Tot School Gathering Place Week 108

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!

Tot School Gathering Place Week 108

 

Welcome to February!!! The month of LOVE! What ideas are you sharing with your Tots? I love seeing all the creative Mama’s and how they LOVE on their Tots! Be sure to post and link up to Tot School so we can all be inspired by your creativity!

Mama Vanessa and Tot Luke had a wonderful week exploring circles! Take a peek over at Life on the Trail to see what ideas she came up with to help her Tot to investigate and learn about circles.

Life on the Trail

Over at Adventures in Tot Schooling, Munchkin enjoyed a literature unit about “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.” Check out the wonderful activities that Munchkin enjoyed throughout the week!Adventures in Tot Schooling


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Lately in Our Life ~ Florida Fun

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We had a fun weekend traveling to Florida for one of K’s gymnastics meets!  We like going south for meets in the middle of winter! His competition was at the ESPN Wide World of Sports on Disney grounds.  We all thought the place was pretty cool!

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As you can see, my husband is still recovering from his injuries and uses his wheelchair when we go long distances.  He had a bit too much fun popping wheelies on the way in. Oh, and yes ~ we made him carry all of our stuff!

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Watching my boy compete is such fun.  He loves the competition side of gymnastics, which makes it enjoyable for all of us!  Again, his top event was pommel horse you can see a small video clip here on Instagram!

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We didn’t go to Disney World but enjoyed walking around at Downtown Disney one afternoon. The Lego store was the biggest hit. 

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Oh, and they got to swim in January!  What fun!  This day it was only 65 but the pool was heated so they were in! I certainly was not in, but had fun watching them!

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See more of what’s been going on lately in our life here on Instagram!

See our other Lately in Our Life posts here!

Bible Verse Printables Letter K

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Our Raising Lil’ Rock Stars Bible Verse Printables for the Letter K are available to download for free! K is for Kind! This set is based on Ephesians 4:32, “Be kind and compassionate to one another forgiving each other just as in Christ God forgave you.”  This verse was discussed A LOT in our home, and came at a great time for us.  Being kind to siblings is tough sometimes!

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

Working on the coloring page, she always likes to copy the poster!

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She likes when we work together to color the picture.  It’s a fun time of talking while we color.  This is our final project colored by both of us!

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Color ~ Trace ~ Write the letter Kk…

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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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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 K in this video!  In case you don’t catch it, the tune is Mary Had  a Little Lamb.

 

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 K printables here!

Raising Lil' Rock Stars Letter K for Kind

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

Download or printing trouble? See tips here!

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

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See other letters in action by clicking the graphics below!

RLRS-Letter-A-Philippians-2-5-Bible-[1]  RLRS-Letter-B-John-3-16-Bible-Verse-  RLRS-Letter-C-Genesis-1-1-Bible-Vers

RLRS-Letter-D-Isaiah-48-17--Bible-Ve[2]  RLRS-Letter-E-Philippians-2-Bible-Ve[1]  RLRS-Letter-F-Matthew-4-Bible-Verse-

RLRS-Letter-G-Matthew-28-Bible-Verse[1]  RLRS-Letter-H-Psalm-33-Bible-Verse-P  RLRS Letter I  Bible Verse Printables  RLRS Letter J John 1 Bible Verse Printables

Linking up with Preschool & K Community

Playful Learning with Spielgaben ~ January 2015

Playful Learning with Spielgaben is our monthly post sharing Spielgaben in action!  If you missed the introduction to this series, you can see it here and also see links to our past posts. We were given the Spielgaben set to review and are honored to have them as a blog sponsor.  I will be sharing once a month a detailed post featuring Spielgaben.  You can also see my Learning with Ladybug posts to see what my daughter has done with this learning set!

Playful learning with Spielgaben January 2015

Lessons We Enjoyed

This month we had more fun with Play Guide 2. I took a small screen shot of the manual for you so you can see how the lessons are laid out.  They are very easy to follow and help me so much. I keep the user guide on my iPad and we use it for the lessons.  She likes that she can enlarge each step if needed to see exactly how something was built. it’s a nice bonus to a PDF digitally instead of printed!

Spielgaben Puzzle

 

She wanted to draw her own picture, which was great!  Before we began drawing, we counted out nine blocks, and carefully measured our paper to be the correct size. Then I cut it out for her and she began drawing her picture!

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She loves using tape and helped me tape the squares onto the blocks.

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She LOVED this!!!

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She loved it so much she immediately wanted to make another one!

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This was such a fun and simple lesson that I had never thought to do.  I am so thankful for the play guide that inspire me to think of new ways to use our set!


Free Play

As you may have noticed, Spielgaben upgraded the set to the new Version 4.0.  Since we write this monthly post to share Spielgaben, they graciously sent us the updated set so we could see the changes and you could see them in action through our posts!  Below is the first time Ladybug played with the new set.  She loves the new play board and the new building materials {vertex balls and rods that all connect together}!

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My boys were equally intrigued.  My 12 year old REALLY enjoyed the new building materials and has played with them quite a bit.

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Ladybug has always loved the little tiny colored circles and the new play board can be flipped over as shown below.  The circles fit perfectly into the square holes to make designs.  She was so excited about this!

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Her creation, that’s a white cat, and a brown cat with a purple caterpillar on it’s back.

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Mommy Inspired Play

We used the new vertex balls and rods to make our You Can Read Sight words from unit 9!

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One day while working with our IG word family, we made some of our words using the tiny circles.  At the top she made a fig.

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This is a shovel in the grass for the word “dig.”

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See the brand new version 4.0 here!

I can’t say enough about the new storage system, it is AWESOME!

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Version 4 retails at US $449.50. The price is higher than version 3.0 because there are a lot more materials. My readers can own this new version at 14% off! As a 1+1+1=1 reader, you can get the discounted price of US $390 including shipping to Continental USA. You can place a pre-order to receive your product by the end of March.

Pre Order Special: US $390 | AU $490 | GBP $259

Prices are approximate depending on conversion rates. All you need to do to claim your discount is send an email to [email protected] mentioning 1+1+1=1 and you will be provided with a discount coupon!

Please check directly with Spielgaben for current discount available, prices change with version updates and conversion rates.

You Can Read Word Families ~ _et Word Family Printables

Recently we launched our new You Can Read Word Families program!  You can read more about it and see the first set shared, featuring _at word family printables. This week we are sharing _et word family printables with you!

et Word Family Printables

I have not created all of the sets I plan to create, but have several done and am working quickly on them!  Since I am using one set per week with Ladybug, I have to work fast! I plan to release freebies from each unit on my blog and share some ideas for using the printables. I have already released free _at Q-Tip Painting, _at Word Puzzles, _et Play Dough Mats and _et Funny Font Word Hunt. Sometimes you may also find entire sets free within blog posts or in our newsletters or blog emails!  Full sets will also be listed in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop for $1.25 each and when I am all done I will bundle the entire set at a discounted price! 

 

How we are Using These…

We are using these alongside of our You Can Read Sight Words unit {we finished unit 9 alongside of this unit} We basically just added this in to our other Kindergarten curriculum.

Here’s a peek at what we used this week. These photos also show the order we used the printables, she helped me choose what to do each day. All of the printables are in a binder so she can easily flip through and choose.

Recently she made a set of Perler Bead letters, so I got out the letters we would need for these words and we used the poster as a guide to introduce the new words and make them with the letters she made!  She loved this!

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BINGO! A very simple version of BINGO which she loves!  We play several times in a row!

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Tracing ~ Practice left-to-right tracing skills by connecting the matching words. She also has really gotten into tracing the letters now too.

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Q-Tip Painting, see ideas for using Q-Tip painting printables here!

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Word Search ~ all words are left to right to make it easier for younger kids.

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Roll and Graph ~ She chose to record with stickers this time, see more ideas for using roll and graph here!

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Funny Fonts ~ see our post sharing here

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Build a Word ~ in the past we have used these for stamping, but lately we’ve been using our mini letter construction set.

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Play dough mats!  See our post sharing these here!

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Mini Book ~ cut out the pictures, color if desired, glue on the correct page!

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Word Puzzles!  She likes to color these when she’s done so we tape carefully on the back so she can flip them over to color.

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Beginning Sounds ~ look at the picture and figure out the missing beginning sound and write it in!

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Sentence Search ~ we use two different colored markers for this activity.  One color for the focus words and one for any other words she can read independently.  Then at the end we read the sentences together her reading circled words and me reading the others.

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Word Building ~ I cut these out for her and spread them out on the table.  She then builds all of her words and tapes them on colored paper! 

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Matching ~ draw a line to match the word to the correct picture. 

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I hang her work up by her desk each week, here’s an end of the week photo {some of her work is done in sheet protectors with dry erase and therefore doesn’t get hung}

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Would you like the entire et word family set?  You can grab it for FREE here, only on my blog!

Or you can buy in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop here!

Stay tuned, the ig word family is coming next!  Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss anything {or a surprise freebie!}.

Did you miss the at word family printables

at Word Family Printables

 

See our Word Family Pinterest board for more printables and ideas!

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