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How to Teach Math Even If You HATE It (Like Me!)


So many adults dislike math, don’t understand it, and are uncomfortable with it. Learn why, and how YOU can teach math.

Despite the fact that I work for Demme Learning, math is one of my least favorite subjects. In fact, it was probably the greatest barrier for me beginning a homeschool experience, but also the reason I became a homeschool parent. So many adults dislike math, don’t understand it, and are uncomfortable with it. Why? After…
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#ChooseFamily with Us on Black Friday


On Friday, we’re deciding to #ChooseFamily and shut down business for the day to give our employees this opportunity to spend time with their families.

Knock, knock. Who’s there? Not us! Ring ring…leave a message after the beep, because we’re not there either. This Black Friday, we’re offering something no one else is – time! On Friday, we’re deciding to #ChooseFamily and shut down business for the day. That’s right, our doors will be closed and no blocks or books…
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How to Build Math Confidence in Your Struggling Math Student


When your student is suffering, it’s easy to overlook the signs and mislabel it. We can reduce this stress by building math confidence in your student.

Math anxiety can be hard to distinguish. When your student is suffering, it’s easy to overlook the signs and label it as laziness or an unwillingness to learn. We can reduce this stress by building math confidence in your student. What Does Stress Look Like? • Your student cries when it’s time for math •…
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Spelling (You See) For the Rest of Us


Spelling is one of those skills that impact what people think about you, and is often used as an indicator of your intelligence and overall education level.

Spelling is important. It’s one of those skills that impact what people think about you. For better or worse, your written communication is often used as an indicator of your intelligence and overall education level. My Spelling Journey I was in public school through fifth grade and my early spelling experience looked very traditional. I…
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Parental Engagement and Writing


We often place too much emphasis on what medium our kids should be proficient in. We should focus more on what they are ACTUALLY writing.

Kids ARE Writing… Most of us want our kids to have basic writing skills, yet we often place too much emphasis on what medium our kids should be proficient in. We should focus more on what they are actually writing. In today’s 21st century world, ‘yours truly’ has given way to TTYL (talk to you…
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Math-U-See & Spelling You See Webinars


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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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Becoming Good Through Reading Well


Karen Prior's new book "On Reading Well" seeks to convince you that "It is not enough to read widely. One must also read well."

Karen Swallow Prior has been teaching literature at the collegiate level for nearly three decades. During that time, she says she’s noticed that Many readers have been conditioned to jump so quickly to interpretation and evaluation that they often skip the fundamental but essential task of comprehending what the words actually mean. She notes that…
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The Digital Gap: Is There a Balance?


Read Anthony's take on a New York Times article entitled "The Digital Gap Between Rich and Poor Kids Is Not What We Expected."

In an article in The New York Times entitled “The Digital Gap Between Rich and Poor Kids Is Not What We Expected” Nellie Bowles argues that “America’s public schools are still promoting devices with screens — even offering digital-only preschools” while “the rich are banning screens from class altogether.” Bowles reports on a study from…
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Fun Field Trip Ideas for Homeschool Families


Field trips can be effective learning experiences for homeschool families, whether they are spontaneous or formally planned.

Homeschoolers may be surprised to learn that field trips can be effective learning experiences for them as well, whether they are spontaneous or formally planned. A great deal of learning tends to be book-based or technology-based, even if you include hands-on activities. Making different paper airplane models in order to test their flying capabilities is…
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Homeschool Podcasts (Complete List)


Are you looking for new homeschool podcasts to listen to while you're mowing the lawn or tidying up? We've got just the thing for you!

When I first heard about podcasts I wasn’t impressed and didn’t think it would last; boy was I wrong. According to Podcast Insights, 51% of the United States population has listened to a podcast. 49% listen to podcasts at home, and 22% listen to them in the car. For me, it would be closer to…
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