Tot School Gathering Place ~ Week 129

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-Place2_thumb_th

Summer is in full swing around here! Swimming, playing, hiking, FUN! How is summer with your Tot going? Don’t forget to post all the fun in the sun that you are having and share your ideas with us at the Gathering Place!

Is your Tot interested in science? Check out the activities that Grandmama Deb from Living Montessori Now put together for her GrandTot Zoey to explore the life-cycle of frogs. It just may interest your Tot!

Living Montessori Now 2

Do you need an outside activity to keep the kids busy during these hot summer days? Take a look at the idea Mama Stephanie from Casa Watkins put together to help her Tot enjoy the outside weather!Casa Watkins 2

Are you looking for some ideas to entertain your Tot while you accomplish other tasks either around the house or with your older children? Head on over to Make This the Day to see several ideas that Mama Andrea put together to keep her two-year old son engaged. Some may work for you and your Tot!

Make This the Day


Were you featured? You are welcome to a button but you certainly don’t have to use it! Totally optional! Tot School Feature

<center><a href="http://bit.ly/W32RDO" target="_blank"><img alt="I was featured for Tot School!" src="http://bit.ly/13tsB2r"/ ></a></center>


Do you have your FREE

Where to Begin with Tot School eBook?

Tot-School-eBook

See the Tot School webpage here!

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


Alphabet Idea Collection



 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).

Special note to bloggers who link up with us…

Have you noticed that the same people are being featured week after week?  If you are not being featured it is most likely because you don’t link back to Tot School Gathering Place in your post.  Only 3 blogs linked back to us last week.  I would love to feature more of you and kindly ask that you link back to us, it’s simple blogger kindness. Please don’t link up with us if you have no plans of linking back to us. I hate to be a linky-meanie but I’ve been running the Tot School linky for over 7 years, and it has never been this bad {regarding bloggers linking back as a courtesy to the host}. If you need any help with linking back, read here.

Please read above paragraph before linking up with us!



7th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Year-End Review

7th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices Year-End Review

The homeschool curriculum choices blog posts are great, but what I really want to know is what families thought AFTER they used the curriculum they chose!  I will be sharing a series of posts with you; evaluating our choices in each grade level and our group subjects.

First up, 7th grade!  Here’s a reminder of the original 7th Grade Curriculum Choices post.

Overall it was a very successful year for my son, despite many interruptions to our homeschool schedule.  Everything went crazy a few months into the school last year when my husband fell off of a ladder and broke both legs 6 weeks before we were moving.  Needless to say, that affected our homeschooling greatly.  Even with the crazy, he did really well and made it through all of these subjects.

Below I will give a small review of each subject, if you have more specific questions about anything, just leave me a comment and I will do my best to answer!


Science ~ Apologia General Science

He did this subject mostly on his own, with guidance and leadership from his Dad.  Daddy manages science and math in our house now for the boys.  They both felt this was a solid science program and have chose to complete the 2nd portion {Physical Science} for 8th grade.

The experiments were his favorite part…

7th Grade -7439 7th Grade -0022 7th Grade -1496 7th Grade -3633


Math ~ Teaching Textbooks Pre Algebra

This was a big success for our son.  I can’t say he loves it, because it is a lot of work, but he likes it better than other math curriculums he has used.  We will be continuing on with Teaching Textbooks Algebra 1 for 8th grade.

7th Grade -6000


Math ~ Life of Fred Fractions

He loved this book, but this is the only one he completed {meaning I didn’t buy anymore beyond this}.  Originally I planned to use the whole Pre Algebra series, but after the first we decided not to buy the rest. If someone gave us these books we might continue to use them, I just decided not to pay for more at this time.


Reading

We were SO slack with reading this year! He read The Bronze Bow, Hittite Warrior, I Am David and The Hiding Place. I let him choose books and read at his own pace. These were the books I had borrowed from a friend for him to choose from. Sadly I had to return them when we moved, so he didn’t get through all of them as I had planned.

Homeschool Room -9828

I wanted to see what his pace would be without a strict curriculum guiding us.  His pace was a little slower than I would like.  I decided we both need more of a guided reading program so I bought Sonlight’s American Historical Literature 130 for 8th grade {bought the manuals, will be getting books at the library}. He already read the first two books {Peace Child, and Stink Alley}.


Grammar ~ Growing with Grammar 7

This is a good fit for both of us.  He doesn’t love grammar, but said he prefers this program if he HAS to do grammar.  We will be continuing on with this program with level 8.


Writing ~ Write Shop 1

Slacker.  That’s me.  We got through 3 lessons done, yup 3. I got very overwhelmed with real life {my husband’s accident and our move} and writing was pushing me over the edge.  So, we quit.  I do love this curriculum and we will be picking up right where we left off and hopefully NOT giving up this year. 


Vocabulary & Comprehension ~ Vocabulary Connections G

I like this workbook, he does not.  He completed it and was very thankful to be done.  I am not requiring him to do a vocabulary workbook for 8th grade, he will be focusing on vocabulary through his reading with Sonlight.


Spelling ~ Spelling Workout G

He did not like this spelling book and honestly neither did I. Many of the words were words I have never heard of and didn’t know how to pronounce {maybe that shows my intelligence level?}, but even when my husband took this subject over in the spring, he said it was an obscure word list.  We will not be using this again and will instead use the spelling list in Sonlight.


Bible/Worldview ~ Who is God? 

We basically just read this book together.  We both enjoy it, but have no plans to purchase the rest at this point.  If they were given to us we would definitely use them, it’s a budget thing right now.


Stay tuned, I will be sharing our year-end review for 3rd grade, Kindergarten and our All Together subjects.  I will also be sharing our curriculum choices for 8th grade, 4th grade, 1st grade and All Together subjects.



Flower Calendar Connections

Flower Identification Calendar Connections

My daughter has been very interested in flowers lately so I created a Flower Identification Calendar Connections set! This set is very basic and just focuses in naming the flowers, thus no back page with information.  She was interested in learning names and seeing pretty flowers which is why I made it simple.

She has enjoyed seeing which flower is next each day, simple summer learning for us!

Flower CC -8123

I hide that little bucket of cards and give her the new one each day as a surprise and she puts in in our calendar.

Flower CC -8114


The cards fit my particular pocket chart calendar.  I print my numbers on cardstock and laminate them before cutting them apart.

Calendar-Connections-Supplies32


We also still create smaller sets to go along with the small pocket charts found in the Target $1 section. Be sure to visit this post for a tutorial of how to sew your $1 pocket chart into a calendar!

There is also a sheet included to be used in a Calendar Notebook if you are using those too!Calendar Connections  SMALL Flowers

 

See some great flower books to go along here! I especially love Lola Plants a Garden which was new to us this year!

Flower Books

You can download these for FREE here!

Scroll down and look for this graphic to find this set!

Flower Calendar Cards


Looking for more bird fun, here’s our Flower Pinterest board!

Follow {1plus1plus1} Carisa’s board Flower Theme on Pinterest.


You can use most of our Calendar Connections cards for any month!

Calendar Connections Set 1

Here are some fun SUMMER themes to choose from…

Ocean Theme Calendar Conncections  Bug Theme Calendar Connections  Botany Theme Calendar Connections

Free 4th of July Calendar Connections Cards ~ learn a new fact about the U.S.A every day  Pond Theme Calendar Connections  All About Birds Calendar Connections Printables  North American Backyard Birds Calendar Connections for K-2nd Grade



You Can Read Word Families Bundle

Our brand new You Can Read Word Families Bundle is ready!

You Can Read Word Families Bundle 2

What is it? You Can Read Word Families is a program I developed with younger readers in mind.  The printables contain all CVC words with 15 units total {3 for each short vowel}.  Included word families: an, ap, at, ed, ed, et, ig, in, ip, og, op, ot, ug, un, ut.

What Ages? Approximately 4-6 years old {Kindergarten}, my daughter started using it at age 5.  Here is our first post.

What is Included? See below for a simple graphic version, or here for a detailed post! Once you purchase, you have access to a private page and you can come back and download anything anytime!

See it in Action: You Can Read Word Families posts on my blog.  See the main You Can Read Word Families webpage for even more detailed information!

 

You Can Read Word Families

How much is it? The regular price of the bundle will be $12.00.

Want to purchase the sets individually?  They are all listed in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop for $1.25 each. Purchased individually they would cost $18.75, but our new bundle is only $12.00!

Will you be sharing any more freebies? Yes!  I do plan to share freebies from You Can Read Word Families with my email subscribers.  Be sure to subscribe to our daily or weekly blog post email and open your emails from us – you never know what might be there. Read more here {to be sure you are subscribed to the right email}.

 

Launch Sale!

In honor of our launch, we are discounting the bundle until July 15, 2015. 

Grab your bundle for only $10.00 using code YCRWFLAUNCH

After July 15 the regular price of this bundle will be $12.00.

You can see the main page and purchase here, or see it in our store here and browse our other items.

You Can Read Word Families Bundle Launch Sale



Tot School Gathering Place Week 128

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-Place2_thumb_th

Happy Father’s Day! I hope you have a wonderful day celebrating the men in your life! Dad’s – thanks for all you do! The Tots in your life appreciate all the time and effort you put into making their world that much more wonderful! Keep up the great work exploring the world together with your Tots!

Do you ever wonder what other Mama’s put into their book baskets? Take a peek of what Grandmama Deb from Living Montessori Now put in Tot Zoey’s book basket this past week!

Living Montessori Now (3)

Are you looking for an easy science experiment for your Tot this week? Head on over to disguised.as.a.supermom to see what Mama Katelynne put together for Tot M and see if it may appeal to your Tot!

disguised.as.a.supermom3

Are you working to make your Tot bilingual? Check out the fun activity to help strengthen the colors in Spanish that Mama Stephanie from Casa Watkins! Your Tots will be hopping with glee!

Casa Watkins


Were you featured? You are welcome to a button but you certainly don’t have to use it! Totally optional! Tot School Feature

<center><a href="http://bit.ly/W32RDO" target="_blank"><img alt="I was featured for Tot School!" src="http://bit.ly/13tsB2r"/ ></a></center>


Do you have your FREE

Where to Begin with Tot School eBook?

Tot-School-eBook

See the Tot School webpage here!

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


Tot School Printables A-Z



 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).

We would LOVE to feature you, but only feature those posts with a link back to us within the post they link up! Read all of the details about our linky here!