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Monthly Archives: March 2018

The 4 Dangers of the Homeschool Comparison Trap


The homeschool comparison trap shifts our focus away from our family and what is important.

What Is the Homeschool Comparison Trap? I have over a decade of homeschool experience, yet at times, I find myself wondering if I have failed as a homeschool mom. It is in these moments of doubt that I realize I have fallen into the homeschool comparison trap. Instead of focusing on what my family needs,…
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The Smartest Kids in the World [Book Review]


The Smartest Kids in The World is filled with powerful insights as well as counter-intuitive truths.

Amanda Ripley, an accomplished journalist, stumbled upon a mystery: America spends more money on education than almost any other country in the world and makes use of more technology in the classroom than most other countries and yet it continues to underperform. Why are American kids not doing as well as their peers around the…
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What Makes Spelling You See Unique?


Are you ready to try something unique? Learn about what sets Spelling You See apart.

If you’ve ever taught a struggling speller (or been one yourself!), you’re well aware of the feelings of frustration and failure these students face. They dread writing assignments because they know their papers will come back covered in red marks. They feel misunderstood when others trip on the errors in their writing and miss the…
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4 Fun Spring Math Activities


Spring math activities for the whole family to enjoy! Going outdoors allows you and your preschooler to conduct active explorations of early math concepts.

It’s spring – time to get outdoors! Together the fresh air, sunshine, and change of scenery bring endless possibilities for exploration. In the excitement of a new season of growth the outdoor environment can be just what your young child needs to get excited about playing, practicing, and investigating math concepts. So sneak some math-related…
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Pi Day Roundup | 2018


Here are some fun pi day references that we saw posted about Pi Day on the Internet in 2018.

Happy Pi Day, everyone! At Math-U-See, we love math and we love to celebrate, so a math holiday like Pi Day is perfect! Two years ago we even had a pi(e) contest at the Demme Learning home office. Here’s the pie that Steve Demme brought in that day. 🙂 Some aren’t that fond of π,…
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Cultivate A Healthy Parent-Child Attachment [4 Tips]


Cultivating a healthy attachment bond empowers to be parents.

A child is an eager observer and is particularly attracted by the actions of the adults and wants to imitate them. In this regard, an adult can have a kind of mission. He can be an inspiration for the child’s actions, a kind of open book, wherein a child can learn how to direct his…
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27 Favorite Educational TV Shows [Curated]


We collected a list of favorite educational TV shows from our readers for those days when you need some time to get things done, or take a break.

From experiences I’ve learned, sometimes the only way to get things done around the house is to put a child in front of the TV. I know, I know – you don’t want your child to waste valuable time in front of a TV screen. However, what if I told you that time doesn’t have…
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A Guide to Attending Homeschool Conventions


Attending a homeschool convention can be a challenge. This guide is offered to help you become the victorious conqueror of the homeschool convention.

In the “olden days,” when I was homeschooling, parents had to order from catalogs or go to a homeschool convention to purchase materials. For encouragement, we depended on co-ops and support groups. Now, online ordering and social media have made homeschooling much more convenient. Sections in this blog post: • 5 Reasons to Attend a…
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Hold On To Your Kids: Parents Before Peers


The home, as a safe refuge, becomes a protective space allowing each child to find their identity and grow as an individual.

A ship is sailing at night, navigating treacherous waters in the darkness. Suddenly the captain sees a beam of light from a lighthouse a mile away. This light from this lighthouse allows the captain to get his bearing and his navigation is oriented around the lighthouse. We have a natural internal drive to orient ourselves…
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Top 4 Reasons Why Math-U-See Is Unique


Here are four things that, added together with the integer blocks, make Math-U-See.

You’re at a homeschool conference and you overhear a conversation between two parents. One is unfamiliar with Math-U-See. In describing us, it’s likely the other would say, “You know, the one with the blocks!” And we’re fine with that. Our manipulatives are at the heart of who we are. But they’re only the most visible,…
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