What Methods Have You Used to “Hack” Your Child’s Education?

A Love2Learn Feature of Our Community’s Advice

HACK: Productivity techniques used to solve everyday problems.

We want to know — how do Idaho parents go beyond the school day to educate their children? Do parents work with a community organizations? Pay a tutor? Or provide online education learning? What tools and activities are Idaho parents using to “hack” education?

We asked these questions to the Love2Learn parent community on our Facebook page and got some amazing insights about what Idaho parents are doing to ensure their children are getting the best education. Here are some inspiring answers that we would like to share:

“My son has after school tutoring twice a week and when he brings homework home, we use the Pomodoro Technique so he doesn’t get overwhelmed.” — Jenny W.

Read more about the Pomodoro Technique here.

“We try to relate everything to real life. If I’m doing any sort of math, I ask my son to do it for me. Even though I usually come up with the answer first, it’s a great way to keep his brain going and to recognize that we are using math all the time. If he has a question, we google it and find the answer. Last night we were googling how to pronounce 100 in Spanish. We are also always looking around to see what programs are available here. The library is a perfect resource, they have so many hands-on activities every week.” — Jessie A.

“We have been very fortunate to have one parent home at all times with our children. We have worked daily at home to help teach them new things. We include them with daily activities and teach them the why’s and how’s of things. We constantly are making it a fun experience of learning instead of text book style teaching. We have also found it with our oldest (5 years) putting her into a private christian school has been very beneficial for her learning growth.” — Ashley H.

“I answer a lot of questions! I encourage my kids to be curious and ask questions. I’ll tell them if I don’t know the answer, and then we find it together. A trip to the grocery store has potential to be a great learning experience.

Learning apps on mobile devices are also a great resource when used mindfully. My almost 8 year old has just discovered Sketch-a-Song for Kids, and it’s already taught him some great musical concepts.

I also try to volunteer in my children’s classrooms as often as I can. When I know what they’re working on in school, I’m able to reinforce that learning by helping them to connect their knowledge with practical skills in real life.” — Rebekah G.

“I found different schools to fit my children’s needs. I have four kids in four different schools. Traditional school (Rocky Mountain High School), Private (One Stone), Charter (North Star Charter) and STEM (Barbara Morgan STEM Academy). Finding the right fit for my kids has made the biggest difference in my children’s learning.” — Renee J.

“Being in the military, we can’t always choose our schools. We get super involved with the school. I volunteer weekly in my kids classes. I let the teacher get to know me and before you know it, you’re in the classroom helping children learn. 
We also read a lot at home with our children and talk to them about real life situations where they may have to use what they are currently learning. Ask a lot of questions and really listen to what they are saying.” — Valerie Raybon

“I read to my son every night and we listen to audio books in the car that are quite a bit beyond his abilities. I am active in his school with how he should be disciplined and I volunteer in the classroom. I switched his school three times to find the right fit. He’s in a private school with 12 kids in the class and he’s doing so well. It helps that his teacher and the faculty is also against teaching like every child should fit the same mold!” — Ada H.

“My 5th grader is considered 2e (twice exceptional). He was reading at a 10th grade level, and his boredom in class was creating some really bad behavior habits. After personally talking with his teacher, principal, and the district curriculum advisor, we concluded that he needed to be engaged at his instructional level instead of his age level. We changed his daily routine to instead of him going to LA/walk to reading, he would work on his own student directed research project. He created a power point presentation, then presented to the class. It transformed him. He found purpose in school finally. He was able to love learning again.” — Nicole C

“I sent them to private school and homeschooled. Public school where we lived were letting my daughter fall through the “cracks”. I got her a tutor which helped, but she and my son just needed the one on one teaching without the interruptions. Both kids went on to continue their educations after high school.” — Bonni W.

“Finding great mentors and using some online classes with kids from all over!” — Hollyn M

Keep on hacking! Keep on Learning!