May Calendars for Kids

2017 Calendars for Kids May

We have all new 2017 calendars for you! You can download both the tracing and dot version of our calendars for May for free in this post!

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Learning ideas to go along with the tracing printables ~

  • At the beginning of each new month, trace the name of the month, the year, and color the focus picture.
  • Each new day, trace the number and talk about what day it is.
  • Practice counting each day up to the date.
  • Use 2 or 3 colors to write in each month to create a pattern.
  • At the beginning of each month go through and mark the special days {holidays, birthdays, anniversaries or anything your family celebrates}.  Have your child decorate those special dates so you can look forward to them!

Learning ideas to go along with the dot fun printables ~

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  • At the beginning of each new month, color the focus picture. If your child doesn’t like to color, color together…make it fun!
  • Each new day, dot paint the day, or use a dot sticker and talk about what day it is.
  • Practice counting each day up to the date.
  • Use 2 or 3 colors to create a pattern.

 

Don’t have Dot Paint {or don’t want to be messy with little ones}?  Use Dot Stickers instead! 

 

Download your free May 2017 Calendar for here!

 

We added some calendar fun to our collection this year and have some sets for sale in our Teacher’s Notebook Shop for those of you who want more! You can buy the entire year of either, or a blank version to use any year! You can also buy all 3 in a bundle deal. There’s notebook covers and a year-at-a glance in the sets!

Click on each image to see the individual sets…

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Or click here to get them all in a bundle deal!

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Get your Calendar Notebook covers here

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Looking for more calendar fun?

Add these printables to our Calendar Notebook printables!

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Here’s one set up for homeschool calendar time we have had.  Lots of free printables!

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Here’s our Calendar Connections for more fun learning!

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The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle 2017 is Here!!

This sale is now over.

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{disclaimer ~ our affiliate link is used}

I am so excited to share the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle 2017 with with you and pray that this deal blesses MANY of you! My new Bible Verse Coloring Through the Year is included in this all new Ultimate Homemaking Bundle! The ENTIRE bundle of over 100 eBooks + eCourses, and Bonuses is only $29.97!

There are TONS of items in this bundle, as always! I have had some time to go through them and choose my favorites.

I want to highlight a few that I think would be most beneficial to YOU, my readers, so you can pray about whether this deal is the right fit for you. These are the ones that stood out to me and I think many of you would love. This is JUST a small sampling, there are MANY more resources!

  • Bible Verse Coloring Through the Year {$7.00}
  • The Temper Toolkit eCourse {$29.00}
  • What’s 4 Dinner Challenge Meal Planning eCourse {47.00}
  • A Mom’s Guide to Better Photos eCourse {$99.00}
  • Clutter Free with Kids {$5.99}
  • Engage: Simple Activity Plans to Engage Your Preschooler {$12.00}
  • The Spaghetti Shots: How to Take Better Photos of Your Kids During Everyday Life {6.99)
  • Delight in the Word of God, Volume 1 – Favorite Scriptures: A Devotional Coloring Book/Journal for Adults & Teens ($8.99)
  • Family Chore Planner {$17.00}

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  • As you can see, just those resources ALONE are worth over $225.00!

 

Wait, There’s MORE!

As a special added bonus to my readers who purchase the UHB through my link, you will get FREE access to a special bundle of 6 of my products from Teacher’s Notebook!

You will get a link to a private password protected webpage that will contain the download links to the following products!

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This combo is NOT for sale anywhere on my site, it was put together especially for those of you who purchase the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle using my affiliate link. WHY?  Because I am blessed with an affiliate earning from your click, and I want to give you something to say thanks for buying through me {and in turn blessing us with the affiliate earnings from your purchase}.

How to claim the FREE gift from me

First, buy your Homemaking Bundle 2017 for $29.97g  by clicking on my affiliate link last {right before you complete your purchase} then email me your bundle purchase receipt or your invoice number and say {or copy/paste} something like this…

“I bought the homemaking bundle through your link, here is my receipt {order #}. Can you please send me the link and password to access the bundle of digital products you are giving as a thank you gift?”

I will send you access to the private webpage ASAP, usually within 24 hours! All requests for this free gift must be made within 30 days of the UHB sale ending. My email is [email protected]

 

The Homemaking Bundle QUICK FACTS…

  • Cost: 29.97
  • Value: over $1980
  • Included: 106 digital products — 50 ebooks, 21 eCourses, 14 printables, 2 videos, 2 audios, 2 summits, and 1 membership site
  • Bonus Offers Value: over $290
  • Our “buy through my link” gift: 6 different educational products! {see above}

 

Here’s how it works:

  1. Visit their website, take a quick look at all the goodness that comes in this package, then click the “Get my copy now!” button to go through their simple and secure 3-step checkout process.
  2. You’ll receive an email with a login to their online access portal, where you’ll begin downloading your eBooks, signing up for your eCourses, and redeeming your free bonus offers.
  3. Use their Getting Started Guide to pick the topic you want to tackle first and start your stress-less homemaking journey!
  4. Email me your bundle receipt or order number to claim your FREE gift as a thank you for buying through my link!

The most important detail, though, is that this bundle is available for just six days! After Monday night, May 1st, the sale ends and you’d have to buy all of these products individually.

 

Confused about how this whole idea works?  Here’s a page I created to share some behind the scenes information!

How the UHB Works

 

Don’t Forget the Bonuses

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The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle 2017 comes with these FREE bonus offers from companies who know what homemakers need and want. Some are 100% free; other are yours for the cost of shipping only.

My very favorite Bonus Offer…Home Binder

I had no clue what HomeBinder was and then I created my FREE lifetime account and realized what a GEM this is! It keeps track of all of your home info in one place. Sounds simple, but it is just awesome. My husband was VERY happy about this one!

HomeBinder is a “digital 3-ring binder” for homeowners to store any and all home information. Users can set email reminders for maintenance tasks, get recall notifications for appliances and create valuable reports when it comes time for selling the home.

You’ll get:

  • $15 store credit from Cultivate What Matters (international shipping available)
  • Free 1 month subscription from Kiwi Crate, $20 value ($15 off $50 shop purchase for existing customers, shipping available to U.S. & Canada)
  • Free 1 month MightyFix shipment from Mighty Nest, $17 value ($15 store credit toward next add-on order for existing MightyFix subscribers, international shipping available)
  • One project box from Detox Project Box, $25 value (shipping available to U.S. & Canada)
  • Free 1 month subscription from Bookroo, $18 value (box of past favorites for existing customers, international shipping available)
  • $15 store credit from Orglamix (international shipping available)
  • $15 store credit from Strawesome (international shipping available)
  • Digital download of the 2017 Hope Ink Calendar, $20+ value -or- $15 credit + 3 art prints from Hope Ink, $99 value (international shipping available)
  • Homeowner Lifetime Membership from HomeBinder, $120 value (digital)
  • Free 1 year annual membership from MollyGreen.com, $29 value (digital)

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Everything You Need to Ace {Math, Science, History, English} in One Big Fat Notebook – Book Review

Everything You Need to Know to Ace...In One Big Fat Notebook Book Review

 

{disclaimer ~ the books were provided by Educents and I was compensated for this review}

We have added a wonderful set of books to our homeschool resource collection thanks to Educents and Workman Publishing Group.

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When Educents contacted me for this review I had never even seen these books before and was very curious. The colorful covers of the books drew me in. However, I knew that what was on the inside was what really mattered. I turned to my husband for the more detailed review of these books. He is a co-teacher with me in our homeschool and is currently in grad school himself. In the end he will have his Master’s degree in Christian Counseling. He teaches our kids history and science, and oversees their math. This is the main reason I turned to him for his thoughts so I could share with you!

One intimidating aspect about being a homeschool teacher is the question, “how will I be able to teach the many different subjects through the years?” As an adult I am fully aware that I have not retained much of what I learned in school, and when I teach my kids I am having to relearn. It does not take much to kick start my brain and find the file I have tucked away for so many years, but a large textbook is a bit much in my busy life.

The Everything You Need to Ace — in One Big Fat Notebook series is an excellent resource for middle school subjects. The books are quite impressive with the amount of information they put in each of their subjects, and I found myself intrigued as I read through them. I wish I had these when my oldest son {currently 9th grade} was going through middle school as they touch on all the major themes and definitions that pertain to specific subjects.

The science book is a great example of this as it is full of the many basic concepts we have all learned. I remember Newton’s laws, but there are things about them that I just cannot easily recall. They simply cover velocity, acceleration and speed in simple language. It all came flooding back to me as I flipped the pages, and I could not help to think how good of a resource this would be for my kids as well.

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The editors claim, “this Big Fat Notebook makes all the stuff you learn in school sink in,” and I would completely agree. The simple language, it’s organization, and illustrations allow the subjects to be a bit more palatable and make what they learned fun. There are also many places where they use acronyms that are helpful in memorizing information. They use creative study techniques.

This is not a Christian resource, therefore, subjects are not approached from a Christian worldview. The subjects are covering all the basic materials that are accepted in public schools. I was not a fan at first of some of the world history language, especially in the pre-history area. However, I did keep in mind that this is what is being taught on a grand scale, and it allows me opportunity to have great discussion with my kids. I got a greater appreciation of the World History book as I read more and noticed that they were touching on all ancient civilizations and beliefs. I believe this is extremely important for my kids to learn, as they are growing up to carry the gospel out, not to already-believers but rather those that are of different or no faith. For example, when I as a Christian talk about the Spirit, it is not the same as the Hindu spiritual power. This allows a great place for me to discuss with my kids the differences, and the need for us to listen and not assume that people are talking about the same thing. I can teach them to learn to ask what they mean when they say “spirit.”

There are only a few places that my discernment really had to kick in, as most of the literature was straight forward teaching basic fact and theory. The books are organized clearly where readers can easily pick and choose what they want. I read through them but rarely would they be used like this. You may just want to have your student read a small portion to just brush up on the information they have already learned. Using this as an extra resource can only help the information seep in and it can help our kids see the information in different, concise, and creative ways.

 

I fully agree with my husband’s review. I love the details he shared and hope they are helpful to you also. Personally, the books were very engaging for me. I loved the organization and how easy it was for me to quickly brush up on a subject and even “test” myself. Here’s a peek inside of the math book for an example…

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You can buy these awesome books on Educents using the links below!

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Tot School Gathering Place Week 223

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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Thursday, April 27th, is National Tell a Story Day! So grab your Tot and the rest of the family and enjoy a day of storytelling! Tell your kids a story about a childhood memory, a book that you all love to read, or one from your imagination! Check out your local library and see if they are celebrating the special day with a story time for kids. Whatever you decide to do, don’t forget to link up about your time together and share it with us! We love to see what you’re up to here at the Gathering Place!

Does your Tot enjoy plants and helping you garden? Take a look at the sensory activity that GrandMama Deb from Living Montessori Now and Aunt Christina helped Tot Zoey create to help her learn about plants and how to care for them! Your Tot may enjoy this activity, too!04232017 Living Montessori Now

There are still several weeks of spring left and Tot School Mama from Stay At Home with Us has come up with several spring themed shelf activities for her Tot E! Take a look and see if they may be ones that your Tot will enjoy!

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Do you have your FREE

Where to Begin with Tot School eBook?


See the Tot School webpage here! Tot-School-early-learning-through-pl[1]

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).



All About Spelling Review

Homeschool Curriculum Reviews All About Spelling

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This year, we used two different levels of All About Spelling. My 2nd grader used level 2 and my 5th grader used level 5. They have both used AAS from the beginning.

 

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All About Spelling is based on the Orton-Gillingham approach, which you can learn more about here!

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We have adapted All About Spelling this year in some creative ways. My kids got tired of the board and the tiles so we switched things up a bit and tried some different ways of presenting the words and rules.

One of her favorite methods is using the Boogie Board. She will gladly write on this for just about anything it has been a wonderful addition to our homeschool.

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She also gets very creative on the dry erase board and loves to create elaborate pictures out of the words. Hey, whatever makes it fun!

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My son {5th grade}, has asked to keep things simple and honestly we have gotten to the point where we use the AAS book and discuss the rules, practice the words on the Boogie Board, and then review at the end of the week. He is picking the words up pretty easily, so it has worked for us to not be so intense using the board. For his busy schedule dues to his gymnastics training, quick and simple has worked better.

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Below you can see and download the year-at-a-glance sheets I made for each level. I actually make these for each of my kids’ subjects because it really helps me see the focus for the year and keep track. It helps with weekly lesson planning, since I only like to plan one week at a time to allow flexibility. I just pull out these sheets and type up the plans in Lessontrek for my kids each week. Yes, it takes me a lot of prep time in the summer, but is so helpful to me, and entirely worth it.

You are welcome to download and use these if you are using AAS 2 or AAS 5, just click on the images below to download. Forgive any errors, when I created these, they were just for me to use, but I figured some of you might like to use them too.

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Wondering which level to start with, you can see placement tests here and get answers to more FAQ by scrolling to the bottom of this page!

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Wondering about the differences between All About READING and All About SPELLING? Read this!

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See more curriculum reviews and all of our curriculum choice posts!

Homeschool Curriculum Reviews and Choices