Back to School Printable Grade Level Signs

Back to School Printable Grade Signs Tot School Through 12th

We have always done back to school pictures with simple grade level signs.  I never even saved the file.  This year I made new ones, again, and decided to actually make the rest of the grades and click save.  I got asked if I would share, so I am!  These are so simple, and can be colored by kids if desired.

Print the grades you need, and take some fun back to school photos, even if you’ve already started school! 

Here’s our back to homeschool photos for this year!

Back to HomeSchool 2015

Download your free grade level signs here!

Her First Week of 1st Grade Homeschool

1st graders are old.  I used to teach Kindergarten and I would always glance across the hall and think the 1st grades seemed so old to me.  I cannot believe we are here with our baby.  Our first week of 1st grade with our daughter is complete. She is such a big girl now, and I am loving this stage of her life while also missing the younger stages too. 

First Week of 1st Grade Homeschool

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As a reminder, here is our post sharing our 1st Grade Curriculum Choices.  You can see direct links and more info on what I chose for her and why there.

1st Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices


I got asked for a photo of her lesson plan from the first week, so I took one at the end of the week. If you click on it, you can see it larger. We ended up having friends over at the last minute on Friday, so we moved that day to the following week.  Love the flexibility of homeschooling! I use Lessontrek to plan our week.  I then add info to the printed plan as we go through the week.  The plan then gets filed in her lesson plan notebook.

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Below is a photo of her daily plan.  I will be sharing more about this in a separate post soon.  This gives her a visual “to-do” list for the day so she can see what is left to be finished. It worked really well for her.

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She was MOST excited to begin Life of Fred math with her Daddy.  She overheard the books last year when he did them with Krash.  She couldn’t wait for it to be her turn.

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We are also using Spielgaben for math. I am not following any plan, just choosing lessons and worksheets from the abundant Spielgaben manuals.  I decided to begin working with 3D shapes, which she loved! 

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We are doing 3 days of All About Reading and 2 days of All About Spelling.  We might not complete a full lesson in one day, and that’s fine.  We are moving at her pace.  Sometimes fast, sometimes slow.  She enjoys both of these programs.

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We did lots of review with sounds, the free app was a great tool as we did this!

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Write Shop Primary A has been fun, since it is mostly Guided Writing at this stage!  She liked illustrating our stories!

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She has a big girl grammar workbook which she’s not too thrilled about, but can totally handle.  This is Growing with Grammar Level 1.

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We are using Logic of English Cursive this year since it worked so well for Krash.  She loved the salt tray coming back and remembered it from her preschool days! She isn’t a huge fan of handwriting, so we are taking it slowly and trying to make it fun.

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She put together her Owl Lapbook and reviewed what she learned by sharing it with her Daddy.  I will share a full post about this soon!

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She loved We Choose Virtues! I chose to start with the word KIND, because sadly this is something she struggles with.  We are using the coloring pages, the songs {on my iPad} and the parenting cards.

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She loves her science book!  We completed the K level over the summer and started the 1st grade level!  The first unit was all about sound which she really enjoyed.  She loved her experiment with hard and soft sounds!

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That was all I had pictures of, we did everything marked off on the lesson plan shown at the beginning of the post. Her first week was before our official first week of school so I could get her acclimated to her new routine. Our first official week as an entire group was the following week, you can see real-time action in our homeschool here on our Instagram! We have a new hashtag #1stGradeWithLadybug, so you can see all of her posts easily!

I am very pleased with my choices for her, and with her attitude about learning!  It is such a joy to teach her, even better so far than I expected.  The boys weren’t {aren’t} always enthusiastic learners and she usually is. I am really looking forward to a fun 1st grade year with her, soaking in every moment! 

Life of Fred Elementary Math Giveaway!

Life of Fred Giveaway

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One of the amazing deals featured at Educents is Life of Fred Math. Up until about 2 years ago I had never even looked at Life of Fred, and had no clue what all the fuss was about.  I bought 4 of the elementary math books to use with Krash last year as a supplemental review and we fell in love! 

We are now using the same books with Ladybug this year, as more of a main math program for 1st grade. Educents kindly sent us the remaining books in the series for this review, since we only owned the first 4 books of the series. The photo below shows all 10 of the elementary math books.

Dr. Schmidt recommends that all students up to 4th grade start with Apples and work their way through the entire elementary series.  Krash is in 4th grade this year and finishing up the series this year {we hope}.  Ladybug is in 1st grade and just started!

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These books looked strange to me at first. Take a peek. Does this look like a math book to you?

Life of Fred


Not really, huh?  But it is math. presented in a engaging, purposeful and silly way.  Our entire family now really enjoys Life of Fred math! The strangeness is what has really drawn us in.  The characters are quirky, the stories are funny, and the math is practical.

Want a deeper peek?  Scroll down to the product description section on this page and there’s a link to see inside of each book!  There’s also a great overview video!

We just started with Ladybug and I captured a bit of learning with her Dad during her first week. They sit together like this most days and will use a dry erase board to complete the problems at the end of each chapter.

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Here’s a video I made showing them in action.  It’s about 6 minutes long, giving you a peek into chapters 1 & 2 from Apples.


For more added fun, invite your dog!

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The creator of the series, Dr. Stanley F. Schmidt is a former high school teacher and college professor who created the character Fred Gauss to give students real-world examples of how to use what they are learning. Kids love these adventure-focused and engaging stories. With 10 different Life of Fred books, they will have never-ending fun while developing their math skills. This giveaway features the full Elementary Math Series, a $139.90 value – but the educational experience is truly priceless!

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Tot School Gathering Place Week 136

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!


Where is the summer going?!?!?! We are already half way through the month of August! Many of you may have already started the school year…and some are just gearing up! Whatever your state – make sure you share all your wonderful ideas with us here at the Gathering Place! We’d love to see what you’re up to!

Are you ending your summer with a trip to the beach? Check out the ideas from Adventures in Tot Schooling to see if any of the activities might interest your Tot!

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Are you starting Tot Schooling or Homeschooling this week or in the near future? Check out Mama April’s start into the Tot School journey over at My Sacred Sojourn and maybe give her some words of encouragement!

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Is your Tot exploring rhyming in her everyday language? Take a peek at the gem that Mama Michelle from Research Parent found and put together for her Tot to explore the world of rhyme!Research Parent 8162015

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

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Looking for a fun and interactive way to have fun with COLORS? 

I Spy Color Hunt Book

 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).

Lately in Our Life ~~ Summer Wrap Up

Lately I totally forgot to write this series!  I haven’t shared since June, whoops!  I was doing so well then totally forgot about it!

Lately in our Life August 2015


Loving the Library

My little book worm loves the library and we go at least once every 2 weeks!  She has spent much of her free time this summer with her nose buried in a book.  I can’t lie – I love it!  Neither of my boys loved books as much as she does.  This is a treat for me since I always secretly hoped I would have at least 1 bookworm!

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Summer Gymnastics Training

Our son has had a pretty intense training schedule this summer.  He absolutely loves it and it has been fun to see his progress.  He is excited to begin competing again in November at his new level {6}. Here are a couple of video clips {click to see them on Instagram} of him in the gym this summer! It still blows my mind to watch him.

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Beach, Pool, Yard, Lake & Camping Fun

We were thankful that our small above ground pool survived our move and has been a great way to beat the southern heat this summer!

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We have also enjoyed my parents’ pool a lot {on the left below}!  AND…I turned 40!  The pics on the right are from my birthday dinner!

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Some of our new friends live on a lake and we have spent time with them there and LOVED every minute!

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We enjoyed a beach trip with my husband’s family and the kids enjoyed camping with their Pop Pop and Daddy!

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My oldest son spent much of his summer away, mostly serving with church and enjoying his new church friends.  He went on a beach getaway with his new youth group, mission trip to Chicago, and spent a week helping at a camp for children with special needs. He was gone a lot, we are happy to have him home!

I have enjoyed our summer break, and am also happy that fall is upon us.  I love routine and I truly love homeschooling our kids.  I have missed it!

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

See our other Lately in Our Life posts here!