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Monthly Archives: September 2015

Building with the Better Block


There seems to be no question that, if you’re going to teach math, you need manipulatives.

There seems to be no question that, if you’re going to teach math (at least at the elementary level), you need manipulatives. Numerous studies have been conducted by educational researchers since the 1960s, and the evidence is overwhelming that using math manipulatives meaningfully with students of all ability levels in all grades greatly improves understanding…
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Spelling You See: More Than Ten Minutes?


Here are three principles to consider when deciding whether to accommodate your child’s request to keep going in Spelling You See.

The timer goes off, indicating the end of a Spelling You See copywork session. “Please, Mom,” your child begs, “I want to do more!” You hesitate. Your child really seems interested in the lesson, and you certainly don’t want to discourage learning. Should you let him continue? Here are three principles to consider when deciding…
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Introducing KinderTown Power Packs


KinderTown is launching a brand new product called Power Packs.

We’ve got some exciting news to share, and you’re part of it! KinderTown is launching a brand new product called Power Packs. Each pack is aligned to the KinderTown Learning Map and is designed to support parents in connecting the learning that happens on the iPad with educational experiences for the home. In addition, in…
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What I Wish I Had Known About Spelling You See


I wish you the joy of the journey with Spelling You See. You won’t regret it.

When Spelling You See debuted eighteen months ago, you could say I was an “early adopter.” Being a brand new representative to Demme Learning and a long time homeschool mom, I figured I should figure out how the program worked and work through it with my children. They had been guinea pigs for many of…
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Engage Your Preschoolers with Developmental Duffle


Looking for a way to engage your preschooler at home with play while developing learning skills? Check out Developmental Duffle.

Looking for a way to engage your preschooler at home with play while developing learning skills? Check out Developmental Duffle. I first saw the bright orange duffles at an education convention. The booth was laid out with bright orange bags and inviting educational toys grouped by age and developmental skills. I loved how each educational…
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Favorite iPad Apps for Homeschoolers


Erica Ardnt writes about her favorite iPad apps that her family uses.

People always ask me if and how I use tablets in our homeschool. The first answer is yes! We definitely make use of our tablet as it provides a change from the normal daily work. One of our favorite things to use tablets for are eBooks. There are a huge variety of eBook options for…
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