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Exciting Trends in Parent-Child Time [Study]


A recent international survey notes an uptick in parent-child time since the 1960s.

A recent international study done by researchers at the University of California, Irvine found that since the 1960s, the time mothers spend with their kids has doubled and the time has quadrupled for fathers. Whereas the average daily time mothers spent interacting directly with their child in the 1960s was 54 minutes, in 2012 it…
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Learning to Adapt with Personalized Homeschooling


An individualized education is one of the numerous benefits of home education. But sometimes we have learn to adapt from child to child.

A personalized education is one of the numerous benefits of home education. But sometimes we have learn to adapt from child to child. “My Johnny was a national spelling bee finalist using this spelling curriculum, but now my Jack can barely spell three-letter words using it. I just don’t understand!” As educators we need to…
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6 Signs Your Math Curriculum Isn’t Working


Selecting a math curriculum is a huge decision for homeschoolers.

Selecting a math curriculum is a huge decision for homeschoolers. After all, math is one of the “Three R’s,” full of essential skills your student needs to master, now and for their entire life. Talk about pressure! So you do your research, and you weigh all the options (Wow…So. Many. Options…) and, with probably a…
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The Case for Teaching for Mastery


The mastery approach lets students spend the time they need to build strong foundations so that they are equipped to learn complex topics.

Sal Khan is the founder of the online Khan Academy which provides free instruction in mathematics, science, and computer programming. In his November 2015 TED Talk, Khan suggested a vision for education that would operate similarly to martial arts instruction. He explains that: In a martial art, you would practice the white belt skills as…
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How Families Can Learn and Grow at the Library [Report]


The guiding vision of a recent report is that the library is to be a learning space for families children all the way through adulthood.

In the 21st century, libraries have evolved in their vision to provide far more than just books. Many libraries now offer digital resources, after school programs for kids, budgeting and cooking classes for families, and so much more. The Harvard Family Research Project and the Public Library Association partnered together to author a report entitled…
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The Homeschool Teaching Summit


Demme Learning is pleased announce that Ethan Demme is a featured speaker at the Homeschool Teaching Summit.

Demme Learning is pleased announce that Ethan Demme is a featured speaker at the Homeschool Teaching Summit, a free event hosted online this October 16-21. You can watch Ethan’s interview on trusting parents on Tuesday, October 17th at 2:00 pm CST. We hope you’ll join us! You can register for the summit here. More About…
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Why Doesn’t Spelling You See Have Tests?


Spelling You See does not include word lists, tests, or memorization; learn why in this blog post.

Spelling You See provides a unique approach to spelling that develops your child’s visual memory skills in order to become a proficient speller. Our distinctive activities involve reading a passage and listening to it being read, analyzing spelling patterns in the context of the passage, copywork, and dictation. Spelling You See does not include word…
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Educators Puzzle Over Escape Rooms


Escape rooms are all the rage, and can be used in creative educational ways with your students.

In the middle of the room on a table is a gigantic hourglass filled with sand. All around you are padlocked cabinets and drawers. “Ready?”, asks the employee, and when you and your group say yes, he turns the hourglass over and leaves the room. The door locks: you’ll need to find the master key…
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