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Monthly Archives: January 2017

Is Homeschooling Legal in Pennsylvania?


Thinking about homeschooling in Pennsylvania? Wondering what laws you’ll need to follow? Don’t worry; we’re here to get you started.

Thinking about homeschooling in Pennsylvania? Wondering what laws you’ll need to follow? Don’t worry; we’re here to get you started. Generally, you must officially begin homeschooling when your child turns 8. (Philadelphia parents must begin when their child is 6, unless they send a notice of their intent to begin before the child turns 8.)…
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Math-U-See Decimal Street® Creations


Decimal Street® is a fun way that Math-U-See teaches the concept of place value in a visual way with manipulatives.

Decimal Street® is a fun way that Math-U-See teaches the concept of place value in a visual way with manipulatives. A poster of Decimal Street® is included with all of the Math-U-See Integer Block Kits, and many of our customers have created their own versions. Instructions on how to make your own are included in…
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What Do Homeschoolers Do All Day?


What homeschoolers do all day is as varied as the number of homeschooling families.

What homeschoolers do all day is as varied as the number of homeschooling families. Maybe you think homeschoolers begin their academics the second the big yellow bus rolls by. Subjects change when the mother, referred to only as “Mrs. Jones” during school hours, rings the bell. Other than a 22-minute lunch break, studies continue until…
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Are Spelling and Reading Manipulatives Effective?


Other than helping to keep hands occupied and minds engaged, is there actual value to using “manipulatives” to teach spelling and reading?

Other than helping to keep hands occupied and minds engaged, is there actual value to using “manipulatives” to teach spelling and reading? Let’s face it – it can be hard to make a language arts curriculum interesting. Sometimes the reading passages can capture a child’s attention, and colorful graphics may help, but the actual work…
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Transitioning from Public School to Homeschool


Are you switching to homeschooling from a public school? Having a plan and knowing what you want are crucial.

Are you switching to homeschooling from a public school? Having a plan and knowing what you want are crucial. Dear Parent: You‘ve decided to homeschool. Perhaps this is a decision you have struggled with for years, or perhaps it is based on a “last straw” event in your family’s current academic situation. Truthfully, how you…
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Should Your Preschooler Use Math-U-See Blocks?


You can prepare your preschooler for Math-U-See by providing her with purposeful activity and play in advance.

You can prepare your preschooler for Math-U-See by providing her with purposeful activity and play in advance. Perhaps it’s happened in your house. It’s time for Math-U-See, and your older children are getting out their workbooks and manipulatives. In the meantime, your preschooler, drawn to the colorful blocks, asks, “Can I use the blocks, too?”…
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