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Website Upgrade FAQ’s

Hey there! I’m so happy you are excited about the upgrades coming to the site this summer! I am, too. With changes come questions, so here are the answers to your Frequently Asked Questions.   Why are you upgrading the site? My goal has always been to support those who need Saxon math teaching in […]

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Coming Soon: Tools for a Better School Year

Hey there!    If you had to describe 2020 in one word, what would it be? At best, it’s probably something along the lines of “weird,” “bizarre,” or the one that everyone has been using, “unprecedented.” At worst? Well, I don’t even want to go there. It’s been a doozy already and like so many […]

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You’re Doing a Great Job

You’re doing a great job.    Really. You are!   Unless you have an out-of-this-world support system, a full cup of self-confidence, and unicorn children who look at you all doe-eyed and express their gratitude every moment, I’m thinking you probably need to hear that right now. We all do. Times like these can make […]

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Four Ways to Build Confidence in Your Kids

“In order to understand someone, walk a mile in their shoes.”   This old saying is so great for helping me understand empathy. Sometimes it’s enough to just imagine walking in someone else’s shoes/circumstances, but this spring I have learned that there’s really nothing to develop empathy quite like REALLY walking in someone else’s shoes. […]

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My A-Ha! Moment About Saxon Math

Hey there! Quick check-in: How are you holding up? I hope that your finding ways to care for youself and that at least math lessons are a few minutes every day where you have some assistance. Teaching is difficult work, and I truly help that this bit of outsourcing leaves your reserves full for the […]

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Why Does Saxon Require So Much Mental Math?

Mom Brain moments. They happen all the time. Maybe it’s when you’re at the cashier and trying to figure out if the register is putting in your discounts correctly. Maybe it’s when you’re cooking and your measuring spoon is in the dishwasher and you can’t remember how to convert teaspoons to tablespoons. Or perhaps it’s […]

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Why Does Saxon Require 30 Problems?

“Do I HAVE to do all 30 problems?” “This is going to take me forever!” “But my friends just have to do evens and odds!”   Hey there! How’s it going?   No doubt if you are a Saxon teacher you’ve heard all of the above, multiple times. It gets old, doesn’t it? We want […]

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Don’t Make a Decision on the Uphill

Hey there! How’s it going?    I hope you’re feeling good because I have some great news for you. YOU DID IT! We are only about 50-ish hours away from being done with February. D. O. N. E. DONE.    Just in case February feelings start to muddle into March, though, I wanted to leave […]

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Three Ways to Get Your Motivation Back

Hey there! How’s it going? Does this winter feel like the Energizer Bunny or what? It seems like it just keeps going and going. I know lots of places are getting a ton of rain, still more snow, and all the wintry stuff that can make this month crazy hard to get through. I hope […]

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Remember Your Why

Happiness comes from WHAT we do. Fulfillment comes from WHY we do it. –Simon Sinek   Hey there! How’s it going? Has your week been filled with Valentine’s-candy-induced highs (and crashes, ugh!) from the kids you’re teaching? I hope it’s been more fun than chaos and that you’ve enjoyed it! This month we’re talking about […]

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Four Ways to Get Back on Track

Hey there! How’s it going? I want to stop real quick and give us all a big high five and some spirit fingers because… we have made it through January! Can I get a big “YES!!!” Coming off the holidays, getting back to work, the dreary weather… all of it can make for a difficult […]

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How to Set Goals with Kids

Happy New Year! And just like that, we are just about out of holiday mode and back to work. I hope you’re refreshed and ready to jump back in. Of course, with it being January 2nd, all the talk right now is about resolutions and goals. In my book, anytime is a good time to […]

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4 Ways to Prioritize Math in Busy Seasons

Hey there! How’s it going?    Are your kids counting down the days to winter break? I know lots of kids start to get extra squirmy this time of year. Staying in bed seems so much cozier. Work seems a lot less fun. Harder subjects (which I know, I know, often include math!) seem less […]

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Holidays are Hard: Math and Motivation

Hey there! How’s it going? I feel like we have had just a moment to breathe after Thanksgiving and that very, very soon we will all be caught up in the whirlwind rush of the year-end holidays.   Which is great.   Except when it’s not.   Like when you are trying to stay focused […]

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Can Gratitude Be Taught?

Hey there! How’s it going? Thanksgiving is coming on us fast and I’m so encouraged by how many of you have responded to my Gratitude Challenge! I’m getting some really amazing responses from so many kids (and even some parents)!      But as we go into Thanksgiving week, I want to take a moment […]

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