Easy Trick for Kids Who Hate Math Word Problems

Do you have a child who struggles with word problems in math?  Even kids who quickly solve equations can get stuck with word problems. One easy trick for kids who hate word problems or struggle with them, is to act them out. You can use objects or mime movements to create the problem. You can also teach kids to visualize acting out word problems. It sounds simple but there’s science behind it. Multi-sensory learning,...

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Positive Thought Cards for Kids

Here’s an awesome way to turn your day around when things aren’t going well with homeschooling or homework. It’s a total reset button. Because sometimes learning is frustrating and challenging. Kids bicker, math is too hard, they get overwhelmed. Learning becomes unproductive or stops altogether. It happens—in every single family, whether you homeschool or are trying to get through homework. It happens in...

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Late Reader or Learning Disability?

Why the wait-and-let-them-learn-to-read-naturally approach can be harmful to some homeschooled kids.  My oldest child was nearly 8, and still, he couldn’t read beyond cat-sat-hat. We made our way through reading curriculum but by age 7, he was still not reading and I was worried. And then one day, he picked up a Harry Potter novel and slowly but most certainly, he read.    It was a beautiful moment, one...

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Voting Booth for Kids for the 2016 Presidential Election

Ready or not, the  2016 Presidential Election is almost here. If you’ve been following along with your children or students, learning about the candidates and the process of electing a new United States president, having a kids voting booth is a great way to extend that learning. This activity also incorporates math skills by tallying votes, collecting statistics of voters and averaging those stats to figure...

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Motivational Learning Quotes

This quote by Carol Dweck was so popular on the Creekside Learning Facebook page, that I made it into a pretty printable that you can download, print and hang up in your home or classroom.  This parenting gig often calls for a lot of cheerleading–enthusiastic encouragement when our kids need it most.  That’s why I love “The Power of Yet.” This is hanging up on our wall right now and we are referring...

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