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Carissa Rogers
Is it Un-American To Dislike Little League...When It's Cold?

Apr 26, 2012 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in SchoolFamily.com, Extracurricular Activities, Carissa Rogers, After-School

My children love Little League. Me? Not so much. I like watching them play baseball—I do. And I’m pretty sure it’s un-American to dislike Little League. It’s just that I’m a fair-weather sports ... Read more
Livia McCoy
Making Friends From a Wheelchair Can Be Difficult for Kids

Apr 26, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in SchoolFamily.com, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Elementary School

Living in a wheelchair is difficult. Children and teens who use wheelchairs often have a hard time making friends. Yet, having at least one good friend is essential for good mental health. Other children can be afraid of some... Read more
Connie McCarthy
5 Ways to Celebrate Poetry Month and “Poem in Your Pocket” Day

Apr 25, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in SchoolFamily.com, Kindergarten, Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

April is National Poetry Month and this Thursday, April 26, is “Poem in Your Pocket Day.” Both are national celebrations of poetry whereby adults and children are encouraged to share a poem with someone. Introduci... Read more
Carissa Rogers
Cereal: Not the "Breakfast of Champions" For This GoodNCrazy Family

Apr 18, 2012 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in SchoolFamily.com, Recipe Share, Carissa Rogers

That’s right. CEREAL. I am not a morning person. Instead I’ve taught my children the fine art of pouring milk and cereal. And I can’t figure out why they aren’t fond of it? I keep wondering: What kinds... Read more
Connie McCarthy
1st Graders Send Heartfelt Letters To A Marine

Apr 17, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in SchoolFamily.com, Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Remember how lovely it was to get a beautifully handwritten note from a friend? Some people say that letter writing is a lost art but I’m here to say it’s alive and well—at least in the 1st grade! For the pa... Read more
Carissa Rogers
My Son, The Absent Minded Professor

Apr 12, 2012 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in SchoolFamily.com, Elementary School, Carissa Rogers

Why is my little boy so dang forgetful? He is smart, amazing, fun loving, and all about science, engineering, and Rube Goldberg contraptions…but ask him where his library book is, and you’ll get a stare of oblivi... Read more
Livia McCoy
Help Your LD Student Have a Successful Trip To the Library­

Apr 10, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in SchoolFamily.com, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Educational Trips

Libraries are supposed to be fun places. But if you are dyslexic or have a problem reading and spelling, they might not be so much fun. I work at a school for dyslexic students. We have a nice sign in the school library titl... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Put Colorful Magnetic Letters to Work With These 4 Tips!

Apr 09, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in SchoolFamily.com, Kindergarten, Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Is your refrigerator covered in colorful magnetic letters? If so, put those letters to work! Magnetic letters are a great tool to help your young reader practice sight words, spelling, and reading.  In my classroom we ha... Read more
Livia McCoy
Why Do Some LD Students Act Out in School?

Apr 03, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Learning, ADHD

Recently, I read Nelson Lauver’s book, Most Unlikely to Succeed. The first part of the book was difficult for me to read. When Nelson was a child, he was abused by his teachers because he couldn’t read and do math... Read more
Connie McCarthy
1st Graders Suggest Top Books for Kindergarteners

Apr 03, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

In preparation for my school’s annual “Reading Week,” I asked my 1st grade students to name their favorite kindergarten books, and tell me why they liked them. Their answers were impressive. Here are their t... Read more