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art lessons for kids YouTube 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 colorful new language, pornography and people being eaten by racist bears. Add all these to a playlist for your kids. Creating playlists is one way I keep my kids safe on YouTube.  Here are 9 more safety ideas for kids on YouTube. 
cursive worksheets 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 with teaching their child to write when perfectionism gets in the way.  {This post contains affiliate links.} My book, When Your Child Hates Handwriting: Peaceful, Practical Solutions for Parents,  addresses this and many other handwriting issues. You can read more about it here. 
place value for 2nd grade 3rd grade 4th grade 5th grade 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, paper and markers. Watch the video of how we play the Whack It! Place Value Game.
autumn science experiments for kids 1st grade 2nd grade 3rd grade 4th grade 5th grade Fall Science Experiments - Need some quick and fun Fall science experiments for your first through fifth grader? We’ve got you covered! We love seasonal science activities that add fun learning to our week. Grab any one of these experiments to add to your homeschool or after school day. Need one for Spring, Winter or Summer? We’ve got those, too. Visit our Science Page. Now on to the experiments! What causes the seasons to change? Experiment with the Earth tilting on it’s axis to find out, from Education.com. [This post contains affiliate links.] Leaf Science Experiments Predict what color green leaves will turn in the fall and learn about why leaves change color from How Wee Learn.  Art meets science in this experiment that looks at the parts of a leaf from KC Edventures.  Beautiful fall leaf identification charts can be found at Norbeck Kids. Or you can print these gorgeous leaf identification cards from Wildflower Ramblings.  Go on a Nature Walk with the Fandex Family Field Guide to Trees and see how many leaves and trees you can identify.  Preserve leaves in glycerin from Tinker Lab. 
multiplication games 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 Hopscotch activity was inspired by my Finger Hopscotch Game for preschoolers to promote fine motor skills and early numeracy. However, children work on refining fine motor skills throughout childhood, not just preschool, and incorporating small and large muscle movements into lessons is a great way to use muscle memory to connect our learning with the whole body!
multiplication chart free download 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 is High Five Multiplication.    {This post contains affiliate links. At no extra cost to you, I receive a small commission on purchased products. Thank you!}   I’ve laminated our multiplication chart. Click here to see my favorite laminator that has been cranking out our learning activities for 5 years now!  Click here to download the multiplication chart. You may also like:                                 Pin and share this resource:
cool science experiments for kids Easy Science Experiments for Kids: How to Make a Volcano Erupt - We love easy, simple science experiments that we can do right in our kitchen.  This volcano experiment required two easy recipes that even very young kids can help put together. Once you have the volcano set up, you can create lava explosions over and over again.    {This post contains affiliate links.} What could be more exciting than that?  I’ll tell you! This activity (and 149 more) is part of a brand new book that I am so thrilled to be a part of called Learn With Play. (Ordering instructions below.)  Learn With Play:  150+ Activities for Year-round Fun and Learning, a book for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarteners. To order: Print version Ebook Kindle Now, lets build our volcano.


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