Tot School Gathering Place ~ Week 87

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 87

 

Happy September!!! I don’t know about you, but we are slowly returning to a “normal” schedule after a summer of family fun and memory making! Don’t forget to link up your Tot School post to share with us your wonderful ideas so other Tots may enjoy them as well! Have a great week!

Many of us know that younger sibling Tots want to join in the fun of learning with their older siblings! See what fun ideas Mama Debbie from West Word Blog created to keep Tot Sam busy and learning during the school day!

West Word Blog

 

With the sun starting to set earlier many Tots start spying the moon and stars! Many have a deep fascination with them! If that is your Tot take a peek at the star themed activities that Mama Heather from Golden Reflections Blog put together for her Tot.

Golden Reflections Blog

 

What Tot doesn’t enjoy learning and hearing stories about themselves? Mama Keri over at Living In This Season has put together a week’s worth of activities for Tots to learn just how special they are! Head on over and take a look!

Living In This Season

 


Remember to visit our Pinterest board hosting our featured blogs each week! Be sure to follow the board and re-pin ideas you like, it’s a great way to support each other!

Love Tot Trays™? Check out our Tot Trays for Tot School Pinterest Board!

Using Tot School Printables?  Visit ourTot School Printables Pinterest Board. If you are using Tot School Printables and blogging about it, email me with a link to one of your posts and your Pinterest link so you can pin to this group board!

Our Tot School Ideas Board is filled with ideas from all around the web, maybe even some of yours!

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What’s in the Bible Coloring Book

We have loved What’s in the Bible DVDs for years.  In 2012/2013 we used them for our homeschool Bible curriculum, and are using them again this year!

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I was SUPER excited when I was asked if I wanted to review the new What’s in the Bible Coloring Book and jumped at the opportunity since I was looking for a new way to supplement the learning this year.

We are using the DVDs and the new coloring book for a no-prep, simple, yet very effective Bible curriculum for my three kids.  Currently my kids are 5, 8, and 12 and ALL love the What’s in the Bible DVDs and now the new coloring book.

Here’s amore about the new coloring book straight from What’s in the Bible ~

Introducing the What’s in the Bible? Coloring Book! Color through the WHOLE Bible – from Genesis to Revelation – with over 200 reproducible pages. Start at the beginning with the stories of creation, Adam and Eve, and Noah, and find all your favorite Old Testament stories – including Ruth, David, Esther,and more. The New Testament starts with coloring scenes from Jesus’ ministry and then you can color through Paul’s letters and even a few pages from the book of Revelation! What's in the Bible Coloring Book

It’s a comprehensive, chronological journey through the Bible your kids will love as they experience each story in a new way by expressing their creativity through coloring!

The coloring book comes in standard book format {which we received and you see in my photos} or as a PDF digital download.

 

How We Are Using What’s in the Bible?

We use one DVD per week and watch 1 of the 2 episodes from the DVD each day during lunch. So, each week, they will view each episode on the DVD twice. We will rotate through all of the DVDs and then begin again.  The kids begin coloring while watching after they finish eating each day.

Here’s a peek from one of our days, which I shared on Instagram here.

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This has quickly become a favorite part of the day, with the little two often begging to color during their free time.  They love these books.

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I am asking my kids to choose pictures to color from whatever DVD we are currently watching.  There are many to choose from which means when we go back through they will be able to go back and color those!

It has been a great way to reinforce the concepts they learn from the DVDs.  Personally I need one LESS thing to prepare each week and the fact that this is just so simple makes me love it even more.

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Tot School Gathering Place ~ Week 86

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 86

WOW! The end of August! September starts soon! September always feels like New Years – full of fresh starts and new beginnings! As you begin this new school year be sure to share all your wonderful ideas that you use with your Tots! I’m so excited to see them all!

Mama Jasmine of Learning with Mom shares with us her first week of preschool with Jelly Bean and Baby Ruth exploring the letter X. Take a look and see all the different and fun activities!Learning with Mom

 

Over at Bible Fun for Kids, Mama Debbie reveals some ideas to explore the letter C. Check out the fun her girls had learning!

Bible Fun for Kids

 

I don’t know about your house, but Frozen has become a favorite in our house! Head on over to Preschool Powol Pockets to see some Elsa-inspired science play that your Tot may enjoy!Preschool Powol Pockets

 


Remember to visit our Pinterest board hosting our featured blogs each week! Be sure to follow the board and re-pin ideas you like, it’s a great way to support each other!

Love Tot Trays™? Check out our Tot Trays for Tot School Pinterest Board!

Using Tot School Printables?  Visit ourTot School Printables Pinterest Board. If you are using Tot School Printables and blogging about it, email me with a link to one of your posts and your Pinterest link so you can pin to this group board!

Our Tot School Ideas Board is filled with ideas from all around the web, maybe even some of yours!

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Do you have your FREE

Where to Begin with Tot School eBook?

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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).

Playful Learning with Spielgaben ~ August 2014

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 August 2014
We officially started school August 11, with a 4 day week, and then a 2 day week.  So yes, we started but we don’t really get into a consistent 5 day routine until after Labor Day. Below you will see I have divided the post into 4 categories ~ Lessons We Enjoyed, Free Play, Mommy Inspired Play, and Nature & Inspiration Guide Play It is a long post, I hope these categories help you find what you are interested in reading.


Lessons We Enjoyed

This month we continued our work with Set 7. I took small screen shots 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!

We worked on Lesson 7-2 Finding a Parent Shape. Spielgaben 7-2

This was a pretty easy lesson for her, but as usual she enjoyed it. we built parent shapes by using the single shapes.  Gradually we expanded each shape also.

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We also completed Lesson 7-3 A Building Game. Spielgaben 7-3

Again, this one was pretty easy, as she matched solid shapes to flat shapes. We do lots of talking during these lessons, so even if it’s easier, the vocabulary is learned and reinforced.

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She struggled a bit more with Lesson 7-5, Spinning Top Game.

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First we built different stars together, this is the part that was a challenge for her.

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After we built various stars using different shapes, we added a few small circles to one of them to make a top.  The guide said to use double sided tape but we didn’t have any so we used school glue.

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This was a BIG hit, she loved it.  It was pretty fragile but it did spin well!

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Free Play

I don’t always catch her free play creations, but I did capture this one.  It’s Stitch from Lili & Stitch.

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Mommy Inspired Play

I like setting up different challenges for her.This was a basic color sorting game, with a fine motor emphasis.  At first she told me she didn’t like my game. I nonchalantly said, “OK, I am going to play, you can join me if you want!”

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Look who was with me before even a few seconds passed.  She loved it!  Girl can be so stubborn when something isn’t her initial idea!

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Nature & Inspiration Guide Play

I have our Nature Guide on the iPad also, I just set it up for her if she asks.  Here she was building a butterfly.  This one was difficult for her and she needed a bit of help to get the design going. Spielgaben -0180 We talked a lot about symmetry as she worked on this one! Spielgaben -0195


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My Cats Nick and Nora Kindergarten Literature Unit in Action

We completed another Kindergarten Literature Unit, My Cats Nick and Nora, during the past two weeks.  We started homeschool On Aug 11, but had 2 short weeks due to scheduled events.  We did 4 days of lessons, spread out over those 2 weeks.

My Cats Nick and Nora Kindergarten Literature Unit In Action



I love setting up a central area for our theme focus and my daughter loves it too.  I gather our toys and books together and display them the night before we begin our unit. It helps to draw her in and get her excited about our learning time together. I borrow books from the library and also toys from friends to enrich our learning. I gather toys from around the house too {well, actually I send my older boys on a hunt to find things for me}.

This particular unit was simple, CATS! I started with just two cats to represent Nick and Nora from the story.  I also put a portion of our 3-part cat breeds cards in our mini pocket chart.  The extra pieces are in the little kitty bucket {Target dollar spot}.  Our collection of cat books on the bottom, and that was it!

The full set-up…

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I divided up our activities into 4 hanging folders, they are behind our You Can Read unit in this basket. I follow a very loose lesson plan and shift things around as needed or desired. I do not stress out at all about what does or does not get done each day.  We just have fun together and learn as we go!

I tried something new by taking small video clips for you throughout our unit.  Let me know if these are helpful to you.


Day One

She immediately wanted to add cats to the set up and gathered every kitty she owns.  They participated in matching up the 3 part cat breed cards in our small pocket chart!.  L loved learning the names of the the cats and finding the best match in her bunch of stuffed kitties.

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Then we read the book together and identified which cats of hers best represented the cats in the book; Nick, Nora, and Fluffy.

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Balloon color word matching

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We had a nice talk for the character connection, discussing what made Fluffy a mean kitty and how he could have been nicer.

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Lots of role playing with the kitties.

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Then to the table to color the color-by-number rainbow cat

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We finished by doing the “N is for Nick, Nora, and…” activity!

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Day Two

I had the rest of the cats from the 3 part cat breed cards ready for her and she loved that they were different from day one!

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Here’s a video clip of her working on the 3 part cat cards.

 

We made a pipe cleaner cat craft using directions we found here!

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She worked on her favorite pet graph, here she was asking her biggest brother to choose his favorite.

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She loved the sorting cats activity.  First she sorted by babies and adults.  Then she sorted by color.

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Here’s a video clip of us working on sorting cats together.

 

We read the book every day, and used stuffed animals to help us.

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Here she was putting the parts of the story in order.

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Day Three

I pulled out the sight word cats that she knew and we went through the book together finding them.  This was a GREAT review and lots of fun!

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Here’s a bit of video action

 

She really liked the balloon color graphing activity.  She used stickers to record on her graph.

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After completing the graph, she wrote in the numbers on the recording sheet.

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Here’s a video clip of her working on the graph…

 

We sorted rhyming words together, and she taped them on when we were done.

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We talked about being a Godly friend as she traced the word friend on our Bible verse page.

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Day Four

She loved the coin sorting activity, it was a lot of hands on fun.

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Here’s a video clip of her in action.

 

We also did the comprehension questions for the book.  Here’s a tiny video clip of her answering one of the questions with me.

 

I didn’t get photos for some reason, but she also completed her writing activity {you can see it hanging on the far left in the final photo below}.


All of our work from this unit!  She had so much fun and we made great memories together!

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See our printables for this unit here,

our Pinterest board here,

and our book and toy suggestions here!

My Cats Nick and Nora Kindergarten Literature Unit Study Printables  Toys and Books to go along with My Cats Nick and Nora Kindergarten UnitMy Catsa Nick and Nora Pinterest Board

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Leave a link in a comment, email me, or share on my Facebook page?


See More Kindergarten Literature Units here!

 

Kindergarten Literature Unit Printables