The year was 2010 when I heard something that I never thought I would, “Could you tutor my child?  She’s in Kindergarten.”

It took everything I had in me to not encourage the parent to get a restraining order against the teacher.

This concept still makes me sick, but some parents have to deal with the issue.  My advice is simple.

Remember children’s brains at this age are changing every six months in major ways.  So, don’t be so focused on over-correcting.  Many things will simply sort themselves out.  However, issues will arise and they’ll go a lot smoother if you have a proven winning plan.

My number one suggestion this age group is the only opportunity you’ll have as a parent to make learning fun.  If you do that now, then it will solve you many problems today and all the way through the process.

  1. Let them make mistakes.
  2. Let them learn from these mistakes.
  3. Don’t ever do the work for them.  Their grades are not an actual reflection of you.
  4. Encourage them to read.
  5. Encourage them to take breaks from any technology devices.
  6. Check their basic understanding of addition, subtraction and multiplication.
  7. If you can introduce them to those concepts before their teachers do.
  8. Ask them questions and see how they answer.
  9. Encourage them to ask questions.
  10. Ask them their opinions
  11. Get them to write.
  12. Make it fun.
  13. When it isn’t fun for you, then take a break