Chewigem Sensory Jewelry Giveaway

I am excited to welcome a new blog sponsor and share a product that I believe will truly help many of you. Chewigem creates oral sensory jewelry for people of all ages who have a discreet need to chew or fidget. Not only are these necklaces and bracelets stylish, they provide a simple solution, giving a child {or adult} the ability to self regulate a need.

I know many of my readers have children with sensory needs and/or children on the Autism spectrum. Shelli’s son was the inspiration for her as he is on the Autism spectrum and has sensory needs. Her passion for Chewigem is obvious and authentic, you can read more about Shelli and Chewigem here. I was excited to host this giveaway, knowing it will bless someone greatly.

Chewigem offers many different options for your chewer; pendants, bangles, and even dog tags!  All are made from non-toxic FDA approved food grade silicone {BPA, latex, lead, PVC & phthalate free}. Necklaces come on an adjustable cord to allow the user to find the length that is right for them (the normal drop is 18”) with a break away clasp for added safety.

Chewigem Sensory Jewelry

Chewigem has received accolades from therapists, parents and educators and they sell to many school districts!  You can see many reviews here on their website.

Personally I love the designs and how modern and hip they are. This jewelry offers a unique alternative that both meets a sensory need while also being cool.  How cool is that?

Be sure to browse through their product line here, prices range from $14.95 – $19.95.


Chewigem Giveaway!

Because these products are so specific to the user, Chewigem allows the winner of the giveaway to ‘chews’ their gift. Winner may select one item from the shop based on personal needs.

Chewigem Giveaway

Giveaway is open to USA and Canada and closes 10/27/14. Use Rafflecopter widget to enter below.  Jump over to the blog if you are reading in RSS or email!

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Teach Them Diligently 2015

I am beyond excited for the Teach Them Diligently Homeschool Conventions coming in 2015. I was blessed to attend 3 conventions last spring as a speaker and was blown away with the entire convention. My entire family attended one weekend with me and we agreed, it was a fabulous experience for all of us!

Conventions for 2015 will be in Nashville, Atlanta, Sandusky, and Dallas this year! 

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Exact dates for each location in 2015 ~

There’s exciting news for those of you attending the Nashville convention this year!  Dr. James Dobson will be giving the keynote on Saturday!  I have admired and respected Dr. Dobson throughout my years as a parent. Many of his books have blessed our family tremendously.

Dr. James Dobson to speak in Nashville, TN March 19-21, 2015.

Seating for Dr. Dobson’s keynote address is limited, but priority seating will be provided to the first 1,000 families with paid registrations. Secure your registration now to make sure you have a seat for this historic address.


Tickets for Teach Them Diligently are currently $45 for a family.

Get $5 off your registration, through 10/20/14 with coupon code 1+1+1


I will be speaking at Teach Them Diligently this year. I hope to be at all four, but my exact locations are still being decided. As of now, I will definitely be in Nashville and Ohio! Have you seen that water park resort in Ohio?  My family took one look and decided that was the convention they’d be joining me on this year.

I got to meet many blog readers and fellow homeschoolers last year and look forward to doing the same this year. I hope to meet some of you next year!

Goose ~ Kindergarten Literature Unit Printables

Our next Kindergarten Literature Unit Study Printable Pack is ready!  I continue to develop literature unit studies behind the scenes and am excited to share our next free printable unit with you.

A few have asked if I am going in the order the books are listed here on the blog, and the answer is NO.  I am going in random order and that list is not set in stone.  On the website here, at the bottom, I will share the next 2 books I am working on so you’ll have a bit of notice in case you need it.

Goose Kindergarten Literature Unit Printables

Goose is a favorite book of Ladybug’s, featuring a goose who grows up away from her momma!  The goose feels different from her other animal friends and goes out on her own and learns she can fly!

In this printable unit you will find a sample lesson plan.  I provide a lesson plan idea, but even I probably won’t follow this, it is just an idea.  Make this work for you and your child!

Lesson Plan


For each unit, I am selecting Kindergarten math goals from our list. For this unit I chose patterns, shapes, number words, and counting/writing numbers to 30.

Number Word 3 Part Cards ShapesPatterns Numbers 1-30


Lots of literacy activities; Letter G sound, sequencing the story, comprehension questions, writing, and rhyming words.

Letter G is for Story SequencingComprehension Rhyming WordsWriting


For our Science focus, children will sort birds/mammals, and sequence the life cycle of a goose.

Sorting Birds and Mammals Goose Life Cycle


The first character connection is focused on each of use being special in our own way just as goose was.  The second is about persevering through difficult tasks.

Charater Connection Charater ConnectionCharater Connection Charater Connection

Bible verses are available in a few different formats, choose the one you like best.

Philippians 4:13 Printable Philippians 4:13 Printable


I share more ideas here on our Pinterest board for this unit.

Follow {1plus1plus1} Carisa’s board Kindergarten Literature Unit Ideas ~ Goose on Pinterest.


See books and toys to go along with this unit.

Toys and Books to go along with Goose Kindergarten Unit


~~>Download your FREE printables here!<~~

We will be sharing our unit study in action soon!  We will also be sharing more free literature based printables soon too.  See other units here!


Tot School Gathering Place ~ Week 92

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 92

Another week accomplished! Doesn’t it sometimes feel like it was an accomplishment just to get through the week with our Tots? Keep on keepin’ on, Mama’s!!! You are doing an amazing job working with your Tots and helping them explore their world. Be sure to share with us your experiences by linking up your blog posts. You might inspire another mama with a new activity!

Were you able to experience the lunar eclipse this past week? We were and it was spectacular! Perhaps your child adores the moon as much as mine. If so, take a look at the wonderful activities that Mama Claire from Adventures in Tot Schooling put together to explore a favorite piece of literature!

Adventures in Tot Schooling


“O” was the featured letter of the week over at The Kavanaugh Report! So many neat activities centered on science, art, and practical life. Jump on over to check it out!

The Kavanaugh Report


Head on over to Becoming Madre and encourage Mama Sherilyn in her efforts in Tot Schooling Tot Em! Check out the enjoyable activities Em joined in during her first week of Tot School!

Becoming Madre


Tot School on Pinterest

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!

See ideas by ages below!

Tiny Tot School Ideas for Ages 9-12 Months Tot School Ideas Ages 12-18 Months Tot School Ideas Ages 18-24 Months

Were you featured?

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

Tot School Feature

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Do you have your FREE

Where to Begin with Tot School eBook?


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).

You Can Read Sight Words ~ Unit 6

You Can Read 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 and unit 5. You can see how we store ALL of our You Can Read stuff here.

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

We took two weeks to complete this unit, as you will see below.

You Can Read Unit 6

Day One

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Making her words using the little ledge on her shelf.

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We were busy with our apple fun and only did the making words on day one!  We got to the other stuff from this day on the next day!

Color by number sight word, with stickers!

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Connecting words to make shapes.

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Day Two

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Color by number sight word

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She really likes taping together her word puzzles…

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Stickers on her funny font page, instead of dot paint.

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Day Three

Our third day of lessons with these words…

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We played BINGO, with Spielgaben pieces.

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Stamping words!

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Stickers again for her Color by number sight word!

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Day Four

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Her favorite ~ roll and read using Education Cubes printables!

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Color by number sight word

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Play dough words…

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Finding her words in the word search…

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Day Five/Six/Seven

We completed what was left and a bonus activity since this list was hard for her.  We spread these final activities out over our last 3 days of the two week unit.

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Bitsboard fun…

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She used blue to circle words from this week, and purple to circle any other words she remembered from previous weeks!  Then we read them together, she reads circled words, I read un-circled words.

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Here’s a video clip of us reading together…


Color by word…

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Sensory bin sight word search.  I chose the words she needed the most work on and hid them in the rice.  She pulled them out one by one and we graphed each one.

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Here’s a video of her in action…


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Download the FREE printables for You Can Read Unit 6 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 and unit 5!

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