Category Archives: Parents

Reading at Home – Featured on Minds in Bloom!

Reading at Home - Featured on Minds in Bloom!

I am so excited that I have had the opportunity to guest post over at Minds in Bloom! I wrote about Tips for Encouraging Reading at Home. I also included a free printable that you can download from my Tpt store, so be sure to check it out! A big thank you to Rachel Lynette for letting me guest post, she’s a rock star :)

Be sure to check out the rest of her blog too because it’s packed full of fabulous resources!


10 Favorite Mo Willems Books

10 Favorite Mo Willems Books | Rachel K Tutoring Blog

I am going to list ten of my favorite Mo Willems books, that I really think you should get! One of my favorite children’s authors is Mo Willems, and he has some incredibly humorous and fun books that I just adore. I love the simple cartoons and adorable stories. They are great for young readers, but you’ll find older kids and even yourself laughing along too! Mo Willems has quite a few books out, but here are my favorite 10. Click on the pictures to purchase them …

15 Ways To Battle The Summer Slide

15 Ways To Battle The Summer Slide | Rachel K Tutoring Blog

What Is The Summer Slide?

You may have heard about the summer slide, and I don’t mean that fun green one. The summer slide refers to students losing retained information over the summer months due to the lack of practicing skills. In the fall, teachers spend a lot of time reteaching material that has been lost over the summer. I encourage you to do your own research, but here are a few statistics I have found:

  • Most students can lose about 2 months of math skills over the summer …

Summer Writing Activities

Summer Writing Activities | Rachel K Tutoring Blog

Keep writing going all summer long with these Summer Writing Activities! It’s so beneficial for kids to keep practicing their writing skills throughout summer so they don’t forget what they previously learned. They will go into the next school year with these writing practices fresh in their minds. These summer writing activities can be done on vacation, or right at home. Give them a try!

1. Chalk Writing – Summer is the best time for sidewalk chalk! Kids can write their names, poems, a message to someone, and …

Summer Learning Bucket List

Summer Learning Bucket List | Rachel K Tutoring Blog

I love summer bucket lists, don’t you? How about a summer learning bucket list you can do with your kids? There can be so many great learning opportunities in the summer. Let’s keep learning going all summer long!

Summer Learning Bucket List


  • Check out your local library and see what kind of summer programs they have. Many have some kind of summer reading program. Also, go to the library just for fun! Check out books and more for the summer.
  • Write a letter to a grandparent or other …

Earth Day Activities

Earth Day Activities | Rachel K Tutoring Blog

Happy Earth Day! How are you celebrating today? You really can incorporate Earth Day activities all throughout the year. Try some of these out in the classroom or at home:

  • Plant seeds together in plastic cups or jars. Keep them by a windowsill. When they are getting too big for the containers, try planting them around the house or school if you’re able to!
  • Pick up trash around your school or neighborhood.
  • Start a community garden.
  • Go on a nature walk.
  • Recycle at home and at school. Make a graph to show …

10 Test Taking Tips

10 Test Taking Tips | Rachel K Tutoring Blog

Whether we are preparing our students or children for their tests, or have tests of our own, we all need test taking tips! Here are 10 things that have helped me and students I’ve worked with over the years.

1. Get a good night’s sleep and eat a healthy breakfast. You have probably heard this before, but seriously it does help!

2. Try not to stress out about the test. If you are more relaxed, you will do so much better. Teachers – what can …

5 Ways To Encourage Students

As teachers and parents, we all want to encourage our students. Sometimes that’s difficult to do if we’re having a bad day or week or if a student or situation is particularly difficult. Hopefully this list can help during those times. These are my top 5 ways to encourage students. I am no expert at this, and I’m always learning, but these are just ways I have found work in my experience. Every child is different, so always keep that in mind!

1. Specific …

Homework Tips!

Sometimes homework can be a frustrating time, both for kids and for parents! Here are some tips to hopefully help with the homework process.

  • Set a specific time for doing homework, and keep that consistent as much as you can. This can be right after school, after dinner, or whenever else works for your schedule.
  • Don’t put homework off until right before bedtime! This makes for a stressful time and kids may rush through the work and not do it correctly.
  • Have a special homework spot …