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Livia McCoy
A Fun Game To Improve Working Memory

Oct 19, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Memory, Livia McCoy, Fun Learning Activities

  Working memory is not a new topic for my blog. I have mentioned it several times before. It is an important topic to learn about because students who have working memory issues often struggle more in school. Essentiall... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Turn Halloween Anticipation Into Educational Fun

Oct 09, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Halloween, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Children love Halloween! It’s a time of great excitement and anticipation for young students. Starting early in the school year they see costumes, decorations, candy, and all other things Halloween in stores and ad... Read more
Connie McCarthy
A Reading Activity for a Rainy Summer Day

Jul 10, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Reading, Fun Learning Activities

Here is an easy activity to promote phonics, spelling, and word recognition, important ingredients when learning to read!  You will need old catalogs, magazines, flyers, or greeting cards; plain paper; and glue or tape. ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Have Kids Roll the Dice to Learn Place Value

Mar 27, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Kindergarten, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Most kindergarten and 1st grade students can easily understand single-digit numbers (0-9.) However, knowing double-digit numbers, from 10-99, often is confusing to young math students.  Understanding “place value&r... Read more
Connie McCarthy
A "Synonym" is Not Something You Put on Toast!

Mar 20, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parent Involvement, Kindergarten, Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

 A few years ago, when I was introducing word categories to my 1st grade students, I asked if anyone knew what a “synonym” was. I called on one student who was enthusiastically waving his hand. “Oh yes... Read more
Carissa Rogers
Kids Grow Up So Fast...And I Like It That Way!

Mar 07, 2012 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in Teenagers, Teen Girls, SchoolFamily.com, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kids Learning, High School, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Carissa Rogers

Paper airplanes are taking over my living room. In the past few months my little boy has developed an origami obsession, and The “Great Paper Beast” has vomited all over my house (see photo). It’s getting on... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Introduce Your Young Reader to the “H Brothers”

Mar 05, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parenting, Kindergarten, Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Once young readers learn to blend letter sounds, they can easily sound out a new or unfamiliar word—that is until they encounter one of the “H Brothers!”   The “H Brothers” are consonant dig... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
Great Kids' Books for Read Across America Day

Mar 01, 2012 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Homework, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School

 Read Across America Day, an annual program of the National Education Association (NEA), is Friday, March 2. Read Across America is a celebration of reading and a celebration of the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, more... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Help Your Beginning Reader Become a “Decoding Detective”

Feb 28, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in SchoolFamily.com, School Success, School Curriculum, Parent Involvement, Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

 To increase reading levels, beginning readers need the confidence to decode new and unfamiliar words.  A simple way to do this is by building on words they already know.  Teach your beginning reader the fun of... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Vacation Fun, No Reservations Required!

Feb 18, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in SchoolFamily.com, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Kindergarten, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

School vacation can be a great time for family fun. Here are some simple ways to keep young children productively engaged, using all five senses (note that these activities can be enjoyed either at home or away on vacation): ... Read more