Episode 1: When Math Brings Tears

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Deborah Wuehler kicks off the first-ever Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show podcast with Episode 1—“When Math Brings Tears.” You may recognize Deborah from her regular columns as Senior Editor in The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine. Her gentle encouragement comes from homeschooling her own eight unique learners over the past thirty-one years. Gain wisdom for teaching every stage of math with early learners, high schoolers, or anyone in between. Listening to Deborah will help you look at math—and your children—in a beautiful new way.  

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