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6 Signs Your Math Curriculum Isn’t Working


Selecting a math curriculum is a huge decision for homeschoolers.

Selecting a math curriculum is a huge decision for homeschoolers. After all, math is one of the “Three R’s,” full of essential skills your student needs to master, now and for their entire life. Talk about pressure! So you do your research, and you weigh all the options (Wow…So. Many. Options…) and, with probably a…
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The Case for Teaching for Mastery


The mastery approach lets students spend the time they need to build strong foundations so that they are equipped to learn complex topics.

Sal Khan is the founder of the online Khan Academy which provides free instruction in mathematics, science, and computer programming. In his November 2015 TED Talk, Khan suggested a vision for education that would operate similarly to martial arts instruction. He explains that: In a martial art, you would practice the white belt skills as…
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How Families Can Learn and Grow at the Library [Report]


The guiding vision of a recent report is that the library is to be a learning space for families children all the way through adulthood.

In the 21st century, libraries have evolved in their vision to provide far more than just books. Many libraries now offer digital resources, after school programs for kids, budgeting and cooking classes for families, and so much more. The Harvard Family Research Project and the Public Library Association partnered together to author a report entitled…
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The Homeschool Teaching Summit


Demme Learning is pleased announce that Ethan Demme is a featured speaker at the Homeschool Teaching Summit.

Demme Learning is pleased announce that Ethan Demme is a featured speaker at the Homeschool Teaching Summit, a free event hosted online this October 16-21. You can watch Ethan’s interview on trusting parents on Tuesday, October 17th at 2:00 pm CST. We hope you’ll join us! You can register for the summit here. More About…
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Why Doesn’t Spelling You See Have Tests?


Spelling You See does not include word lists, tests, or memorization; learn why in this blog post.

Spelling You See provides a unique approach to spelling that develops your child’s visual memory skills in order to become a proficient speller. Our distinctive activities involve reading a passage and listening to it being read, analyzing spelling patterns in the context of the passage, copywork, and dictation. Spelling You See does not include word…
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Educators Puzzle Over Escape Rooms


Escape rooms are all the rage, and can be used in creative educational ways with your students.

In the middle of the room on a table is a gigantic hourglass filled with sand. All around you are padlocked cabinets and drawers. “Ready?”, asks the employee, and when you and your group say yes, he turns the hourglass over and leaves the room. The door locks: you’ll need to find the master key…
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4 Ways to Keep Students Engaged


Engaged learners are also happy learners, and happy learners make our jobs as instructors so enjoyable.

There were few things more frustrating to me than spending time meticulously planning a lesson only to have my students zone out in the middle of what I thought was sure to be an enthralling lecture on the ancient Egyptians. I guess I should not be surprised by this type of behavior; after all, our…
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Highlights from the U.S. Family Engagement Policy


Family engagement in education begins when we trust and partner with parents to support them.

In May, 2016, the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Education (ED) released a policy statement titled Family Engagement From The Early Years To The Early Grades. The statement defines family engagement as: The systematic inclusion of families in activities and programs that promote children’s development, learning, and wellness, including in the…
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Finding Homeschool Support Online


There is plenty of homeschool support in the online world, from Facebook groups to Pinterest.

Making the decision to homeschool can be one of the easiest — and most difficult — decisions ever! It’s the only job where people judge the totality of your results by one child’s behavior on any given day. I often say it’s the toughest job you’ll ever love. Today I want to speak a little…
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Help Families Affected By Hurricanes


Demme Learning wants to help any homeschooling families affected by hurricane Harvey or Irma.

Within the last few weeks, hurricanes have been hitting areas of the United States, leaving families to abandon their home and belongings. Hurricane Harvey devastated areas from Houston to Louisiana, and this past weekend, Hurricane Irma hit South Florida; both hurricanes are continuing to wreak havoc on the families in the affected areas – but…
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