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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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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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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How to Teach Place Value in Math

The Whack It! Place Value Math Game is a great addition to how to teach place value in math.  Place value is one of those math activities that is just so easy and fun to do outside of a workbook. We’ve often used whole body learning to learn place value with our feet and now we found another way with this table top game.  All you need is a flyswatter (we got ours from the dollar store), some painter’s tape,...

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Multiplication Games: Finger Hopscotch Printable

Hi Creekside Learning readers! I’m Clarissa, author of Munchkins and Moms, a blog about learning through play in the preschool and toddler years! Today I am guest posting to tell you more about fun multiplication games. This one uses the whole body learning technique that you may already be familiar with (have you seen the Multiplication High Fives activity that is here on Creekside Learning yet? It’s fantastic!) This...

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Multiplication Chart (Free Printable)

Before kids completely memorize multiplication tables, having a quick reference on hand is essential.  That’s why I created this free printable multiplication chart. Kids can keep it on their desk or in their notebook, ready when they need it.   Learning multiplication tables is such a critical skill in the elementary years. In our house, we’ve played lots of multiplication games. Our favorite one...

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