Gift Ideas to Inspire Creativity

We have our next new Gift Guide for 2016, featuring Creativity Gift Ideas! I have a daughter who absolutely loves to be creative, so we have developed a few favorite products over the years!

Let's Create! Gift Ideas

 

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See some of our favorites on Amazon below {jump over to the blog if you are reading in email}. We own all but one, the Paint by Sticker! This will be a new addition to us this Christmas!

Kwik Stix ~ we got these to review last year and have been in love ever since! She uses these a LOT!

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Beados ~ I love that she can manage her Beado creations all on her own now. She creates, sprays and cleans up all by herself!Crafts -9632

Perler Beads ~ we have been Perler Bead fans for many years. All 3 of our kids have loved them, especially our daughter. She is constantly creating.

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Dot Paint ~ a long time favorite. It isn’t used as much now but in the younger years we used it ALL the time!

Paint by Sticker  ~ hope she will like this!

 

Stay tuned for the remaining  categories! I am excited to share all of our new gift ideas with you! See our  Family Game Night Ideas here, our Brain Games here,  our Indoor Activity Ideas here, and our New Early Childhood Gift Ideas post here!

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Follow along with us on Facebook to get some sneak peeks as I share individual products we love from now until Christmas. Be sure to subscribe to daily or weekly email updates to be sure not to miss the full posts for each category!

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5th Grade Homeschool Wrap-Up, Oct. 2016

5th Grade Homeschool Wrap Up Oct 2016

This year I am doing individual grade level wrap-up posts instead of all three kids in one. I shared our first month of 5th grade here. This post will share highlights from October!

Here is the post about the curriculum choices we made for him.

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Our 5th grader has an odd homeschool schedule due to his gymnastics training schedule. He practices most days and we organize his school time carefully to fit it all in. Somehow we get it all done, it amazes me!

 

WRITING

Writer’s in Residence continues to work well, but the “I don’t like writing” has set in. He has told me that if he has to do writing he definitely prefers this curriculum but he would rather just not do writing.

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Personally, I LOVE it. I am so glad I gave it a try! I don’t like the complaining, but at least it’s less complaining than previous years! Below he was working on a family tree as a part of his recent assignment.

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READING

See his book list and reading record printable here.

We are almost done with reading The Sign of the Beaver together

He also reads books on his own at night and currently reading Dash.

His completed reading list so far this year…

 

SCIENCE

He does Apologia Swimming Creatures with his 2nd grade sister and his dad.  They often watch videos that Daddy finds for them to bring the sea creatures to life!

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HISTORY

He also does The Mystery of History with his sister and Dad. The interest varies depending on the lesson.

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MATH

Oh how I love Teaching Textbooks and I love that it works for him!  He continues to use just the program with very little help from us! He loves it when the dog snuggles next to him while he is working!

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VOCABULARY

We are using Spectrum Vocabulary again because it worked well for him last year. Not his favorite, but he does it with little complaining.

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SPELLING

We are using All About Spelling Level 5 this year and he is doing very well. I continue to love this spelling curriculum!

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GEOGRAPHY

See our review of Evan Moor Geography here, there’s even a video peek inside. I continue to be so thankful I chose this book for him, we both enjoy it!Evan-Moor Daily Geography Practice 5th Grade

 

ALL THE REST

 

Gymnastics

His competition season begins this weekend and we are all excited! Keep up with him on Instagram here where I try to share clips from his training and also from his meets! Here is a video from his recent testing, they test once a week to prepare for meets.

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Strep Throat and Lots of Play

He had Strep this past month and was wiped out for several days. He did LOTS of building during his downtime while home. He built so many cool things with our Citiblocs!

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EEME Projects

He finished Q the Robot, see our full review here!

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A Recap of his 5th Grade Subjects


Follow along with us on Instagram to get peeks at our homeschool life {and our life in general!}. Stay tuned for an October wrap-up all about 2nd grade! See 9th grade here!

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Indoor Activity ~ Gift Ideas

We have our next new Gift Guide for 2016, featuring Indoor Activity Gift Ideas! I love ideas for keeping kids active while indoors! We have some long time favorites here in our Blessed with Boundless Energy post. This past summer we spent loads of time in Marbles the Brain Store while on vacation and came across many new indoor activity toys that we fell in love with!  We played with them in store, and our kids are getting at least one of these for Christmas this year {shhh!}.

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You can see direct links to some of these great indoor activity ideas down below, some are exclusive and only sold at Marbles. If you do shop there, be sure to sign up for their newsletter to save 10% and also check out their Loyalty program!

See some of our favorites on Amazon below {jump over to the blog if you are reading in email}.

 

Favorite Indoor Activities from Marbles the Brain Store

 

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Personal favorite: Flingons!  They have a special bundle on sale right now and that is what we got our kids for Christmas {don’t tell!}. We had so much fun playing in the store!

 

 

See more ideas for keeping super active kids moving here!

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Stay tuned for the remaining  categories! I am excited to share all of our new gift ideas with you! See our  Family Game Night Ideas here, our Brain Games here, and our New Early Childhood Gift Ideas post here!

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Tot School Gathering Place Week 201

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!

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Tomorrow is National Pickle Day!! Do you enjoy pickles? Does your Tot like pickles? Does she make a pucker face while eating one? I loved the faces my kids made as tots while they ate a sour pickle! So cute! What activities will you be doing with your Tot this week? Don’t forget to let us know what you and your Tot are up to here at the Gathering Place!

Sometimes life gets in the way of schooling! Check out Waterview Homeschool to see how Mama Sam is handling a particular busy week!

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Need some tricks to teach your Tot to put their shoes and jacket on independently? Head on over to Living Montessori Now to see the tricks that GrandMama Deb has taught to her GrandTot Zoey.

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Have you and your Tot gotten to the letter G? Take a peek at the activities that Mama Kate created for her Tot and see if they may work with your Tot!

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Do you have your FREE

Where to Begin with Tot School eBook?


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Follow {1plus1plus1} Carisa’s board Tot School Ideas on Pinterest.


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).



Brain Games ~ Gift Ideas

We have our next new Gift Guide for 2016, featuring Brain Games Gift Ideas!  This past summer we spent loads of time in Marbles the Brain Store while on vacation and came across many new fun brain games that can be played individually!  We played them in store, and our kids are getting some for Christmas this year {shhh!}. I am in LOVE with this store {and no, they aren’t a blog sponsor and don’t even know I am writing this}.

Brain Games Gift Ideas

 

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You can see direct links to some of these great brain games down below, they are exclusive and only sold there. If you do shop there, be sure to sign up for their newsletter to save 10% and also check out their Loyalty program!

 

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Save 15% with code: FAMFRIEND16

Expires 11/12/16

AND they always have FREE Shipping on orders over $19.99!

See details on their site.

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Favorite Brain Games from Marbles the Brain Store

 

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Personal favorite: ColorKu!  This is SUCH a neat game and honestly just beautiful to look at. It’s basically Sudoku in a hands on form, using colors!

A peek of one of the toys that  just might be under our tree for a certain boy who fell in love with it in the store! He begged to go back to the store so he could play it again!

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Stay tuned for the remaining 5 categories! I am excited to share all of our new gift ideas with you! See our  Family Game Night Ideas here and our New Early Childhood Gift Ideas post here!

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Follow along with us on Facebook to get some sneak peeks as I share individual products we love from now until Christmas. Be sure to subscribe to daily or weekly email updates to be sure not to miss the full posts for each category!

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