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Loving Math

These past few months, I have found some great resources to help my son in gaining more strength and confidence in math. For years, it felt like I was pushing math concepts at a wall. It was very frustrating and discouraging for both of us. I’m beginning to see, as I read more and look at all the paths that are available to us,

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Forget Math Drills- Teach Them Spreadsheets

Math was my nemesis during every year of my education. I hated it with a passion. Countless tears were shed by me in frustration at my inability to grasp what seemed so simple to others. When I entered high school, my new rhetoric became “who cares as long as I pass…when am I going to use geometry or calculus anyway?”. I made sure I

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Coin County – A Bank in a Book

From an early age, children learn that you need money in order to purchase something from the store. It’s so much fun to let a young child pick something out, give him the exact change, and allow him to pay the clerk. You’re child will have an even stronger sense of satisfaction, though, if he uses his own money that he has saved to

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All the Way Around – Learning Wrap Ups

Lately, my elementary students have needed to review their math facts, so once again we’ve pulled out the old flash cards and made going through them part of our school day. Although the flash cards are helpful, we’ve also been using a more enjoyable, hands-on alternative: Learning Wrap Ups. Wrap Ups come in sets of plastic key-shaped pieces about five inches in length. A

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Homeschooling Parents | Share Your Skills

About this time of year, many homeschoolers are beginning to plan for summer studies or the next school year. Our co-op is already beginning to form the 2010-2011 class schedules based on student interest and teacher availability. As you decide the subjects you want your children to study, you might consider sharing your own skills with others – and allowing them to share with

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Teach Kids Cooking Activities

If you have a youngster who loves spending time with you in the kitchen, or if you have an older child who is beginning to focus on cooking skills, the website Kids-Cooking-Activities.com is one you’ll want to visit. This cooking site is full of information to help you involve your children in meal planning and preparation. On the homepage, you’ll find a list of

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Homeschool Curriculum Choice

If you are looking into new curriculum for the new year, take a few minutes to visit the site TheCurriculumChoice.com. Developed by a group of home educators, the mission of this site is to discuss favorite curricula and homeschooling methods. Because a number of homeschooling parents contribute to the site, different philosophies are represented, and most likely, you’ll find a writer there that shares

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Homeschooling the Fifth Grade

While it can be a challenge to teach your children at home, the years do go by quickly. Your fifth-grader is now in her last year of elementary school/primary grades. Whether this is your first year homeschooling or you’re now a veteran homeschooler, you might be wondering what your child should learn this year. Of course, there are curriculum packages you can purchase that

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Second Grade Math

Perhaps your second-grader enjoys math, or maybe working with numbers is still a bit of a struggle for him. In these early years, younger children often learn mathematical concepts better when working with actual objects. If the curriculum you are using doesn’t require the use of manipulatives to complete the lessons, consider using them anyway. You can purchase a set of counting bears, Cuisenaire

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Homeschooling the Second Grade

You’re ready to homeschool your second grader. Perhaps you’ve been homeschooling since Kindergarten or first grade, or perhaps your child has attended a traditional school and this is your first year. You might be using a curriculum that you’re familiar with and that works for your child, or you might be looking for something new to try. Many different types of curricula are designed

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