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Why Teaching Place Value in Math is Important


Place value allows your 12-year-old son to understand the difference between the $50 he received for his birthday and the $500 price tag on a tablet.

The little girl sits puzzling over the problem on the page. She’s only in second grade, but the stress of high performance expectations is already in place. Here’s the problem she needs to solve: 500 – 78 The little girl remembers that she needs to cross out the five and make it a four. She…
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Real-World Math: Fulfillment and Facilities


Accountants are not the only ones in business to use math regularly in their jobs.

Ask most people what person in a company uses math, and they will generally answer, “The accountant.” That is true, of course. Finance or accounting departments work with numbers and do calculations constantly to do payroll, pay bills, and balance the books. They are not the only ones in business to use math regularly in…
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Encourage Curiosity with These Practical Tips


Stirring curiosity makes our children successful students in the present and sets them up to be self-directed, lifelong learners.

Genuine curiosity is the mother of all learning. Stirring curiosity makes our children successful students in the present and sets them up to be self-directed, lifelong learners. If you’re having trouble engaging your children in meaningful learning, curiosity is the key. I could spend hours reading and listening to podcasts about rock climbing, but you…
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Long-Term Visual Memory and Its Impact on Spelling


While there are many different types of memory, visual memory is of particular importance.

Not long after taking the family to see the movie, Finding Nemo, my husband thought I had forgotten something. My snappy reply of, “Who do you think I am, Darla?” was met with uproarious laughter by my spouse and children alike. In an ironic twist, I had managed to forget the name of the lovable…
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What is the Sequence in Math?


Is there a sequence to helping students develop mathematical thinking skills?

Children tend to follow a developmental sequence in their learning as they grow and develop. As a very basic example, most children first begin to crawl (while some may scoot), which is then followed by learning to walk, run, skip, and jump, with increased speed and agility over time. As children gain more experience and…
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The Benefits of Homeschooling: Reflections from a Parent


Homeschooling encourages individualization, flexibility, and personal ownership in education.

There’s no doubt about it; home education is a major endeavor that is not for the faint of heart! I remember the first time homeschooling was recommended to me due to my then-toddler’s severe allergies. I literally laughed at the thought of it! Why would anyone want to undertake something so difficult? Maybe it’s because…
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How to Switch to Spelling You See


When I was asked to write a blog post on how to switch to Spelling You See, my first thought was “as fast as possible, and don’t look back!”

When I was asked to write a blog post on how to switch to Spelling You See, my first thought was “as fast as possible, and don’t look back!” Laughingly, I realize that my impulse to make that statement might lead you astray. Let me give you a more through answer about HOW, in the…
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Homeschool Convention Stories: (Mis)Adventures


When you go to a homeschool convention, you see booths that are pristine and put together. You don't usually see their struggles…

When you go to a homeschool convention, you see vendors and their booths, all put together and looking pristine. They’re amiable and helpful, and surrounded by products arranged to look their best. You usually don’t see the struggles the vendors go through. As a collective at Demme Learning, we have so many stories from homeschool…
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Homeschool Convention Stories: Memorable Faces & Places


We spend months preparing for and attending homeschool conventions. Each convention is different, and so are our stories.

It can take days and weeks for you to get ready to attend a homeschool convention. You are making lists and getting childcare, or thinking through how you will feed your three little people while browsing different curricula. And what curricula is out there, anyway? So you research and ask lots of questions to your…
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What Does Spelling Mastery Look Like?


Spelling mastery is subtle and takes time to develop, but it is an important skill for your child to grow in.

There’s a story going around our office that Steve Demme originally wanted to call Math-U-See “Piece of Cake Math.” Whether this is true or not, I think the story reflects one of the foundational principles behind Demme Learning products. We want students to become learners who are confident in their knowledge and abilities. We want…
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