Category: Classroom Ideas

Online Grading: 6 Ways to Connect Powerfully with Your Child

Do you find yourself dreading grading math? Hating that you have to discuss missed problems with your child? If so, you’re not alone. But I…

Final Grades: A Definitive Guide for Homeschoolers

“Relax. Look around. Make a call.” ― Jocko Willink, Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win May… that time when you can almost…

3 Approaches to Finishing a Saxon Math Book

“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’” – Muhammad…

10 Powerful Ways to Celebrate Your Student

What would your kid say if someone asked them, “Is your mom/dad/teacher proud of you?”    Do they know? Do they really know?   I…

Math Facts: Why Memorization Matters

“The loftier the building, the deeper the foundation must be laid.” —Thomas a Kempis   Aren’t skyscrapers amazing? They tower over the skylines of amazing…

13 Simple, Sanity-Saving Homeschool Hacks

Hey there! How’s it going? If there was ever a year that we needed some hacks to get through, it’s gotta be this one. Whether…

Saxon Algebra 1, Algebra 1/2, or Saxon 8/7: Which is Best For Your Student?

It’s a question that I get all the time, and it’s about Saxon Algebra: Your middle school student is done with Saxon 7/6 and it’s…

Why Does Saxon Have So Much Repetition?

Hey there! How’s it going?   One of the biggest changes in our culture over the last few weeks has been the loss of sports.…

How does Saxon Approach Getting Problems Wrong?

“Don’t be discouraged if you continue to make mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes, often for a long period of time.” –John Saxon   Hey there! How’s…

Goal Setbacks? Three Things to Do

Hey there! How’s it going? There’s been a lot of great discussion about various math problems and the ins and outs of Saxon in the…

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…

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…

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…

Some SWEET Math Lessons for All that Halloween Candy!

Hey there and Happy Halloween to those of you who take part!   I hope you’ve had a great math week and that things have…