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Monthly Archives: March 2016

Mastery vs. Spiral: The Debate Continues


Proponents of math mastery believe that math is learned best when learned incrementally, with one skill building on the next.

If you like lively discussions, conduct an internet search of the topic mastery vs spiral. The intensity of the interest in this topic runs at the same level as discussions related to reading methods (phonics? literature-based?) and which philosophy to follow (classical? unschooling?). While it is always interesting to read the opinions of others (particularly…
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Homeschool Basics: Organization


Establish your routines, modify them according to your unique family’s needs, and enjoy less agonizing over homeschool organization.

Establish your routines, modify them according to your unique family’s needs, and enjoy less agonizing over homeschool organization. So, you are not a born organizer? Organizationally challenged, even? Are you feeling overwhelmed just by daily life? And now, to add to that, you plan to be a homeschooler? Maybe you already homeschool, or even have…
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3.14ish Peeves about Pi


There are serious misconceptions about pi that really bug me as someone who works with numbers every day.

As numbers go, π is something of a celebrity. This is especially true today, which has been celebrated since the late 1980s (and officially since 2009) as Pi Day. Despite all the attention, however, there are serious misconceptions about this number that really bug me as someone who works with numbers every day (and teaches…
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Spring into Spelling with Activities & Apps


Teach spelling this spring with these fun activities and educational apps.

If you are considering ways to teach your preschool-age child about spelling, consider involving him in literacy activities that are hands-on and playful ways to explore the alphabet and words. Talking, singing, playing rhyme games, reading aloud, and experimenting with writing and drawing with your child are great ways to establish a good literacy foundation.…
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Why Doesn’t Math-U-See Use Grade Levels?


One of the distinct elements of Math-U-See is that we are based on developing sequential learning skills, according to the nature of math.

I would be willing to bet that this is probably the most asked question when a parent asks about Math-U-See. Weekly I speak with more than one parent who is trying to wrap their mind around where their child would fall within the Math-U-See curriculum. To tell the truth, it is one of my favorite…
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