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Make Word Problems Fun [Video]


Make word problems fun with these tips from Gretchen.

I really love doing Facebook LIVE presentations. I particularly enjoy it when I have the opportunity to talk about something that strikes a chord with homeschool parents. We did a Facebook LIVE video talking about working with students and mathematical word problems. It was like touching that third electrified rail in so far as how…
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12 Reasons Why You Will Hate Math-U-See


Math-U-See may not be your cup of tea. Here are 12 reasons why you will hate Math-U-See.

With almost 30 years of successfully teaching math the Math-U-See way, we’re pretty confident that there’s a little something for everyone in our program. But we’re willing to admit, we might not be for everyone. We’re all about empowering our customers, not about just making the sale, so here’s a helpful list of things to…
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How to Reflect on Your Homeschool Year


It's important to reflect on your homeschool year to take stock of strengths and weaknesses; this is an essential part of growth.

Whether you’re looking back on the first half of the year or focused on the year as a whole, it’s important to reflect on your year to see what worked and what didn’t in your homeschool. Taking stock of strengths and weaknesses is an essential part of growth. It can also be reassuring, especially as…
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Real Life Math: 7 Practical Examples


Here are some great ways to incorporate real life math into your everyday living and get your kids involved in areas of life where math is impactful.

You don’t have to look very hard to realize that math is around us all the time and impacts our lives on a daily basis. Your students may not realize just how often they are encountering math in what they do every day. Does anyone in your home play a musical instrument? Then they are…
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Math-U-See & Spelling You See Webinars


Math-U-See and Spelling You See Webinars

Let’s Build Lifelong Learners Together There’s a lot that goes into your child’s education and we want to help by giving you the tools you need to succeed. Since we have a lot to talk about, we’re breaking things down and giving you all the answers in our upcoming webinar series about our Math-U-See and…
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Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset


Carol Dweck coined the term mindset to reflect how we tend to think about ability. Simply stated, it is how we view potential in others and ourselves.

“Hurray! You made an A on your test! You’re so smart!” “It’s a good thing you like to write because it’s obvious there is no math gene in this family!” “She is such a gifted singer, but her whole family is musical, so it just comes naturally.” “Great! Derek pitched a perfect game! Now I’ll…
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Pixar’s Incredibles 2 Shows The Beauty of Trusting Parents


“I don’t know that way. Why would they change math? Math is math. Math is math!”

In Pixar’s long-awaited movie, Incredibles 2, Mr. Incredible finds himself navigating the challenges of being a stay-at-home dad. One of those challenges is helping his son Dash with his math homework. In this hilarious scene, Dash says: “That’s not the way you’re supposed to do it, Dad. They want us to do it this way.”…
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Bored Students: How to Discourage & Inspire Their Curiosity


Bored students needs to be reignited, not just given more work to do.

My student is bored. What do I do? For many homeschoolers our goal is to teach our children in such a way that they have a love of learning, so it is very disheartening when we see that our student is bored. A bored student will be slow to participate, won’t give their best effort,…
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5 Fun Summer Math Games


Explore numbers, shapes, measurements, and more with your children with these fun summer math games.

Summer offers parents and preschoolers time to enjoy the outdoors while still “stretching the brain.” The outdoor environment provides endless rich opportunities to build upon your child’s mathematical skills. Together, you can explore numbers, shapes, measurements, and more by trying some of these fun and easy guided activities or by simply asking the right questions…
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6 Reasons Why We Learn Algebra


There are several reasons why we learn algebra; we're covering six today.

When a student says they’re studying algebra, a common reply from adults is, “I haven’t used that since I graduated from high school.” Responses like this can be discouraging to students who wonder why we learn algebra if it is not useful for life. I have good news for algebra students: algebra does indeed enrich…
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