Tot School Gathering Place Week 197

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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Today is National Dictionary Day in honor of Noah Webster’s birthday! Did you know that it took Webster 27 years to complete the first comprehensive American Dictionary? It included 70,000 entries! In order to understand the entomology of words, Webster learned twenty-six languages including Greek, Latin, Arabic, and Sanskrit! Maybe you and your Tot could learn a couple of new words from the dictionary in honor of Noah Webster’s birthday! And don’t forget to post all your fun and creative activities up on the Gathering Place! We’d love to see what you are up to!

Pumpkins are everywhere this month! Have you taken your Tot to a pumpkin farm? What fall/pumpkin activities have you done so far? Head on over to Living Montessori Now to see what GrandMama Deb and GrandTot Zoey did this past week with pumpkins!10162016 Living Montessori Now

What letter is your Tot working on this week? Take a peek at Living a Mission, Being a Mummy to see what Mama Kate and Tot Adam have been up to in their alphabet learning. Maybe some of her ideas will help your Tot with his letter learning, too!

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Most Tots are fascinated with dinosaurs! Check out disguised.as.a.supermom and see what Mama Katelynne and Tots M and J learned this past month about these amazing creatures!10162016 disguised.as.a.supermom


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October Fun!

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Pumpkin-Printables42  Fall-Baking-Pumpkin-Cheesecake-Squar

Pumpkin-Songs62  Pumpkin-Preschool-Fun72

Pumpkin-Sensory-Bin82  John-155-Pumpkin-Vine-Craft52

Pumpkin-Tot-School62  Marble-Paint-Pumpkin-Craft42

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

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


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The First Month {or so} of 2nd Grade Homeschool

2nd Grade Homeschool

In the past I have done one big wrap up post for all three of my kids. I may go back to that but for now I wanted to do a post for each grade level, since I have more to share about each of my children this year. Recently I shared our first month of 9th grade here, and our first month of 5th grade here.

Today I will be sharing about our 2nd grader. Here is the post about the curriculum choices we made for her.

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#2ndGradeWithLadybug

 

Ladybug is our avid learner who mostly enjoys school and complains little about it. She is a joy and we are thankful for her love of learning. Here’s a peek at one of her recent lesson plans from Lessontrek. All of the extras are listed on Friday but we don’t do them all that day. I spread them out throughout the week and use that list to check them off. We also don’t do them all every week {like Art and Kidstir}, but I list them to remind myself!

Note – SFS = Songs for Saplings, LOF = Life of Fred, TT = Teaching Textbooks

2nd Grade Homeschool Lessontrek

 

Math

I seriously cannot say enough fabulous things about Teaching Textbooks 3.  This is our first time using level 3, so our first kid to begin with TT. The boys use it but they started later. For the first few weeks {as she got used to the computer}, I sat at my desk with the book open to her lesson while she sat at her desk and worked.

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As time has passed, she has become almost completely independent.  Although I get asked for help with the true/false questions almost daily. She lets me know if she has a question but otherwise works on her own. She hasn’t gotten below a 95 yet so I would say she is understanding it!

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She also uses the Math Drills app, which I have customized for her. This is to work on being quick with memorize math facts.

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Spielgaben is still a fun addition to our math. You can see the latest two posts by clicking on them below.

Exploring 3D Shapes with Spielgaben  Exploring Parallel Lines with Spielgaben

 

She still does Life of Fred with her daddy about twice a week, I just don’t have any photos!

Grammar

We use First Language Lessons Level 2 & Growing with Grammar 2 simply because I like both of them and neither takes too long. I do not correlate the teaching topics, we just work straight through each book, which provides some review when one book covers something at a different time. This is partly why I like using both books. She likes me to use the dry erase board for our First Language Lessons now, which you can see below.

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Spelling

All About Spelling Level 2 is a great fit, she loves writing on the dry erase board during our lessons. We do one lesson per week, using the board one day and then writing the words in her notebook the other day.

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Geography

I love our Evan-Moor Geography book! She does too! It is the perfect fit for her. You an see our full review as well as a video peek in the book here.

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We also practice US states and capitals using our wall map. She puts up a few states a day. Below she was adding the last states for this round!

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Then I had her take them all down so we could begin again!  Consistent review all year long! We love this map!

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SCIENCE

She does Apologia Swimming Creatures with her 5th grade brother and her dad.  She is VERY into this as she loves sea creatures.

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History

She also does The Mystery of History with her brother and Dad. She takes the best notes, I love seeing her learn and work!

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Bible

We are using our Songs for Saplings Questions with Answers Volume 1 printables which you can see here!  She absolutely LOVES these songs and is learning so much.

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We are also using Friends and Heroes!  We decided to stick with the Family Devotional that we reviewed here.  Even though this was written for families, I use it for her and she loves it. It’s a great way to go back through the movies with her.  We usually watch one episode per week and do one devotion and one printable activity.

She often eats lunch while watching, which she enjoys!

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Reading

My girl loves to read!  See our recent post all about what we are doing for reading this year! See her ongoing books read list here – I am trying to keep it updated! She is very into The Puppy Place series right now and zipping through them. Currently we are reading Little House on the Prairie {3rd in series} aloud together.

2nd Grade Homeschool Reading Plan

 

Art

We are using Home Art Studio 2nd grade this year. I am aiming to do one project per month. She absolutely LOVED the watermelon painting project!

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All the Rest

KidStir has been a fun addition. She loved her first box and we are planning to order a subscription soon. 

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She is going to an enrichment class once a week with a local homeschool group. Her class is called Classic Tales and they read a book and do activities. She LOVES it!,2nd Grade -6531

 

She continues Ivy Kids Unit Studies. Our latest was Over in the Ocean!

Over in the Ocean Ivy Kids Kit

 

She recently asked to take swimming lessons because she wants to join a swim team like her biggest brother. She already knows how to swim, so we signed her up for lessons so she can learn the strokes.  She goes once a week and LOVES it!

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2nd Grade Subjects

Follow along with us on Instagram to get peeks at our homeschool life {and our life in general!}. see our 5th grade wrap-up here and our 9th grade wrap-up here.

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Songs for Saplings ~ Questions with Answers Volume 1 NEW Printables

Songs for Saplings Questions with Answers 1 Bible Verse Tracers and Fill in the Blank Printables

 

A few years ago I created some printables to go along with one of my favorite CDs, Songs for Saplings Questions with Answers, Volume 1. You’ll find a poster for each song and some quiz cards about the Biblical truth taught in the song in that set.

In our new set of printables, you will find two new items to use with these songs.

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One is a fill-in-the-blank with missing words from the lyrics.

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The other is a verse card sharing the Bible verse{s} the song is based on. She uses the cursive set and traces missing words for a small cursive practice. I also have her read the verse to me in cursive to practice reading cursive. I included a manuscript set also in case you prefer those.

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My daughter is in 2nd grade and is using these for part of her Bible curriculum this year. She is learning one song per week.

I put the CD on an old iPod and taught her how to find it and play the right song. Once I helped her for the first week, she learned to manage this on her own. 

Here’s what she does each week…

Monday ~ She uses the song lyric poster and just listens to the song.

Tuesday ~ She listens to the song again, and then traces the missing words on the Bible verse card.

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Wednesday ~ She listens to the song and uses the quiz card to check her understanding of the truth being presented in the song.

Thursday ~ She listens to the song and fills in the missing words on the printable.

Friday ~ She shows me all of her work and sings the song for me. She mostly has it memorized by then, but I allow her to read along if she needs to. We discuss the truth and review the previous weeks also. Below she was singing her song to me, she had memorized this one and wanted me to hold the lyrics so she wouldn’t peek.

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I added this to her curriculum on a whim and am SO glad I did. She loves these songs and is learning so much. I am hoping to find time to make printables for the Questions and Answers 2 so we can keep going when she finishes these!

Here’s a video clip from Instagram showing her signing along as she was tracing the verse.

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You can download these new printables here on my Bible Printables webpage, just look for the graphic and click on it!

Songs for Saplings Questions with Answers 1 Bible Verse Tracers and Fill in the Blank Printables

 

Download the first set of printables for this CD here!

Questions with Answers Volume 1 God and Creation Printables

 

Looking for the Songs for Saplings ABC printables?

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Tot School Gathering Place Week 196

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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Today is National Leif Erikson Day!!! This day honors the Norse explorer who is credited with bringing the first Europeans to have set foot in North America. The U.S. Congress authorized the President back in September of 1964 to proclaim October 9th as a day to honor Leif Erikson and each president since Lyndon B. Johnson has done so! So, take some time to research this brave man who left his home in the year 999 and stepped on American soil in the year 1000! And don’t forget to link up your Tot School explorations to the Gathering Place and share with us all your fascinating finds!

It’s apple season! There are so many wonderful books and activities centered on apples that Tots can enjoy! Head on over to Living Montessori Now and see what fun GrandMama Deb has cooked up for her GrandTot Zoey!10092016 Living Montessori Now

Do you need a new idea for a sensory bin for your Tot? Take a look at Picnics and Playdough to see what Mama Simone put together for her Tot. It may just be something that your Tot will enjoy!

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If apples aren’t your fall preference, maybe pumpkins are! Check out Welcome to Mommyhood and see the activities that Mama Yuliya has come up with for her Tot! It may be the perfect thing for your Tot this season!

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Welcome October!

Baby-Food-Jar-Pumpkin-Craft4  Pumpkin-Coloring4

Pumpkin-Printables4  Fall-Baking-Pumpkin-Cheesecake-Squar[1]

Pumpkin-Songs6  Pumpkin-Preschool-Fun7

Pumpkin-Sensory-Bin8  John-155-Pumpkin-Vine-Craft5

Pumpkin-Tot-School6  Marble-Paint-Pumpkin-Craft4

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See the Tot School webpage here! Tot School early learning through play

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Free Fire Safety Resources

Free Fire Safety Resources SparkySchoolHouse.org

{Disclosure ~ This is a post sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association and Sparky.org.}

Fire Prevention Week is coming soon {October 9-15, 2016}, it’s a great time to bring some of this fun and free learning into your homeschool or classroom!

The Sparky School House site for teachers is filled with resources: printables, videos, apps, lesson plans and more!

One of the awesome new resources is this video Firefighting’s Weird History and Fascinating Future. We watched the video and all learned some interesting facts! Ladybug snuggled on my lap as we watched and giggled at some of the funny parts. We oooohed and ahhed as they shared the parts about where fire fighting might be going in the future!  She especially liked the robots and droids!

 

Want to take it beyond just watching the video?  They provide free lesson plans! Not just for this video, but for all of their videos and much more! There are tabs that list the different types of lessons available, click on “Lessons for Videos” to find these!

Firefighting's Weird History Lesson Plan  KWL Firefighting's History

 

I know many of my readers have younger kids, I went looking around for some printables that you might enjoy using with your kids to teach fire safety. These were just a couple of my favorites.

Escape Plan  Hot or Not

 

I also found some fun ideas, like drawing a Dalmatian or creating an Origami dog! Find these printables and more here in the Digital Backpack section!

Draw a Dalmation  Oragami Dog

 

I hope these free resources from Sparky School House help you bring some fun and learning into your home or classroom for Fire Prevention Week!