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Monthly Archives: August 2018

Student Organization Tips (For Students and Parents)

Student organization involves work and study spaces, time management, and supplies; it can be overwhelming. We hope these tips will be helpful for you.

If you feel like your student is overwhelmed when it comes to organizing his materials and managing his time, take heart. Student organization is one of the most difficult challenges that face middle- and high school-age students, as well as their parents. The transition from the adult taking the lead to the student taking ownership…
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3 Ways to Store Your Math-U-See Blocks

We wanted to share with you a list of storage options for the Math-U-See blocks that we have seen parents using over the years.

When you hear people talking about Math-U-See, no doubt the first thing you think of are the colorful math blocks. Well, maybe it’s that funny Steve guy in the videos, but the blocks are definitely the second thing you think about. 🙂 The manipulative blocks are designed to express mathematical concepts in a tangible and…
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Tips for Balancing Work and Homeschooling

Work and homeschooling brings the terms "flexibility" and "balanced chaos" to mind as a homeschooling and working parent.

Being a working parent is a challenge in and of itself. Add homeschooling to the mix and then the fun really begins! Work and homeschooling brings the terms “flexibility” and “balanced chaos” to mind as a homeschooling and working parent. Developing a routine and finding a balance has been essential for my family. A little…
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Make Word Problems Fun [Video]

Make word problems fun with these tips from Gretchen.

I really love doing Facebook LIVE presentations. I particularly enjoy it when I have the opportunity to talk about something that strikes a chord with homeschool parents. We did a Facebook LIVE video talking about working with students and mathematical word problems. It was like touching that third electrified rail in so far as how…
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12 Reasons Why You Will Hate Math-U-See

Math-U-See may not be your cup of tea. Here are 12 reasons why you will hate Math-U-See.

With almost 30 years of successfully teaching math the Math-U-See way, we’re pretty confident that there’s a little something for everyone in our program. But we’re willing to admit, we might not be for everyone. We’re all about empowering our customers, not about just making the sale, so here’s a helpful list of things to…
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How to Reflect on Your Homeschool Year

It's important to reflect on your homeschool year to take stock of strengths and weaknesses; this is an essential part of growth.

Whether you’re looking back on the first half of the year or focused on the year as a whole, it’s important to reflect on your year to see what worked and what didn’t in your homeschool. Taking stock of strengths and weaknesses is an essential part of growth. It can also be reassuring, especially as…
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Real Life Math: 7 Practical Examples

Here are some great ways to incorporate real life math into your everyday living and get your kids involved in areas of life where math is impactful.

You don’t have to look very hard to realize that math is around us all the time and impacts our lives on a daily basis. Your students may not realize just how often they are encountering math in what they do every day. Does anyone in your home play a musical instrument? Then they are…
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Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset

Carol Dweck coined the term mindset to reflect how we tend to think about ability. Simply stated, it is how we view potential in others and ourselves.

“Hurray! You made an A on your test! You’re so smart!” “It’s a good thing you like to write because it’s obvious there is no math gene in this family!” “She is such a gifted singer, but her whole family is musical, so it just comes naturally.” “Great! Derek pitched a perfect game! Now I’ll…
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