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Dolphins and Whales Coloring Pages

Dolphins and Whales Coloring Pages

We have a brand new set of Dolphins and Whales Coloring printables for you! These are great for adults who like to color as well as children. 

The idea behind “Just Color!” is simple ~ theme packs all focused around coloring. The coloring pages are all in one download to make it easier to download and print all at once, in case you have coloring monsters like I do!

If you want to make a mini coloring book, you can scale down PDF files.

Here’s a peek at the different pages in this free printable set! Pick the ones you like and enjoy some coloring time {with or without your kids}!

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Download your free dolphin and whale coloring pages here on our Just Color! Webpage!

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1st Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices Year-End Review

1st 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!

Next up, 1st grade!  Here’s a reminder of the original 1st Grade Curriculum Choices post.

1st Grade 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!

Reading All About Reading Level 2

A perfect fit for her! She loved it! By the end of AAR Level 2 she was extremely fluent and reading above grade level. I highly recommend AAR! 

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We did LOADS of supplemental reading, she is my bookworm.  We began and are still reading through the Little House books together.  We also read the My Father’s Dragon Series.

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We went to the library a lot and I documented many of her favorite books from the year in this post!

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Spelling All About Spelling Level 1

We love All About Spelling and level 1 was a great fit for her this year.  We spaced out the lessons over the year, although she probably could have done level 1 and 2 this year – I am in no rush. Our basic routine was to do the lesson on the board, using the app when we learned new sounds, then she would write her words in a notebook.

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Grammar First Language Lessons Level 1 & Growing with Grammar 1

We aren’t completely done with these books yet and will be finishing over the summer before beginning level 2 of each in the fall. She has more free time in the summer so as we worked with the boys to complete all of their schoolwork, she got a few weeks of lighter work.

These are both great programs and certainly don’t need to be used together, I just really like both. I love the workbook format of GWG and the oral format of FLL.

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Writing Write Shop Primary A  & Story Starters

Ladybug naturally likes to write {unlike my boys at this age}, which is a joy. We used Write Shop A as our base curriculum but didn’t finish the entire program. It got a bit easy for her and I don’t own level B so once I noticed it was too easy, we just stopped and she wrote for fun. She used our Story Starters to inspire free writing also.

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Handwriting Logic of English Cursive Handwriting

Doing cursive with her this year was a good decision, she was ready.  Although she didn’t always love learning new letters and practicing old letters, she was totally capable.  My goal this year was to introduce her to the lowercase letters and we accomplished that. We even got started on upper case letters.

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For each letter she created a drawing, and we ended up with a cute collection!

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For 2nd grade I will continue teaching the upper case letters and begin working with her on using cursive naturally when doing some of her assignments.


Math Life of Fred, Mathseeds {the math portion of Reading Eggs}, Spielgaben

Our laid back math plans were perfect for her this year. She was too advanced for a traditional 1st grade math program, but we weren’t wanting to rush her. Life of Fred was perfect and we will be continuing with LOF as a supplement next year also. Mathseeds was a great fit for her also.

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She loves our Spielgaben lessons, which I chose throughout the year as we went along.  I picked lessons from the manual that I thought she would enjoy and would enhance her math skills. Below you can see direct links to all we did. We will continue to supplement with Spielgaben.

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She will begin a more traditional math program in the fall, Teaching Textbooks 3


Science Evan Moor Skill Sharpeners Science Grade 1, The Curious Kid’s Science Book

We oved using these books!  She did too!  The Evan-Moor book was her main science curriculum and she did extra science activities and experiments from the other book.  Daddy led all of this and for that I am SO thankful!

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Unit Studies

I love doing unit studies with my kids, just wish I took time to do more!  We had fun with 3 of our own, and then were blessed to begin reviewing product for Ivy Kids Kits and got to enjoy 3 more units thanks to those kits!  She LOVED all of these!  Click on graphics to see the posts!

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Character We Choose Virtues

We made it through all of the virtues and she really enjoyed this! It was a great fit for her this year!

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Art Home Art Studio

I am such an art slacker. I am actually impressed that we completed 2 entire projects from our Home Art Studio Disc. Ladybug is naturally creative and artistic so she did tons of spontaneous artwork on her own, but these are the only two from our actual curriculum!

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Bible ~ Picture Smart Bible K-3 Old Testament {with Krash}

See why we love Picture Smart Bible here!

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US Geography ~ {with Krash}

See our USA Geography Wrap-Up here!

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Group Subjects ~ Mystery of History, World Geography

Daddy taught History to all 3 kids. We continue to love The Mystery of History and we will be continuing on with it next year for the younger 2 kids.

Daddy and I both taught World Geography this year, and it is a great fit. We will be using the same plan with the little 2 next year also.

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Stay tuned, I will be sharing our curriculum choices for 9th grade, 5th grade, and 2nd Grade soon!

See our Year End Review for 8th Grade here and our Year-End Review for 4th Grade here!

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See last year’s Year-End Review posts by clicking on each grade level below!

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Animal Alphabet Coloring Printables {S, T, U, V, W, X}

Animal Alphabet Coloring Printables S through X

We have a new set of Animal Alphabet Coloring Printables for you! Letters S, T, U, V, W, X are free to download here and other free sets will be coming. If you don’t want to wait, you can grab the full set here in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop.

Each letter features an animal and a fun coloring picture to go along. S is for snake, T is for turtle, U is for urial, V is for vulture, W is for wolf and X is for x-ray fish.

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You will also find the name of the animal at the bottom of the coloring page too. This helps with print awareness in young children. These coloring pages are a great addition for children who are learning their letters and love to color! 

Download S, T, U, V, W, X  for free here!

Grab the entire set here in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop 

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Grab A-F here, G-L here and M-R here!

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Looking for more ABC ideas, check out our ABC Pinterest board here!

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

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Tot School Gathering Place Week 179

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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Ahhh! Blissful summer days! Days full of potential – reading, swimming, playing in the sunshine! I love summer! I love the relaxed atmosphere and hearing the kids play in the backyard! What fun activities do you have planned for this summer? Make sure to share your summer fun here with us at the Gathering Place! We’d love to see what you’re up to!

Head on over to Teacher Mom Plus 3 to see the cute counting activity that Mama Ayan created for her Tot! Those smiles are sure to make counting more fun for your Tot!06122016 Teacher Mom Plus 3

Ever wonder what someone else’s Tot School shelves look like? GrandMama Deb shares with us what her Montessori shelves look like for her GrandTot Zoey. If you are curious, or maybe need some inspiration, be sure to check out this post at Living Montessori Now.06122016 Living Montessori Now

With summer here our thoughts often turn to the beach and ocean play! Take a peek over at Mommy & Her Men to see the collection of books Mama Courtney put together to read with her boys! Some are sure to grab your Tot’s attention!

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Do you have your FREE

Where to Begin with Tot School eBook?

 

See the Tot School webpage here!

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).