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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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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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Back to Homeschool: Plan Your Math and Spelling for Next Year


Back to Homeschool: Plan Your Math and Spelling for Next Year

Birds are chirping, daylight stretches beyond 6 p.m., and you’ve finished homeschooling for the year – it’s finally summertime. Now, as a homeschool parent, it’s time to reflect on the previous year, and think about what worked and what didn’t. Whether you’re a current Demme Learning user, new to homeschooling, or considering another curriculum, we…
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Are We Ready for Algebra 1?


Algebra 1 is an opportunity for many students to pause and learn personally what they need when facing a subject that does not come easy.

There is a reason I have the word WE in the title. So often, this is where many parents assume they will not be able to support or continue as their student’s math teacher. However, I suggest this is the best opportunity to hang in there. Modeling to your student how to approach material you…
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How Do You Use Math-U-See? [Lesson Plan]


This blog post presents one family’s lesson plan for working through a Math-U-See lesson in a week.

While Math-U-See is a mastery-based math program, it does follow a predictable pattern; this allows it to easily fit into the rhythm of many of our customer’s weeks. This blog post presents one family’s lesson plan for working through a Math-U-See lesson in a week; you can tweak to fit your individual family’s schedule and…
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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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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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Finding Homeschool Support Online


There is plenty of homeschool support in the online world, from Facebook groups to Pinterest.

Making the decision to homeschool can be one of the easiest — and most difficult — decisions ever! It’s the only job where people judge the totality of your results by one child’s behavior on any given day. I often say it’s the toughest job you’ll ever love. Today I want to speak a little…
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Are the Math-U-See Videos Necessary?


In short, the Math-U-See videos are essential; they create understanding and model for you where each lesson will take you.

The Math-U-See program provides videos for instruction. For whom are they created? It may not be who you think; parents often mistake the videos as simply instruction for their children and sometimes make a critical mistake of just sitting their children in front of the videos and not gaining the full benefit of using them…
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Should Your Preschooler Use Math-U-See Blocks?


You can prepare your preschooler for Math-U-See by providing her with purposeful activity and play in advance.

You can prepare your preschooler for Math-U-See by providing her with purposeful activity and play in advance. Perhaps it’s happened in your house. It’s time for Math-U-See, and your older children are getting out their workbooks and manipulatives. In the meantime, your preschooler, drawn to the colorful blocks, asks, “Can I use the blocks, too?”…
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