Tot School Gathering Place Week 159

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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It’s hard to believe that the first month of the year is almost near its end! From the look of all the link ups, you all have been busy making wonderful memories with your Tots! Keep up the great work! Don’t forget to share your ideas with the Gathering Place! You may encourage another Mama with your creativity!

Winter has hit full force in our part of the country, but maybe not in yours! How do you teach your children about the seasons if you don’t live in a seasonal area? Check out how GrandMama Deb over at Living Montessori Now is teaching her GrandTot Zoe about winter, even while living in a warmer climate!

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Are you looking for a fun and interactive way to teach your Tot about penguins? Head on over to Fumbling Through Parenthood (& Homeschooling) to see Mama Julie’s creative ideas!

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Over at Tiny Tots Adventures a math activity using a common household item made for a fun activity for this Mama’s two Tots!

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Love Bible Verse Coloring Pages

Love Bible Verse Coloring Printables

We have a brand new set of Love Bible Verse 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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Love Bible Verse Coloring (1)    Love Bible Verse Coloring (2)

Love Bible Verse Coloring (3)    Love Bible Verse Coloring (5)

Love Bible Verse Coloring (6)    Love Bible Verse Coloring (7)

Download the Love Bible Verse coloring printables and more here!

Love Bible Verse Coloring Pages

Look for this graphic and click to download!

 

See more Valentine’s Day and Love Fun here!

Valentine's Day Printables and Ideas



Homeschool Wrap-Up November & December 2015 ~ 1st, 4th, 8th

Homeschool Wrap Up 1st grade, 4th grade, 8th grade Nov and Dec 2015

 

You can see our detailed curriculum posts by clicking on the graphics below.

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All Together Learning

 

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We do 3 subjects all together and really enjoy our time with our kids all together {most of the time}.

Daddy teaches Mystery of History which is awesome.  We fnally finished the 1st book and have moved on to book 2. We decided to save ink and use spiral notebooks with the kids and this was a great change!  The love their notebooks and their notes are even better!  Plus – no more printing for me! 

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Below you can see a glimpse of my prep time for book 2.  We use the Timeline Figures from Homeschool in the Woods.  I was printing, cutting and sorting {in baseball card sleeves} for our timeline notebook.

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We still love our Heroes of History books.  We are almost done with George Washington. We are still enjoying Liberty’s Kids DVDs, to help deepen our American Revolution knowledge.

 

You can see our entire World Geography plan here.  Daddy now teaches this too.  They finished all of South America and are well into North America now.  Everyone continues to enjoy this plan. Below is a peek at Daddy writing the notes on our board and that’s a picture of Ladybug’s USA page!

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1st & 4th Together Learning

Ladybug and Krash do two subjects together and it is working well!  We do Picture Smart Bible {K-3 Old Testament} and US Geography twice a week.

They absolutely love US Geography and I think it’s because they both really love coloring and they love birds.  Seeing the bird for each state is very exciting for them!

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We review all the states we have learned each day we do a new one, we use our USA Geography PowerPoint for this.  The PowerPoint show is a favorite and is really great for review.

We have added in a couple more resources to expand our US Geography learning.   The kids absolutely LOVE the awesome USA States song/video by Readeez.

We played Scrambled States for the first time and they really enjoyed it!

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    We also enjoy playing Sequence States and Capitals together!  If you don’t own this game and are working on states and capitals, I highly recommend it!

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      We are enjoying Picture Smart Bible together and have completed Deuteronomy/Joshua.

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      8th Grade

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      Pac is by far my least photographed child because a majority of his schooling is done independently or with his Dad. I managed to get NO photos of him doing school at all!

      He does spend a lot of time doing this, so this picture of him is totally accurate. He’d spend way more hours per day playing the guitar {or his ukelele} if he could!

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      He is a pretty easy student and we are thankful.  Sure, we have issues, but overall he does what he is supposed to do. His dad oversees his math, spelling and science completely.  I oversee everything else.  Writing is the only subject I am still teaching directly.

      One of my favorite portions of his homeschooling is his reading.  He is currently Reading To Kill a Mockingbird.  His favorites are in bold.

      Here’s his completed list…

      All of his other subjects are going well, we are pleased with our choices for him this year.


      4th Grade

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      In order to stay committed to his gymnastics he doubles up on his schoolwork 2 days a week so he can be free to practice the other 3 days. He really works hard on his two intense school days. Below he is working on one of his poems from First Language Lessons.

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      Science with Dad continues to be a favorite.  He really enjoyed making a volcano, of course!

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      I think they were exploring waves below..

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      He continues to do Life of Fred Math with Daddy, at a lower level than his Teaching Textbooks Math {he uses level 5}. We do LOF math to help him work on auditory processing skills.

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      We are almost finished reading Mighty Men together, which is a collection of short stories.

      He also reads books on his own at night and currently reading The Indian in the Cupboard.

      His reading list so far this year…

      1st Grade

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      She now does the following subjects with her Daddy: science, Growing with Gramar, & Life of Fred Math. I teach her the rest of her subejcts. Below you will see a few highlights from November and December!


      Math

      We do a few different things for math and our combination is working beautifully for her.  She continues to LOVE Life of Fred and is finished with book 2 and is enjoying book 3.

      Spielgaben is a great fit for her and we do about 2-3 lessons per week, mostly using the worksheets.  See our recent posts here…

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      Grammar

      Growing with Grammar and First Language Lessons are both wonderful and she enjoys both.  We use both because they are different, yet similar. She now does Growing with Grammar with her Dad so I don’t have any action shots!

      Here she is working on her poems from First Language Lessons{she’s using our Poem PowerPoint}.

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      Reading

      All About Reading 2 is moving along. She loves the games in the lessons. It is a GREAT fit for her!

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      Ways we supplement reading development…

      We go to the library at least twice a month, sometimes more! Her library books are read daily both independently and aloud! 

      Before we take books back I ask her to set out her very favorites and I snap a photo and share on Instagram.  These are some recent favorite stacks…

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      We finished The Dragons of Blueland, the final book in the series.  She LOVED these books!  We continue to read Little House on the Prairie.


      Writing

      She has become quite the independent writer lately.  She loves her word wall folder and her try-it sheets. She uses both daily.

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      Whew!  I think that’s it! It takes me forever to write these posts but they are my favorite to look back on!

      Here’s our other posts from this year…

      Homeschool Wrap-Up The First 6 Weeks with 1st, 4th and 8th Grade[3]  Homeschool Monthly Wrap Up October 2015

       

      You can also see much of our everyday homeschool life on Instagram!

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      Tot School Gathering Place Week 158

      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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      Wow! You have been busy Mamas this week! It always amazes me how each of us is so different and incorporates similar things in very different ways! There are several new blogs linked up to the Gathering Place, so make sure to check them all out! Some of their ideas may be an inspiration to you and your Tot! Don’t forget to link up your posts to share your ideas with other Mamas!

      Are you curious about what other Tots do during their Tot School time? Head on over to Hoosier Homestead to see what Mama Vanessa and Tot Meghan completed over the last few weeks!

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      Another example of a Tot School Day can be found over at The Keeper of the Memories! See how Mama Cristi and her Tot E spend their days learning and making memories together!

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      And one final example of a Tot School Day can be found over at The Life of This Mother where Mama Sarah shares what her day looks like with Tots Josiah and Rosalie.01172016 The Life of This Mother


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      Penguin Painting ~ Home Art Studio Project

      We have been using Home Art Studio for a long time now.  You can see all of the projects I have blogged about here! Home Art Studio sent us curriculum to review years ago and has been a blog sponsor ever since.  We love working with them and sharing Home Art Studio with you!

      Penguin Art with Home Art Studio

      For our most recent project, I actually jumped up to our 3rd grade dvd and chose “Penguins On Ice” after looking at the instructions.  I thought she could handle it and she did!

      I completely enjoyed this project with her, which is rare for me.  She is really embracing the idea that art is creative and that everyone’s outcome is different.  Her attitude was fabulous and she smiled a lot. It hasn’t always been this way so I celebrate!

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      Her favorite part was learning the texturing technique taught by Ms. Volin in the video.  She thought this was so fun!

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      She practiced drawing penguins, and then practiced painting them.  She really enjoyed perfecting the types of penguins she wanted on her final piece.  Finally, she decided she liked what she had done and got to work on the final project!

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      She LOVED it, and so do I!  She kept saying, “make sure you tell the art teacher I’m only in 1st grade and I did the 3rd grade project!”  She cracks me up!

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      Home Art Studio Information

      Home Art Studio is an award winning DVD/ROM based art education program, taught by Lindsey Volin,  designed for homeschooling families. Every fun art project teaches students experience, but who want to ensure that their children receive a well-rounded arts education.

      Here are some helpful direct links: