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Dr. Cotter on Place Value

Place value seems to be a difficult concept for many children and even adults. Western children traditionally are taught to add by counting. Counting ignores place value. For children, thinking in terms of tens and ones becomes an unnecessary burden ... Read More

Dr. Cotter on Counting

Most people think of counting as the foundation of math. So we teach kids to memorize the long string of 100 counting words. Next, to count objects, we teach them to touch each block in turn while saying the next word in the string. After completing ... Read More

2018 Summer Game #10: Short Chain Subtraction

There are many variations of the chain games and our family has played most of them as solitaire games. Nicholas, Chiara, and Ian played Short Chain Subtraction today, game S18 in the Math Card Games book, and had a great time! This variation is a ... Read More

2018 Summer Game #6: Five in a Row Solitaire

Have you ever been caught up in a solitaire game and refused to quit until you won? Of course, then you had to play again to see if you could do it again! That is what today’s game is like: addicting, aggravating, and amusing! Five in a Row ... Read More

Rachel on Strong Learners

We have recently been hit with lots of snow. I suppose, being winter time, I should expect it. But as I sit and watch the snow fall down (quite quickly, may I add) I am amazed when I consider that no two snowflakes are the same. Here I am – watching ... Read More

Debbie on “The Perfect Curriculum”

Choosing to homeschool your child can be an exciting yet daunting task.   I was nervous – was I able to teach my kids to read? I knew that reading was the key to unlocking their ability to learn. When you can read you can learn about anything you ... Read More