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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Adirondack Learning Academy

by Emerson Sandow http://www.adklearning.com/ Adirondack Learning Academy provides a positive and flexible learning experience online for homeschoolers in grades K-12. ALA recognizes the individual nature of each child – just as their parents do – and that that individual natures thrives on feeling successful and accomplished. ALA ensures that parents and learning coaches work together to achieve such success for each student....

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Bite Size Math Success
Apr19

Bite Size Math Success

by Jack Fretwell • President, Starboard Learning Systems, www.capjax.com The kids were popping in and out of our booth all day long. At the Christian Homeschool Association of Pennsylvania (CHAP) convention in Harrisburg, we were showing a game-like program to build basic math skills. We had it running on two laptop computers.  While their parents shopped for other learning materials, a lot of kids were roaming the show and had...

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Apr19

Over the last decade, online educational opportunities popped up all over the internet. Colleges offer free classes, states provide public school online and companies seeing a chance to feed on the fear of successfully navigating homeschool high school, quickly set up websites and start recording. So, with all of these options, how can you tell what will work for your family? Recorded or Live? Educational companies provide recorded...

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Learning vs. Schooling: What’s the Difference?
Mar28

Learning vs. Schooling: What’s the Difference?

By Carolyn Forte   We are now more than 40 years into the modern homeschool movement, yet the difference between learning and schooling is less understood than ever. More and more researchers, psychologists, educators and physicians have entered the debate, explaining the profound difference between learning and the typical methods used in formal education. Learning can be forced and regimented but such learning will be neither...

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