Tot School Gathering Place Week 176

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

Our school year is starting to get wrapped up and we are beginning to enjoy a slightly slower pace of life for the next few weeks! What do your days look like this time of year? Do they slow down or gain momentum? Whatever your days look like, don’t forget to link up to the Gathering Place and share what activities you and your Tot are enjoying for the week!

It’s never too early to start teaching our Tots about grammar! Head on over to SmartE PartE and see the cute idea that Mama Kristin and Tot E enjoyed this past week!

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Across the United States, the weather has been crazy wild at times! I hope everyone is safe! Maybe your Tot has seen some of this weather. If so, take a peek at the different picture books that Mama Courtney gathered together to help her Tot learn about different types of weather!

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Do you need some activity ideas to help keep your Tot busy and learning? Check out the activities that Mama Kathleen from Word Boosting put together for her two Tots! One or more may appeal to your Tot!

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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).



My Favorite Individual Products in Build Your Bundle 2016

This sale is now over, stay tuned for next year!

 

 

BYB 2016 Favorites

 

Want to see a list of my VERY favorite items in the Build Your Bundle? As you make your final decisions, I thought you might want to see my list of favorites. I owned some of these already before this sale and some are new to me that I NOW own thanks to this sale!

My favorite products are listed by name below and next to each name I link to the bundle the item is in.

My Favorite BYB Products

    So, that’s my list!  There are many more I like but this is a list of the items I LOVE and OWN! Be sure to check these out and see if they might be favorites for you too. Finish your shopping before Monday, May 23 at 11:59pm EST!

We are so thankful to be a contributor and affiliate with BYB this year!



Seashell Coloring Pages

Seashell Coloring Pages

We have a brand new set of Seashell 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 seashell coloring pages here on our Just Color! Webpage!

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World Geography Country Printables

World Geography Country Printables 8 Additional Countries

Awhile back I shared World Geography Country Card printables here and have finally found time to add more country cards for some of you who have specifically requested additions!  We now have 8 new country cards for: Ecuador, Peru, Sweden, Spain, Costa Rica, Ireland, Great Britain and Scotland. I am also willing to take more requests to add more this summer, so leave specific country requests in the comments and I will do my best to add them {if I have the flag and map for them}!

We originally shared how we used these country cards here alongside of the book Passport to the World. We loved this book and using these cards!

World Geography Country Printables Free Cards

 

Download the Additional Country Cards here!

 

See more excellent geography resources over at Homeschool Creations here!

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Gotta Go! Gotta Go! ~ A Monarch Butterfly Unit Study with Ivy Kids Kits

 Gotta Go Gotta Go Ivy Kids Kit Review - A Fun Way to Explore the Monarch Butterfly

{disclaimer ~ Ivy Kids is a blog sponsor and sent us a kit for this review}

We continue to be in love with Ivy Kids Kits. These are by far the best monthly subscription kits I have seen.

Not familiar with Ivy Kids Kits?

Ivy Kits are a monthly educational subscription for children ages 3-8 developed by early childhood teachers with children of their own. You can tell these kits were developed by people who truly know young kids.  The activities are awesome. Not only can you subscribe to a monthly kit, you can also buy past kits.

Each Ivy Kit contains instructions with ways to modify games to best suit each individual child and provide adults with questions to structure a child’s learning. There are enough games and materials in each kit to engage and cognitively stimulate a child throughout the month and can be replayed for years to come.

We were sent  “Gotta Go! Gotta Go! for this review.  Here’s ALL that was included in this kit:

  • The book Gotta Go! Gotta Go! by Sam Swope
  • Read along Bookmark: Use to assist with reading comprehension.
  • My Little Caterpillar: Use the brightly colored pom-poms, clothespins, and pipe cleaners to make cute little caterpillars. 
  • Butterfly Magnets: Transform your caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly. Create colorful butterfly wings by dripping water onto a colored filter. Clip the wings to the caterpillar and add a magnet to make a butterfly magnet.
  • Butterfly Life Cycle Wheel: Create a life cycle wheel with the 4 stages of the butterfly’s life.
  • Clay Model of the Butterfly Life Cycle: Use the clay to make models of each of the 4 stages of the life cycle: egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, and adult.
  • Butterfly Handprint or Footprint: Create a beautiful keepsake and decoration for your home with a butterfly made from your child’s handprints or footprints on a canvas board. 
  • My Monarch Butterfly: Learn interesting facts about monarch butterflies and examine a model to learn more about these beautiful insects. Use the model to help you draw all the parts of a monarch butterfly.
  • Mexi-Go! Board Game: Get your butterfly to Mexico for hibernation and then back home again to lay eggs as fast as you can.
  • Butterfly Symmetry: Use the pom-poms to make butterflies with symmetrical wings.
  • Hanging Butterfly: Use markers, pom-poms, and/or paint to decorate a 3-dimensional butterfly.  
  • My Butterfly Garden: Plant easy-to-grow wildflowers in your decorated planter. When the wildflowers bloom, they will attract beautiful butterflies.  
  • Save the Monarch Butterflies – Plant Milkweed: This month, Ivy Kids has made a donation to the Save Our Monarchs foundation to help preserve this beautiful butterfly. Save Our Monarchs has provided milkweed seeds for planting. Planting milkweed seeds outdoors can help increase the monarch butterfly population.
  • Caterpillar Patterns: Use the colored pom-poms to continue the pattern on the caterpillar’s body. 
  • Rhyming Wings – Matching Game:  Players take turns flipping over two butterfly wing cards. A pair is a match if the words on the two wings rhyme.

Activities From Our Box…

I showed her the book first and she immediately curled up to read it herself. We barely got the box open and she was snuggled up in the beanbag reading. Below she was reading it aloud to me.

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We began by planting wildflower seeds, which she completely LOVED!

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Our seeds grew quickly!  We don’t have flowers yet but they sprouted already and are growing!

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Mexi-Go was a fun and simple game included in the kit. She learned all about how the Monarch Butterfly migrates to Mexico and this fun game was a reinforcement of that!

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She loved creating the Life Cycle Wheel as we learned more about this through the awesome sheet that comes with the kit. You can see it on the table by her.

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I love her little clay model of the butterfly life cycle!

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She loves ANYthing artistic so drawing and labeling her on Monarch Butterfly was a big hit. She used the guide that came with the kit as well as the realistic butterfly {see it sitting on the table beside her}.

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Her completed butterfly!

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One of the best things about these kits is the organization. The clear instructions allowed me to leave activities for my mom to do with her while she was babysitting one day! 

The Butterfly Foot Print Craft looks like it was loads of fun and I love the finished product but am secretly glad my mom handled the mess of this one!!

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They also did the Butterfly Magnet craft together and it turned out beautifully and hangs on my fridge now!

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Her enthusiasm for these activities is through the roof, she loves her “box time” and begs me to do something from the box all the time! You can see ALL of the activities included in the box here!

We also loved our A House for Hermit Crab kit, and our Penguin & Pinecone Kit!

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20% off your first kit for NEW Subscribers to the monthly subscription kits!

Use code: IVY20

A huge thanks to Ivy Kids for sending us these kits to review. If you are looking for a simple way to do unit studies with your young child, I highly recommend Ivy Kids Kits!

When you subscribe to Ivy Kids, each month you will receive a very well organized kit containing a book and ten or more activities based upon the story. Everything you need to learn and play is included in your kit. I mean EVERYthing. These kits are incredible!