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Monthly Archives: September 2017

4 Ways to Keep Students Engaged


Engaged learners are also happy learners, and happy learners make our jobs as instructors so enjoyable.

There were few things more frustrating to me than spending time meticulously planning a lesson only to have my students zone out in the middle of what I thought was sure to be an enthralling lecture on the ancient Egyptians. I guess I should not be surprised by this type of behavior; after all, our…
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Highlights from the U.S. Family Engagement Policy


Family engagement in education begins when we trust and partner with parents to support them.

In May, 2016, the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Education (ED) released a policy statement titled Family Engagement From The Early Years To The Early Grades. The statement defines family engagement as: The systematic inclusion of families in activities and programs that promote children’s development, learning, and wellness, including in the…
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Finding Homeschool Support Online


There is plenty of homeschool support in the online world, from Facebook groups to Pinterest.

Making the decision to homeschool can be one of the easiest — and most difficult — decisions ever! It’s the only job where people judge the totality of your results by one child’s behavior on any given day. I often say it’s the toughest job you’ll ever love. Today I want to speak a little…
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Help Families Affected By Hurricanes


Demme Learning wants to help any homeschooling families affected by hurricane Harvey or Irma.

Within the last few weeks, hurricanes have been hitting areas of the United States, leaving families to abandon their home and belongings. Hurricane Harvey devastated areas from Houston to Louisiana, and this past weekend, Hurricane Irma hit South Florida; both hurricanes are continuing to wreak havoc on the families in the affected areas – but…
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Plan for Math with These 5 Tips


It's important to have a plan when you're teaching math; here are some tips that can help you as you plan your year in math.

It’s important to have a plan when you’re teaching math; here are some tips that can help you as you plan your year in math. When I was first hired to teach high school math, I was replacing a teacher who had only covered two chapters of a 12-chapter book. He knew math but was…
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Vote for The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine Excellence Awards


The annual The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine Excellence Awards are going on, and we would love it if you would take a few minutes to vote for us.

The annual The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine Excellence Awards are going on, and we would love it if you would take a few minutes to vote for us. The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine Excellence Awards are awarded to the companies or curricula that you and your fellow home educators feel are the best of the best in…
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