RightStart™ and Multiplication

By Joan A. Cotter, Ph.D., http://www.alabacus.com Multiplication has been the mathematical downfall of many children, not so much because of the algorithms, but memorizing the 100 facts. Before expecting the child to learn the facts, we need to teach the meaning of multiplication. Describing it as repeated addition is a limited view, which doesn’t work well for multiplying fractions or decimals. Since the primary application of...

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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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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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Information Is Not Knowledge

By Mary Leppert and Michael Leppert www.homeschoolalmanac.com  Most of us would agree, “Knowledge is power.” However, over the past 40 years the words “knowledge” and “education” (meaning “school”) have been confusedly melded. This is how we have arrived at the deplorable condition of having illiterate high school graduates (all well “schooled”) and major universities...

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Channie’s Handwriting Workbooks Are Awesome!
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Channie’s Handwriting Workbooks Are Awesome!

www.channies.com 877-231-3723 “This is the first tool that I have utilized that has had significant and consistent impact on my students’ handwriting. Not only have students developed the skills necessary to form their letters appropriately, but when they are ready to transition to regular paper they carry those skills over to their daily writing.” — 2nd grade teacher’s feedback. ==================== by Mary Leppert One of...

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