Top 13 Posts of 2013 on Creekside Learning

As 2013, comes to a close, it’s fun to look back and see what brought you all here, to my little corner of the blogosphere. Apparently, you all love math, science, hot chocolate, laundry advice and Dr. Seuss.  I’ll be writing more about math and science in 2014. Not sure about the other things. Well, maybe Dr. Seuss.

Without further ado, here are the most popular posts of 2013 from Creekside Learning.

13.  Kitchen Science: Freezing and Melting

Kitchen Science: Freezing and Melting

12.  More Kitchen Science: What’s Inside a Drop of Blood?

What a drop of blood would look like under a microscope.

What a drop of blood would look like under a microscope.

11.  Mason Jar Hot Chocolate With Dipping Spoons

mason jar hot chocolate with dipping spoons

10.  Star Jars and So Much More: Learning About the Life of Stars

Star Jars and More: Learning About the Life of Stars

9.  Kindergarten Calendar Activities

Kindergarten Calendar Activities

 8.  When There’s an Active Shooter in a Public Place: How Parents Can Make a Safety Plan With Kids

When There's an Active Shooter: How Parents CAn Make a Safety Plan with Kids

7.  Celebrating Dr. Seuss With Wacky Wednesday

wacky wednesday activities

6. Solving the Stinky Laundry Problem

Clean Your HE Washer Without Tablets

 

5.  Minecraft Party Round-up
minecraft cupcakes

4.  Chrysanthemum Activities to go along with the book by Kevin Henkes
Chrysanthemum activities to go with the book by Kevin Henkes

3.  Easy Volcano Experiment

Easy Volcano Experiment

 2.  Whole Body Learning: Place Value Math Game – Stomp It!
stomp it! place value math game

 

and the #1 post on Creekside Learning in 2013…

1.  Hands-On Math Ideas for Kindergarten and First Grade

Hands-On Math Activities for Kindergarten and 1st GradeThank you for reading, commenting, pinning and sharing my posts!

 

2013 Thank You’s

Most people that land here on the Creekside Learning blog get here from somewhere else. Besides Pinterest and Facebook, people Google funny things like “Egyptian Chickens” and “Stinky Laundry”*, although the number one google search term that brings people here is “Volcano Experiment” or some variation thereof.

{*actual search terms that brought people here}

But more often than not, people get here because of other wonderful bloggers out there who link to my posts on their blogs. That brings new people here every day. Maybe that’s how you got here. I am so grateful to these wonderful women who have helped my little blog to grow tremendously this past year.

2013 thank you's

Here are the top ten blogs that referred readers to Creekside Learning in 2013. Please do me a favor and stop by and check out their creative sites. You will be glad you did.

  1. Bernadette at Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
  2. Brittany at Love, Play, Learn
  3. Cerys at Rainy Day Mum
  4. Jamie at Hands On: As We Grow
  5. Deborah at Teach Preschool
  6. Genny at Parent Teach Play and In Lieu of Preschool
  7. Jacquie at KC Edventures
  8. Jackie at Ready-Set-Read
  9. Cathy at Nurture Store
  10. Kim and Amanda at The Educator’s Spin On It

There are many more terrific bloggers. I have told –and will continue to tell–  you about them by linking in blog posts and sharing on facebook, Google+, Pinterest and Twitter throughout the year. I’m so grateful to each and every one.

Big Thank You’s to the wonderful companies that I’ve worked with this year:

Brave Writer
Safari Ltd
The Blog Her Network
Kiwi Crate
Free Spirit Publishing
Local gems Imagination Stage and Adventure Theatre MTC.

And, finally big thank you’s go out to YOU, too. Thank you for reading, for coming back, for commenting, for following along. This blog is my creative outlet, a wonderful connection to many lovely people across the globe and a business that has helped me– a stay-at-home, homeschooling, time-pressed mom– to be able to contribute to my family’s income.

Thank you!

Lets stay connected in 2014.

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What’s Going On?

This is a catch-up post. I’m terribly behind on all the things I’ve wanted to share with you. I have been sick for over a week with a stomach virus that turned into an infection and I’ve lost whole days, but thanks to the very capable hands of my husband, my niece and some very kind out-of-town guests that were pressed into service, my kids have been well taken care of and my house is fairly in order. I resurfaced around Saturday, feeling better, but then sunk again on Sunday, ill again, but this time from the side-effects of medication. I’m currently running at about 60% but trying to get back into the swing of things. So, here we go….

Facebook.  When I went to share some posts with you all on facebook last week, I noticed this little “promote” button and some statistics on my facebook page. Apparently, facebook has decided to only share my posts with about 30% of the people who have “liked” my page…

Unless, I pay facebook money for each and every post…

I love interacting with my readers on facebook. I was shocked and saddened that despite everyone’s efforts to follow along with what I’m writing about, via this social networking tool, most are not able to see what we are up to. I also like to follow lots of other blogs and websites this way and want to make sure I’m getting their updates.  So, here’s what you can do:

Go to the Creekside Learning facebook page (or any other page you want to appear in your news feed) and hover your mouse over the “Liked” box in the upper right corner. A drop down box should appear.  Click on “Show in News Feed”.

Also, the more posts you  “like”  or leave a comment on, the more frequently posts from my page (or whoever’s page your are liking or commenting on) will appear in your feed.

Creekside Travels Ok, moving on. The Creekside family has some exciting trips coming up.  A wonderful family reunion which sprung up impromptu and then the husband and I will be taking our very first trip together without kids, in eight years– since we had our first child, actually. Woo hoo! Can you tell I am very excited about this?

So, I am hoping to feature some guest posts from other terrific bloggers who can bring you all some fun learning activities while I am gone. More about that soon.

What We’ve Been Learning  In the meantime, I blogged about a few things but haven’t given them much attention so I want to make sure you’ve seen the fun we had with crickets at the Virtual Book Club. Check out all the other families that read Eric Carle’s The Very Quiet Cricket, too, and the activities they did.
 I also was pleased to guest post over at Not Just Cute while Amanda was busy loving on her newborn son. Love Bug and I had fun making a worm house and spending some special Mommy-Love Bug time together. Go check out the glimpse of his pudgy cheeks as he digs in the dirt.

Kids Co-Op I missed out on posting this week’s Kids Co-Op while I was sick. But there are lots of other blogs who share this wonderful linky each week, such at Nurture Store.

Thanks for hanging in there with me!

 

It’s a Pinning Party

We’ve begun to build up our fabulous collaborative Pinterest boards, to share even more wonderful hands-on history, science and literature activities with you all.

My Pinning Friends have been quite busy. Please check out our boards and see what we’ve put up there, follow us via Pinterest, and take a moment to “like” each board at the top of each Pinterest page to share with your friends on facebook so we can spread the word.

Please do stop by and visit these terrific momma bloggers who have been pinning away with learning ideas:

Alex at Canadian Home Learning
Samantha at Color Wheel Meals
Sarah at Delivering Grace
Julie at The Adventures of Bear
Sierra at H is for Homeschooling
Tasha at Leaving a Trail in the Mud
Megan at Let Children Play
Alicia at Magic and Mayhem
Rachel at Momma Owl’s Lab
Dana at Noggins and Nonsense
Theresa at Red Oak Lane
Liz at Smithical
Eddie at The Usual Mayhem

We need more bloggers with great ideas to pin hands-on science, history and literature activities. If you blog about these topics and you’d like to put them on our collaborative Pinterest boards, let me know by leaving a comment or emailing me at creeksidelearn at gmail dot com.

New to Pinterest? Need an invitation? We can do that, too. Just say the word.

Farewell Google Friend Connect

Google Friend Connect is going away. Google has decided to retire the service as of March 1, 2012 on all non-Blogger sites. Since mine is a WordPress blog, I’m highlighting the other ways in which my Google Friend Connect followers can continue to get Creekside Learning updates:

Facebook

Twitter

Subscribe via Email

Google+

Pinterest

Fellow bloggers, if you use GFC on your site, Google is hoping you will now display the Google+ badge on your site and use the G+ features like Circles and Hangouts to connect with your followers. Much has been written about the drudgery of adding yet another social network to our already very full plates, however it’s worth considering and here’s why. Google is going to prioritize content on G+ in it’s searches. That means if you get a lot of traffic to your blog via search engines, your blog/website will appear higher up in the search results if your content was featured publicly on your G+ account.

I’ve just begun to use G+ so my page isn’t very fancy yet. But it seems worth the effort to add it to my on-line time. Feel free to add me to your circles and let me know if you are there as well, and I’ll add you. Bloggers helping bloggers. It’s a beautiful thing. :-)