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Monthly Archives: August 2016

The Role of Handwriting in Spelling You See


Have you ever wondered why handwriting is so prevalent in Spelling You See, or if it works as a handwriting program? We'll get into these questions, and more, in this blog post.

Have you ever wondered why handwriting is so prevalent in Spelling You See, or if it works as a handwriting program? We’ll get into these questions, and more, in this blog post. Spelling You See is not difficult, but it is different. This is a statement we often make about our spelling program, and it’s…
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Lancaster Barnstormers and Free Books for Kids


Learn how the Lancaster Barnstormers partnered with Imagination Library to provide free books to kids.

Take me out to the ball game… On a warm Sunday in June the Lancaster Barnstormers took on the Somerset Patriots as 500 children watch. These children are participating in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library – a program designed to improve literacy rates by sending children in need free books each month. The vision is for…
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From Math Manipulatives to Mastery


This blog post post will provide you with some guidance in determining how much and how often you should use math manipulatives and when it’s time to stop.

This blog post post will provide you with some guidance in determining how much and how often you should use math manipulatives and when it’s time to stop. We here at Math-U-See are used to hearing it and seeing it on our social media posts. Generally the question goes something like this: “My child can…
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Summer Roadtrip Down South


My wife Anna and I recently went on a summer roadtrip for vacation.

My wife Anna and I recently went on a summer roadtrip for vacation. We bought our first travel trailer, after tent camping for 9 years, and then headed down South. Our destination was Tybee Island in Savannah, Georgia. My wife’s family is from Atlanta so we also spent some time with them on the way…
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Grading: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly


"Keep in mind the long-term goal of raising a competent, functional adult, and that will give you a better understanding of how to make grading work."

Ideally, I would like to start this blog by having you listen to the theme song from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly in the background as I tell you about grading. The task of assigning grades to your children’s work does fall into all three categories (good, bad, and ugly). Taking the position…
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Improve Parent-Teacher Communication with the Bloomz App


Bloomz is a new app that connects teachers and parents. Read about it in this blog post.

Your phone vibrates. A new alert shows a picture of your child in art class with a message from his teacher explaining that today they explored the paintings of Monet. Scrolling through the app, you notice that Friday has an event scheduled, and you suddenly remember that you have a PTA meeting. Bloomz is a…
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How Math-U-See Got to Ghana and Ghana Got to Us


When Judy Griffin emailed a video and a few photos of herself and two of her boys using the Math-U-See manipulative blocks in Ghana, we were intrigued.

When Judy Griffin emailed a video and a few photos of herself and two of her boys using the Math-U-See manipulative blocks in Ghana, we were intrigued. They were a lovely sight: differing skin colors and more than a generation apart, with heads bent together working diligently toward a shared goal. The little boys in…
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Our “Catchiest” Title Yet: A Parent’s Guide to Pokémon GO


A Parent’s Guide to Pokémon GO

The Pokémon GO mobile game is being played by millions, and parents need to know the benefits and risks. Read this short guide to learn more. What is Pokémon GO? Pokémon GO is a popular mobile game that was created by Niantic and released in July, 2016. It’s based on the popular Pokémon franchise that…
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