Tot School Gathering Place ~ Week 101

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 101

 

Are your Tots counting down the days until Christmas?  What activities do you do with your Tot during this season? Remember to link up to Tot School so we can all share in the fun!

Do you have a lover of science in your house? If so, then check out the activity Mama Melanie of Teach What Counts put together for her Tots Rocket and Songbird! Maybe your Tot would enjoy it, too!

Teach What Counts

Do your Tots fuss when it’s time to put on hats and mittens? My one Tot used to until we read The Mitten by Jan Brett. Check out the activities that Mama Kimberly from Natural Beach Living put together for this wonderful story!

Natural Beach Living (1)

During this time of year (well really ANY time of year when you are dealing with Tots!) it is easy to get busy and lose focus of WHY we are doing any of this (Tot School, preparations, searching websites!) at all! Take a look at as some thoughts Mama Suzy Mae of A Soulful Life put together as a reminder to us all!

A Soulful Life


See ideas by ages below!

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Were you featured?

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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).

Integrity Time Bible Giveaway

Integrity Time Bible Giveaway

I am excited to share a great giveaway with you today!  We have been using Integrity Time Bible Lessons for awhile now and love it.  You can see our full review here! Integrity Time Bible is a blog sponsor and wants to give a complete curriculum {$120 value} to one of you!

Here’s a couple of photos from our more recent lessons, the puppets are still a BIG favorite around here!

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What is Integrity Time Bible?

Integrity Time Bible Lessons is a unique program designed to teach young children foundational values of integrity through the truth of the Holy Scriptures. There are 26 lessons included in the curriculum, which include games, fun puppets, creative songs, crafts, worksheets, and other positive reinforcement tools. Each basic lesson is about 30 minutes. To extend the lesson for 45, 60 or more minutes, Timely Extenders are found with each lesson. Each lesson also includes a Timely Verse that children are encouraged to memorize (We also sell a Timely Verse poster that helps children keep track of their progress – on the same website as the Bible Lessons curriculum). Also included in each lesson is a Parent’s Page which gives parents ideas to extend and reinforce the lessons. Music is also included with the curriculum but can also be purchased separately if desired.

 

Be sure to read our full review to see how we are using Integrity Time Bible Lessons in our homeschool!

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Giveaway!

Enter to win using Rafflecopter below.  Giveaway is open to anyone {it is a digital download} and ends 12/18/14.

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The Heart of Your Homeschool

I’d like to welcome David Nunnery, of Teach Them Diligently to my blog today!  I had the honor of speaking at the conventions in 2014 and will again in 2015.

For the Heart of Your Homeschool 

Homeschool Population is Growing

Homeschooling is exploding across America. The families that are just starting are from every region and state in the US, and their motivations for homeschooling are diverse. Whether embarking on this journey because of bullying, failing government schools, common core, special needs, or a thousand other reasons, families that homeschool are as diverse now as they have ever been. We all have come to this same journey from different pathways. There is no hierarchy to the inspiration for bringing your children home for school. But the largest mistake most new and veteran homeschoolers make is they never answer the question of foundation. In other words, why are you homeschooling in the first place?

When doing an internet search, there are a wealth of strong resources that all teach parents the hows and whats with reviews on what is good and what is trash. In many cases, it can be overwhelming to new homeschoolers and to veterans as well. For many, when things get tough and routines fall apart, children struggle with Algebra, and uncles and aunts think we are hurting our kids, our families struggle and these tensions overflow beyond simply education to marriages, parenting, and every walk of life. Homeschooling is not easy, but it is rewarding.

 

What is your Homeschool Foundation?

So for a moment, push all of the how-tos aside regarding homeschooling. When building a home or new building, the contractor does not start with walls, or plumbing. The contractor starts with a foundation so the question I have is what is your heart for your homeschool? Is your goal to simply protect your child from a bully or unwanted influences? Do you just want your child to excel and graduate with honors and get into a stellar university? Are you homeschooling because you were homeschooled? What is your foundation? This is the question you must answer if your hope is to be successful as a parent-educator. What is your anchor? And, while academic or protection reasons are strong and compelling for homeschooling, they are secondary. Academics are what makes homeschooling an education just like walls are what make a house. They are important and should not be overlooked. However, start with the foundation and build up from there. The foundation is what puts everything in order and gives it clarity. Without an anchor, you are just floating and without that strong foundation, your structure will surely be compromised or fall.

 

How Does Teach Them Diligently Help Your Family and Your Homeschool?

We run a series of homeschool events across the country called Teach Them Diligently. Our events are huge with great speakers such as James Dobson, Barbara Rainey, Ken Ham, Stephen Kendrick, and hundreds of workshops on raising a family, health and nutrition, every flavor of homeschooling with curriculum and resources, plus a huge exhibit and resource hall. We have the how-tos—the meat and potatoes of homeschooling—but the point of Teach Them Diligently is to speak to the heart of homeschooling. Our goal is encouraging parents in the discipleship of their children. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the foundation that all the other curriculum, flavors, and resources are set upon. We believe that homeschooling needs a foundation. Answering this question of foundation and strengthening our hold on it changes everything. This is why so many families come to Teach Them Diligently. And, this is the reason that so many say that we are the best homeschool event they have ever attended. It is all about the Gospel, and we invite you and your family to join us there.

 

David and Leslie Nunnery ShotDavid Nunnery is the co-founder of Teach Them Diligently (www.teachthemdiligently.net) and the President of Worldwide Tentmakers (www.worldwidetentmakers.com). His heart is to see families strengthened and equipped as they disciple their children and to raise up a new generations of missions-minded families to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ across the street and around the world.  

Winter Fun Q-Tip Painting Printables

Winter Fun Q-Tip Painting Printables

I have a new set of Winter Fun Q-Tip Painting Printables for you! This set has a simple sentence describing the picture, so you could staple them all together to make a book!  The focus letter comes from a word in the sentence. Lots of fun winter printables to keep little hands busy.

S is for snowman, A is for angel, B is for Ball, H is for hill, G is for gift, T is for tree, S is for skiing…lots of alphabet fun, painting fun, and winter fun all in one!Winter Fun Q-Tip Painting


WHY use Q-Tip Painting Printables?

The big answer is fine motor skills! You’ll 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!

See ideas for using these here!

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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! I am always adding more, so be sure to subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss new themes!

We have several with a Christmas/Winter theme…

Christmas Fun Q-tip Printables  Nativity Q-tip Printables 

   Slide2  The Mitten Q-tip Printables  Slide25

 

We have lots more fun themes too!

Despicable Me Q-tip Printables  Lalaloopsy Q-tip Printables  Tinkerbell Q-tip Printables

Jack and the Beanstalk Q-tip Printables  Sofia Q-tip Printables  Noah's Ark Q-tip Printables

Mouse Paint Q-tip Printables  Thanksgiving Q-tip Printables  Slide5

    Q-Tip-Alphabet-Painting  Q-Tip-Painting-Number-Printables


Download your FREE Winter Fun Q-Tip Printables here!

See more winter ideas here on our Pinterest board!

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

Tot School Gathering Place ~ Week 100

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 100

December is upon us! Time to decorate the house, trim the tree, and entertain those busy Tots with lots of fun and interactive learning. Keep linking and sharing your wonderful plans and ideas! Many Mamas and Tots really appreciate them!

It’s not too late to begin an Advent calendar to count down the days until Christmas! Head on over to A Kinder Garten Vintage Homeschool and check out some of her ideas! Maybe one will work for you and your Tot!

A Kinders Garten Vintage Homeschool

Along with the fun Christmas activities, Tot School continues! Check out the fun activities Tot Gefen enjoyed while learning about the letter “D” over at A Family in the Land.

A Family in the Land

Tot Kai is learning about the letter “U” and Underground life! Take a peek at what fun activities Mama Cherie planned for Tot Kai.Fluttering Through the Seasons


See ideas by ages below!

Tiny-Tot-School-Ideas-for-Ages-9-12- Tot-School-Ideas-Ages-12-18-Months62 Tot-School-Ideas-Ages-18-24-Months62[1]


Were you featured?

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

Tot School Feature

<center><a href="http://bit.ly/W32RDO" target="_blank"><img alt="I was featured for Tot School!" src="http://bit.ly/13tsB2r"/ ></a></center>


Do you have your FREE

Where to Begin with Tot School eBook?

Tot-School-eBook-332222222222

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).