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how to learn multiplication tables quickly 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 keep things interesting. 
fun handwriting practice 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 25 more ways to make handwriting practice go smoothly. 
favorite homeschool quotes Favorite Homeschool Quotes - In honor of Mother’s Day, here are some of my favorite homeschool quotes for homeschool moms. These inspire me to keep going, even when homeschooling is hard. They remind me to stand in a place of gratitude.  To share my children’s young years in this way is a privilege and a blessing. Enjoy. Share. Print.  Happy Mother’s Day, beautiful homeschooling mommas! 
nature kids How to Get Kids to Value Nature as Much as Their iPads - “Kids don’t get outside enough.”  “Kids spend too much time on screens.” We’ve read so many articles and internet discussions on this topic but how can we get our kids to value nature as much as their iPads?  There really is just one, simple thing you need to do. It works.  Are you ready for it? 
how to make money blogging How to Make Money Blogging [for Homeschool Parents] - If you are new to blogging or thinking of starting a blog, here is everything you need to know to get started. Professional blogging is a great job for homeschool parents. You can control how much (or how little) you work, and you can work from home while you homeschool your kids. I didn’t start out to blog professionally. 
voting booth for kids 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. 
homeschooling I Want to Quit Homeschooling - I wrote this post a couple of months ago and am just getting around to publishing it. Can you relate to days like this?   Sometimes homeschooling looks like a family learning around the table. And sometimes it looks like Mom crying in her car outside of McDonald’s with a diet coke, scrolling through Facebook and texting a friend.  There’s no perfect Instagram picture for that, but the hashtag #homeschoollookslikethis which I started using a couple of years ago, is meant for this, too. This is the space I am in today. 


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