Home Education Tips

Home Education Tips:

If you’re looking for tips on helping your children learn at home–whether they attend school or you are homeschooling them–you’ve come to the right place! As you scroll down this page, you’ll find links to helpful posts on:


  • reading – including a series on tips for when children (and adults, too) hate reading
  • writing
  • math
  • special needs
  • general tips
  • how parents can be great tutors for their own children
  • free downloads from my Freebies page
  • free and low-cost products from my Teachers Pay Teachers Store

Check them out–and be sure to suggest other topics for which you’d like more information and tips!

Tips to help you tutor your child at home–reading:

Using Word Chunks to Sound out Words
Read and Do–and Scooby Doo too!
Using Rhyme to Learn Sounds
Short Vowel Sound Tips
Beginning to Learn Letters and Sounds
Home Learning Tips: Book Reading for Young Readers
How to Discuss Picture Book Stories With Your Child
Nursery Rhyme Learning Theme
Sight Word Tips
Learn With Songs and Poetry
Use Word Families for Reading and Spelling
What About Workbooks and Worksheets?
Learning Games
Learning Themes Based on Favourite Children’s Book and Series
Teaching Sounds Spelled in a Variety of Ways
Ways to Help Your Child Read a Difficult Word
Long Vowel Sound Tips
Blended Sounds and Multi-Syllabic Words
Creative Memory Tricks for Sounds and Letters
Teaching Word Endings
Blends and Digraphs
Letter Confusion
Solutions for Tracking Troubles When Reading
Writing a Children’s Book With Franklin
Tips on Choosing Books for Your Children
Beach Story Using Collective Nouns
Spelling Memorization Tips

Tips for When Children–and Adults Too–Hate Reading series:

1. Model Reading and Read Aloud
2. Distractions and Health Issues
3. Negative Influences and Reading as a Chore
4. Poor Methods of Teaching Reading
5. Lack of Reading Materials and Negative Attitudes
6. Dyslexia and Other Learning Differences
7. Practical Tips to Encourage Reading

Tips to help you tutor your child at home–writing:

Children’s Book Creating and Journaling
Handwriting Tips
Copy work
Spelling tips
Punctuation tips
Summer Book Report Alternatives

Tips to help you tutor your child at home–math:

Ways to relax and overcome math anxiety
Simple tips to solve your child’s math problems
A Math tutoring report with practical suggestions
Practical and fun math learning tips

“Home Math Tips” series of posts:
Games and family fun
Charts and tables
Books and workbooks
Online sites
Tips for kinesthetic learners
Unit studies

“Fun Math Activities” series of posts:
Fun Hands-On Math Activities (part 1)(Use dominoes; use dry noodles and craft glue; multiplication; geometry; fractions [and division and multiplication]; negative numbers; probability and statistics; math and mapping and landscaping; perspective)
Fun Hands-On Math Activities (part 2) (Many different uses of a specific number; measurement systems; using calendars for more than checking the date; dominoes and other games with mathematical uses)
Fun Hands-On Math Activities (part 3) (More on math, mapping, and landscaping; outdoor explorations and nature notebooks; more fun with geometry)
Fun Hands-On Math Activities (part 4) (Learn to use an abacus; bowling and other sports are a good way to practice math; math for young artists; build and use a geoboard; probability experiments and travel tips)

Tips to help you tutor your child at home–general tips:

Tons of Tutoring Tips and Topics
Follow Your Child’s Passions and Interests

Learning Together with Other Children
Exam Study Tips and Memory Tips
Summer Tutoring Ideas
Setting Goals for Your Child’s Learning
Exam Study Tips

Tips for Helping Children with Visual-Spatial Processing Issues:

The definition and symptoms of visual-spatial processing issues
Diagnosis of visual-spatial processing issues–and other learning differences
Some general suggestions to help a child with visual-spatial processing issues
Reading adaptations for children with visual-spatial processing issues
Writing and Spelling adaptations for children with visual-spatial processing issues
Math adaptations for children with visual-spatial processing issues

How to Be a Great Parent-Tutor series:

  1. Why children need parent-tutors
  2. Important activities parent-tutors can do well
  3. Building a Good Parent-Tutor and Child Relationship
  4. Learning Styles, Intelligences, and Behaviours
  5. Developing Individualised Tutoring–Tips for Parents
  6. Monitoring Your Child’s Progress
  7. Some Basic Learning Goals
  8. Home Tutoring Resources
  9. Suggestions for a Tutoring Session at Home
  10. Specific Suggestions for Primary Grades
  11. Specific Considerations for Intermediate Grades
  12. When to Consider Hiring a Tutor
  13. Costs of Tutors and Alternatives
  14. All Kinds of Learning Activities

Tips to help you tutor your child at home–special needs:

Speech Issues
Activities and Resources for Children with Perceptual Issues
Memory Problems and Solutions
Distractable–Or Imaginative and Creative?

Homeschool Tips

Tips to a New Homeschool Mom
Tips For When a Spouse Isn’t Convinced About Homeschooling
Education and Homeschool Quotable Quotes

Freebies: Free Downloadable Materials:

For a full list of free downloadable materials, including topics related to learning activities, math, French, English language arts, children’s books, and more, go to this page: Freebies.

Super-useful Booklets and Learning Themes–Free and Low-Cost:

You will also find lots of great lessons and lesson plans at my store at Teachers Pay Teachers. There are booklets on learning math facts, memory and learning strategies, handwriting tips, tongue twisters to help with speech, book reports, homonyms, reading and writing activities, as well as lesson plans for Learning Themes based on favourite children’s book series.

If you’re looking for a list of posts on tutoring, go here.