Archives for January 2011

Tot School ~ 21 Months Old

~Ladybug is currently 21.5 months old~



Ladybug is quite the little block builder and is really enjoying our foam blocks.



The boys love when I let them play along with her!IMG_5677

On another day, rolling in the blocks was her activity of choice.IMG_5762


She amazes me with this shape sorter.  We have had this thing since Pac was  a baby and it has no brand name on it.  All 3 of my kids have loved it, I wish I knew if it was still around! EDITED TO ADD-a kind reader in the comments below shared the name and found it on Amazon here!!!  It is a really tough sorter because 3 shapes are on one side and 3 on the other.  Ladybug has figured out this concept way earlier than either of my boys did!  In this photo she is looking at Daddy and saying “noooo” as she jokingly puts the red shape into the purple hole.IMG_5712She then flips the thing over {something I never really taught her but she figured out} and finds where the red one goes IMG_5713…and puts it in with ease.  My girl may have been a slow walker, but she’s got this spatial reasoning thing figured out!  ha ha!IMG_5716


She loves our Noah’s Ark shape sorter, mostly lining the animals up on the top like this…IMG_5776


These awesome tiny toys were given to us by a former teacher and she LOVES them.  We keep them in the pencil containers and she loves to just dump them all out onto her lap as illustrated below!IMG_5815


Ladybug really loved the square version of this toy too!IMG_5732

This puzzle is too easy for her now, I let her explore it one more time before passing it down to a friend who has a baby 9 months younger than Ladybug.




tub of funLadybug enjoyed the winter sensory bin a bit more before I switched it over to our Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin in the middle of the week.  She really grew to love the tinsel which was surprising since she hated it the first time she touched it!



The Valentine’s Day Bin was a hit the 2nd day too, she especially enjoyed the addition of the parmesan cheese container to put the sticks into.IMG_6080

The heart shaped ice cube tray was a hit too.  She practiced spooning jewels into the hearts.

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I caught her lining up jewels and “counting” them on her own!IMG_6087




Ladybug has gotten to the point now where she likes to join in with some of K’s school lessons.  She sat with him while he watched the PowerPoint show for his RRSP lesson.IMG_6048

I am trying to be better about including her in things he does, now that she understands a bit more, it is much easier, although still a challenge to manage them both!  Krash was working on his Play Doh letter P for his RRSP unit and I sat Ladybug at a table near him and just let her play…IMG_5800She was mostly interested in “drinking” the PlayDoh…IMG_5798and putting K’s crayons into the container!IMG_5808


Once again reading with her brother.  She has a new favorite book now, another odd choice, “How Are You Peeling?”  Funny how the reading almost always occurs in or near one of our bean bag chairs !    IMG_5688


Another new favorite of hers is when her brother lets her use his DSi to “draw” using the drawing feature it has.IMG_6027


Sometimes the best school isn’t planned by Mommy.  She dug out this puzzle {from the $ store} and asked me to put it together for her.  Then she proceeded to roll her ball down the “slide”.”IMG_6098


I was working one night while the boys were gone and she was playing near me…I looked over to see this…IMG_6122She had dumped out the crayon box and was practicing her spatial skills all on her own, using the Wii tennis racquet!IMG_6127


Moms Favorite

A little morning cuddling with Daddy before he gets ready for work, watching her new favorite show-Bubble Guppies







Thank You ~ December 2010

So, I realize this is WAY late…but these posts are important to me to say thank you!  Many of my top referrers on on my top 10 list for the first time!

Some Linky Love for the following blogs/sites as a THANK YOU for sending loads of traffic my way!

From my Google Analytics report ~ December 2010

Top 10 Referring Sites

  1. Homeschool Creations
  2. Confessions of a Homeschooler
  3. Totally Tots
  4. Counting Coconuts
  5. Living with 3 Boys
  6. Spell Outloud
  7. The Good Deal Gal
  8. Delightful Learning
  9. 10 Million Miles

Top 10 Visited Posts on 1+1+1=1/December 2010…in case you’re curious where other readers spend their time on this blog {I always love looking at these stats}

  1. Christmas Learning Plans
  2. Nativity Preschool Pack
  3. Behind the Scenes ~ Tot School, Where Do I Begin?
  4. Christmas Learning ~ Day 1
  5. Christmas Gift Ideas for Preschoolers
  6. Raising Rock Stars ~ Christmas Nativity
  7. Christmas Learning Fun ~ Day 2
  8. Welcome to 1+1+1=1!
  9. Raising Rock Stars ~ Christmas Symbols
  10. Christmas Learning Fun ~ Day 3


Finally, a BIG Thank You to our current blog sponsors and/or upcoming giveaway sponsors…

What Number Comes Next? {with video}

As I am sure anyone who frequents my blog can guess, Krash is an active child.  Active children usually love learning in an active way.  I have been doing more and more of this with Krash lately and he is loving it.

Our recent ACTIVE learning activity involved a mini blown up ball, old beach game paddles, and some energy.  First we just played “tennis” together before I even brought in any learning.  Then I added in a simple game to help him learn the process of counting on.  He can count to 30 successfully so now I am trying to teach him to start from any number and count on.  This concept is often very confusing at first but once kids get the hang of it, it’s quite simple.  Before he could get a “hit” I said a number and had him tell me the number that comes next.

You’ll see in the video he struggles a bit and sometimes goes backwards.  By the end of our playtime he was doing so much better.  We will continue to work until he gets it and this simple math skill will help so much!

Pac Man was my videographer, but when he wasn’t doing that I included him by calling out multiplication problems for him to answer before he got a hit!

Valentine’s Day Sensory and Imagination Bin

We have a new Valentine’s Day Sensory and Imagination Bin!

Valentine's Day Sensory Bin

I absolutely love changing out the sensory bin!  I am silly like that, but the joy I get in creating a new one makes up for all of the sorting and cleaning I have to do to put the old one away!  The kids thoroughly enjoyed the winter sensory bin for several weeks and they even helped me sort the bin and put it away the other day ~ knowing that I would be preparing a new one behind the scenes!  They love sensory bin revealing day!  Believe it or not, Pac Man gets the most excited about it!

For this bin I went with 3 ideas in mind…hearts, red and pink!

IMG_5950I have been collecting fun little heart things for years so I had a lot of that and even my mom sent me a sweet package with some items she found in the dollar section at Walmart and Dollar Tree!

I also went through our toys and gathered a wide variety of pink and red items.  The kids always love finding their toys mixed into a bin!  Not everything I have was in the bin today, I gradually add things in over the weeks while it is out.

Here’s a peek at their bin time the first day…


The bracelets were a BIG hit with Ladybug…

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They all loved making shakers out of the little heart containers…IMG_5989


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We always have tons of fun sorting and counting with our bins.  This red serving tray was perfect for this tub!IMG_6017

A bit of info on where I got some of the stuff:

  • red spikey balls, squishy heart bracelets and heart slinky things were from Walmart
  • wooden hearts with designs on them were from bead packets at Michaels
  • mini plastic heart containers, hard plastic heart bracelets were from Dollar Tree
  • heart buckets are from Dollar Tree, AC Moore, Michaels and JoAnn
  • heart shaped cookie cutters were from this set, and a set I got last year from AC Moore
  • RED and/or PINK stuff: Learning links, unifix cubes, mini letters{Walmart}, large wooden beads, pom poms, clothespins, spoons, jewels, beads, color squares, bottle tops, stirring sticks, popsicle sticks

I also have collected a wide variety of items from Oriental Trading over the years.  I can’t even remember all that I have gotten from them, just search around in their seasonal shop and you’ll find tons of fun bin stuff!

Looking for more inspiration?  Here are some bins I found while searching around online {if I missed yours, please leave a link to it in a comment on this post}!

See more Valentine’s Day Learning Ideas here on my website!!!

How to Train Your Dragon Printables ~ Preschool Pack

How To Train Your Dragon Printables

Awhile back I created a Preschool Pack for Krash based on the movie, “How to Train Your Dragon.”  It is a simple set of dragon printables featuring preschool level skills.  It has just a  few activities and would be perfect for any of you who have dragon lovers like my Krash! I completely forgot to link up and share the pack until now!  I don’t even have many photos of him when he completed it, but I did find these!

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Here are a few of the other items in the pack…

Dragon Color By Number  Dragon Sorting  Dragon Tracing

There is also a patterning set, a D is for Dragon sheet, and cards to spell the word DRAGON {both upper and lowercase}.  You can download the How to Train Your Dragon Preschool Pack on the website!  You can see other available Preschool Packs hereTot Books and Packs are also great for preschoolers!

Check out what other preschoolers are doing over at Preschool Corner!