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Tips for Intergenerational Learning


Spending time with grandparents is an important part of a child’s life. The grandparent-grandchild bond is generally very strong and can often provide opportunities for learning to occur. Here are some tips for encouraging intergenerational learning.

“Over the river, and through the wood, To Grandfather’s house we go; the horse knows the way to carry the sleigh through the white and drifted snow.” (“Thanksgiving Day” by Lydia Maria Child) Spending time with grandparents is an important part of a child’s life. (Tweet this) The grandparent-grandchild bond is generally very strong and…
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What to Expect at the Demme Learning Booth


At the Demme Learning booth, you will receive personalized, individual attention by someone who really knows and is passionate about the material.

Demme Learning plans to attend over 45 homeschooling and curriculum fairs between February and July of 2017! Here’s what you can expect from us: Demme Learning Demonstrations We don’t have scheduled presentation times in our booth, so you can stop by when it’s most convenient for you and ask for a personalized demonstration. Though Mr.…
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Looking Back and Looking Ahead


As we enter our 25th year of helping parents build lifelong learners it is important to remember the values that grew with us: the value of hard work, the value of family and the desire to always be learning.

I was recently taking a local business owner on a tour of our headquarters in Lititz, PA and as he started talking with my dad (aka Steve Demme), he realized that my dad had painted his house back in the early 90s. I remember those days, waking up early to go help dad paint houses,…
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Intergenerational Learning: Insight from Research Studies


"Increased grandparent involvement may bring with it certain challenges but it also presents great opportunities for personal enrichment and the growth of each individual family member as well as the extended family as a whole."

In March, 2014, I attended a forum hosted in Lancaster by the Sesame Workshop that addressed a number of themes, including the importance of grandparents in childhood education. Intergenerational learning is a topic that is drawing the attention of educators as grandparents are becoming more and more active and engaged in the lives of their…
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How to Survive a Homeschool Convention


Attending a homeschool convention can be a challenge. These tips are offered to help you become the victorious conqueror of the homeschool convention.

Whether it’s your first time or your fifteenth, attending a homeschool convention can be a challenge. You can come home enriched and encouraged, or you can come home defeated and drained—physically, mentally, and financially. Spring is just around the corner, and with it comes the beginning of homeschool convention season. The following tips are offered…
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Williamsburg with My Grandmother


"My grandmother’s engagement in my learning has had a significant effect on my life and helped create a love of history and learning."

My grandmother was a school teacher who possessed a passion for learning and loved history. Growing up, my family would go on trips with my grandparents to Colonial Williamsburg. My grandmother wanted to see and experience everything and would make sure we all experienced and learned as much as possible on each trip. We would…
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Real Living Math: A Fresh Approach to Teaching Math


As spring draws near and your math text starts feeling stale, try a fresh approach by cooking, drawing or playing store and a variety of games

This time of year, I start to feel restless anticipating the freshness of spring. Here in the Midwest, it’s been snowing, blowing, and just plain cold for several months. I long to shed my winter coat, for more daylight, green grass, and garden fresh produce. The excitement of new school books and supplies has long…
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Why Generational Learning Is Important


It is true that grandparents can teach their grandkids but it is equally true that those grandkids can teach their grandparents; intergenerational learning is a two-way street.

Grandpa Joe is one of the most beloved fictional grandparents in all of pop culture. His relationship with Charlie in the book and movie Charlie and the Chocolate Factory perfectly captures that special bond between grandparent and grandchild. The story is also a wonderful illustration of how grandparents can impart wisdom to their grandchildren. In…
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5 Reasons to Attend a Homeschool Convention


Let me offer five reasons why, in my opinion, all homeschoolers should attend a homeschool convention.

Let me offer five reasons why, in my opinion, all homeschoolers should attend a homeschool convention. In the “olden days,” when I was homeschooling, parents had to order from catalogs or go to a homeschool convention to purchase materials. For encouragement, we depended on co-ops and support groups. Now, online ordering and social media have…
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