the gift of books—even though your child might be yearning for the latest electronic gadgets! Seeing beautiful illustrations, turning actual pages, and imagi... 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
Here’s What Makes a First Grader Thankful

Nov 21, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

In preparation for Thanksgiving, my 1st grade class had a discussion about what we’re thankful for this holiday. I wanted to share my student’s thoughts because their 6- and 7-year-old perspectives are sweet and i... Read more
Livia McCoy
Test and Improve Your Child's Working Memory

Nov 15, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, High School, Health and Fitness, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School

Having a good working memory is important for school success. When we are engaged in problem solving or learning something new, we have to manipulate ideas in our brains. We might be trying out new things and figuring out ho... 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
Consequences of a Zero: How One Missing Grade Makes a Huge Difference

Oct 24, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Supplies, School Success, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Learning Disabilities, Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Homework, High School, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Back to School

Many students do not understand how important it is to complete (and turn in) every single assignment. They think that missing a paper or two does not make much difference in their overall grade. I have tutored students befor... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Can Early Education Benefit from "Occupy Wall Street?"

Oct 24, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Is there a connection between the “Occupy Wall Street” movement and our schools? As an early educator I read with interest an October 19 Op-Ed piece in the New York Times that a friend and fellow educator sent me.... Read more
Livia McCoy
A Cool (Free) Tool for Doing a Presentation

Oct 19, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kindergarten, Homework, High School, Elementary School

Many teachers assign presentations to help their students develop their speaking and presenting skills. I recently learned to use some presentation software that is available free on the web. It’s called Prezi and is pa... Read more