Tot School Gathering Place ~ Week 80

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!

Tot School Gathering Place Week 80

We have a dinosaur lover in our house, do you?  The Kennedy Adventures shares a fabulous dinosaur fun week and shares free printables!



Simple is one of my favorite words!  Simple tot activities are fabulous.  Check out the simple busy bag over at Spark and Pook!



Go see a fun week exploring COLORS with 16 month old Little Cutie over at Our Little Ducklings.

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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 have 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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Bible Verse Printables ~ Letter C

RLRS Letter C Genesis 1 1 Bible Verse Printables

Our Raising Lil’ Rock Stars Bible Verse Printables for the Letter C are available to download for free!  C is for CREATED! This set is based on Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  This is one of the easier verse to explain to young children, and a shorter verse so easier to memorize!

We used the group version in my children’s church class of 4 & 5 year olds and really enjoyed it.

I am using the home bundle with Ladybug as a review, working on the verses again later on.  For example, in my class we are on the letter H right now, but at home we just worked on our review of letter C. She is in my children’s church class so she is getting the group teaching and then getting it again at home with me.

Here’s a peek at the work she did at home.

Here she was coloring the coloring page, she LOVES to color.  Again, she wanted to copy the poster graphic so you can see it sitting in front of her.

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Color ~ Trace ~ Write the letter Bb…

She dislikes this page so I changed it up for her and we used glue and string for the first set of letters, she loved this!

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Then, we used Wikki stix for the second set of letters, and she happily wrote the last set!

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Cut and Glue the Verse ~ this is a great word work activity for her, identifying individual words and sounds she knows as well as the Bible verse as a whole. She uses the printable that has the light gray matching words on it.

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I have been asked how we do this activity so I took a video to share what it looks like for her.  By the time we do this activity, she has the verse memorized which makes it easier.  If she didn’t I would read her each word and have her find the match.  You can easily adjust the difficulty level of this to meet the needs of your child. I shared a clip of this video on Instagram here!


We have a banner at church, which you can see a glimpse of here on Instagram. Here is  our home banner!

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Here’s the work Ladybug did at home…

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And, here’s Ladybug singing the verse for you!  The verse tune printables are only available in the bundle but you can hear the tune for Letter C in this video!  In case you don’t catch it, the tune is Jingle Bells.


The free version is ONLY for home use.  If you will be using these printables in a church setting, private group, co-op, preschool or other group you will need to purchase the group bundle here.

Download your free Letter C printables here!

Scroll down until you see the graphic for letter C and click on it to download the PDF file.

Bible Verse Printables Letter C is for Created

Download or printing trouble? See tips here!

These printables are from Raising Lil’ Rock Stars, see more info here!


You Can Read Sight Words ~ Unit 2

You Can Read Sight Words Unit 2

We slowed down with You Can Read while we enjoyed a total school break and some vacation time!  We spread this unit out over a few weeks, only working on days she asked me to.  She learned these 4 words so quickly! Along with adding these new words, we also reviewed the previous 4 words.  She is really doing well, it seems I hit the sweet spot of her being ready to read, I am glad I waited!

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


Unit Organization

You can see how we store ALL of our You Can Read stuff here.  For current units I use thisYou-Can-Read--7714_thumb1 metal file container {Target} and hanging folders.  The pink ones are You Can Read units, the yellow are her Kindergarten Literature Unit Study Printables {which we are not using during the summer but will pick back up again in August}.  I have a daily lesson plan for both in a sheet protector in the front.  The You Can Read printable lesson plan is here.

I have been asked a lot how we do things so I am trying to outline it for you as much as possible, there’s even a couple of video clips!  I am not sure if I will blog all the way through You Can Read like this, but if it is helpful, I might, let me know! Below you will see exactly what we did on each day and how I spread it out.


Day One

Here’s a before shot showing what we did together on the first day with unit two.  We focused a LOT on the sight word caterpillar and instead of hanging him on a wall we are using our pocket chart so we can take the circles down and use them during the lessons.

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After I taught her her the words, she built them…

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We read the book, Me Too! together and then she read it alone. This one is from the Sight Word Readers.

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Word shapes in the dry erase center!

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Day Two

Here is the before shot for day 2.

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She chose stamping words first!

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Next up, word puzzles!

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Then a very creative color by number sight word!  And she was gladly using her pom pom pencil grip correction, we are still working on getting the grip better even with the pom pom helper.

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Finally, tracing to connect words, I was shocked, she read them all without hesitating!  Learned this set way faster than the first set of words.

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Day Three

Our third day of lessons with these words…

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She chose her easy reader first…

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Dot Painting her funny font words…

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We played BINGO, with mini Spielgaben pieces.

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Day Four

Day 4 with these words, by this day she knew them solidly with no hesitation, so it was a fun review.

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She chose play dough words first…

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Happily posing with her finished words {she wanted to move them onto my desk off of the pages}

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Working on the word search, using the display words to help find the words.

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We had an AWESOME time playing throw and read with our Education Cubes inserts!

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Here’s a video clip of us playing…


Day Five


I set up a few activities for her and she chose what to do first.

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I set up two word play areas, one here with our magnetic letter construction kit, which she was totally UNimpressed by and didn’t even touch, except to redesign my words into a family.

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She loved this one, I made the words using our caterpillar word circles and some of our Spielgaben pieces.  She didn’t want to recreate the words, but loved reading them to me.

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Finding and circling words in sentences…

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Tracing her words…

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Color by word…

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Finally, she played two mini games on Bitsboard.  If you misses our Unit 1 post, I described Bitsboard and how we are using it with You Can Read {and how to find the word lists I created}.

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She learned these words so quickly, I didn’t even do all of the activities with her.  It was time to move on! I will adjust each week based on how quickly she masters the words.  With You Can Read I don’t move on without mastery, or very close to it.  If she doesn’t know them we just keep playing with them until she does, that’s why I provide TONS of activities to choose from to take the units as far as you might need to!

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Download the FREE printables for You Can Read Unit 2 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 here!


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All Together Subjects Homeschool Curriculum Choices

All Together Subjects Homeschool Curriculum Choices

I am really excited to be able to teach many subjects to my kids all together this year!  Since we used Calvert prior to this year {see why we switched here}, it wasn’t easy to do this and I always wanted to.  Ladybug will be in Kindergarten, Krash in 3rd grade and PacMan in 7th grade.  Below are the homeschool curriculum choices I have made for us all to enjoy together.


Group Subjects

    The visual version…

YWAM Heroes of History U.S. History Curriculum[12] Draw your way through the Bible  Continent Boxes_thumb[9] What's in the Bible DVDs and Coloring Book[13] Geography and Cultures[10] Young Composers[13]


I do plan to complete Mystery of History 1 in one year, but the US History will be spread out over 2-3 years or more.  The other subjects have no stressful time line in my mind, I want to dive in and enjoy our learning together. What’s in the Bible DVDs are making a comeback, we use these as our lunch time learning.  Here’s an old post showing how we do it.  This year we have the brand new coloring book which I am thrilled about.  They sent us these to review, one for each of my kids and they will go along perfectly with the DVDs since all 3 of my kids love to color!

Stay tuned, I will be sharing what I have chosen for each of my children in addition to what you see in this post.