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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Awesome Science Activities Through The Seasons

We can’t get enough of hands-on science experiments around here!  These awesome science activities are categorized by the seasons of the year. Grab one to add to your homeschool or after school learning. Keep this list handy all year long. Thee are over 100 science experiments here to fit every season.  I’ve pulled the best science experiments from blogs and websites across the internet and...

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How to Learn Multiplication Tables Quickly – 10 Ideas

Hands-on, multi-sensory learning is a great way to tackle memorization. You’ll see lots of those ideas here on Creekside Learning, especially for math. Here’s how to learn multiplication tables quickly. We’ve tried most of these with one child or another in our house. Sometimes we’ll use one method for a few tables, say 3’s and 4’s and then another method for 5’s and 6’s.  Just to...

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25 MORE Fun Handwriting Practice Ideas – No Worksheets

Ditch the worksheets for some fun handwriting practice. For kids who really, really dislike handwriting practice (perhaps who may have handwriting challenges), I shared 35 ideas in my original non-worksheet handwriting post. This post became so popular that I wrote a book called When Your Child Hates Handwriting: Peaceful Practical Solutions for Parents. It’s available in print and as an ebook. Here are...

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