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Get Moving and Do Better in School

Feb 28, 2011 - Posted by SchoolFamily in School Success, Nutrition, Motor Skills, Kids Learning, Internet Safety, Health and Fitness, Extracurricular Activities

Last week was school vacation here in Massachusetts.  One afternoon I went to lunch with a few friends who were lamenting how difficult it is to get their kids outside and moving. Of course the conversation turned to lim... Read more
SchoolFamily
A Last Minute Handmade Christmas Present for Grandparents

Dec 15, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Motor Skills, Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities

  We all know that grandparents love homemade gifts from their grandkids. But for many of us Christmas sneaks up too quickly and we are left with nothing but good intentions and a store-bought gift. Well with 10 days unt... Read more
Livia McCoy
Does my Child Have Dysgraphia?

Nov 22, 2010 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Motor Skills, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities

At the risk of causing a controversy, I am going to tell you what I think dysgraphia is! The reason I say this is controversial is that the definition of dysgraphia has changed through the years, and I disagree with the dire... Read more
SchoolFamily
Managing Technology Distractions on School Nights

Sep 09, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Sleep, Parent Involvement, Motor Skills, Kids Learning, Internet Safety, Homework, High School, Cell Phones, Back to School

Cell phones, Facebook, I-Touch, Xbox + students + parents… can they peacefully co-exist and survive the school year? How do we best teach our kids to manage technology distractions on school nights? Hmmm. Did you ever ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
The Impact of Too Little Unstructured Playtime

Aug 27, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Motor Skills, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Health and Fitness, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy, After-School

This past Monday night I chose to be the voice of my young students. In front of school committee members, the superintendent, and 300 or so parents of my school community, I spoke on behalf of all East Providence elementary ... 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
SchoolFamily
The Arts in Education: Essential or Not?

Mar 10, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Summer Learning, School Success, School Curriculum, Motor Skills, Kids Learning, Elementary School

Every time I scan the news I see another article about cutting the arts from education. It saddens me. Deeply. I know that budget cuts are very real and that there are no easy decisions or answers. Here's the thing: to me,... Read more
Connie McCarthy
How to Make an Easy Fine Motor Activity for Your Young Child

Mar 04, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Motor Skills, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Here is a great activity for eye-hand coordination, as well as strengthening finger muscles. Make your own lacing cards to help strengthen your child’s finger muscles. You will need: Poster board A hole puncher... Read more
Connie McCarthy
What Fine Motor Skills Does Your Child Need for School Success?

Feb 26, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Motor Skills, Connie McCarthy

Fine Motor Skills require the use of the smaller muscle groups like the hands, fingers, toes, and lips. Young children need to develop these skills for school success. Cutting, printing, coloring, pasting, writing stories, a... Read more
Connie McCarthy
What Gross Motor Skills Should Your Child Master by the Age of Six?

Feb 18, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Motor Skills, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Health and Fitness, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Gross motor skills impact bigger muscle groups, like the arms, legs, feet, and torso. They are the first motor skills a child develops.Mastering gross motor skills helps your child develop a sense of balance and spatial aware... Read more