Archives for January 2012

Jake and the Never Land Pirates Kindergarten Printables

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Jake and the Neverland Pirates PrintablesI had NO idea how popular Jake was until I posted the “coming soon” update on my Facebook page!  Apparently my son isn’t the only one who enjoys Jake and the Never Land Pirates! These were released over on my Facebook page last week, so be sure to “like” 1+1+1=1 so you don’t have to wait for the blog post!


I hope many of you will be able to enjoy the following activities with your kids!

Using a number line…

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Greater than and less than, using the alligator mouth as a visual aid.Slide4

Identifying coins…

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Counting by 5’s…Slide7

Basic Fractions…

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Matching descriptive sentences…

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Easy reader…

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Rhyming Words…

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Sight Words, fill in the blank, use tracer for younger kids, fill in the blank for older!

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Labeling characters…

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Write a sentence…

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3-part cards, use for matching words to images or play a memory game with them!

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I hope many of you can use these new Free Kindergarten Printables

and I hope to have more soon!

Here are a few more ideas that would go along well with Jake…

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Calendar Connections ~ Presidents

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My wonderful friend Shannon is still working with me to create the Calendar Connections cards. She is a fellow inner city missionary with me and also a homeschooler {and former school teacher}.

We chose the theme of Presidents for February!

Calendar Connections Presidents

The facts are written at a 3-6th grade level but you will be able to water them down for younger kids. It’s a great way to involve your entire family in exploring a particular theme. 

The cards fit my particular pocket chart calendar {which is from Oriental Trading}, item # IN-62/2017. 


but you could use a poster foam board and velcro to easily create your own set up. You could also use a standard pocket chart. They seem like they would fit in this calendar on Amazon but I am not certain.

I am now creating smaller sets to go along with the small pocket charts found recently in the Target $1 section. Here is what they look like… Calendar Connections Small Presidents2

Be sure to visit this post for a tutorial of how to sew your $1 pocket chart into a calendar!

There is also a new sheet included to be used in a Calendar Notebook if you are using those too!Calendar Connections Small Presidents


I printed my numbers on cardstock and laminated them before cutting them apart.

You can download these for FREE here!

You can use most of our Calendar Connections cards for any month! We are slowly building up what we hope will be a wide variety of themes to choose from!

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Tot School ~ C is for Caterpillar

~Ladybug is currently 33 months old~


Here is her desk set up for letter C. IMG_0093

The items in the pocket chart are all available here on the Animal ABCs webpage {files are released for free when they are posted on the Totally Tots blog for the ABC feature}.  I added caterpillars on her desk.

We also had several caterpillar books off to the side in her pink basket. I also set up a few caterpillar themed trays for her, as well as some non-themed activities.IMG_0095

On her trays:

Here are some book ideas for you…


Charlie the Caterpillar was a BIG hit, we read this too many times to count!IMG_0122

She loved the page that showed the sad caterpillar, on the right, she was showing her to me and telling me all about her sadness…

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She loved the magnetic pattern blocks and the cookie sheet.IMG_0097

I added in some templates for her to work with too, she liked them a lot!

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Coloring her caterpillars…    IMG_0120

She spent way less time with her notebook for this unit, which is totally fine!  Mostly she colored this page over and over again, I don’t even remember her tracing shapes or numbers at all!IMG_0407

We took her letters A, B, & C, along with the flashcards and hid them all in the ball pit!  She and Krash had a fun letter hunt together!IMG_0277



She worked with me to make the letter craft, which is basically an open ended project that you can do whatever you want with!  She chose to paint the letter C red, and then glue down the caterpillars.  She wasn’t interested in cutting at all this week, so I trimmed the caterpillars while she painted. IMG_0196

She glued down the caterpillars the next day with me…IMG_0274

Special Note: Please read my post about Following the Child’s Lead if you have a tot and need info about this.  All tots are different and what Ladybug is doing may not be appropriate for your child, even is s/he is the same age!


We worked on a few parts of the The Very Hungry Caterpillar Printable Pack, which she LOVED!  Here she was matching food in our mini pocket chart.IMG_0185

We read the book, a LOT!  Here she was “reading” it to me before we made a caterpillar craft.IMG_0292

Painting her caterpillar…IMG_0294

We also made another caterpillar craft, here she was admiring them both!IMG_0428

One time we read the book and used our flashcards to match…IMG_0341

She enjoyed this a lot!IMG_0347

We “played” the game together too, but with no rules, just had fun moving the caterpillar around and matching up food!


Note: we got both games at a consignment sale, CHEAP, they are not fun games when actually following the games, as reviewers on Amazon stated.  I don’t recommend paying full price for them, but they are neat to add in if you find the used!

We are taking our All About Reading Pre Level 1 lessons slowly.  I am not expecting mastery from Ladybug, just using this program as a way to expose her to the Big Five Skills.  She is a bit too young for the program and Krash is a bit too old, so that’s why we are using it together.

This week we did lesson 3, which focused on letter C and also rhyming words. With Ladybug I do tons of modeling, you can see us using the rhyming cards below.  She really enjoyed Ziggy being silly this week as he helped with the rhyming words in the wagon!  Krash really enjoyed this too!IMG_0207

She wanted me to color the C and the cat this week, but she asked to color the bowl of cream…IMG_0411

Learning-Toys_thumb2_thumb_thumb_thuKrash’s theme was Angry Birds and Ladybug participated with him in a lot of his activities!!  They played the game a lot together.IMG_0190

She painted Angry Birds, every single one of them!!IMG_0202

Krash had a notebook filed with his work for the week, she enjoyed looking through it and asking for certain things!IMG_0285

One day she put the Angry Birds on a “bus” matching them all up.  She came to get me and said, “wook they match!”IMG_0370


Our winter sensory bin was still out, as well as a salad bowl filled with jewels.  We played a lot with these.

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We had fun working on ABAB patterns together.IMG_0364


One afternoon we finally tried out water beads!  I had seen them on other blogs and finally ordered a set from Amazon, since we don’t have a Walmart near us.  The kids were in awe, the entire time.  This is when we first put them in the water…IMG_0438

After about 10-15 minutes they grew to this…IMG_0453

Ladybug REALLY enjoyed this and sat in her highchair exploring for about an hour!IMG_0460

She has also played with them several times since, now that they are their full size {about the size of marbles}.  We will definitely be getting more of these, the kids LOVED them!

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Working in her Tot Time NotebookIMG_0300

She still loves puzzles too! {Target dollar spot puzzle}IMG_0235


I love this shot of her playing on our iPod, sitting in our bean bag chair.   See more iPad apps we love here, iPad apps part 2 is here!! IMG_0350


Being silly with Daddy in the ball pit!

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More Tot School Links…

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Please put your tot’s age (in months) after it, like this: 1+1+1=1 (41 mos)

Angry Birds 100 Chart Coloring

One of my favorite blogs lately is Lil’ Country Kindergarten.  Marlana creates some neat printables!

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Recently she posted some Hundred Chart Art printables and it brought back memories of doing these with my Kindergarten class when I taught.  She has shared so many awesome freebies, I am so thankful.  Be sure to check out her site for: butterfly, pumpkin, turkey, & chick in this post, and groundhog, Cat in the Hat, Leprechaun, bunny, 100, Abe Lincoln, & George Washington in this post.

Since we were in the middle of Angry Birds week, I decided to give it a go and make an Angry Bird version.  You can download it here!  I left space on the webpage for more, in case I decide to create more in the future!Angry Birds 100 Chart Coloring

Here is Krash’s finished Red Bird, he was so excited!  We added googly eyes to his {his request}.



Moments to Remember

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Moments to Remember was developed as a simple way to look back on our week as homeschoolers and find photos that encompass the memories we want to remember.
The week may have been tough, there may have been more bumps than smiles, but in the end these are the moments that keep us going, the ones we need to remember.

I have a many moments that stood out to me as I browsed back through this last week’s photos, I guess I took a lot of pictures!

We had our first theme in awhile, Angry Birds!  The kids loved it and since they all love the silly birds, it was something that really united them all.  Ladybug and Krash played with the game and our stuffed birds a LOT together this week!



Working on Ladybug’s All About Reading with her and Krash is awesome.  Krash gets so excited that he knows the rhyming words, it is a great review for him!  I love working with them both together.IMG_0207


I loved seeing Pac quiz Krash with his sight wordsIMG_0253


Ladybug and Krash had a ball pit letter hunt together and it was tons of fun! IMG_0277


It was awesome to see how totally excited Krash was when he completed the Teach Me Kindergarten level!  I upgraded him to the first grade level and he hopped right into the ball pit and played for a long time!  I love that he can sit in a ball pit and play the iPad for school!Teach Me 1st Grade App

I started really using Instagram and am so glad I did.  I am using it more as a personal memory collector, as a scrapbook of sorts.  I have big dreams of printing them all out at the end of the year into a book-we’ll see if I can keep it up!  Here are my favorite homeschooling moments of this past week…

I love Calendar Notebook time with all 3 kiddos.  Morning prayer & Bible time with Daddy is still going strong.  It is difficult at times, but I am so glad it is still going consistently.

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Ladybug “read” me her Bible one day before her nap.  Pac cheered Krash on as he progressed in Teach Me 1st Grade.

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I love that I can assign Krash to write a shopping list for his afternoon school!  He loves his new Skylanders game and saved his money to buy 2 characters.  He wrote a list of their names and drew pictures of them one day!  Finally, getting to wear your snow pants inside because you think you look so cool might just be the best reason of the week to love homeschooling.

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