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Help Families Affected By Hurricanes


Demme Learning wants to help any homeschooling families affected by hurricane Harvey or Irma.

Within the last few weeks, hurricanes have been hitting areas of the United States, leaving families to abandon their home and belongings. Hurricane Harvey devastated areas from Houston to Louisiana, and this past weekend, Hurricane Irma hit South Florida; both hurricanes are continuing to wreak havoc on the families in the affected areas – but…
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Vote for The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine Excellence Awards


The annual The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine Excellence Awards are going on, and we would love it if you would take a few minutes to vote for us.

The annual The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine Excellence Awards are going on, and we would love it if you would take a few minutes to vote for us. The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine Excellence Awards are awarded to the companies or curricula that you and your fellow home educators feel are the best of the best in…
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Does Spelling You See Help Students with Dyslexia?


If your child does indeed have a dyslexic’s challenge, then Spelling You See can be of tremendous help.

With increasing frequency I now speak with families who have children who they believe have dyslexia. I want to take the bull by the horns here and say that if I were the parent, and I am that parent, I would be very careful about ruling out all the other possible causes of reading challenges…
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Master Addition Facts with Free Music & Activities


Mastering addition facts is a critical part of becoming a confident math student.

Mastering addition facts is a critical part of becoming a confident math student. Songs, music, and rhyme are all helpful tools to aid students in memorizing and reciting their math facts. Maybe you remember Three Is A Magic Number, My Hero, Zero, and other Schoolhouse Rock hits fondly, and can still sing them word for…
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Fractions Are Critical for Success in Higher Math


What is it about learning fractions that is so powerful? This blog post will show you why you need to make sure your student really masters fractions.

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—What part of math success comes from knowing fractions? More than you might think, according to a new study that analyzed long-term data on more than 4,000 children from both the United States and the United Kingdom. Published in the current issue of the peer-reviewed journal Psychological Science, the study found that understanding…
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Math-U-See Skills Maintenance Program


The Math-U-See Skills Maintenance Program takes key objectives from the lower levels of Math-U-See and focuses on maintaining the skills students have learned through fun activities, the Math-U-See Manipulatives, and a student workbook.

This spring, we developed a summer skills maintenance program for a school customer. We took the key objectives from the Primer, Alpha, Beta, and Gamma levels and created a program that would focus on maintaining the skills the students had learned through fun activities, the Math-U-See Manipulatives, and a student workbook. We have had similar…
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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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Spelling You See at Your Child’s Pace


One of the beauties of using Spelling You See is the ability to move at a child’s individual pace.

One of the beauties of using Spelling You See is the ability to move at a child’s individual pace. If a student is taking a little more time to understand a concept, you can simply slow down and offer more practice; if he demonstrates understanding, you can move ahead. Some subject areas, such as math…
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You Don’t Need to Be a Math Expert to Teach Math to Your Children


Who is a “math expert?” Certainly not me. At best, I have an adversarial relationship with math.

Who is a “math expert?” Certainly not me. At best, I have an adversarial relationship with math. At worst, I have been known to cry – the ugly cry; the snotty, tearful, “I HATE THIS STUFF” cry that comes from the soul. How on earth does someone who feels the way I do about math…
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The Five Core Activities in Spelling You See


Spelling You See is built on five core activities designed to increase your child’s experience with words; learn how each activity ties together.

We’ve seen it many times—the quizzical look on a parent’s face when she looks at the Spelling You See program for the first time. Next come the questions, usually prefaced by “If this is a spelling program…” “Why are there passages to read?” “Why do I have to read aloud?” “Why does my child have…
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