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Monthly Archives: September 2016

How to Embrace the Chaos of Homeschooling


If you can learn to look beyond the chaos, your family can survive homeschooling and realize the sweet return on your investment.

If you can learn to look beyond the chaos, your family can survive homeschooling and realize the sweet return on your investment. Go to any homeschooling website and you’ll probably find it—a photograph of a homeschooling family, parent and child smiling sweetly at each other, lost in the love of learning. If you’re a new…
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Do You Have to Finish All of the Math-U-See Worksheets?


In this blog post we will explore the different types of Math-U-See worksheets available, the role they each play in the mastery process, and more.

In this blog post we will explore the different types of Math-U-See worksheets available, the role they each play in the mastery process, and more. “Can’t I just buy the student pack? After all, my daughter is only in third grade. I think I can figure out the answers at this level.” It seems that,…
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Toyota…and Families Learning Together?


What does Toyota have to do with families learning together? A twenty-five year partnership dedicated to building up communities on the local level.

What does the maker of hybrid cars and pickup trucks have in common with a nonprofit dedicated to families learning together? A twenty-five year partnership dedicated to building up communities on the local level. Toyota and the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) have partnered together for 25 years, working towards increasing literary, family bonds,…
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How to Teach a Child Math Facts


You can teach math facts to your child; learn some of our strategies in this blog post.

You can teach math facts to your child; learn some of our strategies in this blog post. Let’s say you and a friend are each making a cake. You both know how to make it and understand the recipe. However, your friend gets to use the fancy mixer which sits on the counter, while you…
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Am I Spending Too Much Time on Math-U-See Each Day?


If you've ever wondered how much time you should spend on Math-U-See each day, then this blog post is for you.

If you’ve ever wondered how much time you should spend on Math-U-See each day, then this blog post is for you. Be not afraid of going slowly; be only afraid of standing still. – Chinese proverb There’s no doubt about it; we live in a very time-focused and fast-paced society. The evidence is everywhere, from…
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Homeschoolers Scored Higher on the SATs in 2014


Dr. Brian Ray of the National Home Education Research Institute recently highlighted data on homeschoolers and SAT scores in 2014.

Dr. Brian Ray of the National Home Education Research Institute recently highlighted data on homeschoolers and SAT scores. Based on reporting by the College Board, in 2014 homeschoolers scored higher than the national average on the SAT in all three sections: critical reading, mathematics, and writing. Dr. Ray reports that “(s)ome 13,549 homeschool seniors had…
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When Should You Teach Latin and Greek Roots?


Does Spelling You See teach Greek or Latin roots? Can it be applied to spelling? We answer these questions and more in this blog post.

Does Spelling You See teach Greek or Latin roots? Can it be applied to spelling? We answer these questions and more in this blog post. If you’ve been teaching for any length of time, you’ve probably seen it—the “deer in the headlights” look when a child encounters a new word in a reading selection. Your…
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Family Engagement Matters in Early Math Learning


In this blog post we highlight takeaways from an e-newsletter that focuses family engagement in early math learning.

A recent e-newsletter from the Harvard Family Research Project highlighted family engagement in early math learning. In the introduction, the newsletter reminds us that math education, like all education, “develops anywhere, anytime, starting at birth.” This issue of the newsletter offers insights for both practitioners and families. Some of the main takeaways from one of…
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Self-Care Tips for Homeschool Moms


Self-care isn't easy. It takes time and commitment. In this blog post, Linda offers some self-care tips for homeschool moms.

Self-care isn’t easy. It takes time and commitment. What rejuvenates one mom may not rejuvenate another, so we offer the following tips to start you thinking and hopefully planning how you are going to take care of yourself. Dear Homeschool Mom, Are you taking care of yourself? I gently asked that question recently to a…
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School Choice = Happy Parents [Research]


A recent report in Indiana shows that school choice has made parents happy: 93% of of parents reported being satisfied with their new school.

The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice recently published a report highlighting the decisions of parents in Indiana. This report surveyed “more than 2,000 private school parents—including 1,185 parents with children in the state’s voucher and tax-credit scholarship programs”, asking them questions about “how satisfied or dissatisfied they were with their former schools vs. their current…
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