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Monthly Archives: September 2018

Mastering the Math-U-See Math Test


The idea of studying for a math test can seem like a daunting task for you and your student. This doesn’t have to be the case.

The idea of studying for a math test can seem like a daunting task for you and your student. Even the word “test” can elicit emotions of fear and doubt. This doesn’t have to be the case. The first step in preparing and studying for a test in the Math-U-See curriculum is making sure you…
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Math-U-See Manipulatives App


Visit your preferred app store today and get the Math-U-See Manipulatives App for your tablet device. Because homeschooling doesn’t always happen at home.

You love Math-U-See. Your kids are thriving with it, and building problems with the manipulatives makes everything so clear and understandable! But…Joey has quiz team, Sarah has soccer, and Jenny has dance. Taking the blocks in the van is a nightmare! But skipping math isn’t an option; neither is cutting out activities. What’s a busy…
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Ethical Algorithms | How Should Technology Work?


Until recently, we haven’t tended to think of the ethical significance of the algorithms we rely on as a society.

What Are Algorithms? Algorithms are the invisible track guiding our interactions with technology and social media. These algorithms are often really helpful: Google Assistant relies on algorithms that can track payment calendars to remind me when my credit card balance is due. Other times we question the algorithm; when Facebook’s newsfeed starts getting clogged with…
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Factors That Influence Student Engagement


Student engagement revolves around a seemingly simple, common-sense belief: when a student is invested in the learning process, they learn more.

What is Student Engagement? The conversation about student engagement revolves around a seemingly simple, common-sense belief: when a student is invested in the learning process, they learn more. Teachers, parents, and coaches can tell countless anecdotes about the change in skill performance after a student’s motivation to learn the skill increased or intensified. Why is…
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Can You Use Cursive with Spelling You See?


Parents often ask if a student can use cursive for Spelling You See in their copywork. We have the answer in this blog post.

Sometimes I imagine myself a fly on the wall of the Library of Congress, two hundred years hence. I see people standing around the hand-written Declaration of Independence puzzling about what it says, because they cannot read it. Reading cursive writing is becoming a lost art. Writing in cursive has fallen by the wayside of…
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Risky Play: A Need of The Soul


Learn how "risky play" can be beneficial to your soul and mental development.

When my brother and I were kids, we invented a variety of playground games which involved using equipment in ways they weren’t exactly intended for. These games included: 1. Swing-jumping: we would push an empty swing, then sprint toward it and attempt to jump over the seat and through the metal chains. 2. Monkey bar…
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5 Ways to Find Time to Read Aloud


Instead of envisioning the perfect read aloud time, we need to start where we are and weave it into our day-to-day lives. Here are five ways to do that.

We all know reading aloud is a good thing to do as a family. Reading aloud bonds our family relationships as we share not only time but also stories. Stories shape the heart as well as the mind, educate the imagination and soul as well as the brain. Our children need stories. Even we as…
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3 Ways to Encourage a Growth Mindset in Our Kids


The words we speak into our children’s hearts and mind are powerful in forming a growth mindset.

Five years ago I had the privilege of participating in a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) through Stanford University Online on teaching and learning math. My time as my children’s primary teacher had passed. Even though it was a completely new concept to me, I vividly remember crying as I watched some of the video…
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Lessons Learned From Reading The Talent Code


“Greatness isn’t born, it’s grown.” That’s the subtitle of Daniel Coyle’s bestselling book The Talent Code.

Picture the following scene. Your child is practicing a new song on the piano. If you didn’t already know what the song was, you wouldn’t be able to recognize it because your child pauses after every couple of notes. After playing one small section of the song, he goes back, replays those same notes, fixing…
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The Read-Aloud Family [Book Review]


Sarah Mackenzie mixes personal anecdotes with relevant research on why reading aloud is so beneficial in her new book, "The Read-Aloud Family".

Sarah Mackenzie is the beloved host of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast. Her new book, The Read-Aloud Family, is a great resource for every family. Mackenzie mixes personal anecdotes with relevant research on why reading aloud is so beneficial. There’s practical advice on how to grow as a read-aloud family, and common myths like “my kids…
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