Tot School Gathering Place ~ Week 102

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

Merry Christmas! Are your Tots getting excited for Christmas? My kids are singing Christmas songs at the top of their lungs, counting down the days until school is done for the year, and dreaming of a snowy white Christmas! (Though, it is highly doubtful!)  Please share all the fun activities that you enjoy with your Tots throughout the week. It may encourage another Mama and Tot!

Are you still in need of a gift for Grandma? Take a peek at the activity Mamas Shelah and Sarah from Mosswood Connections used with their Tots! Any Grandma would love it!Mosswood Connections

Head on over to Adventures in Tot Schooling to see all the amazing Christmas activities that Tot Munchkin enjoyed throughout the week! Some would make marvelous keepsakes!Adventures in Tot Schooling

Do you ever wonder what to do with all the Christmas cards after the holiday season is finished? Check out Acorns & Crayons to see the wonderful ideas that Mama Rickardo put together for Tot Squirrel! Your Tot may just enjoy them as well!

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See ideas by ages below!

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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).

Color and Trace Printable 2015 Calendar for Kids

2015 Printable Color and Trace Calendar for Kids



Looking for an easy way to work on calendar math with your child?  Our new color and trace printable 2015 calendar for kids provides a simple, low prep way to do this.  Print 12 pages, staple them together or put the in a binder and you are set!

Learning ideas to go along with these printables ~

Printable Calendar for Kids

  • At the beginning of each new month, trace the name of the month, the year, and color the focus picture.
  • Each new day, trace the number and talk about what day it is.
  • Practice counting each day up to the date.
  • Use 2 or 3 colors to write in each month to create a pattern.
  • At the beginning of each month go through and mark the special days {holidays, birthdays, anniversaries or anything your family celebrates}.  Have your child decorate those special dates so you can look forward to them!

Download your free 2015 Color and Trace Calendar for Kids here!


Looking for more calendar fun?

Add these printables to our Calendar Notebook printables!

Daily Calendar Notebook

 

Here’s one set up for homeschool calendar time we have had.  Lots of free printables!

Calendar Time Ideas and Printables

 

Here’s our Calendar Connections for more fun learning!

Calendar Connections Set 1

Kindergarten Homeschool Wrap Up

Monthly Homeschool Kindergarten Wrap Up

So, we got one monthly homeschool wrap up post done this year and then our life went nuts. I had great intentions but life took over and a wrap up post was the furthest thing from my mind.  Instead of wrapping up October and November for all kids, I thought I would just jump back on in 2015. But, I did have some to share from my daughter’s Kindergarten so wanted to get a post in!

But first, let me share a bit of behind the scenes life so you know why getting a wrap up post just wasn’t happening.

Near the end of October my husband had a bad accident {fell from a ladder up on a roof} and broke both of his legs, requiring surgery on both and a hospital and rehab stay of about 3 weeks. God is good and he will heal, and we are grateful he is alive. He can’t begin to bear weight on his left foot until February, so we still have a long road ahead.

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In the middle of that, we were moving.  We have now moved and are getting settled in our new home {that’s a whole different story}. The accident and moving just threw my life up into the air.  We are still in the air to be honest, but recovering.

Much of our personal life is shared on Instagram, you are welcome to visit us over there!

Now, you can see why homeschool was on the back burner for awhile. Here’s what I did manage to capture with Ladybug during October and November. First, I share our group subjects, things she does alongside of her brothers.

 

Art

We are over-achievers with our one Home Art Studio project this year. Hopefully I can stop outdoing myself and slow down a bit.  Just kidding, obviously.  She loved our starry night art project and would love if we did more art. 

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US History ~ John Smith

We read John Smith as our second book from the YWAM Heroes of History series.  I got these awesome Toobs to go along with our reading, which really helped the little two sit during our reading sessions.  We enjoyed this book and learned a lot about Jamestown, Pocahontas and John Smith’s adventures. 

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The creations while reading were often hilarious.  The kids each picked one character at a time from my box before reading, then would play with the ones they chose during reading time.Kindergarten -2420

 

World Geography

We are following along with the book Passport to the World currently. So far we have made it through O is for Oriya {a language spoken in India ~ the alphabetical part is the languages not the country names}.  Ladybug loves coloring the flags and learning with us.  She remembers quite a bit for her age!

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D.E.A.R.

Drop Everything And Read is happening in sporadically as we have not had a normal routine at all.  She takes reading time whenever she can, she’s a bookworm!

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I do specific posts for much of Ladybug’s Kindergarten {Kindergarten Literature Units, You Can Read, Spielgaben, RLRS and Theme Units}.  Here’s direct links to the posts showing her in action during October and November {click on the graphic to see the posts}.

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She also has other Kindergarten fun that we don’t write specific blog posts about. Logic of English, Speekee Spanish, & Integrity Time Bible Lessons.

We are using and enjoying Logic of English Foundations A.

She is learning consonants and vowels and we use our All About Reading/Spelling tiles to sort with.  The white cards are from Logic of English.

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Lots of fun sound work with each lesson, here we were playing phonogram BINGO.

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Find the phonogram I say…

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Identifying beginning sounds..

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She can read and write CVC words.  Here we were playing together.  She got to add one gear to her tower for each word she could read correctly. She loved this!

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For handwriting, I am using my Letter Tracing Printables & flashcards, LetterSchool app, and the Alphabet Tracing Pages from This Reading Mama {shown below}.  Her pencil grip is an ongoing battle.  We still use our pom pom pencil grip correction method

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We are still using Speekee for Spanish, she does this with Krash and they both LOVE it! I fell off the wagon a bit but we will get going more after Christmas.  Below we were playing Red Light Green Light to practice Spanish color words.

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We are doing our Integrity Time Bible lessons still, but these got pushed to the side in all of our chaos.  Here’s the one lesson we did.

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Did you miss our first wrap up post?

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You can see our detailed Kindergarten curriculum choices here.

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Linking to ~ Weekly Wrap-Up

Snowman Sequencing Printables

Snowman Sequencing Printables

Winter is just about here for those of us on this side of the world!  It’s snowman season for many already and I wanted to share these new snowman sequencing printables with you all.  I used two different sets of graphics and offered each as a color printable or a black and white version for your child to color!

Snowman Sequencing

There’s also a recording sheet for each set, to be used as a place for your child to glue them on.

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Use these printables with young kids to talk about the sequencing of events.  Many tots, preschoolers and Kindergartners will enjoy these snowman sequencing printables

Need some fun winter books to go along with your snowman fun?  Here’s a peek at some of our favorite winter books!

Winter Books for Kids

 

Download your FREE Snowman Sequencing Printables here!

See more winter ideas here on our Pinterest board!

Follow {1plus1plus1} Carisa’s board Winter Theme on Pinterest.

You Can Read Sight Words ~ Unit 8

You Can Read Sight Words continues to be a fun part of our homeschool Kindergarten.  Along with adding these new words, we also reviewed the previous words from unit one, unit two, unit 3, unit 4, unit 5, unit 6 and unit 7. You can see how we store ALL of our You Can Read stuff here.

You Can Read Sight Words Unit 8

Here’s a post sharing You Can Read Unit 8 with Krash when he did it!  See all of Krash’s Kindergarten posts here.

We completed the work of this unit during a VERY hectic time in our life {our Instagram shares more of our personal life if you are interested}.  We were packing up to move and dealing with my husband’s accident injuries {he fell off of a ladder, broke both legs, had surgery on both, and is still recovering}.  Needless to say, I am lucky she learned these words! 

Here’s the photo recap of what I captured {which wasn’t all of it due to the craziness of life when she completed this unit}.

Making her words using the little ledge on her shelf.

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We played BINGO, with Spielgaben pieces.

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Connecting words to make shapes.

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Play Dough Words…

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Color by number sight word, with stickers.

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She enjoys taping together her word puzzles…

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Word search…

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Funny fonts with stickers. 

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When we got set up here at our new house we reviewed a bit to be sure she remembered her words after a break from school.  Playing memory is her favorite way to review.

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Download the FREE printables for You Can Read Unit 8 here

Purchase the You Can Read Bundle here {get access to the bonus items}

See our You Can Read YouTube playlist here

See our post featuring Unit 1, unit 2, unit 3, unit 4, 1-4 review, unit 5, unit 6 and unit 7!

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Want to know my thoughts on teaching my kids to read

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