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How Much Parental Involvement is Needed in Math-U-See?


Does Math-U-See require hours and hours of parental participation in each lesson? How are parents empowered to inspire a love of learning?

So you’ve heard how awesome Math-U-See is, and now you’re wondering how involved your role is as a parent. First, let me say that every student is different; therefore, every homeschool routine will also differ. What every homeschool family can agree upon is that homeschooling is one of the biggest investments they will make for…
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Cultivate Your Moral Imagination by Reading Fiction


The moral imagination is our spirit’s capacity to understand, respond to, and appreciate Beauty.

You know that guilty feeling you get when you start reading a novel…that feeling that says there are a million non-fiction books you should be reading now. Well, that feeling is wrong; you can enjoy that novel without guilt! We need — yes, need — to read fiction. We live in a culture that continually…
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6 Fun Spring Spelling Activities


Spring spelling activities that are seasonal, easy, and play-based!

Talking, singing, playing rhyme games, reading aloud, and experimenting with writing and drawing with your child are great ways to establish a good literacy foundation. During the spring months, try some of these seasonal, easy, and play-based literacy activities to support and encourage your preschooler’s curiosity and confidence with spelling. Spring Spelling Activities 1) Water…
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Read to Kids and Talk to Adolescents


Reading aloud to young children and having open and thought-provoking conversations with your teens are a form of involvement.

In her keynote at the National Summit 2014, Amanda Ripley shares a story about receiving an automated call from the school principal: “Wednesday is Chipotle night. Go to Chipotle and if you buy a burrito, ten percent will go to the school.” Amanda gets the call and says, “Oh alright. I’ll put it in my…
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5 Library Tips From Sarah Mackenzie


Here are five tips that will help you make better use of the amazing (and FREE) resources at your local library, without going crazy in the process.

Let’s face it – the logistics of taking kids into a quiet area can seem like mixing oil and water. Most of us know what a great resource the library is. As homeschoolers, the ability to have fantastic and free resources at our fingertips is invaluable. I’ve heard it said that you can homeschool well…
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Do I Really Have Everything I Need for Upper Level Math-U-See?


How is a homeschooling parent to know what additional materials might be needed with the upper levels of Math-U-See?

It’s week three of a new school year. You purchased your Math-U-See Geometry curriculum months ago at your area convention, and you’re sure you have everything you need. You begin reading the Lesson 3 information on angles, and you’re suddenly seized with panic as the bolded words rulers and protractors leap at you from the…
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How Education in Poland Transformed with 4 Changes


Education in Poland was the one of the worst in the world in the year 2000. By 2012, Poland was near the top of the list. How did this happen?

In the year 2000, Poland had one of the worst education systems in the world. By the year 2012, Poland was near the top of the list. Today, Poland is considered to be an education powerhouse and its 12 year transformation provides us with hope that the United States can also transform its education system.…
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What Do Exchange Students Think About Education? [Survey]


202 exchange students completed a survey about their experiences with education in their home country versus abroad.

In May 2012, journalist Amanda Ripley and researcher Marie Lawrence worked together with AFS Intercultural Programs to conduct a survey of exchange students. 202 students completed the survey. It should be noted (as a limitation of the study), that of the respondents, “a significant number (19%) had studied in Italy. Of international respondents, a large…
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