Teaching Strategies

“Okay, Patrick. It’s time for you to start your science lesson.” “Okay, Mom,” he replied. Ten minutes later, I check in on him at the computer, and he hasn’t even started it yet. Sound familiar? 

Let’s be honest, we all procrastinate sometimes. Our kids do, too. But som...

Step 1: Show your child the examples in the math book showing your child how to work them out. 

Step 2: Have your child do some of the math problems with you.

Step 3: Instruct your child to do some math problems independently. 

If this 3-step process for teaching math see...

Men are from Mars, and women are from Venus, right? It’s almost become cliché to say that men and women communicate differently. But it’s true. And we’re not the only ones. Parents and children communicate differently. Teachers and students communicate differently. Eve...

I’ve been teaching kids in public schools and homeschool for over 20 years now. In that time, I’ve never met a child who likes to edit their own work. Sure, they like to edit others’ work. It gives kids a sense of pride to be able to recognize others’ errors. But editi...

Descriptive writing is one of the first styles of writing often taught to young children. It comes more naturally to them than other forms of writing because it is something they use every day when they talk to you. Creative storytelling also falls into that category,...

Summarizing can be a very difficult task for some kids to master. It’s tough to figure out what the key points are to begin with. It’s even tougher to rephrase them into an original summary without simply copying what was initially read. 

A strategy called I’m Melting c...

Nothing helps a child learn a new skill more than making it practical. Just think about when you were a child. How many times did you wonder why on earth this teacher was making you learn this? You were NEVER going to use that skill again, right? 

Hamburger Helper is a...

Writing instruction does not have to occur during a single isolated time in your homeschool day. It can occur throughout your day by embedding writing instruction into your other lessons. This helps children to apply their writing skills in practical contexts while rei...

Like many parents, I first taught my children to count using tangible items. We would count stuffed animals, balloons, balls, and any other toys that happened to be nearby. We do this with young children without really thinking much about it.  

As children start learnin...

I vividly remember my 10th grade math class. I’d always done well in math and found it quite easy. Then I moved to another district with different standards and different testing methods. Suddenly, I found myself behind and struggling to get a good grade. Then the day...

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