Multiplication Games ~ Learn Times Tables While You Move

We love to play math games around here and these multiplication games have been used over and over again in our house. I first shared the idea of Multiplication High Fives here, then decided to take it to the next level and create a downloadable multiplication chart and High Five template. This method has been so effective in getting math facts to stick for my kids. I hope you’ll find it useful as well.  High Five Math...

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How to Help a Child Who is Frustrated With Learning

We’ve all been there and we’ve tried lots of things. Our child is stuck in frustration with math or handwriting or learning to read.  Early on in my family’s homeschooling journey, I figured out that my kids much preferred hands on learning to sitting down and filling out worksheets.  Later I figured out that it wasn’t just hands on activities that helped them retain and process information,...

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STEM Activities for Kids: How strong is a piece of paper?

We love fun and easy STEM (Science, Technology Engineering and Math) activities. This engineering challenge activity can be done by young kids and older kids alike and uses what you already have on hand–no need to buy any supplies. We are going to test the strength of paper, folded in differently  shaped columns, by piling books on top. This is very similar to how columns are used to support buildings and other structures....

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Kindergarten at Home: Getting Started

Making the decision to homeschool is big. The next step is choosing curriculum and planning what and how you want your child to learn.  I’m a big proponent of old school kindergarten –a very relaxed approach that focuses on learning through play, outdoor time in the natural environment, reading lots of books together, and exploring whatever my child is interested in. But I do like to have a some curricula choices...

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Simple Science Experiments for Spring

Spring is about to…well, spring. We couldn’t be more excited! Here are more than twenty great simple science experiments with the theme of Spring.     Experiments With Plants and Gardening Learning about plant root systems from Imagination Tree. The celery experiment that shows how water travels in plant stems from Coffee Cups and Crayons. Starting seeds indoors from us, Creekside Learning. Propagating...

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