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Teach Beside Me

Former school teacher turned Homeschooler. A blog full of creative and fun homeschooling ideas, learning games, curriculum reviews, giveaways, crafts, etc.

Karyn is a winner of Top 25 Homeschooling Moms - 2013

Do you have any tips for helping kids concentrate on their studies?

Kids will work hard if they have a desire to learn. My philosophy on learning is to begin early to help kids love what they are learning. Make it interesting and relevant to them. Even those subjects that they hate can be made interesting to them through variety, real-life stories, hands-on activities and more. If you make learning enjoyable, they will hunger to learn more!

What's an educational game or activity you and your kids love?

We love games a lot and love to make them into a learning experience. Some of our favorites are puzzles, spelling games with letter tiles, math games with dice, dominoes, or playing cards. All of these are fun ways to reinforce learning. You can make hopscotch into a learning game by adding spelling words or addition facts. We love playing with our fraction pizza game, and our homemade board games. I have so many fun ideas for learning with games on my blog!

How do you encourage a love of reading in your kids?

I love reading and my kids have learned to love it, too. I read to them a lot. We are always in the middle of a book together, as well as individually. We go to the library a lot and we always have lots of books in our home. We have created lots of happy memories reading together. I think making it a very enjoyable experience helps them to love it.

What's a good way to motivate and support children who are struggling to learn a certain school subject?

Karyn Tripp

Make the subject fun by making it hands-on and interactive. Play a game, read a book that interests them related to the subjec, do a project.
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What's your family's favorite way to eat cranberries? Please share a link to your recipe!

Karyn Tripp

Cranberry Orange Sauce for Thanksgiving- a family tradition... So delicious!
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