Besides the Basics: Naturally Helping Your Child Learn

Learning does not just happen in the classroom.    Whether it is for teachable moments, homework or learning at home,  there are a few supplies I’ve found for helping children become more successful.



Not everyone’s budget can buy the latest and greatest, but this list of supplies can give you an idea of what would be  helpful for you and your kiddo’s learning.  I have taught for years and tutored students.   and I developed my list of items that are great for preschool through elementary.

You may have many of these things already, but you may need to know the importance of pointing it out to your child!



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Supplies to have at Home

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1. A Clock with moving hands: Many homes today only have digital clocks.   In home where the children only have digital clocks, when the children  are presented with the concept of telling time, it is a foreign concept.

You child can begin learning to tell time at a very young age.  You can refer to the clock’s little hand for the hour and build from there.    Do not get a clock with Roman numerals or missing numbers.  

An old fashioned clock will make a big difference in telling time


2. White board with Dry Erase Markers: Put the board up in a central location. Communicating schedules or meal plans can be helpful.

When a child is starting to write, use the white board.  A larger space to write makes it much easier.  Copying on a white board is better than paper any day.  You can also encourage your children to draw.


3.  Pencil Grips(I recommend the grips that have intentions that fit the fingerDoes your child hold a pencil correctly?   That is an important question.  Almost without fail most of my students that I tutor have an awkward grip on their pencils.  You, the parent may be the one to catch an incorrect pencil grip and help your child.

As the child writes more, blisters can develop on their finger from an improper grip.

Click Here for the Video : This video will help you either begin or find out how to help your child hold the pencil correctly.
pencil grips

The pictured girl above is a perfect candidate for the pencil grips.


plastic tiles




5. Organized letter tiles: Moving the letters around to spell, find rhyming words will help early learners.   This method is amazing for understanding how to put sounds together. *I use this for building words and  teaching spelling words.


Box for Letters
 BOX to label each compartment with a letter of the alphabet.   Choose a box that has 24 slots.  Label each slot a letter of the alphabet.  2 square will have two letters of the alphabet.  Sorting this way naturally builds alphabetizing skills and makes it easier to find letters quicker.




pears game

Pairsinpears Game.  (This game has letter tiles with different patterns) It is excellent for building the beginning skills for young ones.   Different variations are included for older children to play along with the younger ones.  Perfect for Pre-K and up.




6 & 7. A jump rope or four square ball:  Engaging children in physical activities is crucial for helping your children progress academically. The entire family can benefit from some exercise!  Go ahead and go out a play a game of four square or turn the rope for the kids to jump.

jump rope                                                                                   four square

8. A timer :Some children need to “beat the clock” for motivation, while others need the time to focus. Still others benefit from hope that the time to work will eventually end.  If you run into a bump whether with homework, completing a certain subject or chores,

I would suggest using a timer.  Select a timer that counts down and up.   As far as I know, you cannot find one at the dollar store! I’ve looked.

 Select a timer that counts down and up.


Not all of these are must haves, but some of them would be helpful to have at home.  As you are preparing your child to go to school, remember to think about their learning when they are home.  

Do you have anything that helps you at home with those teachable moments or homework?  

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