educational software

The Well-Trained Mind

My husband first bought me the book The Well-Trained Mind when our oldest child was only six. At the time, we were looking into different approaches to homeschooling our children, and the classical education appealed to both of us. The Well-Trained Mind was an excellent starting point. Written by the mother-daughter team of Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer, this book explains the classical

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The American Patriot’s Almanac

If your crew is studying American History next year, consider supplementing your curriculum with The American Patriot’s Almanac by William J. Bennett and John T.E. Cribb. You don’t have to wait for a U.S. History unit to begin using this book; however, it’s a great resource to use any time. A patriot is someone who loves his country, for the family and friends who

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Record-Keeping

Homeschoolers in our state are responsible for their own record-keeping. Lesson plans and assignments need to be written down and the number of school days recorded. I’ve used several different methods to keep track of the work each of my children has completed. When I had one child doing schoolwork, I used a spiral notebook to keep track of the lessons. Each day I

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Finding a Curriculum that Fits

It’s that time of year again – time for the used homeschool book sales – which means it’s also time to start thinking about the curriculum we’ll be using next year. I use a variety of resources in our homeschool: Abeka grammar, Apologia science, Story of the World, Spelling Workout, etc., instead of a curriculum provided by a single publisher. While this works well

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SmartTutor Wins 2009 BESSIE Awards for Reading and Math Software

We are thrilled to let you know that Smart Tutor won the 2009 BESSIE Award (Best Educational Software) in two categories: Early Elementary Reading and Upper Elementary Math. The BESSIE Awards target original, content-rich programs and websites that provide educators and parents with the technology to promote educational excellence.  Winners are selected from software titles and websites submitted by publishers around the globe. Read

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Five Frame Applet

Here’s another fun applet that helps children learn basic number facts. The colorful graphics and cool sound effects keep children engaged while they develop counting and addition skills. How to play: Choose one of these four games or click Play all to randomize all four games: •    How Many: Identify how many items or empty squares there are. •    Build: Drag a certain number

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Factor Applet

Our latest math applet is designed to help children learn to divide numbers into two factors, and build arrays to represent each factorization. This applet was also just released on the NCTM Illuminations website where you’ll find some other really cool activities to use in your classroom and home. How the applet works: The applet will randomly generate a number between 1-49. A child

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Have Fun Creating Designs with the Patch Game – Math

For centuries quilters and designers have used patterns to create beautiful works of art. This patch game is a great way to let your child explore making patterns with geometric shapes. Your child will learn how to manipulate shapes by flipping and turning to make the shapes fit together. The following geometric shapes are used in the Patch Game: triangle, square, trapezoid, hexagon, parallelogram

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Exciting News from SmartTutor.com – Lesson Library Released!

You asked for it! You got it! Many of you requested the ability to assign lessons to your children. Well, today we are proud to announce our first release of the SmartTutor Lesson Library! What does this valuable new tool mean for you? It means that you now have the flexibility of assigning specific lessons to enhance your child’s instruction. Simply go into the

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March 4, 2009 is World Math Day!

Over 287,000 students and over 20,000 schools from around the world are participating today in World Math Day. The purpose of this totally free world event is to use mental arithmetic games to promote numeracy and unite students from across the globe. The goal for this year is to correctly answer more than 182,445,169 math questions in 48 hours. Students age 5 through 18

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