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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Homeschool Students Outperform School Counterparts on the SAT — Again

by Joseph Grayhaim Once again, homeschoolers in America have scored decisively better — by 126 points — on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) than their age-peers in institutional public and private schools. A recent study included the results of 13,549 homeschool seniors who took the SAT in 2014 and compared their results with approximately 1.7 million high school seniors and juniors in the United States who also took...

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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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Assessment (Testing and Grading) for High School Homeschoolers
Jan25

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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Math Success: How Far Can a Little Go?
Oct20

Math Success: How Far Can a Little Go?

by Jack Fretwell jack@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 discovered our booth to be a fun place to hang...

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