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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
Simple Tools to Promote Good Writing

Feb 09, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Children are great story tellers. It’s wonderful to listen to their detail, expression, and language when they speak of important events in their lives. I often point out to my students that writing a good story is just... Read more
Livia McCoy
Basic Math Facts are the key to Success in Higher Level Math

Feb 08, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities

If your adolescent is struggling in math you need to know for sure that he knows his basic math facts to an automatic level. By “automatic level,” I mean he does not have to expend mental energy remembering them.... Read more
Livia McCoy
Does My Child Need a Laptop for School?

Jan 31, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, School Success, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

Many parents contact me to ask whether they should buy a laptop for their child. In today’s technological world, we tend to think that every child needs a computer of their own. In reality, there are many factors to con... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Call Me a “Tiger-less” Teacher

Jan 25, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, School Success, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

In a recent weekend edition of the Wall Street Journal, (January 8-9, 2011) I read an article that soon started a nationwide controversy. The headline read "Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior." It was the story of Yale Law Prof... Read more
Livia McCoy
What if my Child Can’t do the Homework?

Jan 24, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Learning, Homework

When children consistently have difficulty with homework it is important to communicate this concern with your child’s teacher. With the teacher’s help you may be able to identify the source of the problem and fig... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Think like a Student to Improve Math Fluency

Jan 18, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

This past week I got to be "a student." I took an intensive math course, outlining ways to help my first-graders streamline their math skills. It gave me the opportunity to be in the position of learning new skills and info... Read more
Livia McCoy
How to Help Your Child Get the Most Out of Their Homework Sessions

Jan 17, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Kids Learning, Homework

In an earlier blog post I discussed ways parents can help their children learn more from homework. Here are a few additional suggestions that can help make homework time less stressful for students who struggle in school. Pr... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Make Math Facts More Automatic With Simple Math Games

Jan 12, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

The more "automatic" your child can be with basic math facts, the more he or she will be able to easily recall them. This recall can then be applied to more difficult math calculations. In education, we call this math "auto... Read more
Livia McCoy
A Notebook System That Aids With Organization

Jan 10, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Organization, Livia McCoy, Homework

Students with organizational difficulties often struggle in school. If extreme, they can be the reason for school failure. In order to do well in school, a student needs to complete the correct homework assignments each nig... Read more
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Your T(w)een's School Social Life - When to Step in and When to Step Back

Jan 06, 2011 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Technology, School Success, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kids Learning, Internet Safety, Homework, High School, Bullying

Teenagers are social beings. Often, the social scene during this time is, well, complicated. Friendship issues, big and small, can be all-consuming for a t(w)een.  And sometimes, friendship drama can get in the way of sc... Read more