Author: Brian McCoy

How to Increase Reading Comprehension

Why I Wrote This Post I wrote this post to help parents – help their children – develop their reading comprehension.  The simple steps I show you in this post can be done with any novel.  Over a relatively short period of time, these simple steps will dramatically increase your child’s reading comprehension. ChickenSpike is …

Math Order Operation – A simple trick!

When children are learning any new concept, it’s a great idea to have them use something called Total Physical Response (TRP).  If you simply tell a child how to do a math problem, the likelihood of them fully understanding that concept is slim.  They will need to drill and drill for weeks and maybe even …

How to help my child learn to read

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How to Run a Home – Family Meetings Set the Tone

Let me first say that parenting is a tricky business where you do the very best you can do, and still when you look back through the years there is always something you would change.  I have made plenty of choices that I would do differently – but more that I would do exactly the …

How to Teach Multiplication to 3rd Grade

What happens if my child does not know all his or her multiplication facts? The simple answer is that you can not allow this to happen.  As children go up through the grades they rely more and more heavily on multiplication. I have taught everything from 2nd through 6th grade.  It is disheartening to see children …

How to teach my child to read – 4 Power-Packed Strategies

Reading is the most essential skill for success in education.  I say this because reading is required in virtually every subject.  Common core standards require children to read a mathematical situation.  Next, they choose a math strategies or algorithm.  Finally, they solve the problem.  Similarly, in science and social studies, children are given a scenario …

How to subtract large numbers

Subtracting large numbers made easy with a secret strategy I call “Trouble-A-Com’n”. As I mentioned in my first post, it is extremely important to give your children a strong basic understanding of number sense.  This begins with understanding basic addition and subtraction.  Once children know their facts up to twenty, it’s time to start working …