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6 Practical Ways to Reduce Math Stress


There are many factors which can cause math stress, but no matter the cause, the key is to find a way to reduce stress so that learning can take place.

Have you ever found yourself stressed out thinking, “Please don’t judge me right now?” I remember having this thought when I was trying to buy groceries with my two young children. It was very stressful trying to teach them how to behave in a grocery store, until someone suggested teaching them in a pretend situation.…
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4 Ways to Engage and Encourage Math Students


In this blog post you'll find several ideas to help you encourage math students in their studies.

Sometimes, math lessons can be an uphill battle – especially if your student is not particularly enthusiastic about the subject. I remember sitting at the kitchen table with my dad one night as he tried to help me understand long division. “I just. Don’t. Get it,” I groaned, emphasizing each syllable by gently (and somewhat…
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Mathematicians and Historians Need Each Other


The connection between models in the humanities and mathematical models is deeper than it may appear.

“It isn’t easy to be a citizen in 2018.” So begins Ted Underwood’s essay on machine learning. Underwood continues: “we are told to watch out for bots and biased search engines, but skepticism about new media can also make us easy prey for old-fashioned propaganda.” For Underwood, a central aim for education needs to be…
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3 Benefits of Math Doodling


Your student might be doodling because they’re distracted or bored, but they can still benefit from it, especially from math doodling.

You might think your student is distracted from their work when you see them doodling. You may even remember being bored in school yourself and doodling all over the page. Your student might be doodling because they’re distracted or bored, but they can still benefit from it, especially from math doodling. Math-focused doodling can help…
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Addition Facts Strategies for Parents


Read Sue's addition facts strategies that she has acquired during time spent in the trenches with parents that she's worked with.

In 2016 I wrote a blog post similar to this: How to Teach a Child Math Facts. However, because I have the privilege of consulting with parents weekly–even daily– and addressing fact mastery strategies, I have learned more. I want to share this additional information I have acquired during time spent in the trenches with…
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Math…In the Mail?


Learn about a new initiative in Michigan focused on getting kids and parents learning math together by sending them materials in the mail.

The Global Family Research Project recently highlighted a new initiative in Michigan to get kids and parents learning math together by sending them materials in the mail. The Project reports: Math in the Mail kits are designed to develop mathematical skills in three-year-olds by providing the tools that parents, guardians, and other caregivers need to…
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Fractions Demonstration for Homeschoolers


Watch as Steve Demme teaches math concepts and provides tips for making math understandable in this fractions demonstration.

Many people struggle with fractions–including adults! Steve Demme uses this video workshop to help you see fractions, which is a critical step in understanding them. He reveals unique teaching approaches that you can apply to your own homeschool program, even if you don’t consider math your favorite–or best–school subject. When you teach using Steve’s tips…
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Stewardship Math Demonstration for Homeschoolers


Watch as Steve Demme teaches math concepts and provides tips for making math understandable in this stewardship math demonstration.

What is your relationship with money? Do you have trouble managing it or making sure it’s in line with what God wants for you? There’s good news: your money doesn’t have to put you at odds with your Christian life. In this video, Steve Demme discusses how to be a faithful steward, caring for the…
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Multiplication Demonstration for Homeschoolers


Watch as Steve Demme covers ways to teach your child math with this multiplication demonstration.

Watch as Steve Demme covers ways to teach your child math with this multiplication demonstration. Too many people go through life memorizing mathematical facts and formulas, but not really understanding how to use math in real-life situations. In this multiplication video, Steve covers ways to teach your child multiplication skills that he can apply throughout…
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Algebra Demonstration for Homeschoolers


Watch as Steve Demme teaches math concepts and provides tips for making math understandable in this algebra demonstration.

Don’t allow algebra to confuse and discourage your child. You can give him the firm foundation he needs to become a confident problem solver. Watch this algebra workshop video to learn some fundamental algebraic concepts and get tips that will help your child (and you) understand the language of algebra. Steve Demme shows step-by-step approaches…
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