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Math-U-See’s Sequence is Confusing!


"I don’t understand why Math-U-See teaches concepts in the sequence that it does. Can you explain the value of your approach?"

I’m considering switching to the Math-U-See program, but I’m worried that your curriculum’s unique sequence will prevent student from having a smooth transition. Can you help? Depending on what skills your student has developed, this may or may not be a concern. As a first step, we have a free placement tool that will help…
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What This Homeschooled Chess Champion Teaches Us About Talent


Fabiano Caruana was homeschooled and is really good at chess. Like Bobby Fischer good.

Fabiano Caruana is really good at chess. The 26 year old American is a grandmaster, and he is ranked second in the world after narrowly losing to reigning Norwegian Magnus Carlsen. According to his website, Caruana has been playing chess since he was five, but it was age 10 that he began to garner attention,…
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5 Back to Homeschool Traditions


Back to homeschool traditions are all about balance, and creating a sense of excitement in your kids. Trust me, excitement is contagious. When they are excited, you will be too. When they are excited, you will be too.

Commemorating new seasons in our life is a healthy practice, for adults and children alike. Marking time with a tradition or special memory gives us a sense of excitement and ownership over our lives. The slight hiccup with back to school season is that it can sometimes make homeschoolers feel a little left out. There…
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Math-U-See is Boring!


"My student is telling me that Math-U-See is boring! I’m not sure what to do! Can you help?"

My student is telling me that Math-U-See is boring! I’m not sure what to do! Can you help? There are a number of reasons your student might be feeling bored. As a first step, try and see if you and your student can pinpoint what is causing that boredom. Is the work too easy? Does…
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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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25 Homeschool Convention Tips from Bloggers


Experienced and new homeschoolers can find nuggets of homeschool convention tips from this list we pulled together.

If you need evidence that homeschooling is a viable option for education, simply take a look at the number of conventions, conferences, and expos that are held each year to support it. If we at Demme Learning had the resources, we could be busy just about every single weekend of the year at regional, state,…
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Calendar Management Skills for Your School Year


In this blog post Gretchen will walk you through calendar management and how it might benefit your academic planning.

Over my years of homeschooling, I have found in my personal circle that we were divided into two camps: those of us who are the planners and the list makers, those of us who would prefer to be spontaneous and not plan; we like to just go with the flow. Which one are you? For…
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Math-U-See & Spelling You See Webinars


Math-U-See and Spelling You See Webinars

Let’s Build Lifelong Learners Together There’s a lot that goes into your child’s education and we want to help by giving you the tools you need to succeed. Since we have a lot to talk about, we’re breaking things down and giving you all the answers in our upcoming webinar series about our Math-U-See and…
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Loris Malaguzzi on the Active Child


Loris Malaguzzi centers everything on the active child who, together with a nurturing and experienced guide, actively constructs her own learning.

Loris Malaguzzi was an Italian educator and the founder of the Reggio Emilia approach to education, which is similar to other models like Montessori and Waldorf. Like other theorists of the late 20th century, including Bruner, Piaget, and Vygotsky, Malaguzzi centers everything on the active child who, together with a nurturing and experienced guide, actively…
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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;…
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