Integrity Time Bible Review and Giveaway

Integrity Time Bible Review

{disclaimer ~ we were given Integrity Time Bible free of charge to review and have decided personally to use it as an ongoing part of our homeschool}

We have been using and LOVING Integrity Time Bible.  We reviewed Integrity Time here, and we enjoyed it also.  However, as a Christian family, the Bible version is an absolute perfect fit for us!  We have used lessons A, B and C so far.  I have personally read through a majority of the lessons already and begun preparing for the remainder.  As I said above, I love this so much we have decided to use it all the way through!  You will continue to see it on my blog in my Learning with Ladybug feature {since she is my target student for this}.

I keep all of the lesson PDFs on my iPad in iBooks.  This is a screenshot of my “Integrity Time” folder…

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For each unit, I have printed out the verse, any object lesson printables, as well as the visual aid {usually a character}.  Below you can see letters A, B, and C.

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Ladybug absolutely loves the Bible characters.  Letter A was Jesus {having a Christ like Attitude}, Letter B was David {David’s behavior was the focus}, and Letter C didn’t have a character but a blocks graphic {to represent Christian Cooperation}. The character printables are BW so I lightly colored them in myself before laminating them.  I also hooked ours to a popsicle stick.

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Each letter has a key verse that emphasizes the word.  Below you can see Ladybug proudly displaying her Letter A verse after coloring it.

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Along with the word, verse,and character/image, there is also an object lesson to help reinforce the idea and verse. For Letter A we had verses about Jesus’ loving attitude that we used.

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For Letter B we had a target, and we used this to talk about how even when we love God {as David did} we still often miss the target with our behavior.

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Letter C stemmed off of the Tower of Babel and talked about cooperation along with building a tower together.

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We are adding this in as a part of Ladybug’s Character Education.  She struggles a bit in this area and I need something focused.  I have chosen to do one lesson per week, and have Krash join us.  He needs this too and enjoys the lessons.

Before each lesson, I read through the lesson on my iPad and make sure I understand the Bible lesson. You can see a full sample of the Letter A on the Integrity Time Bible site here.

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After I have prepared any printables and lesson items, I call the kids over and they sit as I read the lesson to them.  I do not read it word for word, as it is written to a class.  I adapt the lesson to be for home {easily done}.

There are way more printables included than we use, here are a few, you can click to enlarge them.

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Integrity Time Bible Printables 

Keep in mind this program is written for a group setting, and would be wonderful for a Homeschool Co-Op, Sunday School, or Children’s Church class! There are parent sheets, handouts and more!  It is also very easy to adapt for home use.

If you are looking for a character education program, I highly recommend taking a look at Integrity Time Bible.

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Learning with Ladybug ~ Age 4y, 11m

Home Preschool April 2014 

Welcome to our weekly preschool at home blog feature, Learning with Ladybug!  As you probably know, I scrapped our preschool plan and built a new one based around our current needs.

We have a few main preschool categories, you can read the entire plan here, I will break my weekly posts down by category so you can see what she did each week within a certain area. If we have a letter focus, I will do a separate post to make searching easier.  I will do the same for any themes we do.

See our entire Home Preschool Plan here!

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Spielgaben ~ Play Based Learning

We worked with box 5b in Spielgaben. We made a girl which she was unimpressed with.  She asked to sit up on my table and work on it using the iPad {where the manual is}.  

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I thought the girl was pretty cute, but my real life girl disagreed.

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The “make a pie” lesson was a BIG hit and an awesome learning experience. We worked on patterns and symmetry while creating the pie itself…

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Soring and fractions were also a part of our play time as we created different “kinds”of pie within the pieces.

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Of course she wanted to eat the pie.

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We did a few worksheets from this set, here she was finding the missing piece.

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We have had LOTS of fun with our free play area I have set up now.  The Nature Guide is out a lot, as is the Inspiration Guide.

She loves making crocodiles now…

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She also made the seagull…

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This is her and her house.

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See our Playful Learning with Spielgaben posts here, as well as a discount for my readers!


Messy Fun

This week we made Moon Sand again!  See our original moon sand post here!

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We use our MessMatz for this, and an assortment of goodies always come along to play.

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I dislike homemade moon sand for one reason, it gets moldy when closed after about a week.  Thankfully the huge bag of play sand we bought was cheap so it’s not a big deal.

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All By Myself Preschool Boxes

She spends about an hour in the afternoon playing with her boxes. Usually this hour starts right after lunch, but if she wants to play messy stuff first, I let her.  I am basically requiring her to float between her boxes or the messy play table, or if she wants to be difficult, she can take a nap.  I sneak in to snap photos, but mostly she plays alone.  Sometimes she comes to get me to show me something too.

We haven’t been able to do school on the 5th day recently in the afternoon {when she has her box time} so I only make 4 boxes now.

In her mini sensory bins ~ rocks, lentils, beads, and colored wheat berries.

 

I actually remembered to take photos of her boxes this week!  Here she is posing with Monday {books, garden critters, geo boards, rocks}

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She is always sorting by color, it’s a favorite of hers.

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She loves the mini geo boards.

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On Tuesday ~ {books, colored wheat berries, Large Tinkerbell puzzle, fishing ABCs, frogs on a log}. And a dog.

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With each new day she is also allowed to go back to any of the previous day’s toys.  This week she played with the bugs every day.  They joined her in the wheat berries.

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On Wednesday ~ books, lentils, beads and a string, pet puzzles, interlox

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She made a house out of Interlox, for the critters of course.

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She loves these puzzles.

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Thursday ~ books, beads, stacking cups, old wooden sorting toy from my teaching days, number clip cards and a goofy girl sneaking in the picture!

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Sorting, again!

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See all items that rotate through our boxes here! 

See our Simplifying Sensory Play post here!

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All the Rest

We are currently reviewing the Bible based version of Integrity Time and went back to Letter C is for Cooperation!  I am absolutely in love with the Bible version {full review coming soon}!  The lesson was about the Tower of Babel, the kids loved the blocks we used as the object lesson.

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We talked about cooperation and how when used for the right thing, great things can be achieved. 

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My girl builds animals and people out of everything now.  I am pretty sure this is thanks to Spielgaben. It has been so inspirational for her, sparking her creativity like this. These are magnetic pattern blocks.

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This is a dinosaur {made from our foam blocks}…

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A bird she made out of the cubes Krash had been using to learn area.

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See our LETTER X work here, which was done during the same time as what you see above! Home Preschool Letter X

Visit Preschool Corner to see more home preschool families!

Kindergarten Literature Based Unit Studies

I will be homeschooling my daughter for Kindergarten, and not using any formal curriculum.  With the boys we loosely followed Calvert, but with her I am doing my own thing and enjoying this final year of glorious early childhood freedom and fun. I am in NO rush to hurry her academically.

As I prayed about what to center our learning around I struggled a bit but then had a light bulb moment. When PacMan was in Kindergarten we did tons of unit studies based around his interests and made Lapbooks together.  I am not in a season of life where I really want to do Lapbooks again, but the unit study idea appealed to me. Literature based curriculum also appealed to me but I did not want to follow a purchased program. So I am inventing my own wheel again!

We will be using Literature based unit studies for the backbone of our Kindergarten. I am certainly not the first to do this, there are wonderful curriculums based around this idea and there are awesome free literature based unit study printables out there too {Homeschool Share is my favorite source}. I will be using many printables from Homeschool Share {thanks Ami!} but I also wanted to choose HER favorite books and develop our own unit studies around those.  Below you can see some of the books we have in our stack so far.

Kindergarten Literature Unit Printables

To prepare for this, I made my list of her favorites, and had her help me collect her favorite books.  Some on our list wouldn’t be my first choice for a unit study, but I am honoring her favorites and following her lead! Here are the books we have on our list so far…

{linked books are done and you can click to see printables}

See all books we have on our list here in our Amazon store!

In developing the unit studies, I am keeping our own personal Kindergarten math and literacy goals in mind. I will be sharing these in more detail in separate posts soon. I actually am working behind the scenes on the first book I chose for her, “Hi! Mr. Pizza Man!” and have had so much fun developing this.  I miss my Kindergarten teaching days and am so excited for this year with my last Kindergartner.

I will be sharing our unit study printables for free, as I develop them.  I am also open to book suggestions.  I have not finished compiling our list, and would love to introduce her to new favorites. She is very picky and I will be focusing my time developing units we will be using personally.

What book on our list is your favorite? 

Do you have a book suggestion for a Kindergarten literature unit study?

Tot School Gathering Place ~ Week 65

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!

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Busy, busy, busy! There were a lot of linky’s this week – meaning you Mama’s have been busy! Make sure to take a peek at all the different Tot posts linked up to the Gathering Place and see if any shared ideas will appeal to your Tot!

Sometimes the unplanned activity is just the one that’s needed and turns out to be a real keeper! Check out the activity Mama Clair shares over at The Super Mommy Club.The Super Mommy Club

 

Over at Learners in Bloom, Mama Lilac shares with us that learning activities aren’t a “one size fits all” kind of deal!

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Mama Heather from Every Day for Them realizes that sometimes we make things more difficult than they need to be! Take a look at her revelation – maybe it will be helpful to you, too!

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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!!

I also created a Tot School Printables Pinterest Board. If you are using Tot School Printables and blogging about it, will you email me with a link to one of your posts and your Pintrest link? I am opening up the board to allow other bloggers to pin their Tot School posts that feature Tot School Printables in action.

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Teach Them Diligently

I had the honor of attending Teach Them Diligently in Nashville a couple of weeks ago and will be in Spartanburg this weekend.  Nashville was my first time attending and my first time speaking at a homeschool convention. When asked to speak many months ago, I hesitated, mostly due to feelings of not wanting to be the mom who leaves home a lot.  Also some feelings of “why do they want ME?”  would creep in my head.  It is thanks to my husband that I pushed these feelings out and took a leap.  He said yes for me, and I trusted his leading and go figure, he was right.

Teach Them Diligently Nashville was an incredible experience for so many reasons.

First, I got to spend several days in an amazing hotel with an amazing friend, Jolanthe.

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Second, I got to experience Teach Them Diligently for the first time and was blown away by how awesome the whole experience was.

Third, I got to meet so many kind and encouraging blog readers who just confirmed the choice to be there.

I led 3 sessions; What is Tot School?, Following the Lead of Your Young Child, and Theme Based Learning in the Early Years, a joint session with Jolanthe

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All 3 stem from my early childhood passion and this made it so much fun.  It was a lot of prep work, but it was all worth it when I realized it helped even one family.  The highlight of  was getting a special note thanking me.  Thanks London, you made my trip!

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I am in Spartanburg this weekend and will also be in Washington DC in May.  My entire family gets to go with me in DC, I am so excited! If you are on the fence, I strongly encourage you to attend if possible. I had little idea of what to expect and any expectations I had were blown away.

Were you in Nashville?  Will you comment and share your experience and thoughts?  How about Spartanburg this weekend?  Come find me so we can meet!  Let me know if you will be in Washington, I’d love to meet you there too!