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Don’t Specialize Too Early [TED TALK]


David Epstein's research provides a much needed caution against pushing our kids to specialize too early.

What does it take to become an elite athlete, musician, or craftsman? Is talent innate or acquired? What kind of practice is best for becoming great at something? Does it really take “10,000 hours” to become an expert? As a society we are obsessed with these questions. And many parents can often find themselves struggling…
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What Caesar’s Latin Teaches Us about Grammar


Grammar is the architecture of language. In everyday speech, we largely draw on our intuitive understanding of language to communicate.

Grammar is the architecture of language. In everyday speech, we largely draw on our intuitive understanding of language to communicate. But when we write, we have the opportunity to be literary—that is, to consciously reflect on the structure of language, and to make specific choices to enhance the beauty, effectiveness, or clarity of our language.…
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Demme Learning Round Table Discussions


Our Customer Success Team is hosting a series of round table discussions, designed to help you get the most out of your Demme Learning experience.

Welcome to the Demme Learning family! Would you like to get the very best out of your investment in Math-U-See, Spelling You See, Accelerated Individualized Mastery (AIM), or Analytical Grammar? Our Customer Success Team is hosting a series of online video round table discussions, designed to help you get the most out of your Demme…
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Beware of the Myth of “Being Behind” in Math


The most common myth that I am regularly addressing at conferences, on the phone, and in emails, is the concern that a student is behind.

The most common myth that I am regularly addressing at conferences, on the phone, and in emails, is the concern that a student is behind. I often diffuse these concerns by asking what is it that determines what age a student must be when taking Algebra 1 or Geometry or beginning to study fractions? There…
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Amidst Pandemic School Craziness, Many Grandparents Are Eager to Help


Grandparents matter. And 2020 is the perfect year for us to reimagine the role our elders can play in the education of our kids.

My grandmother was a schoolteacher who loved history and wanted everyone around her to love history too. Growing up, my family would often accompany my grandparents to Colonial Williamsburg. As we walked the cobbled streets, my grandmother would share all kinds of exciting stories about the colonial era. All these years later, I still remember…
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You Have Purchased AIM for Addition and Subtraction – Now What?


You have purchased Accelerated Individualized Mastery (AIM) for Addition and Subtraction and now you’re trying to figure out “What do I do”?

You have purchased Accelerated Individualized Mastery (AIM) for Addition and Subtraction and now you’re trying to figure out “What do I do”? This program is designed for an older student who has not committed their math facts to memory. Its purpose is to replace the ineffective strategies of counting with more effective fact mastery. You…
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The Joys of Father-Daughter Learning At Home


You do not need an education degree to help your kids with their learning. All you need is a willingness to engage.

In an article for The New Republic, editor Ryu Spaeth ruminates on his impromptu homeschooling due to Covid-19. In particular, he reflects on the experience of teaching his five year old daughter how to read. Spaeth writes self-deprecatingly that “teaching a child to read is hard” and “I have no idea what I’m doing.” I…
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You Don’t Need to Be a Grammar Expert to Teach It


We’ve been drilled on “THE RULES” for years and most of us have very little to show for it. How can we possibly teach grammar to our kids?

Grammar is one of those subjects that people either love or hate. Like math, it can intimidate parents who doubt their own grasp of the subject, let alone their ability to teach it to their children. We’ve been drilled on “THE RULES” for years and most of us have very little to show for it.…
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Help Families Affected By Natural Disasters


Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have been affected by natural disasters.

Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have been affected by natural disasters. For any homeschool family affected by a natural disaster who needs to replace their Demme Learning curriculum, please contact us at customerservice@demmelearning.com or 888-854-6284. A customer service member can help you in one of the following ways: • We can provide…
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4 Tips on How to Prevent Homeschool Burnout


In my experience, homeschool burnout can come from two directions: from your child or from you. Here are some strategies to alleviate stress.

Homeschooling can be a stressful experience, but it doesn’t have to be. Often homeschool parents create stress because of underlying anxieties about whether we are doing enough for our kids. We see how slow the learning process can be, and we panic. In my experience, homeschool burnout can come from two directions: from your child…
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