← Blog home

Monthly Archives: February 2015

Signs of History


Growing up, I remember many times when we would travel as a family. I always wanted to get where we were headed as soon as possible but often my dad would spy a historical sign along the side of the road and pull the car over.

Growing up, I remember many times when we would travel as a family. I always wanted to get where we were headed as soon as possible, but often my dad would spy a historical sign along the side of the road and pull the car over. We would huddle around the sign in order to…
Read More


What You Should Know About Dysgraphia


"I was certain for a number of years that my eldest son had dysgraphia. His handwriting was abominable."

I was certain for a number of years that my eldest son had dysgraphia. His handwriting was abominable. He would bring me things he had written and ask me to interpret them! We laughingly teased him, saying he should grow to be either a doctor or a pharmacist, because they were the only professions where…
Read More


National History


Experiencing American history with your children will give them a foundation that will allow them to become shapers of the future.

July 2, 1776. It was on this day that the Continental Congress in America decided to declare independence from England. Two days later, July 4th, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was signed and ratified. The history surrounding the founding of America is fascinating; spies and battles, secret meetings and political debates, heroes and villains. As…
Read More


What You Should Know About the New Math SAT


If you have a high school student, you may have heard that the math SAT has been revised.

If you have a high school student, you may have heard that the math SAT has been revised. The New Math SAT The new Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), traditionally given to juniors to prepare for the SAT and to qualify for National Merit scholarships, will be given this coming fall, and the new math…
Read More


Discovering State History


Teaching your children the history surrounding the location where you live is helpful not only in providing them with geographic roots but also in inspiring them to care for and cultivate their community by being active and involved locally and engaged in the democratic process by voting in local and state elections not just national elections.

Here’s a fun fact; the Rockville Bridge in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania is the longest stone arch bridge in the world. Constructed between April 1900 and April 1902 by the Pennsylvania Railroad, it has forty-eight 70-foot spans, for a total length of 3,820 feet (1,164 m). This is just one little bit of trivia but a quick…
Read More


Hands-on Math Activities


As a parent you can take advantage of down time on rainy days and summer break, waiting for an appointment, driving in the car, or strolling through the park to broaden and enrich your student’s understanding of math. The two simple math activities outlined below can be effective ways to strengthen and extend fundamental math skills.

When it comes to learning math, you know that building a good foundation is essential. Your goal is to produce confident problem solvers who enjoy the study of math. You want your student to learn and master the underlying concepts of math that are critical to successful problem solving. Once mastery is demonstrated, how can…
Read More


Enter the Demme You See Photo Contest!


We want to see YOUR photos interacting with Steve Demme, Dr. Karen Holinga, or any other Demme Learning employees.

We visit a lot of places during the year and we look forward to meeting our current and future customers. We want to see YOUR photos of parents and students interacting with Steve Demme, Dr. Karen Holinga, or any other Demme Learning employees. So stop by, snap a selfie with a booth staffer, and upload…
Read More


2015 #TrustParents Rally


Learn about Demme Learning's #TrustParents Rally

On January 29th, a rally was hosted at Demme Learning’s headquarters in Lititz, Pennsylvania to promote parental choice in education during School Choice Week. There were several talks that covered a wide range of topics from local policies to school funding programs to personal stories of homeschooling. Below are some highlights from these talks and…
Read More


The Importance of Family History


Family history is an important part of our identity; the more we understand our heritage, the more we understand ourselves.

The witty humorist Mark Twain is believed to have said, “Why waste your money looking up your family tree? Just go into politics and your opponents will do it for you.” While there is certainly a good deal of truth to this amusing statement, it is also true that looking up one’s family tree is…
Read More


Crawl, Walk, and then Run: The Developmental Stages of Spelling


The following information about spelling stages is designed to help you decide which level of spelling instruction is most appropriate for your student.

Research and experience both tell us that children move through definite stages when learning to read and spell (tweet this). Moving children through the stages too quickly can cause frustration and discouragement. On the other hand, moving too slowly may produce a child who is bored and disengaged. Most parents are aware that children differ…
Read More