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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Elections for Kids: How to Make a Kids Voting Booth

Want to set up presidential primary elections for kids? Here’s how to set up a kids voting booth with a downloadable packet with everything you need for the 2016 U.S. primary elections (it’s free).  This activity is for elementary and middle school students. Hold a voting day on or around the same day as your state’s primary election.  The packet includes:  Voting ballots with the 2016 U.S. candidates,...

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5 Awesome Solar System Educational Apps

These 5 STEM educational apps make studying space awesome for elementary and middle school kids. Our family has tried a lot of different apps (my oldest child loves anything that combines technology with the subject he’s learning about) and we’ll tell you what keeps us coming back to these five.  I am thrilled to be partnering with StoneOak Media, makers of the Rockwell Adventures Solar System...

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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...

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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...

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