Archives for February 2012

Outer Space Theme Printables & More


I am gathering a wide collection of free printables within certain themes. In order to better organize these online, I have created theme blog posts for the themes I have created many printables for!  Links to these pages in the top navigational bar labeled “Theme Printables” so you can jump to them easily.


In this post, I will direct you to the page where the file is hosted on my website or blog, since they are in various places! I hope this helps you find things within themes! I will try to gather anything I have done, created, or posted about surrounding this theme. Slowly I am adding more blog posts like this to help you find everything for the major themes we have done and will do.

Solar System Printable Pack


Outer Space Sensory Bin


Astronomy Calendar Connections


Planets PowerPoint Show

{in Members Only PP section}


Tot School Printables ~ Ss is for Star

{Outer Space Vocabulary Development Theme}

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From my Friends…

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Astronauts to Earth Gameimage

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You can check out my Outer Space Finds here!

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Calendar Connections ~ Astronomy

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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 Astronomy for March!

Calendar Connections Outer Space

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, I ordered mine from Oriental Trading but they now have the same one on Amazon


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 Outer Space 1

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 Outer Space 2

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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Baby Animals Printable Pack {free}

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I have had this in the works for awhile now, working with these adorable baby animal photos has been really fun!  I hope many of your children enjoy learning with the new Baby Animals Printable Pack!  This FREE printable pack features skills for tots, preschoolers, Kindergartners and even older children who need review!  It will be listed in the Preschool Packs section, but goes below preschool and beyond a bit!

Here’s a glimpse of what is included {all free} in this Baby Animals Printable Pack

Baby Animals

You can download the entire

Baby Animals Printable Pack here on my website for FREE!

{note-it is in 2 parts, be sure to download both!}

In case you missed it, I also shared Mommy and Baby Animal Matching Printables too!



If you are having any printing or downloading trouble,

please see the tips in the FAQ post here!!!

See more Kindergarten Printables here!

See more Preschool Packs and Tot Books/Packs here…

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Tot School ~ Letter E

~Ladybug is currently 34 months old~


Here is her desk set up for letter E…


The items in the pocket chart are all available here on the Animal ABCs webpage.  I added elephants on her desk, including both of our Webkinz Elephants! {files are released for free when they are posted on the Totally Tots blog for the ABC feature, letter E is not free yet, but it will be once it is posted on Totally Tots!}.

We also had several elephant books off to the side in her pink basket. Our Betty Lukens Safari Felt Set was displayed for her also.

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Here are some Letter E and Elephant ideas for you…


She did a lot of notebook work again, IMG_1424

…thankfully I caught the notebook one day after she was finished with a round of writing!


Here she is working on Letter E Dot Fun, she chose to use stickers.  I offered her the option of using pom pom magnets, dot paint, or stickers and she chose stickers, again!  This set is included in the Animal ABC Bundle, or you can purchase the set as a stand alone set for $1.25 on Teacher’s Notebook.IMG_1471

She worked with me to make the letter craft, which is basically an open ended project that you can do whatever you want with!  We used gray “snow paint” at her request!  She painted her letter E, then we stuck her elephants right in the paint, since it has glue in the mixture, this worked perfectly!  No photos of this part, my hands were a mess along with hers!


After painting our letter, we sent the elephants to the “spa.”  She had SO much fun with this, rubbing them in shaving cream!!IMG_1413

Hopefully I have a plastic animal for all of our units so we can do this, she loves it!IMG_1417

Here is the completed letter E…IMG_1457

I showed her my Elephant Theme Pinterest board and let her choose an activity she wanted to do, she chose the elephant cut and glue from Making Learning Fun!  I did the cutting, helped her with the gluing a bit, and she did the coloring on her own!IMG_1455

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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 if s/he is the same age!

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. 

This week we did lesson 5, continuing our work with rhyming words.  First we did a lot of oral work, matching all of the pictures together.  Then we chose a few and played a memory game.

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We read the letter E story and she asked to look through the book herself.  She LOVED the cat story and giggled as she “read” it!IMG_1505 

She added dot paint “peanuts” for the elephant to eat on her letter E page… IMG_1499

Techy TotShe loves Starfall and can manage the site almost entirely on her own now!  She loves the little story activities!IMG_1488

She also loves just sitting and watching Krash do whatever he is working on!IMG_1493

Learning-Toys_thumb2_thumb_thumb_thuShe laced the beads for awhile but definitely preferred stacking them!

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Krash is having “Webkinz” week for his school so all of our pets are in the schoolroom and she is LOVING this!  I can’t count how many times she has lined them up in some way!IMG_1389

Playing pop beads with Pac Man…IMG_1427


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Moments to Remember

Moments to remember


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.

We have been out of town most of February, but finally we are back and have been in full homeschool swing since Tuesday!  We got 2 days in and I was hit with the stomach bug, then about 12 hours later, my husband got it.  Thankfully, within 24 hours we were both fine!  Krash had it last week, and we are praying the other 2 don’t get it!

As I browsed the photos I did take, this one stood out to me…


I love that these 2 can play together in the middle of the day.  Their relationship is really blossoming and I love watching it! 

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Link up your moments to remember post below, be sure to provide a link back and be sure to use a permalink to link up your exact moments to remember blog post {not your blog home page}. Your post can be as simple as one photo, or as detailed as tons of photos and tons of words!  This linky is for homeschoolers, or families who are keeping their kiddos at home during the early years {we consider you homeschoolers too}.

When adding your link, just put your blog name for the title and choose an image from your Moments to Remember post for the thumbnail.

Next week, link up with Homeschool Creations!

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