Calendar Connections ~ Pond and River Life

It has been a long time since we have had a new set of Calendar Connections cards! My wonderful friend Shannon took a break but she is back with a new set and plans for more in the near future! She writes the Calendar Connections cards for us, I design and host them. We have a new Pond and River Theme Calendar Set for you!

Pond Theme Calendar Connections



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.

NOTE: these do NOT print front to back, only the premium design does. These are the original cards, which we still offer for free. You can see an example of the bundled set here! We do not have a pond premium set yet.


The cards fit my particular pocket chart calendar. I put the image cards in the pockets backwards and flip each day We either keep the information cards in a folder or behind the image card and pull it out on the correct day to read it.

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You could use a poster foam board and velcro to easily create your own set up. You could also use a standard pocket chart.


I am now creating smaller sets to go along with the small pocket charts found in the Target $1 section. Be sure to visit this post for a tutorial of how to sew your $1 pocket chart into a calendar!

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

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 now have 14 sets to choose from, and we will still be adding more too!

Calendar Connections Set 1

We are taking suggestions for upcoming themes.  Leave suggestions in the comments!

Tot School Gathering Place ~ Week 51

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The New Year is almost here! And with it – opportunities! Opportunities to spend time with our Tots, filling their minds with wonderful things and helping them explore the world! I pray you will take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way this coming year to grow closer with your Tot! Take a look at the different blogs linked up to Tot School to help you in your efforts!

Mama Brittany over at Pitter Patten shares how using toys from around the house can aide in teaching our Tots their shapes and colors. Check out how Tot Ryker uses his toys to learn about shapes and colors.

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Winter is now in full swing and Laugh and Learn has some wonderful ideas for winter sensory bins and crafts! I especially enjoyed learning about Mama Laura’s indoor use of a water table! Be sure to head on over and take a look!

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The letter Rr took center stage for Tot Ethan during his Tot School investigations! Mama Lindsay put together some wonderful Tot Trays for Ethan to explore. Be sure to take a look at You Are the Roots to see if any of her ideas will work with your Tot!

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Reusing Christmas Cards

Reusing Old Christmas Cards for Kids to Make New Ones

In January, I take down all of the beautiful holiday cards that were sent to us and sort them into two piles.  Cards with photographs in one pile and regular cards in another.

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All of our photo cards for the year now get put on metal rings like this, we so enjoy flipping back through them each year.  All of our other cards go into a big collection box that gets pulled out each year for our kids to use!

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My kids make cards for a few special people in their lives and we use these old cards to cut from!

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They choose cards that have pictures, phrases, or verses they like and cut and glue to create a special card for their special person.

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This one was for her gymnastics teacher.

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I save old Christmas scrapbook paper for them to use also.  We have done this for years, some years they have even just made collages for fun.

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So, don’t throw away your cards, save them for crafting with next year!

Advent Fun 2013

Advent 2013

I have purposely documented our daily Advent fun together this year on Instagram!  The secret reason I did this wasn’t really to share, but to keep myself accountable!  I am not always the best with follow-through on long term projects, like Advent.  My daily photos helped remind me and kept me from slacking off.

Since we traveled this year, I closed up our Advent activities on Dec. 19, so we doubled up some things that were intended to last longer. Dec. 19 ended up being a pretty crazy day and at the last minute I decided to pack up the very last Advent bag and bring it with us on our trip.  We opened the final bag on Christmas Day and read our Christmas Eve and Day Jesse Tree devotions together.

We used the brown bag set up this year and in the bags I kept ~ Jesse Tree ornament, Christmas ABC, and the Christmas joke.

Each school day the kids also got a new Christmas sensory bin surprise, and we also did our Birth of Jesus study for 7 of the school days. It was a low stress year, easy to do each day and for the most part, I kept my attitude in check.  I am mostly thrilled that the kids learned a lot, the Birth of Jesus study was reason for that!

Here’s a peek into Advent 2013 , thanks to Instagram!

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Resources we enjoyed this year…

Merry Christmas

Christmas Card 2013

We wish your family a very Merry Christmas! I will be back online soon, after enjoying time with my family!