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Monthly Archives: January 2016

Homeschool Basics: Planning


While lessons may be one aspect of planning, there are numerous others that you need to consider when preparing for your homeschooling experience.

Does the thought of homeschool planning conjure up images of a black, spiral-bound teacher’s book? While lessons may be one aspect of planning, there are numerous others that you need to consider when preparing for your homeschooling experience. Let’s break down the what, how, and when of successful homeschool planning. What Do You Need To…
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Is Poetry Worth the Time?


Writing poetry is construction. You are building something with words.

As a rule, when teaching, I never ignore the “what’s-the-point?” question, but when it comes to poetry, I have to answer with a bigger question, the question of much of education: what’s the point of art? And that question must be answered by more questions: What’s the point of building a house when you could…
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Why Doesn’t Spelling You See Use Grade Levels?


Students move through the program based on individual skill development, not by grade.

If you’re looking at the Spelling You See curriculum for the first time, you’ll see that the levels are designated by letters. Some people immediately make the assumption that the letters represent grade levels: Level A for first grade, Level B for second grade, and so on. Nothing could be further from the truth! As…
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The Whys and Whens of Manipulative Use with Math-U-See


It is important to remember manipulatives are not just for young children; they are tools that are used by all ages.

“Do you have to use the blocks all the time?” “Isn’t my child too old to play with blocks?” If you are using or considering Math-U-See, one of these questions has likely crossed your mind. While some of us may be familiar with hands-on learning, most parents have not had any training on the use…
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