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How to Use the Math-U-See Manipulatives


Many people wonder how they should use the Math-U-See manipulatives to teach math. If you don't use them properly, they are not going to be very helpful.

Many people wonder how they should use the Math-U-See manipulatives to teach math. If you don’t use them properly, they are not going to be very helpful. They are such an integral part of the Math-U-See program that it might be useful to understand Steve Demme’s intention in creating them in the first place. Steve…
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Math-U-See & Spelling You See Webinars


Math-U-See and Spelling You See Webinars

Let’s Build Lifelong Learners Together There’s a lot that goes into your child’s education and we want to help by giving you the tools you need to succeed. Since we have a lot to talk about, we’re breaking things down and giving you all the answers in our upcoming webinar series about our Math-U-See and…
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Theater Matters Because Democracy Matters


Oskar Eustis, in his 2018 TED Talk, sees three features that emerge from the interplay of democracy and theater in Greek culture.

Oskar Eustis begins his 2018 TED Talk with this statement: Theater matters because democracy matters. Theater is the essential art form of democracy, and we know this because they were born in the same city. Oskar sees three features that emerge from the interplay of democracy and theater in Greek culture. 1) Conflicting Voices Can…
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How Important is Careful Handwriting in Spelling You See?


The goal of a Spelling You See experience is to have a student develop their long-term visual memory. How important is careful handwriting in that?

How important is careful handwriting in Spelling You See? When a parent asks this question, I know I’m speaking to a parent who really wants to see their child have beautiful handwriting like Laura Ingalls Wilder in Little House on the Prairie. I might have been that parent as well, having been kept after school…
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5 Reasons to Homeschool with Pets


Other than their obvious cute factor, pets can provide a variety of added benefits for your homeschool family that are sure to last a lifetime.

Other than their obvious cute factor, animals can provide a variety of added benefits for your homeschool family that are sure to last a lifetime. Here are five reasons to consider pets in your homeschool. 5 Reasons to Homeschool with Pets 1) Teaches Responsibility Your child will take on the role of caregiver. A child…
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Actual Minds, Possible Worlds [Book Review]


In "Actual Minds, Possible Worlds", Jerome Bruner explores the power of literature as a pathway to this important ability to imagine new possibilities.

The German philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein famously declared: “The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.” Wittgenstein’s insight is that thinking is dependent on language. Think about how an infant’s world expands as she learns to communicate, and how the young child’s world expands even more as her vocabulary rapidly expands. (Notice that…
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Math Manipulatives Aren’t Just for “Little Kids”


Educators have discovered that using math manipulatives helps students of all ages to learn new concepts and deepen understanding.

For many people, the mention of math manipulatives calls to mind using marbles for counting or craft sticks tied in bundles of 10 to illustrate place value. Once such elementary concepts have been learned, the role of hands-on math tools may be less clear. Educators have discovered, however, that using manipulatives well helps students of…
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How and When to Take a “Math Break”


What might a math break look like in real life? Do you stop doing math entirely? Sometimes, and that may be the best solution for your family.

Sometimes in our schooling journey it can be wise to take a break from math. This need can be caused by a variety of reasons. Maybe your student has hit a wall with a particular concept. Perhaps you are experiencing a particularly difficult season in your homeschooling (your family has had a loss, a birth,…
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Twice Exceptional Learners [New Research]


Twice exceptional, or 2e, is a relatively new term in the world of education. 2e students are gifted learners who face one or more learning difficulties.

Scott Barry Kaufman grew up with an auditory processing disorder and high anxiety which made him struggle as a student. Kaufman was also a gifted student. Educators are accustomed to using mutually exclusive labels like “struggling learner” and “gifted learner” and mutually exclusive programs like “special education” and “gifted education.” Kaufman’s story helps us recognize…
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