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Monthly Archives: October 2014

Voting With My Parents


In order to build a stronger civil society, parents need to take a more active role in passing on the civic value of voting to their kids.

In order to build a stronger civil society, parents need to take a more active role in passing on the civic value of voting to their kids. (tweet this quote) My parents are regular voters. When I was growing up, my parents would take me and my brothers along with them when they voted. I…
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Three Quality Homeschool Blogs


Here are three of our favorite homeschool blogs that educate and create online communities.

At Demme Learning we love learning and sharing helpful information and learning tools with you. We do this by writing blog posts, hosting webinars, and encouraging people to ask questions. We also share articles that we think are encouraging or helpful. Over the years Demme Learning has cultivated relationships with several homeschool blogs, from small…
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Why You Should Vote


If your children see you voting, they’ll learn that civic engagement is important and they’ll be more likely to vote and be engaged themselves.

In the 2012 presidential election, only 57% of the eligible adult population voted. To put it another way, a little less than half of the adults in the United States didn’t vote to decide who should be the leader of our country. Of course, statistical research also shows that there is a large amount of…
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The Power of a Parent


After multiple viewings, I realized the primary theme of Mary Poppins is not children jumping through chalk drawings or dancing on rooftops, but, you can’t replace Mom and Dad.

I believe you are the best person to be with your children. For God designed you to be your children’s parent. One of my favorite movies is Mary Poppins. I watched it throughout high school and continue to enjoy it today. After multiple viewings, I realized the primary theme of the movie is not children…
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3 Tips for Parental Engagement


By simply being engaged with our kids, we are helping them build foundational learning skills that will help them throughout their education.

Research continually affirms that parental engagement is crucial for children’s academic success; here are helpful tips for parents. According to marriage and parenting expert Gary Smalley: “affirming words from moms and dads are like light switches. Speak a word of affirmation at the right moment in a child’s life and it’s like lighting up a…
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3 Best Creativity Apps for Kids


Read KinderTown's reviews of three of their favorite creativity apps.

“Creativity now is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status.” — Ken Robinson Faces iMake encourages creativity, experimenting, learning and expression in one magical app. The platform is easy to use and supports collaboration and discovery that children of all ages will enjoy! This app uses real…
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Finding Hope and Redemption in the Valleys of Life


Read Steve Demme's personal story of finding hope and join him for the Special Needs, Struggling Learner Conference in Orlando.

Read Steve Demme’s personal story of finding hope and redemption and join him for the Special Needs, Struggling Learner Conference in Orlando. I am looking forward to getting together with others who are experiencing life with a special needs child at the second annual Specials Needs, Struggling Learner Conference in Orlando, November 21-22. I believe…
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Parental Engagement – Music


Oftentimes “parental engagement” is as simple and profound as taking a few minutes to talk to your kids about something they are interested in.

Like many young people, when I entered my teenage years my tastes in music diverged from that of my parents as I began searching for sounds that resonated with my swirling thoughts and emotions. My mom took the time to engage with me, not as critic of my current taste in musical form but as someone…
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How Should I Address Spelling You See Student Errors?


Spelling You See wants children be successful at spelling without being frustrated.

Spelling You See wants children be successful at spelling without being frustrated. Responding to a student’s mistakes in a helpful manner is one way to reach this goal. How to Address Student Errors in Spelling You See Chunking (marking letter patterns) is meant to be a learning activity, not a test. Work closely with the…
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Developing Social Skills with Apps


Check out these apps to assist you in working with your child on social skill development.

All children develop their social skills at different times and at different rates. Some children need extra support or direct instruction in the area of social skills in order to aide in the development of age-appropriate behaviors. Check out these apps to assist you in working with your child on social skill development. A Little…
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