We did…

Tot School today!!! I know it’s far too early for my official Tot School report, but I was so excited to share that we actually had a normal Tot School hour this morning! I am in TONS of pain now because of pushing myself, but mentally I feel so great. I SO enjoyed my time with K! I thought I would share a couple neat ideas that he LOVED today!!!!

We finally used all of our Parmesan cheese (the BIG one from Costco) and I put it on a tray with tiny little pom poms. He loved this more than I ever thought he would, and came up with even more ways to use it than I had imagined. He played with this for SO long today!!!Another fun spontaneous activity was driving under the sticks. The boys had the sticks out from a different tray and Pac began setting them up and knocing down his long row. K had another idea, to patiently drive his car under ALL of them!!!! I was blown away with his determination to make it all the way through, one little push at a time (they were lined the entire length of the couch).And for all of you Mommies out there, here’s a good laugh for ya…yup, he found the pumpers…but shhh don’t tell him, he thinks they are megaphones!

Tot School ~ What’s That???

~Krash is currently 34 months old~

This week I win the all time worst Tot School week ever award. My mom arrived last weekend to stay for the week and help us out and get the new baby’s room ready, and we did no such thing as Tot School. Some things probably qualified, but they certainly weren’t planned and there certainly wasn’t a camera around! Here are the only few shots I have of Krash from this week…

He found a unique way to haul his cars around…in our wagon-Easter basket…

He had fun playing Play Doh with Nanee a few times…And that’s it!!!! Aren’t you impressed with my WONDERFUL ideas? :)

If you have a tot (approximately ages 1-3) at home, join in the fun and share what you’re doing with your tot! Here’s how to get started if you’re new…

If you’ve never read this: Go HERE 1st for more details- please do!!! Then if you have any ideas you’d like to share, link up your exact post to Mr Linky (if you have questions about how to do that, let me know in a comment or email-links to homepages will automatically be deleted).

New: when you add your name(blog name) to Mr. Linky will you put your tot’s age (in months) after it, like this: 1+1+1=1 (34 mos)? I think this will help new readers a lot as they look for ideas for their specific aged tot!

If you are unsure of how to add your direct link to Mr Linky-I added a tutorial with photos here, scroll down to see it!

Brown Bear, Brown Bear ~ Tot Pack

This pack has been updated with new clipart and photographs! See the new files here!

I finally finished it and this one I am SO excited about because it is perfect for Krash!!! I had so much fun making this set, and forgot how much I love this book! I hope you all enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it!


One mini book is for coloring…

The other is for reading and identifying shapes…I made a fold out alphabet (there’s also one with lowercase in the download)… A pocket with counting cards…Size sequencing bears…

And, my favorite…the Heads and Tails pocket…Believe it or not when I went looking for the book, I realized that we didn’t own it! I guess i had always gotten it form the library. Well, I decided we needed our own copy, and instead of just getting this book, I decided on this great set…

It also has Polar Bear, Polar Bear, and Panda Bear, Panda Bear, which I know Krash will love also!!!

Behinds the Scenes ~ Blog /Web Surfing, Organizing Ideas

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I am obviously online a lot, and I get asked often what I use to help simplify my online life! This post is dedicated to sharing that with you!

BLOGS…

First, if you are reading more than 5 blogs per day I HIGHLY recommend using a blog reader. If you are unfamiliar with this, I recommend learning it (not difficult at all), as it will make your blog surfing much easier and more time efficient! I have used Google Reader (with iGoogle also-I still use Google Calendar though)) and Bloglines, and I have now recently switched everything back to Bloglines, it is my personal favorite.

My favorite things about it is the little notifier I have on my desktop, it’s like an email notifier, so I always know if any of my subscribed blogs have updated.

I often skim through blogs in Bloglines and then when one strikes me, or there’s one I want to leave a comment on, I will open it up on the actual blog to remind myself I want to read that one further. I do that after I have sifted through Bloglines for the day- then the ones that I have opened are there for me to go back to before I am done!

I currently have 63 feeds coming in and obviously I do not have time to visit all of these blogs everyday. Bloglines only shows me NEW posts for that day! If I see an IDEA I like that’s where my next recommendation comes in…

ONLINE IDEAS…
Before I go any further I want to thank Alicia for sharing this with me last week, as I am new to it and already in LOVE! Evernote is the solution (for me at least) to organizing ideas I find online.
I am a very visual person and because of this my favorites bookmarks have gotten out of control, as I can’t remember why I put something in there, even if it is well labeled. The visual cue that Evernote provides is the answer for me!!!

The basic idea is that you “clip” a portion of a blog, or site (even straight from Bloglines) and send it to your Evernote account! It is so easy, fast, simple and AMAZING!

I am not going into a tutorial of how it works, but I promise with a bit of time YOU can figure it out! If you have ?s you can certainly see their FAQ page or contact their support. Here’s a bit of what I have learned and how I am using it so far…

Here’s a screen shot of a couple of my sections so far, the first is entitled “Homeschooling Ideas to MAKE” for all of those ideas I see online (mainly in blogs) that I am not ready to make yet but want to refer back to. In this image, you can see the little photos, and underneath is the blog/post name, and LINK back to it!!! They are also each individually tagged for even further organization. Here’s an example…I like the idea I found on Story Time and More. It is in my Homeschool Ideas folder, but also tagged with: colors, book ideas, Eric Carle. So if I wanted to find all things tagged about colors it would show up there too!

Here’s a screen shot of my “Tot Tray Ideas” folder…
Any time I come across a blog/site with a good idea for a Tot Tray I put it in this folder and then label it with tags too.

THE PRINTED STUFF…

Here’s my current homeschool binders…

  • Tot School: I keep his assessment sheets, master list of Tot School toys/tools we own, Tot Tray stuff, idea sheets, and more. Basically anything that is hand written about tot school is in here.
  • Pac Man’s Lesson Plans (in it I file the old ones, and keep the new ones, as well as blank sheets for planning). His current weekly plan is stored in a tray thing on our school table, the notebook is mainly for storage of plans we’re not currently using.
  • File Folders games/Matching Boards (both K and P’s are in a big 3 inch one now, probably will have to divide them soon)
  • SOTW (Story of the World) papers: Pac has one notebook to put his completed SOTW pages into.
  • Old Testament Overview: Pac also has one special notebook just for his Bible work.
  • Pac Man’s Stories

Right now that’s all I have. I do NOT print anything in advance, I only print things when I plan to use it. That’s why I love Evernote. I do not print lapbooking materials until right before we begin that particular lapbook. I only print worksheets I like or printed cards/activities I like, if I plan to use them that week. If they are not for immediate use-they get filed in Evernote. I hate wasting paper and having tons of it everywhere.

I am NO expert in this field (you should see my desk right now!!!!), and have learned about everything mentioned in this post from other wonderful moms online!!! If you have ideas, please share them in the comments below!

Tot School ~ Barely

~Krash is currently 34 months old~

Tot School was pretty non-existent this week, except for the fun times K had with others! Thankfully Pac stepped in for me and the camera happened to be close by…Here Pac is reading to K in their reading fort… Krash learned how to open his own straw and put it in all by himself, he is VERY proud and wants a juice box all of the time now!!!

I happened to catch K reading and playing with these great books, Baby Einstein Alphabooks. He has never really even noticed them (they were Pac Man’s) but he had a great time naming the letters and stacking them up…
My great friend Shannon was over on two nights to help take care of me and the boys while my husband had to work, praise the Lord for friends!!!!
Finally, K did a craft!!!!!! This might be the first one ever for him, I am so not a crafty momma. Thankfully MY momma arrived Saturday and I put her right to work, making Wooly Sheep with the boys! K was very into it, I may have to get crafty!

I got the idea for this craft from Totally Tots.
He was SO proud of his sheep…

If you have a tot (approximately ages 1-3) at home, join in the fun and share what you’re doing with your tot! Here’s how to get started if you’re new…

If you’ve never read this: Go HERE 1st for more details- please do!!! Then if you have any ideas you’d like to share, link up your exact post to Mr Linky (if you have questions about how to do that, let me know in a comment or email-links to homepages will automatically be deleted).

New: when you add your name(blog name) to Mr. Linky will you put your tot’s age (in months) after it, like this: 1+1+1=1 (34 mos)? I think this will help new readers a lot as they look for ideas for their specific aged tot!

If you are unsure of how to add your direct link to Mr Linky-I added a tutorial with photos here, scroll down to see it!