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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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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Assessment (Testing and Grading) for High School Homeschoolers
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Assessment (Testing and Grading) for High School Homeschoolers

by David Chandler, Math Without Borders – www.mathwithoutborders.com Parents who want to homeschool “right” often take their cue from the way things are done in “real” schools. That’s a shame, because they have the potential to do so much better than that. Many of the practices we take for granted as “schooling” were not developed to optimize learning. They are tried and true ways to make large classrooms manageable....

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