Tot School Gathering Place Week 211

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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Did you know that today is National Puzzle Day? It is! So grab your Tot and enjoy an afternoon of putting some puzzles together. They can be jigsaw puzzles, brain teasers, word search, or crossword puzzles! Whatever you and your Tot decide to do to work out your brains, don’t forget to share about it by posting your link up to the Gathering Place! We love to see what you’re up to!

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! If you are looking for some Valentine’s Tot Trays, head on over to SmartE PartE and see the different ones that Mama Kristin put together for Tot E! They may just be what your Tot needs to feel the love of Tot Schooling!01292017 SmartE PartE

Is your Tot learning sight words? Take a look at disguised.as.a.supermom to see the different activities that Mama Katelynne created to help Tot M reinforce her learning of sight words.01292017 disguised.as.a.supermom

Sometimes kindness comes easy to our Tots – sometimes it doesn’t. Check out how GrandMama Deb is teaching GrandTot Zoey about acts of kindness over at Bits of Positivity. Practice makes perfect! And if we can teach our Tots to be kind at a young age, just think how much better our world will be in the future!01292017 Bits of Positivity

 


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Valentine’s Day Books, Printables, Crafts and More!

Books About Love for Kids

 

 

We have quite a few free Valentine’s Day printables and ideas. I have gathered them all together here for you so you can easily jump around and see what you might want to use!

Valentine's Day Printables and Ideas

One of the very first things I created was a Love Tot Pack.  We have used these printables for years and still do!  Lots of fun with hearts! Another oldie for us ~ our Love Printables focused on 1 Corinthians 13.  We have used these since Krash was tiny and still enjoy pulling them out each year!

Love Tot Pack Valentine's Day Printables  1 Corinthians 13 Activities for Kids

 

We’ve shared a couple of Love Theme homeschool wrap up posts.  LOVE Preschool Theme, and another Love Homeschool Theme.

Love Homeschool  Home Preschool Love Theme

 

Our simple Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin has provide years of fun for my kids.

Valentine's Day Sensory Bin

 

Our original Love Coloring set is here, and our Love Bible Verse Coloring set is here. We also have a Hearts Coloring set here!

Heart Doodle Coloring Pages  Love Bible Verse Coloring Printables

Love Bible Verse Coloring and Tracing  Just Color Valentines Day Love

 

Find our Valentine’s Day Q-Tip Painting here and February Calendar Cards here!

Valentine's Day I Love you Q-Tip Painting Printables February Calendar Cards

 

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Mid Year Review of Teaching Textbooks Math 3

Teaching Textbooks Math 3 Review

 

{disclaimer ~ TT is a sponsor and affiliate links are in this post. We used TT long before they ever became a sponsor, we are grateful for our new partnership!}

I am simply in love with Teaching Textbooks. Using level 3 with my daughter this year has only solidified that love. My boys have been using TT for 3 years now, but this is her first year and my first year seeing it from the beginning. Now that Ladybug is over half way through I wanted to do a review and answer some questions I have gotten this year!

First, I want to take a minute and explain a bit about what makes TT different from other homeschool math programs.

Teaching Textbooks were designed specifically for independent learners. Each Teaching Textbook has approximately 700 pages of text and 120 – 160 hours of teacher instruction on CD-ROM, and is both a teacher and a textbook combined into one. There are audiovisual step-by-step explanations for every single one of the almost 3,500 problems in the book. Using a Teaching Textbook is like having a tutor available at the push of a button, which means I do NOT have to know it all!

I made a video to explain and show a few things and want to share that first. I expand on some of it in the post below, but in this video you can see a peek at the program on the computer, some ways I help her} my sticky note method}, inside of the book itself, and some of my rambling thoughts about this awesome program.

Table of Contents

You can download a PDF of the table of contents here to see it in full. Look for this graphic, you’ll also see the link for the TT 3 placement test there too!

TT3 TOC and Placement

Our Lesson Checklist

In the video I show our personal checklist and you can download a copy here if you’d like to use it.

TT3 Plan

Does she work independently?

She works by herself most of the time but I am always nearby. Sometimes she uses her headphones and just pauses if she needs me. Other times she leaves the sound so I can hear and I follow along and help as needed. Honestly after about a month she was mostly independent.

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How is the review?

I am a BIG fan of cyclical review in math, kids can’t be forgetting things! Teaching Textbooks does a great job of this in my opinion. The review is scattered in but not overwhelming.

 

How are the multiplication lessons presented?

Multiplication is introduced in level 3 and you can see the order of the lessons in the screenshot below. I talk about this a bit more in the video if you haven’t watched it yet.

TT3 TOC Multiplication Lessons

 

Do we supplement at all?

Yes! I am still a big fan of hands-on learning especially in the early math years. Adding in some fun is important to me. We mainly use Spielgaben for this, you can see our monthly posts here. We also play math games, like our printable multiplication games here. If I see her struggling to understand at all, I will pull together a hands-on lesson to reinforce and teach differently. Below you can see a photo I shared on Instagram here, showing us playing the Winter Multiplication Games and using the Skip Counting Charts from Homeschool Creations.

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How is this compared to other 2nd grade math programs we used?

We  used a more traditional homeschool math program for PacMan and for Krash we used Singapore. I have never really loved the traditional math programs, but I did really love Singapore. The problem for me was the amount of teacher involvement needed. I simply did not have that kind of time and began looking elsewhere when I finally realized Singapore wouldn’t be a good fit for our family long term. About that time PacMan was moving into Pre Algebra and I was getting a bit nervous. We started Teaching Textbooks then with him and since he was going to be using it, I decided to give Math 4 a try for Krash who was in 3rd grade at the time. We haven’t looked back! Krash is now using Math 6, and PacMan is using Geometry. We plan to use Teaching Textbooks all the way through high school!

What level should my child begin with?

Teaching Textbooks is often different than your child’s actual grade level. My daughter is in 2nd grade and using level 3 right now, it’s a perfect fit. You’ll notice when my boys used each level so far in the list below…

For Krash ~

For PacMan ~

If you are curious about Teaching Textbooks and thinking of making the switch, they have placement tests for you to use to make the process easier!

Teaching Textbooks Placement Tests

See another post about Teaching Textbooks here.

We Love Teaching Textbooks Math



Tot School Gathering Place Week 210

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 we are almost through with the first month of the year! What better way to celebrate than to eat pie! Tuesday is National Pie Day! Maybe you and your Tot could celebrate by baking your own pie. Or maybe you could play the pie in the face game! Whatever you decide to do, make sure you link up your activities to the Gathering Place! We love to see what you are up to!

Winter often brings thoughts of ice, snow, and cute winter creatures! Head on over to Welcome to Mommyhood to see the Arctic themed activities that Mama Yuliya designed for her Tot Y! They may delight your Tot as well!

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Are you looking for activities to help your Tot learn or reinforce the letter M? Take a peek at the letter M printables pack from Living a Mission, Being a Mummy created by Mama Kate for her Tot Adam and see if they will work with your Tot!

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Looking for some simple ideas for February? Check out our LOVE Theme Preschool here and even more Valentine’s Day ideas here!

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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).



Snowy Fun Math Printables

Snowy Fun Math Pack Free Printables

We have a new set of Snowy Fun math printables for you! This new mini set features adorable winter animals! Use these fun winter printables to work on patterning, sorting, graphing, counting, and more! Great for tots, preschoolers and Kindergarteners.

Find the following pages in this free set…

Snowy Fun Math Pack (6) Snowy Fun Math Pack (9)Snowy Fun Math Pack (1) Snowy Fun Math Pack (5)Snowy Fun Math Pack (2) Snowy Fun Math Pack (3)Snowy Fun Math Pack (7) Snowy Fun Math Pack (8)

 

Download your Free Snowy Fun Math Printables here!

 

Looking for more winter animal fun? Be sure to check out our free The Mitten Printables, The Mitten Letter Mazes and The Mitten Q-Tip Painting.

The Mitten Printables The Mitten Letter Mazes The Mitten Q-Tip Painting Printables

Winter Books for Kids