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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
Carissa Rogers
Going Solo on Halloween: A Salute To Single Parents Everywhere

Oct 20, 2011 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in Parenting, Middle School, High School, Elementary School, Carissa Rogers

My husband is an attorney. And surprising to many, that statement is not mutually exclusive of the fact that he is the funniest, silliest person I know, and the most likely   to dress up in witch-drag as “Elph... 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
Carol Brooks Ball
"Chore Charts" Help Curb the Nagging

Oct 06, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kindergarten, High School, Elementary School, After-School

Do your children do chores in your household? Do they do them willingly and without being asked and reminded repeatedly? Take heart; mine don't either. To that end, I wish I'd had "chore charts" to use with my son and daughte... Read more
Carissa Rogers
The Kids Are Back To School and Mom is Back To The Gym!

Oct 05, 2011 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in Parenting, Middle School, Kindergarten, High School, Health and Fitness, Elementary School, Carissa Rogers, Back to School

It’s 8 a.m., and the kids are all backpacked and out the door. I enjoy the quiet of that moment every single weekday. Don’t get me wrong—massive crazy happens between 6:30 and 8 a.m.! But … we are ... Read more
SchoolFamily
For all who've been bullied ...

Oct 04, 2011 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Middle School, Kindergarten, Internet Safety, High School, Health and Fitness, Elementary School, Bullying

SchoolFamily.com's Guest Blogger this week is Rebecca Mooney, M.Ed., the Executive Director of the Center for Education in Violence Prevention based in Melrose, MA. The Center offers comprehensive bullying prevention train... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
Providing iPads Instead of Textbooks For Classroom Learning Gets My Vote

Sep 13, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Technology, Middle School, Homework, High School, Health and Fitness, Elementary School, Back to School, After-School

I don't know about you but my house has more computers than we need. Yes, that's partly due to the fact that my son, who today works in information technology, built two of his own computers during his middle school and high ... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
Cell Phones For Tweens: Tips On When and Why

Sep 08, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Technology, Middle School, High School, Helicopter Parents, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School, Cell Phones, Back to School, After-School

Both of my children have cell phones. And both phones, in my mind, were purchased for the sole purpose of keeping in touch. With me.  Them, not so much. To them, their cell phones serve the purpose of allowing virtually-... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
New iPhone Apps Help Parents Receive School Notices, Deal With Head Lice, and Find the Nearest Restroom

Sep 06, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Vacation Homework, SchoolFamily.com, School Volunteers, School Curriculum, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kindergarten, Helicopter Parents, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School, Cell Phones, Back to School, After-School

"There's an app for that." Are you familiar with this phrase? Perhaps it's one uttered by your kids on occasion (or on a daily basis). It's a phrase my daughter says frequently right before she sighs and gently gives me one o... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
Why is Mom the Family's Social Calendar-Carrier?

Aug 30, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Vacation Homework, Teacher Appreciation, SchoolFamily.com, School Volunteers, School Supplies, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kindergarten, Homework, High School, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School, Back to School, After-School

School for my rising high school junior starts in seven days, which means that in seven days, I'll be hit with an avalanche of paperwork and important dates to record. I'm already in the doghouse, however, for forgetting some... Read more