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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Create-a-Story – a Creative Writing Board Game for All Ages

Published by: Create Press www.createpress.com P.O. Box 2785 Carlsbad, CA 92018-2785 760-730-9550 $44.95 plus S&H Online Teachers Manual available at website Ages 5-99 (adult assistance is required for younger children) Can be up to 6 individuals or up to 6 groups of 2-4 players =========== By Joseph Grayhaim Create Press has developed an ingenious approach to teaching creative writing and guiding students to work the imagination...

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Little House On the Prairie Books Rich Literature and Unit Study

Named in the Top 20 of all time Children’s Books by Readers for good reason www.walnutgrove.org By Emerson Sandow Ms. Charlotte Mason was a British teacher of the late 1800s who developed a complete instruction method named after her. Many homeschooling families adhere to some or all of Ms. Mason’s precepts in teaching their own children with her very solid and sound approach. Among the Charlotte Mason guidelines are to use living...

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Easy Grammar Systems
Jun21

Easy Grammar Systems

Dr. Wanda Phillips, creator of Easy Grammar www.easygrammar.com Wanda began teaching at the high school level. “Very soon,” she relates, “I began to question why these students were coming to me without an understanding of grammar. I’m embarrassed now to admit it, but I blamed it on the junior high and elementary teachers.” Within a short time, Wanda secured a position at the seventh grade level and was immediately struck by the...

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Rightstart™ Math
Jun18

Rightstart™ Math

Rightstart™ Math for Homeschoolers   This unique, award-winning, hands-on program de-emphasizes counting, uses visualization of quantities, and provides strategies and visual pictures for learning the facts. Understanding and problem solving are emphasized throughout the curriculum. The primary learning tool is the AL Abacus, a specially designed two-sided abacus that is both kinesthetic and visual. The AL Abacus is grouped in fives...

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Aunt Phil’s Trunk – Alaska
Jun05

Aunt Phil’s Trunk – Alaska

Alaska Legislators Traveled Trails by Dog Teams in 1913   From Aunt Phil’s Trunk – https://auntphilstrunk.com With the transfer of power we experienced in January, 2017, in Washington, D.C., it seems fitting that we spotlight the history of Alaska’s political landscape back in the day. Turns out that in 1959, Alaska’s first State Legislature convened at Juneau – but our very first elected legislature met in 1913 after Alaska...

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