Dr. Cotter on Problem Solving

A few years ago while on a shuttle to speak on math at a convention, I started talking to a young man next to me. When he found out I was involved in math, he said he could solve story problems as long as someone told him what operation to use. The … [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...]

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...]

12 Square Inches vs 12 Inches Squared

In RS2 Level C, Lesson 109, the child is introduced to measuring area. After a problem of square inches is discussed, the lesson shows the child how to write 12 square inches: 12 in². Then, there's an explanation on the side that reads: Be sure to … [Read more...]

Dr. Cotter on Intuitive Learning

Encourage the children to learn intuitively. Intuition is a method of learning that is becoming increasingly more important in our technological world. To learn intuitively is to try new procedures by combining common sense with a willingness to … [Read more...]

Struggling Learner: Back to School

If you took some time off for the summer with your student, you are no doubt making plans to get ready to go back to school here soon. As a parent of a struggling learner, there are some extra things to consider as you prepare curriculum and your … [Read more...]