Archives for January 2014

Grapevine Bible Studies on SALE!

We love Grapevine Bible Studies and I am excited to share a BIG sale with you!  Right now, through February 7, 2014, all student books and student eBooks are 50% off!

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Grapevine Sale

Now is the time to stock up on these amazing studies, at such awesome low prices!  Not sure where to start with Grapevine, visit the “Where Do I Start?” page to see a visual aid to help you decide!WhereDoIStart

Learning with Ladybug ~ Age 4y, 9m

Home Preschool January 2014

Welcome to our weekly preschool at home blog feature, Learning with Ladybug!  As you probably know, I scrapped our preschool plan and built a new one based around our current needs.

We have a few main preschool categories, you can read the entire plan here, I will break my weekly posts down by category so you can see what she did each week within a certain area. If we have a letter focus, I will do a separate post to make searching easier.  I will do the same for any themes we do.

See our entire Home Preschool Plan here!

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Spielgaben ~ Play Based Learning

We continued our work with box 5 in Spielgaben, which contains cubes and triangular prisms.  Below she was using one of the worksheets to recreate the design.

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In another lesson we made a pyramid together…

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For this worksheet she had to create the shape shown and then match up the number of blocks used for each shape.

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Making toothpick creatures is still one of her favorite activities.

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FYI ~ I am not being paid at all to continue to share about Spielgaben, I was given the set to review and write one post {this one}.  What you will see from here on out is just because we are loving it so much!

Jim from Spielgaben saw my blog posts and emailed me to say thanks and offer my readers a deal on the pre-orders now being taken!  If you contact Jim from Spielgaben, he will give you a discount if you mention my blog!  Regular price to pre-order is $405, and my readers can pre-order for $355 {these are AUD prices but the conversion is similar, it actually favors USD right now so your price will be lower than AUD}.  Shipping is free. Contact Jim with any questions!

Messy Fun

We have always had lots of messy fun but I am making it a more intentional part of our plan.  Almost all of my ideas are pinned here on my Sensory play board.  I am trying to have one planned messy creation experience per week, even if it’s just making a new batch of something we’ve already done.

In honor of it being winter, we made our indoor snow again!  See our original post for more details!

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We added in our Arctic Toob animals and guys, which she LOVED!

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After a few days, we added more shaving cream and baking soda to it, to freshen it up some!

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All By Myself Preschool Boxes

I didn’t create new boxes this week, she had the option of going back in the previous boxes and bins.  That’s her “snow” on the top of the boxes.  She didn’t necessarily like this plan, but I wanted to try going every 2 weeks instead of every one.

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She spent much of her afternoon time reading, we have a big box of books in the living room, and she loves to sit and read by herself.

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She asked for her bead box and made bead spirals on glittery pipe cleaners.

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One afternoon she built with her blocks and added the Minecraft characters in!

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See all items that rotate through our boxes here!

All By Myself Preschool Boxes

All the Rest

I got her POP for Rhyming for Christmas since she likes POP for Counting so much.  This game was a big success too!  She is no where close to mastering rhyming, so this is great, fun practice!

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She also got a Cootie game for Christmas, which we played together!

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There was lots of crafting, mostly with premade crafts like this {thanks to my Mom}.  She loves these, with the stickers and small foam pieces to dump on for color.

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See our LETTER U work here,  which was done during the same time as what you see above! Home Preschool Letter U

Visit Preschool Corner to see more home preschool families!

Ideas for Using ~ Q-Tip Painting Printables

Ideas for Using Q Tip Painting Printables

My daughter is the queen of loving something one day and hating it the next. She definitely keeps me on my toes. I began creating Q-Tip painting printables because she LOVED them and then suddenly she was SO over them. Anyone else relate?

I had to get creative with how we would use them and once I did, she loved them again! She now uses them weekly again, but chooses her method each time.


WHY use Q-Tip Painting Printables?

The big answer is fine motor skills! If you notice how we focus on not only the tiny dots, but also using small items in painting or adding to the dots. All of this works on hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills

The letter identification is a secondary bonus!

Below you will see several ideas for using these printables.

The obvious use is Q-Tips and paint. We use both tempera paint and water color paint. This was  the main reason they were created, and I was originally inspired by this post. You can see our original intro post here.

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We have also cut straws down to a tiny size and let her paint with those.  I did this both for something different and also to make the grip area even smaller than a Q Tip to force her to use a better grip.

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Adding glue dots and glitter is another fun activity, and one of her favorites.  She is usually able to add glue dots to some of them and then I finish when it gets too hard.

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If managing a glue bottle is too much, try a toothpick!  I put a small amount of white glue in a craft cup and give her a toothpick to dot the glue on.

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Then we sprinkle on the glitter!

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Another spin on the use of glue is to glue on Perler beads.  Again, she will add the glue for some and I will finish.  Then she adds all of the beads.

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Looking for all of our Q-Tip Painting Printables? Click on the images to see the free printables for each theme shown below {click here to see any new themes added after this post was published}! I am always adding more, so be sure to subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss new themes!

Lalaloopsy  Sofia

Despicable Me  Tinkerbell

Jack in the Beanstalk Mouse Paint

Noah's Ark  Thanksgiving

Nativity  Christmas

The Mitten  Winter Clothing

Q Tip Alphabet Painting  Q Tip Painting Number Printables

See more “Ideas for Using” posts below!

Ideas for Using ABC Letter Crafts   Ideas for Using ABC Find It!

Ideas for Using Roll and Graph   Ideas for Using Dot Fun Printables

Black History ~ Calendar Connections

Black History Calendar Connections Printables


We have another 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 futurehas been hard at work behind the scenes! She writes the Calendar Connections cards for us, I design and host them.

We chose Black History for our next theme! Black History Month was a requested theme by many last year and Shannon has worked hard on this set. This new set tells a bit about the history of Black History Month, and features 27 different African-Americans who have contributed to our country in great ways. This set is featured for February, so you will notice there are only 29 cards, instead of the normal 31.

Black History 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!

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. Calendar

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!

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

Calendar Connections Small Black History

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 15 sets to choose from, and we will still be adding more too!

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

Tot School Gathering Place ~ Week 55

Gather together here, gather ideas from other blogs, share your own ideas on your own blog. Browse around at the other posts linked up, leave a few comments if you have time, and be sure to check back to see if your blog was featured!



WOW!!! There were so many amazing ideas linked up to Tot School Gathering Place this week, it was very difficult to choose just three! Please be sure to check out the different blogs linked to gather some great ideas for teaching your Tot.

Over at Learning is Messy, R3 began studying Arctic Animals! There are a number of amazing activities from the sensory bin to spelling to science centered on this theme! Be sure to take a look!

Learning is Messy


Mama Krystal is just starting her journey with Tot School and shares with us some pretty wonderful ideas for her winter theme with Tot Reid. Head on over and see the fun both Mama and Tot Reid had this first week of Tot School!

My Life of Travels and Adventures


Mama Debbie from Bible Fun for Kids, shares with us some delightful ideas of incorporating a Bible word into the Tot School alphabet. Check out what word she chose for the letter Ee and the ideas for incorporating it into the program!

Bible Fun for Kids


Remember to visit our new Pinterest board hosting our featured blogs each week! Be sure to follow the board and re-pin ideas you like, it’s a great way to support each other!!

I also created a new Tot School Printables Pinterest Board. If you are using Tot School Printables and blogging about it, will you email me with a link to one of your posts and your Pintrest link? I am opening up the board to allow other bloggers to pin their Tot School posts that feature Tot School Printables in action.

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