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What Is Mastery-based Learning?

What Is Mastery-based Learning?

What Is Mastery-based Learning?

Guest Gretchen Roe from Demme Learning says that math is like death and taxes: you don't get away from either one. She urges parents not to shortchange kids in their math instruction by claim they're just not a math-family. Learn how a mastery-based curriculum is student-centric, allowing a child to work at the pace they need to fully comprehend the skills (instead of the curriculum determining the length of lessons and how quickly you work through them).

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Helping Kids with Executive Function, Bilateral Skills, and More

Helping Kids with Executive Function, Bilateral Skills, and More

Helping Kids with Executive Function, Bilateral Skills, and More

In this second chat with Occupational Therapist Assistant Trish Cauthon, she and Janna delve into the many facets of executive functioning and how to support your child with those skills. Find out what trouble signs to look for in areas such as visual processing, bilateral skills, and fine motor skills. Trish shares simple strategies that can help as you guide your child without frustration through developmental milestones.

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Helping Your Child Learn How to Learn

helping your child learn how to learn

helping your child learn how to learn

We invited occupational therapist Trish Cauthon to the show to help you equip your young children for their two primary occupations—playing and learning. The field of occupational therapy encompasses multiple key areas such as: motor skills, sensory processing, emotional social skills, self-regulation, and executive functioning. Learn how long you can expect a child to pay attention to a cognitively challenging task. Get multiple suggestions for making learning more memorable so that it sticks. And find out if your expectations for your child are reasonable or not.

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How to Use Phonics to Teach Reading

How to Use Phonics to Teach Reading

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Aimee Eucce is our guest expert, talking about teaching reading with a phonic-focused approach called Play 'n Talk. It's a skills-based program so it works for any age child who needs these skills. Aimee has learning challenges that made reading hard, but this program worked for her as a child, and now she uses it with her own children.

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Need Help with Homeschool Language Arts? Try LAMP

Need Help with Homeschool Language Arts? Try LAMP

Need Help with Homeschool Language Arts? Try LAMP

LAMP stands for Language Arts Mentor Program, an exciting new option for parents using BookShark who may feel intimidated about instructing their children in writing. Through the online support of writing coach Dave Myers, students get the feedback they need on their compositions so they can grow as proficient writers. Hear Dave's story from public school English teacher to homeschool dad and his thoughts on the superiority of homeschooling. 

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Homeschooling with Toddlers

Homeschooling with Toddlers

titleFor a long time, I felt like I was struggling. We would barely get any schooling completed because of all the distractions and tasks that come with having a 3-year-old and a 1-year-old.

I don’t have a magic fix, but I did discover a key: I am homeschooling my toddlers just as much as I’m homeschooling my second grader. 

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Travel the Globe With These 12 Homeschool Geography Explorations

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12_Homeschool_Geography_ExplorationsI often wish we were wealthy enough to travel the world. I’d love to expose my children to all the wonders of the world and have them learn firsthand about what makes each culture unique. Unfortunately, we do not have the means to travel extensively, and so we have taken to travelling the globe from our home using these twelve winning methods.

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How BookShark's Four-day Week Taught Me to Relax into a Flexible Homeschool Schedule

How BookShark's Four-day Week Taught Me to Relax into a Flexible Homeschool ScheduleWhen we first started homeschooling, we picked a classical curriculum that required five days of school work. Since I had just pulled my son out of a parochial school, I took the the five-day school model as an assumed standard. My son must do five full days of schoolwork to learn just as he had in school.

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