RightStart and Measurement

By Joan A. Cotter, Ph.D.   Measurement is an application of math that is an important part of everyday life. We measure length, area, volume, mass (weight), temperature, time, angles, and many other attributes. For more than simple comparisons, we need numbers and a basic unit. Sometimes, two or more units are combined. For example, we speak about speed as miles per hour, fuel economy as miles per gallon, pressure as pounds per square...

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Growing Up Unschooled: A Reflection Piece

by Rachel Nishikawa As a young child, I was exposed to the daily routine of adults working from home, so I would imitate what they did as if it were a game. What I remember most from these days was the adrenaline rush that came with the successful completion of a bright idea. Playing “pretend” for me was drawing up a new business logo for my imaginary company or turning my bedroom into a studio apartment. On the weekends, my neighbor...

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Attention all homeschooling families!

Have you been searching for a curriculum that teaches kids to explore the world around them, spark a love for learning, and develop authentic critical thinking skills? Look no further! The Bridgeway Academy’s All in One Grade Level Curriculum Kits have been designed to make homeschooling easier for parents, while tailoring curriculum to each individual student’s learning style and needs. Parents are given the tools they need to ensure...

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Pull Your Kids Out of School – Now!

Pull Your Kids Out of School — Now! #pullthemoutnow By Michael and Mary Leppert Dear Readers: I, Mary, was recently reading the Washington (DC) Examiner and I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read the following which is a result of the recent child abuse case in the Turpin family: “California Is Seeking To Treat Homeschool Families As Presumptive Child-Abusers Lawmakers in that state have indicated plans to categorically require...

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RightStart and Manipulatives

By Joan A. Cotter, Ph.D. Are manipulatives necessary for teaching math? What is their purpose? Are some manipulatives better than others? These are important questions to consider when teaching math to a child. A concrete manipulative is a physical object that a child handles in order to learn mathematics. Some math programs use no concrete manipulatives. Others use them only as a last resort when a child has difficulty understanding...

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