Tot School Gathering Place Week 223

Welcome to Tot School™ Gathering Place! Gather together here, gather ideas from other blogs, share your own ideas on your own blog. Browse around at the other posts linked up, leave a few comments if you have time, and be sure to check back to see if your blog was featured!

Each week we will feature photo{s} and ideas from blogs who link up. Remember, provide a link back to Tot School Gathering Place within your post that you link up, so you can be considered for the feature!

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Thursday, April 27th, is National Tell a Story Day! So grab your Tot and the rest of the family and enjoy a day of storytelling! Tell your kids a story about a childhood memory, a book that you all love to read, or one from your imagination! Check out your local library and see if they are celebrating the special day with a story time for kids. Whatever you decide to do, don’t forget to link up about your time together and share it with us! We love to see what you’re up to here at the Gathering Place!

Does your Tot enjoy plants and helping you garden? Take a look at the sensory activity that GrandMama Deb from Living Montessori Now and Aunt Christina helped Tot Zoey create to help her learn about plants and how to care for them! Your Tot may enjoy this activity, too!04232017 Living Montessori Now

There are still several weeks of spring left and Tot School Mama from Stay At Home with Us has come up with several spring themed shelf activities for her Tot E! Take a look and see if they may be ones that your Tot will enjoy!

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Are you NEW or have never been featured? Read this! Basics: write a specific post about what you did with your tot, link up the permalink from your post, link back to Tot School within that post, put your tot’s age in months in ( ) like this: (43 months).



All About Spelling Review

Homeschool Curriculum Reviews All About Spelling

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This year, we used two different levels of All About Spelling. My 2nd grader used level 2 and my 5th grader used level 5. They have both used AAS from the beginning.

 

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All About Spelling is based on the Orton-Gillingham approach, which you can learn more about here!

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We have adapted All About Spelling this year in some creative ways. My kids got tired of the board and the tiles so we switched things up a bit and tried some different ways of presenting the words and rules.

One of her favorite methods is using the Boogie Board. She will gladly write on this for just about anything it has been a wonderful addition to our homeschool.

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She also gets very creative on the dry erase board and loves to create elaborate pictures out of the words. Hey, whatever makes it fun!

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My son {5th grade}, has asked to keep things simple and honestly we have gotten to the point where we use the AAS book and discuss the rules, practice the words on the Boogie Board, and then review at the end of the week. He is picking the words up pretty easily, so it has worked for us to not be so intense using the board. For his busy schedule dues to his gymnastics training, quick and simple has worked better.

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Below you can see and download the year-at-a-glance sheets I made for each level. I actually make these for each of my kids’ subjects because it really helps me see the focus for the year and keep track. It helps with weekly lesson planning, since I only like to plan one week at a time to allow flexibility. I just pull out these sheets and type up the plans in Lessontrek for my kids each week. Yes, it takes me a lot of prep time in the summer, but is so helpful to me, and entirely worth it.

You are welcome to download and use these if you are using AAS 2 or AAS 5, just click on the images below to download. Forgive any errors, when I created these, they were just for me to use, but I figured some of you might like to use them too.

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Wondering which level to start with, you can see placement tests here and get answers to more FAQ by scrolling to the bottom of this page!

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Wondering about the differences between All About READING and All About SPELLING? Read this!

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See more curriculum reviews and all of our curriculum choice posts!

Homeschool Curriculum Reviews and Choices