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Math Mistakes Are Opportunities for Growth


Your student will learn to see math mistakes as opportunities to evaluate, improve, and learn. This equips them with a skill that is useful for all of life.

When your student is making a recurring mistake, it is an opportunity to pause, and then ask together, “Okay, what parts of this are we not understanding? Is there a way we might approach this differently?” Instead of beating themselves up every time they get something wrong or make a mistake, your student will learn…
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Analytical Grammar Joins the Demme Learning Family


You told us you needed a grammar program, and we listened! And that’s why we are excited to announce that we have added the Analytical Grammar curriculum to our family of products.

Conjunctions, Clauses, and Compounds – Oh my! You told us you needed a grammar program, and we listened! And that’s why we are excited to announce that we have added the Analytical Grammar curriculum to our family of products. Analytical Grammar is a systematic approach to language mastery that goes beyond memorization, equipping students to…
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Sweden Should Trust Parents with Educational Choices


There are things we could learn from Sweden, but it turns out that freedom-loving America might have something to teach Sweden too.

It is something of a pastime for political pundits to unfavorably compare America to Sweden. Whether it’s healthcare or parental leave or early childhood education, America is often made out to be backward-minded and inept. Certainly, there are things we could learn from Sweden, but it turns out that freedom-loving America might have something to…
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You Not Only Survived, You Thrived This School Year


Wrapping up this year with clarity, reflection and a sense of accomplishment will be an effective vehicle for ongoing success

Every year for the past 30 years I have had the privilege of walking alongside families through the ebb and flow of a school year. During May and June, these conversations often reflect that parents are feeling as though they are merely surviving rather than thriving. However, I guarantee that you are not alone, the…
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Can the Study of Math Lead to a Flourishing Life?


Math is an activity inherently worth doing, just like playing the violin or drawing in a sketchbook.

Why Study Math? There are a few answers to this question, some more obvious than others. We study and practice mathematics because it is useful for everyday activities like calculating the tip based on the percentage of the bill, or measuring the length of wood before cutting it. But there is also a deeper reason…
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How Reading Aloud Can Help Children with Anxiety


Reading aloud to your kids will not fully eradicate all anxiety, but stories are powerful.

I recently read a sobering cover story in The Atlantic on the rise of anxiety in children. The article’s author Kate Julian begins by looking at the grim statistics from PEW Research on the growing percentage of kids who are diagnosed with anxiety or other related disorders. There has been a steady uptick since the…
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Spelling You See’s Placement Guidelines


Learn why Spelling You See uses guidelines instead of assessment tools during the placement process.

It’s a new season for so many of us in homeschooling and I wanted to take a moment to have a conversation with you about why Spelling You See uses guidelines instead of assessment tools for our placement process. Spelling You See and Grade Levels Parents often ask, “So what grade level is Spelling You…
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Help, My Quarantined Kid Wants to Play Computer Games All Day!


Some of the games I remember most fondly now were the problem-solving educational games my parents were most enthused about.

As a 90s kid, my introduction to the world of high stakes negotiation was trying to convince my parents to let me play the latest violent game. While I rarely prevailed in these conflicts, (yes to Star Wars, a resounding no to Grand Theft Auto), my parents were hardly the tyrants I felt them to…
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Integer Blocks = Success for the Artsy Math Student


Integer Blocks = Success for the Artsy Math Student

The misconception that students are either strong in math or strong in art but not both is something I hear often. As a Placement Specialist, I often find struggling math students do gravitate to the artsy side. So how do we help these struggling math students succeed? As I collaborate with a parent/instructor, the initial…
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Why Doing Dictation Right Matters So Much


If you're not having the best experience with Spelling You See, you may be overlooking a simple, but critical, detail in the process of dictation.

When I talk to parents about their Spelling You See experiences, sometimes I find they are not having the best one. Careful questioning usually reveals it is often because they have overlooked a simple, but absolutely critical, detail in the process of dictation. In Spelling You See, the dictation is the opportunity to see how…
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