Shooting Sight Words ~ Learning to Read is FUN!

Shooting Sight Words with a Nerf Gun!  Great Word Fun for Kids!



Years ago when Krash was learning to read, my husband took over homeschool one day.  This was what I walked in and saw ~ shooting sight words with Nerf guns!

Shooting Sight Words with Nerf Gun! Shoot Sight Words with Nerf Gun!

Needless to say, this was a FAVORITE way to practice sight words for my son and we brought the idea back recently with my daughter who was reviewing her You Can Read sight words! She LOVED it and Krash helped her out and enjoyed being a part of the fun again.  He remembered doing this when he was younger!

You Can Read Review - Shoot Sight Words with Nerf Gun!

We just write the words she is reviewing in bubbles on a dry erase board.

Shoot Sight Words with Nerf Gun!

She uses the Nerf darts with the suction cups on the ends to shoot the word I call out! Simple, effective and FUN!  Lots of giggles too!

Shoot Sight Words with Nerf Gun!

 

See a video clip of us playing here on YouTube, or the shorter version here on Instagram! In the longer video below you’ll see we switched to sentences instead of bubbles in the end.  This is another variation of making the game work in different ways.

See more Word Play ideas here!

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All About Reading Level 4 Discount and Giveaway!

All About Reading Level 4 is now available! To celebrate, the full set of AAR Level 4 Materials is $20 off the regular price for one week only (through September 15).

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For more details and to see what’s included in the Level 4 materials, check out the All About Reading Level 4 overview page. You can even download samples of four complete lessons from the teacher’s manual, activity book, and decodable readers.

There’s also a giveaway here!  Be sure to enter to win!

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See our All About Reading Level 2 Review here!

All About Reading Level 2 Review

Tot Tray Ideas ~ The Ultimate Collection

The Ultimate Tot Tray Idea Collection



I am so excited to launch a brand new series featuring Tot Tray™ ideas from me and from YOU!  Tot Trays are a simple twist on a very old Montessori idea involving a contained work area for young children. The trays are my version of this, making it simple to implement at home. I developed the term Tot Trays years ago to describe the variation I was using at home with my son, and went on to use with my daughter

Tot Tray ~ Droping Chips into a Container

 

What are Tot Trays?

  • a tray your child can work on, providing a clearly defined work space
  • an activity presented visually on the tray so children can choose from a variety of options, promoting a child-led early childhood environment
  • easy to clean up for a young child due to the contained space of the tray, promoting independence

It’s really simple, but can get as complex as you choose.  It’s just an idea for creating a child-led environment which promotes early learning skills through play.  That’s the entire goal of Tot School, and Tot Trays are just an extension of Tot School.  You can read much more about Tot Trays here in my original post from years ago!

What Are Tot Trays

 

The concept of Tot Trays has spread far and wide across the Internet and that excites me!  There are many blogs who feature their own Tot Tray ideas and I would love to pull these ideas together here! I am developing a series of posts which will feature a linky for you to link up your specific idea{s} for the Tot Tray category.

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We will all work together to create a massive collection in one place, so you can find ideas quickly and be inspired by all of those who are using Tot Trays with their tots and sharing ideas.

Tot Tray Set Up

The Linky Details

To make these linkys simple for bloggers I am not requiring a link back, that way you don’t have to go back and add it to old posts but can feel free to link up quickly and easily.  I do ask that you pin whatever post you link up to, or share the post on Facebook.  If you want to provide a link back to the idea collection, that’s GREAT and will only help your readers!

As new categories are added, the graphic will be added here so you can come back and jump around to the new ideas!  This will be our landing page and all of the upcoming posts will be linked here.

Some trays will obviously fit into more than one category, and as we go you can link up the same tray idea again if it fits.  A transfer activity might also involve color work so it could be linked in transfer ideas, color ideas and even fine motor ideas!

Below you can see the categories I have ready to go and will post over the coming months, some may also be added.  These graphics should give you a start in thinking about what you may want to come back and link up when the linky for each category goes live!

The Ultimate Tot Tray Idea Collection

 

Stay tuned for our first collection and linky, it will be coming soon!

Be sure to follow my blog via email so you don’t miss a linky when it goes live. Right now I don’t have a set schedule, but hope to launch a new category every 2-3 weeks.

If you feature Tot Trays on your blog, feel free to leave a link to your blog in the comments section of this post.  If you have your Tot Trays sorted by a tag/category, use that specific link so others can find your ideas!

Tot School Gathering Place ~ Week 87

Welcome to Tot School™ Gathering Place! 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!

Each week we will feature photo{s} and ideas from blogs who link up. Remember, provide a link back to Tot School Gathering Place within your post that you link up, so you can be considered for the feature!

Tot School Gathering Place ~ Week 87

 

Happy September!!! I don’t know about you, but we are slowly returning to a “normal” schedule after a summer of family fun and memory making! Don’t forget to link up your Tot School post to share with us your wonderful ideas so other Tots may enjoy them as well! Have a great week!

Many of us know that younger sibling Tots want to join in the fun of learning with their older siblings! See what fun ideas Mama Debbie from West Word Blog created to keep Tot Sam busy and learning during the school day!

West Word Blog

 

With the sun starting to set earlier many Tots start spying the moon and stars! Many have a deep fascination with them! If that is your Tot take a peek at the star themed activities that Mama Heather from Golden Reflections Blog put together for her Tot.

Golden Reflections Blog

 

What Tot doesn’t enjoy learning and hearing stories about themselves? Mama Keri over at Living In This Season has put together a week’s worth of activities for Tots to learn just how special they are! Head on over and take a look!

Living In This Season

 


Remember to visit our 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!

Love Tot Trays™? Check out our Tot Trays for Tot School Pinterest Board!

Using Tot School Printables?  Visit ourTot School Printables Pinterest Board. If you are using Tot School Printables and blogging about it, email me with a link to one of your posts and your Pinterest link so you can pin to this group board!

Our Tot School Ideas Board is filled with ideas from all around the web, maybe even some of yours!

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Were you featured?

You are welcome to a button but you certainly don’t have to use it! Totally optional!

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Do you have your FREE

Where to Begin with Tot School eBook?

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See the Tot School webpage here!

Are you NEW or have never been featured? Read this!

Basics: write a specific post about what you did with your tot, link up the permalink from your post, link back to Tot School within that post, put your tot’s age in months in ( ) like this: (43 months).

What’s in the Bible Coloring Book

We have loved What’s in the Bible DVDs for years.  In 2012/2013 we used them for our homeschool Bible curriculum, and are using them again this year!

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I was SUPER excited when I was asked if I wanted to review the new What’s in the Bible Coloring Book and jumped at the opportunity since I was looking for a new way to supplement the learning this year.

We are using the DVDs and the new coloring book for a no-prep, simple, yet very effective Bible curriculum for my three kids.  Currently my kids are 5, 8, and 12 and ALL love the What’s in the Bible DVDs and now the new coloring book.

Here’s amore about the new coloring book straight from What’s in the Bible ~

Introducing the What’s in the Bible? Coloring Book! Color through the WHOLE Bible – from Genesis to Revelation – with over 200 reproducible pages. Start at the beginning with the stories of creation, Adam and Eve, and Noah, and find all your favorite Old Testament stories – including Ruth, David, Esther,and more. The New Testament starts with coloring scenes from Jesus’ ministry and then you can color through Paul’s letters and even a few pages from the book of Revelation! What's in the Bible Coloring Book

It’s a comprehensive, chronological journey through the Bible your kids will love as they experience each story in a new way by expressing their creativity through coloring!

The coloring book comes in standard book format {which we received and you see in my photos} or as a PDF digital download.

 

How We Are Using What’s in the Bible?

We use one DVD per week and watch 1 of the 2 episodes from the DVD each day during lunch. So, each week, they will view each episode on the DVD twice. We will rotate through all of the DVDs and then begin again.  The kids begin coloring while watching after they finish eating each day.

Here’s a peek from one of our days, which I shared on Instagram here.

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This has quickly become a favorite part of the day, with the little two often begging to color during their free time.  They love these books.

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I am asking my kids to choose pictures to color from whatever DVD we are currently watching.  There are many to choose from which means when we go back through they will be able to go back and color those!

It has been a great way to reinforce the concepts they learn from the DVDs.  Personally I need one LESS thing to prepare each week and the fact that this is just so simple makes me love it even more.

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