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Monthly Archives: November 2014

Why We Need to Read Together: The Magic of Reading Aloud


Reading aloud to our children, especially when they are title, is an integral part of human bonding and the cultivation of relationship.

When I was 7 years old, my older brother Isaac read JRR Tolkien’s “The Fellowship of The Ring” aloud to me. I remember being enthralled by the exciting adventure of Frodo and his friends. Oh, I should probably mention that my brother Isaac was only 9 when he read it to me. My brother’s behavior…
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What Makes Spelling You See Unique?


There is no shortage of spelling curriculums available to homeschoolers. You may be wondering why Demme Learning decided to provide yet another option. Here are some of the ways that Spelling You See is unique.

There is no shortage of spelling curriculums available to homeschoolers. You may be wondering why Demme Learning decided to provide yet another option. Here are some of the ways that Spelling You See is unique. Spelling You See is Research-Based Many years of study have confirmed that children progress through developmental stages of spelling, and it…
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Books and Academic Achievement


If your children don’t see you valuing books, they won’t learn that books are valuable. If your children don’t see you reading, they’ll assume that reading is not important. Buying lots of books – and taking the time to read them – is an incredibly important way to invest in your child’s education. The bottom line …. books matter.

Buy lots of books. According to The Chronicle of Higher Education, this advice might seem rather obvious, but what is not as obvious is the strong correlation between book ownership and academic achievement. It turns out that parental ownership of books is “even more important than whether the parents went to college or hold white-collar…
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Take Your Math Lessons on the Road


Take your math lessons on the road with the new Math-U-See app.

Take your math lessons on the road with the new Math-U-See app. If you’re a Math-U-See user, you know how important our manipulatives are for instruction – building concepts and allowing students to “see” and master them is an essential part of our instructional method, after all. But have you ever tried to take your…
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Tocqueville on Civic Life


Learn what Tocqueville means by the "spirit of liberty" in civic life.

“Municipal institutions constitute the strength of free nations. Town meetings are to liberty what primary schools are to science; they bring it within the people’s reach, they teach men how to use and how to enjoy it. A nation may establish a free government, but without municipal institutions it cannot have the spirit of liberty.”…
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Make Them Write Stories


If you want your children to understand what’s true, make them write stories. As they become more skillful storytellers, they will begin to understand their world and themselves.

If you want your children to understand what’s true, make them write stories. As they become more skillful storytellers, they will begin to understand their world and themselves. Storytelling is uniquely human. Grandpa telling war tales around the fireplace while snow pelts the window takes us to Normandy without us ever setting foot there. Our…
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Obama, Millennials, and the 2008 Election


In 2008, a multitude of young people (millennials) became actively engaged in the presidential election.

In 2008, a multitude of young people (millennials) became actively engaged in the presidential election. Barack Obama leveraged the incredible power of social media to reach out directly to the voters and this in turn started trends like the micro campaign donations that played a part in funding his campaign. More importantly than the funding…
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How Can I Tell if My Student is Making Progress in Spelling You See?


Remember that learning to spell proficiently takes time. Progress is not always obvious from day to day.

Because Spelling You See does not require students to take tests, some parents wonder how they can measure their child’s progress. It is important to remember that performance on tests does not always measure a student’s ability to spell accurately in independent work. Words learned in lists are usually stored in the short-term memory and…
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