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What Do Homeschoolers Do All Day?


What homeschoolers do all day is as varied as the number of homeschooling families.

What homeschoolers do all day is as varied as the number of homeschooling families. Maybe you think homeschoolers begin their academics the second the big yellow bus rolls by. Subjects change when the mother, referred to only as “Mrs. Jones” during school hours, rings the bell. Other than a 22-minute lunch break, studies continue until…
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Are Spelling and Reading Manipulatives Effective?


Other than helping to keep hands occupied and minds engaged, is there actual value to using “manipulatives” to teach spelling and reading?

Other than helping to keep hands occupied and minds engaged, is there actual value to using “manipulatives” to teach spelling and reading? Let’s face it – it can be hard to make a language arts curriculum interesting. Sometimes the reading passages can capture a child’s attention, and colorful graphics may help, but the actual work…
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Transitioning from Public School to Homeschool


Are you switching to homeschooling from a public school? Having a plan and knowing what you want are crucial.

Are you switching to homeschooling from a public school? Having a plan and knowing what you want are crucial. Dear Parent: You‘ve decided to homeschool. Perhaps this is a decision you have struggled with for years, or perhaps it is based on a “last straw” event in your family’s current academic situation. Truthfully, how you…
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Should Your Preschooler Use Math-U-See Blocks?


You can prepare your preschooler for Math-U-See by providing her with purposeful activity and play in advance.

You can prepare your preschooler for Math-U-See by providing her with purposeful activity and play in advance. Perhaps it’s happened in your house. It’s time for Math-U-See, and your older children are getting out their workbooks and manipulatives. In the meantime, your preschooler, drawn to the colorful blocks, asks, “Can I use the blocks, too?”…
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Going Deep in Math


Encouraging our children to "go deep" in math can increase motivation, help them learn how to think and reason, and yes, can even make math fun!

Encouraging our children to “go deep” in math can increase motivation, help them learn how to think and reason, and yes, even make math fun! “Why do I need to learn this?” “Math is SO boring!” “I hate math!” Have you ever heard any of these from your children (or perhaps even thought them yourself)?…
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Are You Helping or Enabling Your Child?


What is the difference between helping your child in their studies and enabling that same child?

What is the difference between helping your child in their studies and enabling that same child? Sometimes, however, we do things inadvertently that have far-reaching effects on our children. I know and understand a mother’s heart. We want to protect, love, and nurture our children, but what happens when that desire to protect becomes a…
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Do Word Lists Have a Role in Spelling Instruction?


Are word lists really the best way to approach spelling instruction? Read on to find out what role, if any, word lists should play in teaching spelling.

Are word lists really the best way to approach spelling instruction? Read on to find out what role, if any, word lists should play in teaching spelling. It’s a cool spring day. Despite the chill in the air, my 10-year-old self feels the heat of embarrassment rising throughout my body as the telltale patches of…
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Word Problem Examples and Graphic Organizer Download


A graphic organizer can help develop the habit of visualizing a word problem in smaller chunks. Download yours and learn more about it in the blog post.

A graphic organizer can help develop the habit of visualizing a word problem in smaller chunks. Download yours and learn more about it in the blog post. Many students love to read stories, play with puzzles, and creatively approach problems in their everyday life, so why do they have such an aversion to math word…
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Make Math Fun with a Math Selfie


A math selfie can help improve problem solving skills, increase self-confidence, and showcase student work while learning math.

A math selfie can help improve problem solving skills, increase self-confidence, and showcase student work while learning math. Whether showing a quizzical look or a wide-eyed, cheerful smile, selfies are a mainstay among today’s youth. Selfies (short for self-portraits), serve as a way for pre-teens and teens to express their mood and share important experiences.…
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Crush Homeschool Burnout with These 7 Tips


Homeschool burnout isn't pretty, and no one is immune to it. Keep reading for some tried-and-true tips to help you beat homeschool burnout.

Homeschool burnout isn’t pretty, and no one is immune to it. Keep reading for some tried-and-true tips to help you beat homeschool burnout. We have all been there at one time or another. The school year kicks off, and we hit the ground running. We did our research and placed our curriculum orders; we crack…
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