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Math-U-See Skills Maintenance Program


The Math-U-See Skills Maintenance Program takes key objectives from the lower levels of Math-U-See and focuses on maintaining the skills students have learned through fun activities, the Math-U-See Manipulatives, and a student workbook.

This spring, we developed a summer skills maintenance program for a school customer. We took the key objectives from the Primer, Alpha, Beta, and Gamma levels and created a program that would focus on maintaining the skills the students had learned through fun activities, the Math-U-See Manipulatives, and a student workbook. We have had similar…
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Are the Math-U-See Videos Necessary?


In short, the Math-U-See videos are essential; they create understanding and model for you where each lesson will take you.

The Math-U-See program provides videos for instruction. For whom are they created? It may not be who you think; parents often mistake the videos as simply instruction for their children and sometimes make a critical mistake of just sitting their children in front of the videos and not gaining the full benefit of using them…
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Spelling You See at Your Child’s Pace


One of the beauties of using Spelling You See is the ability to move at a child’s individual pace.

One of the beauties of using Spelling You See is the ability to move at a child’s individual pace. If a student is taking a little more time to understand a concept, you can simply slow down and offer more practice; if he demonstrates understanding, you can move ahead. Some subject areas, such as math…
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You Don’t Need to Be a Math Expert to Teach Math to Your Children


Who is a “math expert?” Certainly not me. At best, I have an adversarial relationship with math.

Who is a “math expert?” Certainly not me. At best, I have an adversarial relationship with math. At worst, I have been known to cry – the ugly cry; the snotty, tearful, “I HATE THIS STUFF” cry that comes from the soul. How on earth does someone who feels the way I do about math…
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The Five Core Activities in Spelling You See


Spelling You See is built on five core activities designed to increase your child’s experience with words; learn how each activity ties together.

We’ve seen it many times—the quizzical look on a parent’s face when she looks at the Spelling You See program for the first time. Next come the questions, usually prefaced by “If this is a spelling program…” “Why are there passages to read?” “Why do I have to read aloud?” “Why does my child have…
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The Homeschool Curriculum Summit


I am pleased to be a featured speaker at the Homeschool Curriculum Summit, a free event hosted online May 3-10.

Demme Learning is pleased to announce that Steve Demme is a featured speaker at the Homeschool Curriculum Summit, a free event hosted online May 3-10. In Steve’s featured video he will dialogue with hosts Todd and Jessie in a session titled “How to Teach Math So Students Will Understand It and Be Successful”. This video…
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What is the Order of Operations?


The order of operations is a convention that really began to take shape during the sixteenth century as algebraic notation developed.

My very educated mother just served us nachos. Every good boy deserves fudge. Roy G. Biv Mnemonics. Be it the planets in our solar system, the lines of the treble clef, or the order of the colors in a rainbow, most of us have relied on mnemonics to remember information at some point. We use…
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Math Journals: Questions Answered


Having your student record his math activities through writing and sketching in a math journal can help reinforce his mathematical understanding.

Whether you call it a notebook or journal, having your student record his math activities through writing and sketching can help reinforce his mathematical understanding. Writing about math processes and creating diagrams and pictures stimulates different pathways of the brain, more than computation in isolation will do. A math journal provides students of all abilities…
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The Benefits of Hands-on Learning


Did you know that hands-on learning helps make connections from the classroom to the real-world and increases learner engagement?

I used to run around my childhood neighborhood with a small gaggle of girls. We would climb over fences, stealthily pluck roses from groomed gardens, and make believe that we were princesses or poor trapped maids or warriors burdened with great responsibility, depending on our mood. During the week, though, I was a first-grader in…
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Introducing Our New Zero Block Kit


Complete your Integer Block Kit with our new zero block! Available now with free shipping.

April Fools’! Are you mad? Read on for a make-up freebie! We’re really sorry for pulling your leg, but hear us out: there’s a very good educational reason why we don’t have a “zero block” in our Integer Block Kit. As Steve Demme says, “How can you represent nothing with something?”   But the concept…
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