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Join our bloggers as they share their experiences on the challenges and joys of helping children succeed in school.
Connie McCarthy
The Pleasure of Healthy Play

May 15, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Social and Emotional Development, Preschool, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Spring equals time for young children to get out there and play! Happy, healthful outdoor play is important for building muscular readiness… and that’s needed for all sorts of gross and fine motor skills used in ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Encouraging "Deeper-Level" Thinking in Young Children

Mar 06, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Preschool, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Asking and answering questions has been a staple of teacher and student interaction for centuries. A big shift in today’s classrooms is for teachers to challenge students with “deeper-level questioning.” Thi... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Simple Rhyming Songs Can Enhance Early Learning

Feb 25, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Preschool, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Music is a powerful tool to help a young child learn. It blends movement and rhythm with words and rhyme to increase phonemic awareness. Music helps young children naturally cross “over the midline” to understand ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Use Pennies To Teach Common Core Math Skills

Nov 05, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Preschool, Kindergarten, Kids Math, Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards, 1st Grade

Young children love pennies. So make them part of math comprehension. Use pennies to help young students practice math skills in a simple yet memorable way. Here are four easy ways to use pennies to help reinforce important C... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Celebrate Spring With Stories and Common Core Activities

Mar 26, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Reading, Preschool, Kindergarten, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards

Warm weather is coming, and seasonal books, with fun and easy connecting activities, are a great way to celebrate with your young child. A variety of springtime books are readily available at your local library or on an e-re... Read more
SchoolFamily
Icky Childhood Illnesses: My Family’s Icky Illness and the Yuck Factor

Jul 18, 2012 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Preschool, Patti Ghezzi, Middle School, Kindergarten, High School, Healthy Kids, Elementary School, Back to School

The phone rings and I recognize the school’s number on my caller ID. It’s not a number I want to see. The school doesn’t call to say hello. It’s the school nurse, and she’s calling to tell me tha... Read more
SchoolFamily
Host a Playdate for a Child With Food Allergies—You Can Do It!

Jul 18, 2012 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Preschool, Middle School, Kindergarten, High School, Elementary School

Joshua, Henry, Isabella, Matthew, Jasper, Jack, Katie, and Paige. These are just a few of the names of children who have come to our house for playdates and parties for my sons. Between my two kids there have been numerous bi... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
Does Your Smartphone Double As a Baby Toy?

Jul 02, 2012 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Smartphone Apps, Preschool

File this under “What will they think of next?” We all know that smartphones are hugely popular. (Some of us have them and wouldn’t be without them, Yours Truly included.) And we generally know that apps for... Read more
SchoolFamily
Potty Training: Can We All Just Lighten Up?

Jun 06, 2012 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Preschool

This guest blog post is by Rose Cafasso, a senior editor and the community manager at School Family Media, Inc. I was so fascinated by the recent preschool toilet-training debate we had here on the site that I had to put on m... Read more
Connie McCarthy
1st Grade, 2nd Grade End-of-Year Academic Checklist

May 29, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Preschool, Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Kids Math, Connie McCarthy

If you're the parent of a child completing 1st or 2nd grade, how do you know if your child has mastered the skills necessary for moving up to the next grade? The following academic checklist can help. While it isn't a compre... Read more