Tot School Gathering Place Week 194

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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Tomorrow is National Johnny Appleseed Day! How will you be celebrating the birth of John Chapman (aka Johnny Appleseed) and his legendary story of peppering the countryside with apple orchards? Will you be eating apples? Counting appleseeds? Making apple prints with paint? Whatever you decide to do, don’t forget to share your ideas here at the Gathering Place! We love to see how you are spending your Tot School days!

Mama Tara and Tot Summer over at The Magnolia Barn had planned on doing Tot School throughout the summer. But sometimes things don’t always go according to plan! Check out how their week and the fun activities they did with the letter M as their theme.09252016 The Magnolia Barn

Do you think your Tot is too young to explore STEAM (Science/Technology/Engineering/Art/Math) projects? Think again! Check out what Mama Cristi from The Keeper of the Memories and Tot E worked on this week and see if your Tot might not enjoy it too!

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Are you looking for some apple activities to help celebrate Johnny Appleseed Day tomorrow? Well, look no further! Head on over to SmartE PartE and see all the different activities Mama Kristin has put together over the years! One or more may be a perfect fit for your Tot!09252016 SmartE PartE


Do you have your FREE

Where to Begin with Tot School eBook?


Fall Tot School Fun!

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Fall-Tree-Craft  Fun-Fall-Art--Fall-leaves-Many-Ways8  Fall-Coloring-Printables8 

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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).



Fall Theme Finish the Picture Printables

Fall Theme Finish the Picture Printables

Finish the Picture Drawing Printables are a fun and simple way to encourage creativity in drawing with a bit of support by providing a traceable outline to get a child started.

Here’s an example of before and after, she used Kwik Stix to color this one.

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I scale the pages down to print half sheets.  See how to do that here!

I set up a little invitation to explore and left it on her desk for her like this. I chose two of our fall books, featuring leaves. I also put out a pencil and our fall colored Kwik Stix {still a big favorite around here}.

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She was excited to see her fall books, she loves when seasonal books come back out! It was fun watching her create!

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Finish drawing 2 different leaves, an apple and a pumpkin!

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Download your FREE Fall Theme Finish the Picture Printables here!

Want more Finish the Picture Printables?

Grab the A to Z set here in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop

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More Fall Fun…

Fabulous Fall Books for Kids Fall Leaf Colors Qtip Painting Free Printables Fall Leaves Songs

Fall Preschool Fun Fall Q-Tip Painting Printables Fall Sensory Bin

Fall Tree Craft Fun Fall Art ~ Fall leaves Many Ways Fall Coloring Printables

Free Fall Leaves and Trees Coloring Pages ScarecrowCollage

Free Fall Story Starter Photo Cards Fall Theme Kindergarten Fun Falling Leaves Craft

Leaf Rubbing Craft ~ Make Leaf Friends with Leaf Rubbings Acorn Friends Craft for Kids Leaf Rubbing Family Tree Craft

Fall Theme Pinterest Board



Let’s Draw Dinosaurs ~ Free Printables!

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I love to draw but am not a natural artist. I love drawing tutorials and have used them in my homeschool with my kids for years. When I saw this fabulous set of dinosaur drawing tutorials in a clipart collection I was thrilled to create a set of printables for you to use.

My daughter got her hands on these and loved them!

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There are 6 different dinosaurs included: tyrannosaurus rex, apatosaurus, triceratops, stegosaurus, and pterodactyl. Each dinosaur has a full size page with the drawing steps on the left and a blank area to draw on the right. This way you can easily trim off the tutorial if you want to display just your child’s drawing!

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There is also a set of cards in case you want to print these only, laminate them and add them to your art area!

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Download your free Let’s Draw Dinosaurs printable set here!

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More Dinosaur Fun…

Dinosaur-Theme-Sensory-Bin Dinosaur Work Drawer Labels Dinosaur Train Tot Pack Just Color Dinosaurs

See our Dinosaur  Theme Pinterest board here!

Dinosaur Pinterest Board



Tot School Gathering Place Week 193

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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Fall returns this week! It makes its grand entrance this Tuesday, September 22nd at 10:21 a.m.! Though it’s still warm in these parts, I am thankful for the anticipation of cooler weather! What is it like in your neck of the woods? Have cooler temperatures made their arrival? Do you have any special fall activities that you do as a family? Apple picking? Hay rides? Corn maze? We’d love to see what you are up to! Don’t forget to post to the Gathering Place all the fun things that you and your Tot enjoy this fall!

Are you ever surprised at what your Tot can do? Head on over to Waterview Homeschool and see what Mama Sam was surprised to learn about her Tot Joshua!

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With fall starting this Tuesday it’s time to get our fall activities under way! Check out the sensory bin that Mama Kristin from SmartE PartE created for her Tot and see if your Tot might enjoy it, too!

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Did you just begin your Tot School journey? How did the first week go? Take a look at disguised.as.a.supermom and see how Mama Katelynne and Tots M and J faired during their first week of Tot School!

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Do you have your FREE

Where to Begin with Tot School eBook?


Fall Tot School Fun!

Fabulous Fall Books for Kids  Fall Leaf Colors Qtip Painting Free Printables  Fall Leaves Songs

Fall Preschool Fun  Fall Q-Tip Painting Printables  Fall Sensory Bin

Fall Tree Craft  Fun Fall Art ~ Fall leaves Many Ways  Fall Coloring Printables 

Free Fall Leaves and Trees Coloring Pages  ScarecrowCollage


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).



Over in the Ocean In a Coral Reef Unit Study with Ivy Kids Kits

Over in the Ocean Unit Study with Ivy Kids Kits 

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

Our love for Ivy Kids Kits continues! These continue to be 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  “Over in the Ocean in a Coral Reef ” for this review.  Here’s ALL that was included in this kit:

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  • The award winning book Over in the Ocean in a Coral Reef by Marianne Berkes
    • Read along Bookmark: Use to assist with reading comprehension.
    • Create Your Own Coral Reef: Use the clay, sea creatures, and sea life provided to create your own coral reef. Let the beautiful artwork from the book inspire your clay creations.
    • Coral Reef Sticker Scene: Use repositionable stickers to create different coral reef scenes
    • 3 Dimensional Fish and Seahorse Ornament: Use puffy paint to create a 3D fish and seahorse decoration.
    • Sea Creature Bingo: Players take turns picking a card from the pile and calling out a sea creature. The player with the sea creature on his or her board collects the card. The first player to cover three sea creature spaces in a row gets bingo. 
    • Painting with Stencils: Use the stencil with watercolor paints to create a beautiful underwater scene with coral, seashells, and sea creatures.
    • Sea Life Exploration: Use your senses to explore the starfish, coral, and seashells included in this kit.
    • Starfish Observation: Use your eyes and hands to explore the top and bottom of the knobby starfish. Record your observations on the sheet provided. Read the starfish fact board to learn more.
    • Starfish Painting: After exploring the starfish, use watercolors to paint the starfish.
    • Coral Observation: Use your eyes and hands to explore the coral. Record your observations on the sheet provided. Read the coral fact board to learn more. (Size, type, and shape of coral may vary.)
    • Coral Painting: After exploring the coral, use watercolors to paint the coral.
    • Clay Imprints: Use the starfish, sea creatures, and seashells to make beautiful, detailed imprints in the clay. You can choose to create a keepsake with the clay by painting the imprint and letting the clay air dry.
    • All Around the Octopus Game: Select a sea creature pawn and travel around the octopus, collecting seashells along the way. The first player to reach the finish first wins!
    • Sea Creature Dominoes: Players take turns matching the sea creature dominoes end to end. Be the first to match all your dominoes and win the game.
    • Songs – Three Little Clownfish and Five Little Seashells: Use finger puppets and seashells to sings some fun songs about clownfish and seashells. These songs are a perfect accompaniment to the book.
    • Sea Creature Memory Game: Players take turns flipping over one number card and one sea creature card to find a match. The player with the most matches wins the game.

    Here’s a picture of it all out of the box!

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I organize the printables in a binder and keep the other stuff in the box as we work through the unit.

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Activities From Our Box…

My mom {Nanee} comes over once a week to hang out with us and Ivy Kids boxes have become a bit of a weekly tradition.  Nanee happened to come over the day after this one arrived and they dug through it together and chose some crafts to do right away, after reading the book!

Puffy paint sea creatures kicked off their fun together!

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She LOVED making coral out of the clay, painting real coral, and creating a coral reef – all with Nanee! During one of their activity days, my mom asked me if I had told my blog readers how much she loved these boxes!  She highly recommends them for grandparents who love to do things like this with their grandkids!

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I tend to do more of the school-y stuff with her.  We played BINGO together! You can see her using the ducking from the Make Way for Ducklings kit! We pretended the stuffed owl and the duck were playing too.

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She loved the coral reef creature memory game! Since she is beyond learning numbers and number words, she focused on learning the names of the different sea creatures while we played.  I love how the activities can be adapted across many age/ability levels.

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The octopus game was a big hit also, she loved the real shells that were included!

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Stenciling sea creatures was another favorite activity!

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We continue to just LOVE Ivy Kids and are thankful to have these boxes!

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

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Over in the Ocean Ivy Kids Kit

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!