Category Archives: home learning

Beach Story Using Collective Nouns

Collective nouns at the beach! While we’re on a theme of “summer” topics, here’s a fun exercise I created the other day on Quora. It’s a beach story using collective nouns. Why not sit down together as a family and … Continue reading

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Summer Reading and Book Reports

Some twenty years ago or so, while I was homeschooling my children, I wrote an article about “Creative Alternatives to Book Reports.” With summer coming, encouraging your children to read a wide variety of books is a great way to … Continue reading

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Home Math Tips: For Kinesthetic Learners

Kinesthetic learning (aka tactile, physical, hands-on or skill learning) involves students learning by doing physical activities rather than just listening to a lecture or watching demonstrations or reading and writing about the topic. Kinesthetic learning activities involve students using body movement … Continue reading

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Home Math Tips: Manipulatives

Is your child (and maybe you, too) struggling with math? Time for manipulatives! Why are manipulatives so awesome? Here are some reasons: learn by doing hands-on, kinesthetic learning great for both individuals and small groups explore, develop reasoning and problem-solving … Continue reading

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All Kinds of Learning Activities

This is post #14 (the last one!) in the series “How to Be a Great Parent-Tutor.” Do you wonder what kinds of creative learning activities you can do with your children? Here’s a list of all kinds of possibilities: general … Continue reading

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When to Consider Hiring a Tutor

This is post #12 in the series “How to Be a Great Parent-Tutor.” When should you consider hiring a tutor? While parents can usually be wonderful tutors (and/or homeschool teachers) for their children, sometimes a professional tutor may be able to … Continue reading

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Specific Considerations for Intermediate Grades

This is post #11 in the series “How to Be a Great Parent-Tutor.” Specific considerations for intermediate grades (4 to 8): Real Life Applications:  As in the primary grades, home tutoring should take advantage of as many “real-life applications” as … Continue reading

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