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advent activities Simple, Meaningful, Un-Busy Advent Activities for Families - Let’s not do “all the holiday things”.  Let’s do less so we can enjoy each other more. Let’s savor our parenthood and their childhood. Let’s simplify. Let’s make this holiday season the season of un-busy.    I was feeling pressure about our Advent traditions. It’s Thanksgiving. November is ending. Time to plan the Advent calendar. My kids love opening those little doors on our Advent calendar but I felt pressure to make each day exciting and fun and magical for them in a frenzied lets-do-all-the-things kind of way.  When really, what I wanted to do was just enjoy the season together. Simple. Meaningful. Un-busy.  Let’s say no to… Rushing to 20 Christmas activities in one month (and the money they cost) Having to prepare days and days of crafts and baking ingredients Trying to fit more things into an already busy life More sugary sweet treats in a month that is overwhelmed with sugary sweet treats Nope. I am feeling pulled towards slow-down-and-enjoy.  This year, I’m imagining a different kind of Advent, a different pace to the season. Gathering in a cozy place– we’ll be in our big chairs by the fireplace and we’ll flip on the magical wall switch that lights our gas fireplace (I love the simplicity of that; although I sometimes long to have a wood burning fireplace, I suspect the work of it may be overrated). Light a candle. Say a prayer. Take a deep breath. Sip a cup of tea. Get in the mode of un-busy.  I made a list.  Three themes emerged, as I wrote it.  Fun things we’ll do together Some surprises Making magic for others Simple, Meaningful, Un-Busy Advent Activities for Families Get out all the Christmas books (or get new ones from the library) and read as many as possible, from your place of cozy, until the kids say stop or the voice gives out.  Go for a winter hike. Where should we go? Bundle up and go to the woods, the park. “There is no bad weather, only bad clothes.”, as Rain or Shine Mamma reminds us. Tell stories of Christmases when you were a child, and the ones when they were babies and toddlers. Look at photo albums together. Have a simple picnic by the Christmas tree. Spread a blanket and take lunch there.  Have Christmas Poetry Tea Time. Get out Nana’s Christmas table cloth and the fancy teacups and read Christmas poetry, easily found thanks to Google. (Here’s how we have a simple weekly poetry tea time.) Bundle up one evening and take a walk in the neighborhood to look at Christmas lights and the moon and the stars. Marvel at how much easier it is to spot the moon when the leaves are off the trees. Take the car if it’s too cold or you live far from neighbors.  Teach them the White Elephant gift exchange game. Watch as everyone scrambles to find and wrap ...
art lessons for kids YouTube YouTube Art Lessons for Kids - Everyone knows that you can literally learn anything on YouTube.  Using YouTube Art Channels as an educational resource is a great way to shape your child’s exposure to art history and to grow their skills. It’s like amazing and free art lessons. Yay!  Here’s our Art Channel list for kids, already screened for the stuff you don’t want kids to be exposed to on YouTube, such as colorful new language, pornography and people being eaten by racist bears. Add all these to a playlist for your kids. Creating playlists is one way I keep my kids safe on YouTube.  Here are 9 more safety ideas for kids on YouTube. 
cursive worksheets Handwriting Practice for Perfectionist Kids {5 Tips} - You’ve seen it before. Your child or your student is progressing beautifully with handwriting practice but he or she is child is frustrated and upset. Her letters don’t meet her standards. He erases until there is a hole in the paper. She throws her pencil to the floor. He is never happy with how he is writing.  I’ve seen this with my own kids and talked to many parents who are at a loss with how to proceed with teaching their child to write when perfectionism gets in the way.  {This post contains affiliate links.} My book, When Your Child Hates Handwriting: Peaceful, Practical Solutions for Parents,  addresses this and many other handwriting issues. You can read more about it here. 
place value for 2nd grade 3rd grade 4th grade 5th grade How to Teach Place Value in Math - The Whack It! Place Value Math Game is a great addition to how to teach place value in math.  Place value is one of those math activities that is just so easy and fun to do outside of a workbook. We’ve often used whole body learning to learn place value with our feet and now we found another way with this table top game.  All you need is a flyswatter (we got ours from the dollar store), some painter’s tape, paper and markers. Watch the video of how we play the Whack It! Place Value Game.
autumn science experiments for kids 1st grade 2nd grade 3rd grade 4th grade 5th grade Fall Science Experiments - Need some quick and fun Fall science experiments for your first through fifth grader? We’ve got you covered! We love seasonal science activities that add fun learning to our week. Grab any one of these experiments to add to your homeschool or after school day. Need one for Spring, Winter or Summer? We’ve got those, too. Visit our Science Page. Now on to the experiments! What causes the seasons to change? Experiment with the Earth tilting on it’s axis to find out, from Education.com. [This post contains affiliate links.] Leaf Science Experiments Predict what color green leaves will turn in the fall and learn about why leaves change color from How Wee Learn.  Art meets science in this experiment that looks at the parts of a leaf from KC Edventures.  Beautiful fall leaf identification charts can be found at Norbeck Kids. Or you can print these gorgeous leaf identification cards from Wildflower Ramblings.  Go on a Nature Walk with the Fandex Family Field Guide to Trees and see how many leaves and trees you can identify.  Preserve leaves in glycerin from Tinker Lab. 
multiplication games Multiplication Games: Finger Hopscotch Printable - Hi Creekside Learning readers! I’m Clarissa, author of Munchkins and Moms, a blog about learning through play in the preschool and toddler years! Today I am guest posting to tell you more about fun multiplication games. This one uses the whole body learning technique that you may already be familiar with (have you seen the Multiplication High Fives activity that is here on Creekside Learning yet? It’s fantastic!) This Hopscotch activity was inspired by my Finger Hopscotch Game for preschoolers to promote fine motor skills and early numeracy. However, children work on refining fine motor skills throughout childhood, not just preschool, and incorporating small and large muscle movements into lessons is a great way to use muscle memory to connect our learning with the whole body!
multiplication chart free download Multiplication Chart (Free Printable) - Before kids completely memorize multiplication tables, having a quick reference on hand is essential.  That’s why I created this free printable multiplication chart. Kids can keep it on their desk or in their notebook, ready when they need it.   Learning multiplication tables is such a critical skill in the elementary years. In our house, we’ve played lots of multiplication games. Our favorite one is High Five Multiplication.    {This post contains affiliate links. At no extra cost to you, I receive a small commission on purchased products. Thank you!}   I’ve laminated our multiplication chart. Click here to see my favorite laminator that has been cranking out our learning activities for 5 years now!  Click here to download the multiplication chart. You may also like:                                 Pin and share this resource:


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