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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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The Homeschool Curriculum Summit


I am pleased to be a featured speaker at the Homeschool Curriculum Summit, a free event hosted online May 3-10.

Demme Learning is pleased to announce that Steve Demme is a featured speaker at the Homeschool Curriculum Summit, a free event hosted online May 3-10. In Steve’s featured video he will dialogue with hosts Todd and Jessie in a session titled “How to Teach Math So Students Will Understand It and Be Successful”. This video…
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Introducing Our New Zero Block Kit


Complete your Integer Block Kit with our new zero block! Available now with free shipping.

April Fools’! Are you mad? Read on for a make-up freebie! We’re really sorry for pulling your leg, but hear us out: there’s a very good educational reason why we don’t have a “zero block” in our Integer Block Kit. As Steve Demme says, “How can you represent nothing with something?”   But the concept…
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Do Spelling You See and Math-U-See Share the Same DNA?


Can a user of Math-U-See expect a similar experience with Spelling You See? Read on to find out.

Can a user of Math-U-See expect a similar experience with Spelling You See? Read on to find out. “Oh, my! You look just like your mother!” Inevitably, that is the response my youngest daughter receives anytime someone encounters the two of us together for the first time. Not only do we carry many of the…
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Why Teaching Place Value in Math is Important


Place value allows your 12-year-old son to understand the difference between the $50 he received for his birthday and the $500 price tag on a tablet.

The little girl sits puzzling over the problem on the page. She’s only in second grade, but the stress of high performance expectations is already in place. Here’s the problem she needs to solve: 500 – 78 The little girl remembers that she needs to cross out the five and make it a four. She…
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Real-World Math: Fulfillment and Facilities


Accountants are not the only ones in business to use math regularly in their jobs.

Ask most people what person in a company uses math, and they will generally answer, “The accountant.” That is true, of course. Finance or accounting departments work with numbers and do calculations constantly to do payroll, pay bills, and balance the books. They are not the only ones in business to use math regularly in…
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