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About Danielle Krebs

Dani Krebs is the Marketing Coordinator at Demme Learning. She is from York, PA and graduated from Shippensburg University with a B.A. in English. She enjoys a balanced life of outdoor activities and Netflix marathons.

Parents Know Best | Choices in Education Conference


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Join us January 26th, for our Parents Know Best | Choices in Education Conference.

The PKB Conference is hosted by Building Faith Families and provided FREE of charge with the help of our generous sponsors. At Demme Learning, we trust parents. We believe parents are the best decision makers when it comes to their child’s education; that’s why we decided to sponsor Building Faith Families in their Parents Know Best movement. Together, our goal for the PKB Conference is to provide parents with information on a variety of education options in efforts to find the best fit for their family. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Mark your calendars and tell your friends, especially the families who have been considering a change in their child’s education.

Registration is through iTickets. Admission tickets are free, but meal options from Chick-fil-A are available for purchase along with your tickets. Meal tickets must be purchased at the time of your ticket order and before Monday, January 21st. If you need to add additional meals to your ticket order, please call the box office at The Junction Center: (717) 459-3701.

To register, view our speakers, or to find more information on our conference, visit our website today.

We hope to see you there!

 

 

*If you’re interested in representing your business in our conference (for FREE) email dkrebs@demmelearning.com for more information. Sponsorship opportunities are available.*


34 Favorite Books to Read Aloud as a Family [Curated]


Cultivate a love of reading as a family with these favorite books to read aloud.

Do you want to raise lifelong learners? Do you want to continue to be one yourself? Reading aloud as a family is an effective way to do both.

We know reading aloud to children improves their cognitive development, vocabulary, comprehension, and increases concentration. Let’s not forget, reading aloud can also develop a love for reading which is a vital element in lifelong learners. But did you know the advantages of reading aloud as a family impacts more than just your children? Reading aloud as a family can benefit you as a parent, and your family as a whole.

As a parent, reading aloud as a family adds value to your relationship. It gives your family something to discuss at the dinner table or on the car ride to the grocery store. This type of family discourse allows you to dive into the novel together: you can relate parts of the story or themes to life in ways your children may not be able to, and vice versa. It’s amazing to see what goes on in young minds, and this can be the perfect opportunity to do so.

We’ve compiled a list from homeschool parents like you of favorite books to read aloud as a family. There’s something for your toddlers to your tweens.

So travel to Narnia, or get some advice from Dumbledore at Hogwarts. Learn how a spider’s love saved a pig named Wilbur. Really, the possibilities are endless.

Go, explore, discover together.

Title Author Minimum Age
The Chronicles of Narnia (Series) C.S. Lewis 8
Little House (Series) Laura Ingalls Wilder 8
Winnie the Pooh (Series) A.A. Milne 5
Charlotte’s Web E.B. White 7
The Lord of the Rings (Series) J.R.R. Tolkien 12
The Green Ember S.D. Smith
Magic Tree House (Series) Barbara Schultz 6
Harry Potter (Series) J.K. Rowling 8
Wingfeather (Series) Andrew Peterson
Little Britches (Series) Ralph Moody
American Girl (Series) Various 8
Lamp Lighter (Series) Various
Hank the Cow Dog (Series) John R. Erickson 7
Trumpet of the Swan E.B. White
Swiss Family Robinson Johann D. Wyss
The Boxcar Children (Series) Gertrude Chandler Warner 7
The Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway 12
A Little Princess Frances Hodgson Burnett 9
The Indian in the Cupboard (Series) Lynne Reid Banks
Judy Moody (Series) Megan McDonald 6
Around the World in 80 Days Jules Verne
On the Wings of Heroes Richard Peck 9
Mr. Potter Jamaica Kincaid
Henry and Mudge (Series) Cynthia Rylant 5
Pony Scouts (Series) Catherine Hapka
Betsy-Tacy (Series) Maud Hart Lovelace 7
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood Howard Pyle
Redwall (Series) Brian Jacques 10
Peter and the Starcatcher Dave Berru 9
Wilderking (Series) Jonathan Rogers
The Tale of Peter Rabbit Beatrix Potter 3
The Three Investigators (Series) Robert Arthur, Jr.
Time Quintet (Series) Madeleine L’Engle
The Sugar Creek Gang (Series) Paul Hutchens

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Cultivate a love of reading as a family with these favorite books to read aloud.

#ChooseFamily with Us on Black Friday


On Friday, we’re deciding to #ChooseFamily and shut down business for the day.

Knock, knock. Who’s there? Not us!
Ring ring…leave a message after the beep, because we’re not there either.

This Black Friday, we’re offering something no one else is – time!

On Friday, we’re deciding to #ChooseFamily and shut down business for the day. That’s right, our doors will be closed and no blocks or books will be shipping out.

We wanted to give our employees this opportunity to spend time with their families and we want to extend the same gift to you. #ChooseFamily this Friday with us. Put down the screens and shopping list and instead read a book together, go on a family stroll around the block, have a discussion over a card game. Whatever you do, do it together and do it with love.

Take a picture and post with the hashtag #ChooseFamily so we can see how you’re spending your day! (But be sure to put the phone right back down!)

The Demme Learning team at a company event.

Fun #ChooseFamily Ideas

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16 Tips for New Math-U-See Users


We’ve gathered 16 tips for new Math-U-See users like you. The best part – the tips are coming from actual parents using the curriculum.

Welcome to the Math-U-See community!

Here at Math-U-See, we trust parents. Every child is different; we recognize that. That’s one of the reasons our curriculum gives parents the tools they need to teach their child successfully. We know no one knows your child like you. Although we give you the tools to succeed, there is a method to our curriculum. We’ve gathered 16 tips for new Math-U-See users like you. The best part – the tips are coming from actual parents using the curriculum.

If you’ve ever wondered: Do I really need the blocks? or Can I switch to Math-U-See this late in the year?, then keep reading – this blog post was written for you.

16 Tips for New Math-U-See Users

1) Prepare for Math

Your preparation matters! Read the teacher’s manual. Watch the DVD lesson. Then work with your child. Also, use the blocks, use the blocks, use the blocks. Or in the older levels, use the fraction overlays, or the algebra inserts.

2) Follow the Instructions

Really follow all of the instructions, and don’t let them take the test until they really understand the concept and do well on the practice pages. Let them watch the DVD and also read the new concept in the teachers manual for review and reinforcement.

3) Buy the Blocks

Buy the blocks. I know a few people who think they’ll save money by just not using them…but the program does not work without owning the blocks.

4) Introduce Math in Advance With the Blocks

Give your kids the blocks long before you plan to start using them. Let them have some time to play with them. They will play with them for HOURS when you’d rather they did the math problems otherwise.

5) Watch the Intro Videos

Watch the intro video on every DVD. Yes there is some material repeated and yes it’s longer than the normal lesson videos. Don’t skip it. There are golden nuggets of wisdom and reminders you need in each one.

6) Read the Instruction Manual

Even if you use the videos, still read the teacher manual before each lesson. There is a lot of information you might miss as out on if not.

7) Don’t Skip the Word Problems

Don’t skip the word problems! In fact, do those first! Real life problems reinforce real life skills!

8) Repeat As Needed

Repeat videos of concepts (like long division) SEVERAL TIMES if they are struggling, or if they need review. Let them know that it’s OK to go back and review; even adults need that help.

9) Remember That Primer Isn’t Focused on Mastery

If you do Primer, don’t worry about them understanding the material. Just help them through the worksheets and move on. I know the manual says this, but it needs said again and again for hard-headed parents like myself. 🙂

10) Don’t Move On Until Your Child Really Gets It

Don’t move on until your child really gets it. Even if you run out of pages. Don’t stay on a chapter that your child already gets even if you still have empty pages to fill in.

11) Let Your Child Play with the Blocks

Let ‘em play with the blocks. They’ll want to build things, and it’ll feel like they shouldn’t…but really, it’s ok. They are blocks after all. 😄

12) Don’t Worry About Joining Late

If you are coming into this program late in the stage – don’t worry. This is the best program I have found, and it worked well with my special needs child. Utilize everything available – the blocks, the teachers book, the DVD, and even the test books. Watch the videos with your child. You may learn something in there that you can build upon with your child, never get rid of the text books, blocks, or DVD- sometimes my special needs child would need to look back on something we did previously. The online drills were great as well!

13) Check Off Skipped Worksheets

If you’re a list checker (like me) and it makes you uncomfortable to skip worksheets, go ahead and literally check off those pages. ✔️

14) Use the Online Math Tools

The online worksheet generator and drills are great! My kids love to play with the blocks! We built our own Decimal Street on Cardboard. Very sturdy. 😀

15) It’s OK to Take a Math Break

Do not force your child to learn. If they are getting frustrated take a break – or go to a review page. There were times we would take weeks off (mostly because another baby was being born here) and when we came back they could easily learn it. Remember: Boys can sometimes be behind girls in what age they want to learn something. The number one problem I have heard about public school is that the kids hate school because they are pushed to learn something by a deadline. They cannot learn as they are ready. This causes children to hate the subject.

16) Don’t Stop.

Don’t stop.

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We’ve gathered 16 tips for new Math-U-See users like you. The best part – the tips are coming from actual parents using the curriculum.

34 Favorite (Home)School Supplies [Curated]


It may be too early to reflect on your child’s progress or curriculum; however, we can talk about something a little more fun...school supplies!

It’s that time in the year when your homeschooling life seems a little more at ease and you can finally catch a breath. It may be too early to reflect on your child’s progress or curriculum; however, we can talk about something a little more fun…school supplies!

Okay, I admit it; one of the most enjoyable parts to adulthood is shopping, and for homeschool parents, this include shopping for homeschool needs. Shopping for homeschool supplies gets us excited and focused for planning the school year.

While not all school supplies are necessary, most do provide benefits that, after time, seem crucial to your homeschool day to day. These benefits can range from helping you stay organized to creating a positive learning environment and nurturing a love of learning for your children.

Not only can your children reap these benefits with homeschool supplies, but let’s take this one step further – we do homeschool after all. As your children get older, you can include them in this process. Teach them about planning, creating a budget, and execute homeschool supply shopping together. It may even give your child a deeper appreciation for all the hard work and energy that goes into their homeschooling every year.

But, what are the most popular homeschool supplies out there?

We asked homeschool parents like you for their favorite homeschool supplies, and we were flooded with responses. A few of these items may already be used in your daily life, but we’re hoping something else may catch your eye.

Not seeing your must have homeschool supply in the list? Tell us about it in the comment section below.

Name
Play-Doh
Stock Card Paper
Boxes
Dry-erase Boards
Clipboards
Ticonderoga wood pencils
Pencil Sharpeners
Sharpie Markers
Art Materials
Crayons
Erasers
Binders
PrismaColor Pencils
Spiral Notebooks
Pocket Folders
Rulers
Storage Baskets
Paper Cutter
3-Hole Puncher
Glue Sticks
Monthly Planner
Magnetic Dry-erase Board
Scissors
Pencil Grips
Markers
Laminator
Gel Pens
Legal Pads
Graph Paper
Watercolor Paint
Rubber Bands
Name
Construction Paper
Erasable Pens

Learn about homeschooling in this blog series.

It may be too early to reflect on your child’s progress or curriculum; however, we can talk about something a little more fun...school supplies!

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 as young as three can start with simple tasks like filling up a water dish, and as they get older, their responsibly can increase to daily dog walks for the older children. While doing this, they will learn empathy and compassion. Your child will understand they need to feed their pet every day and not just the days they feel like it; because, pets need to grow just like them, and feel hunger just as they do.

2) Positive Influence on Mental Health

Along with these traits, your child’s mental health will have positive effects. According to Pets in the Classroom, roughly 40% of children who feel sad turn to their pets for comfort and emotional support. Other studies dating back to the 80’s have shown that just petting an animal can reduce stress and anxiety. Furthermore, developing a connection with the animal you are petting has proven to reduce stress, anxiety, and blood pressure even more. I can speak from experience that after a long day, a hug from my cat (okay, a hug from me to my cat) feels a lot like a deep breath. I’m sure you’ve felt the ease before, too.

3) Aids in Developing Social Skills

Pets also help children develop social skills simply by being an outlet for them. When I was younger, I used to have anxiety speaking in front of other people. I began practicing speeches aloud to my cat and eventually overcame my anxiety. It sounds a little funny writing that sentence now, but it really did help me. Take it one-step further, and add a book. When children read aloud with to their pets, they are increasing their vocabulary and overall comprehension.

4) Other Benefits to the Classroom

Pets encourage children to think for themselves, which sparks interests an array of subject areas. Can turtles hear? (Science); How much does a cat weigh? (Math); Where do parrots originate from? (Geography).

5) Because We Can!

And, let’s be honest…we should include pets in homeschooling simply because WE CAN! Who can say they brought their dog to math class today? Homeschoolers can. Who can write their dictations to the sound of purrs on their lap? That’s right, homeschoolers can!

Learn about homeschooling in this blog series.

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.

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 visual manner. Some of these mathematical concepts include numbers and counting, operations, factions, decimals, and more. The Integer Blocks are shipped as a kit, which come in a nifty cardboard box.

This is the only Block Kit you’ll ever need, no matter what levels of Math-U-See your students are in.

But, since your student will use the blocks from Primer to Algebra 1, it isn’t uncommon to need a different storage system to get you through the years.

If you’ve been with Math-U-See long enough, you know that we used to sell a wooden block box. Unfortunately, we no longer produce this item. We get a lot of requests to bring this back, but we have to admit, with the increased cost of production for the wooden box, and the fact that we added more blocks to our Integer Block Kits, the likelihood that we will be bringing the wooden block box back is highly slim.

But, we did want to give you a list of other storage options we have seen Math-U-See parents use.

Math-U-See Block Storage Options

1) Tackle Box

This is the most popular among homeschool parents and it’s easy to see why. Not only can you can separate your blocks into different compartments, the well-designed handle allows you to transport your blocks for learning adventures.

It’s just a simple 3 tier tackle box from my local K-mart, the labels were ones I cut & put there from normal label sticker paper. 🙂 – Kendra for The Curriculum Choice

This is how one homeschooling family stores their Math-U-See blocks.

2) Stack & Carry Container

Maybe you’re looking for something different, like this trendy, tiered stack & carry container.

Again, you are able to divide your blocks into separate sections and have a handle for easy transportation. The ability to stack each container is ideal for storage.

“I use a wide, shallow 25-qt Sterilite container with a latching lid. Kids can dig around and find the block they want quickly, but we can also put them away quickly because we don’t have to sort them into correct cubbies.” – Mystie from Simply Convivial

This is how one homeschooling family stores their Math-U-See blocks.

3) Bins

Bins are another great and inexpensive idea for block storage. You may already have bins around the house you can use, or you can scoop these items up the next time you go to Target – because, let’s be honest, who doesn’t need an excuse to make a Target trip.

The main different among the bins are the shape and design. All bins are easy to carry around the house. The fashionable design allows you to store your blocks in a shelving unit, or lay on a student work desk.

I hope you found these examples useful. If you and your homeschool family store your blocks another way, let us know in the comments below.

This is the only Block Kit you’ll ever need, no matter what levels of Math-U-See your students are in.


50 Favorite Family Board Games [List]


Family board games are a perfect and inexpensive way to connect with your family; they are also a great learning tool for your children.

Family board games are a perfect and inexpensive way to connect with your family; they are also a great learning tool for your children. While your child plays, they are also developing social and cognitive skills. Let’s not forget that board games are also a great distraction to occupy your children while you get some cleaning done or even, fingers crossed, a moment to relax.

We asked a group of parents like you for their favorite board games to play at home. We gathered the list below. You’re bound to see old favorites and even games you haven’t heard of before. The next time you’re stuck inside on a rainy day, or looking for your next family night activity, try out one or more of these board games.

Favorite Family Board Games

Name Players Age Description
Candy Land 2-4 3 Candy Land is a racing game perfect for children of all ages. There is no strategy involved; you are only required to follow simple directions.
Chutes and Ladders 2-6 3 Spin the spinner to see how far you’ll go. If you land at the bottom of the ladder, you get to slide right to the top!
Memory 2-6 3 You’ve probably played a version of Memory before. The concept is simple: Players take turns flipping over tiles to find a match.
Trouble 2-4 4 In this board game, you’ll race your friends to see which player gets all four of their pieces around the board first.
Go Fish 2-6 4 In this card game, players take turns asking each other if they have a card that matches one of the cards in your hand.
Animal Upon Animal 2-4 4 Race each other to be the first player to all of their animals on the pile. it’s great for hand-eye-coordination and fine motor skills.
Blokus 2-4 5 This abstract strategy game is Tetris for four players. You lay all your pieces corner to corner, on the board while trying to block their opponents.
Dominoes 2-10 5 You can play many different games with dominoes; the possibilities are endless!
Parcheesi 2-6 5 Begin the game by rolling the die to see who goes first. Each player starts with 4 pawns, and the player to see all 4 pawns in the center first wins!
Kerplunk 2-4 5 Get as many sticks as possible with releasing as few marbles as possible.
Sorry! 2-4 6 The object of this fun and competitive game is to get your four pieces “Home” first by drawing cards and moving your pieces.
UNO 2-10 6 Each player has cards they try to discard; some of them make others draw more or skip them. The person with no cards left wins!
Chess 2 6 This game is between two players each containing 16 pieces on a 64-square board. The idea of the game is to checkmate the other king.
Aggravation 2-6 6 Each player receives four marbles to move from “Start” to “Home.” The dice tells each player how many places to move.
Qwirkle 2-4 6 Grab a paper and pencil to keep score in this fun tile game.
Guess Who 2 6 The first player to guess the other player’s character wins the game. You want to ask your opponent questions to narrow down your guesses.
Yahtzee 2-10 6 Get as many points as you can by rolling combinations of 5 dice up to 3 times. Each combination adds up differently.
The Allowance Game 2-4 6 This is not just a game, but a learning experience. Practice the importance of making money, learning how to use it, and how to make change.
Sequence 2-12 7 Divide into teams and give all players chips and cards. Take turns placing the chips on the board until your team has completed the sequences needed.
Tenzi 2-4 7 Begin the game by all players rolling all 10 of their dice at the same time. Each player chooses their match number based on the dice rolled.
Pit 3-8 7 Pit takes a dive into the finer economics of the stock exchange where you collect matching commodity cards.
Get Bit 3-6 7 Player face one card down, then reveal the numbers. This determines the order of swimmers (higher numbers in front).
Ticket to Ride 2-5 8 Ticket to Ride is a fun, competitive game where players make train routes connecting destinations and cutting off other players.
Monopoly 2-8 8 In Monopoly (several versions) you move your token around a board collecting property and collecting rent from other players.
Pandemic 2-4 8 In this cooperative game, you’re a disease-fighting specialist with a mission to treat disease hotspots all over the world. You have to work together!
Clue 3-6 8 Players most travel through the mansion, and, through logical reasoning, solve a murder that occured at the mansion.
The Game of Life 2-6 8 Start a career, have a family, pay taxes, and more. The objective of the game is to collect money and LIFE Tiles.
Sushi Go! 2-5 8 This is a great game for sushi lovers, and still a fun game for those who loathe it. You have to quickly grab the best sushi combinations as they go by.
Battleship 2 8 This classic board game is known all over the world for its strategy and logical thinking. The purpose of the game is to sink your opponent’s ships.
Qwixx 2-5 8 This game has a good bit of counting, which makes it great for practicing math concepts.
Stratego 2 8 Battleship meets Chess in this game of deception, tactic, and some luck. Seize the flag to win!
Boggle 1-8 8 The concept of the game is to find as many words you can in sequences of adjacent letters. The player with the most points wins the game.
Dutch Blitz 2-4 8 This game may look old fashioned, but it is a very fun and fast-paced game.
Roll For It! 2-4 8 Three simple rules to remember in this game: roll, match, and score. Match your die with the die on your card to claim the card. Player with the most points wins the game!
Pass the Pigs 2-10 8 With its small size, this is the perfect game for traveling. You’ll use pigs as dice. Points vary on different spots on the pig.
Guesstures 4-99 8 A great game to play with a big group! Each player received 4 cards, each card has a easy and difficult word to communicate to their team.
Carcassone 2-5 8 This is a tile game with the objective to earn the most points by completing features like cities and roads.
Settlers of Catan 3-4 10 The concept of this game is to build settlements, cities, and roads in order to dominate the island. Resources can be harvested and traded.
Risk 2-6 10 Conquer the world by battling your opponents in an effort to gain controlling over each territory on the board.
Scrabble 2-4 10 Score points by placing tiles bearing a single letter onto the board in a crossword fashion.
7 Wonders 2-7 10 This card game makes you the leader of one of the 7 greatest cities in the Ancient World. You’ll need resources, routes, and military.
Splendor 2-4 10 You’re a merchant of the Renaissance with a goal to buy gem mines, transportation, and shops in order to gain the most points.
Forbidden Island 2-4 10 Players must work together to win the game. You must collect treasures and items all while trying keep the island from sinking.
Apples to Apples 4-10 12 The object of the game is to get the player/judge to pick your card as their favorite as it applies to the category card, as silly or outrageous as it is.
Caverna 1-7 12 Caverna is a game where players become dwarves and compete to collect the goods they need to feed their families and go on expeditions.
Catch Phrase! 4-16 12 Divide up into two teams; you will give your teammates clues to guess the word or phrase on your card.
Trivial Pursuit 2-24 12 In this game, you will answer questions about general knowledge and pop culture questions.
Puerto Rico 2-5 12 Each player is granted the role of colonial governors. The point of the game is to collect victory points by shipping goods or contracting buildings.
Terra Mystica 2-5 12 You don’t need luck on your side for this game, but you will need strategy. You’ll be governing 14 groups while attempting to grow your homeland.
Dominion 2-4 13 Players take the role of monarchs and compete against each other to build the most developed kingdom represented by their individual deck of cards.




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 their family.

When I say investment, I’m not referring to the cost of the curriculum, but the time and involvement devoted to it. If you as the parent are not invested in your child’s learning, why would your child be? Now, Math-U-See doesn’t require constant involvement or hours and hours of parental participation in each lesson. When we say we build lifelong learners, we mean it. We empower parents to inspire a love of learning in their students and themselves, through our unique approach. Luckily for you, Math-U-See makes this involvement easy-peasy by giving you the tools to succeed as an instructor.

The Math-U-See Approach is to Trust Parents

We are trusting you with your child’s education because we know that no one understands your child as well as you. In doing so, Math-U-See aims to teach the parents the math concept provided in each level AND how to best use the manipulatives to represent the math concepts being taught. Math-U-See is an effective curriculum because parents are required to watch the DVD, read the instruction manual, then guide and aid their student when needed. The student can complete work independently, unless they hit a roadblock. Which is when you’ll be readily prepared to step in and provide the support they need.

The amount of independence your student has while completing their work may depend on your child, and the level in which they are working. For example, maybe your son in Zeta gets distracted more easily than your daughter in Delta. This may require you to spend more time with him to keep him on track and focused.

On the other hand, you may find as your student progresses into the upper levels the less direction they need from you. For instance, children in Primer will not have the attention span or cognitive abilities to direct themselves through their work; however, a student in Geometry or Algebra 2 has the ability to understand what the question is asking them, know how to solve the problem, all while staying on track.

Many parents find this approach beneficial for themselves. They get to relearn a concept, or see a problem solved through a new lens. Some even learn concepts for the first time, or finally have that lightbulb moment in their own mind. Even if you’re not, and never were, a math whiz, Math-U-See gives you all the instructional tools you need to educate and support your child through each level. If you still feel unprepared to teach your child a particular concept, we have a team of friendly and helpful customer service professionals ready to assist you.

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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 to be useless?

Many TV shows today are providing the groundwork for your child’s educational future. We’ve compiled a list of 27 educational TV shows based on feedback from parents like you.

Our Readers’ Favorite Educational TV Shows

1) Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

This animated series, inspired Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, is about 4-year-old Daniel Tiger and his friends in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. Each episode portrays a socio-emotional theme to help children learn how to experience, express, and establish their emotions. Each theme includes a “strategy song” to help children carry each lesson into everyday life.

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood is about 4-year-old Daniel Tiger and his friends in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.

2) Reading Rainbow

Reading Rainbow is the third-longest running children’s series in PBS history. Host, LaVar Burton, teaching kids about reading skills, habits, and attitudes. The show revolved around a common theme from a book, or other children’s literature. Burton also gives children suggestion on what books to read, and where to find them in the library.

Reading Rainbow is the third-longest running children’s series in PBS history. Host, LaVar Burton, teaching kids about reading skills, habits, and attitudes.

3) Sesame Street

Your longtime friends are still around, and better than ever. Each Sesame Street segment is carefully researched to prepare your children for academic success. Big Bird, along with his friends, teach an abundance of educational concepts such as colors, numbers and the alphabet. There is a reason you still see young children carrying Elmo dolls.
Each Sesame Street segment is carefully researched to prepare your children for academic success.

4) Super Why!

Your child will dive into interactive storybooks along with their four fairytale friends. This show will help your child learn key reading skills: their ABCs, rhyming, spelling, and reading comprehension. This show is ideal for children 3-6 years of age.

Your child will dive into interactive storybooks along with their four fairytale friends. This show will help your child learn key reading skills: their ABCs, rhyming, spelling, and reading comprehension. This show is ideal for children 3-6 years of age.

5) Little Einsteins

The Little Einsteins: Leo, Annie, Quincy, and June, invite your preschooler on adventures to explore nature, arts, and cultures from around the world. This series can be watched on Playhouse Disney.

Little Einsteins invites your preschooler on adventures to explore nature, arts, and cultures from around the world.

6) Wild Kratts

Brothers Chris and Martin aim to educate young viewers about biology, zoology, and ecology. Most episodes have a basic plot to save animals from a villain; although, other episodes focus on indirectly/directly real world problems, and episodes try to change the negative connotations associated with this (ie: sharks, and bees).

Brothers Chris and Martin aim to educate young viewers about biology, zoology, and ecology in Wild Kratts.

7) The Magic School Bus

Based on the best-selling book series, Ms. Frizzle takes her class and young viewers on extraordinary field trips – magically transforming the school bus into submarines, spaceships, and more, teaching children about the fascinating field of science.

Based on the best-selling book series, Ms. Frizzle takes her class and young viewers on extraordinary field trips – magically transforming the school bus into submarines, spaceships, and more, teaching children about the fascinating field of science.

8) Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!

Cat in the Hat plays tour guide to Nick, Sally, and young viewers while they travel the world learning about natural science. The show is designed to encourage children’s literacy in science.

Cat in the Hat plays tour guide to Nick, Sally, and young viewers while they travel the world learning about natural science.

9) Martha Speaks

Martha Speaks is an adaptation from Susan Meddaugh’s children’s books. In this animated series, a family dog named Martha experiences a magical experience when the alphabet soup she eats is misrouted to her brain, giving her the ability to speak. The show teaches young viewers vocabulary and synonyms by using keywords to highlight a fundamental theme

Martha Speaks is an adaptation from Susan Meddaugh’s children’s books.

10) Peg + Cat

This preschool series is about a girl named Peg and her pet, Cat. In each episode, the duo must use arithmetic and problem-solving skills to solve a math word problem. Your child will learn how to form the foundation for learning math at any level.

Peg + Cat is about a girl named Peg and her pet, Cat. In each episode, the duo must use arithmetic and problem-solving skills to solve a math word problem.

11) Jeopardy!

The gameshow that provides the answers while contestants give the questions – What is Jeopardy! This family gameshow is great for the whole family, and the best part, you’ll all be bound to learn a thing or two.

Jeopardy! is a gameshow that provides the answers while contestants give the questions.

12) Disney Earth

This documentary illustrates the diversity of creatures and their habitats from all across the planet from the Arctic to Antarctica all in 365 days. Focusing on the polar bear, African bush elephant, and the humpback whale and the environmental changes that are threatening the impact of their existence.

Disney Earth is a documentary that illustrates the diversity of creatures and their habitats from all across the planet from the Arctic to Antarctica all in 365 days.

13) Mighty Machines

If firetrucks, bulldozers, or other big machines captivate your child’s interest, then this show is the perfect fit. The machines are characterized, and teach viewers about the themselves and how they work.

Mighty Machines (firetrucks, bulldozers, etc.) are characterized, and teach viewers about the themselves and how they work.

14) The Octonauts

A crew of undersea explorers wander the ocean for creatures needing help. The show teaches children about aquatic creatures and their environment.
In The Octonauts, A crew of undersea explorers wander the ocean for creatures needing help.

15) Monster Math Squad

Good thing Max, Lily, and Goo love math, because solving math problems is in direct correlation to solving their everyday problems.

Monster Math Squad is about teaching how to solve math problems.

16) Odd Squad

In order to investigate bizarre incidences happening in their town, government agents Olive and Otto must work together to use math.

In Odd Squad, government agents Olive and Otto must work together to use math.

17) Bill Nye the Science Guy

Do I really need to say anything? Okay, I will because if anyone deserves a shout out, it’s this science guy. Bill Nye uses his quirky humor to teach kids an array of science concepts.

Bill Nye the Science Guy uses quirky humor to teach kids an array of science concepts.

18) MythBusters

Another show great for the whole family, MythBusters tested out an abundance of myths, urban legends, and questions you can think of.

MythBusters tested out an abundance of myths, urban legends, and questions you can think of.

19) Beakman’s World

An unconventional scientist, Beackman, teaches children about science by answering the question views had submitted in.

Beakman's World teaches children about science by answering the question views had submitted in.

20) Survivorman

One man is forced to survive in the wild for a week with no food, shelter, or fresh water. He must use his knowledge to make it through the week.

In Survivorman, one man is forced to survive in the wild for a week with no food, shelter, or fresh water. He must use his knowledge to make it through the week.

21) WordGirl

In order to save the city, Becky turns into WordGirl. She must defeat villains with the help of her sidekick monkey and vocabulary skills.

In order to save the city, Becky turns into WordGirl. She must defeat villains with the help of her sidekick monkey and vocabulary skills.

22) Sid the Science Kid

Sid is an aspiring comedian who spends his day finding answers to basic scientific questions and exploring how and why things work the way they work.

Sid the Science Kid is an aspiring comedian who spends his day finding answers to basic scientific questions and exploring how and why things work the way they work.

23) Good Eats

In the series, Alton Brown turns cooking/baking into science. He not only shows how to make dishes, but explains how the ingredients effect each other and react the way they do.

In Good Eats, Alton Brown turns cooking/baking into science.

24) Team Umizoomi

Milli, Geo, and their robot friend Bot are math superheroes who must help kids in their city answer math problems. The series introduces counting, measurements, shapes, and other basic math concepts to young viewers.

In Team Umizoomi, the math superheroes must help kids in their city answer math problems.

25) Nature Cat

This show is for children ages 3-8, and features a housecat, Fred, who has dreams of exploring the great outdoors! When his family leaves for the day, Fred becomes Nature Cat, and is force to learn, along with his viewers, about nature.

Nature Cat features a housecat, Fred, who has dreams of exploring the great outdoors!

26) Ask the StoryBots

Beep, Bing, Bang, Boop, and Bo are curious creatures that answer viewers’ question by going on epic adventures.

Ask the StoryBots is about curious creatures that answer viewers’ question by going on epic adventures.

27) WordWorld

WordWorld is about a gang of animals who are “WordFriends” and teach preschoolers letters, words and the meaning behind them.

WordWorld is about a gang of animals who are “WordFriends” and teach preschoolers letters, words and the meaning behind them.

What educational TV shows does your family like watching? Share them in the comments below.