Tot School Gathering Place Week 131

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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How is your summer going? Is going too fast? Is it too hot? Too rainy? Our summer is going by quickly! Filled with lots of swimming, reading, family, and friends! I hope you are enjoying each moment with your Tot! Let us know what you’ve been up to by linking to the Gathering Place each week! We’d love to see what you and your Tot are up to!

Are you in the midst of planning your Tot School for this coming year? What are your thoughts for planning Tot School? Take a look at what Mama Kori from Just Another Mom thinks about planning her Tot School year.

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Do you need a craft idea for your star lover? Take a look at the cute craft that Mama Katelynne from disguised.as.a.supermom put together for her Tot Morganna and see if your Tot might enjoy it!

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How did you and your Tot spend the fourth of July? Take a peek at Tot Miles’ first Tot School shelf and see how Mama Alicia from Teacher Turned Mama centered it around the fourth of July.

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1st Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

1st Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

My daughter is 6 and going into 1st grade this year. Below are the 1st grade homeschool curriculum choices we have made for Ladybug!

Curious to see what she did in the past?

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1st Grade Subjects

We will not be doing all of these every day. Follow along with us and I will share throughout the year so you can see how it all fits in!

 

The Weekly Plan

Here’s how I think it will all fit together in a week.  This is my first draft of a weekly outline. We are very flexible and will adjust as needed. You will notice her heavier days are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday – this is because these are K’s long gymnastics days and he is gone. I do his heavier schooling on Monday and Wednesday, which is why those are lighter days for her.

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    More Thoughts

    Reading ~ All About Reading Level 2 ~ This is the obvious next step for us as she completes level 1.  We are very pleased with All About Reading and my daughter loves it.

    Spelling ~ All About Spelling Level 1 ~  We used this with our boys and are hoping it works just as well for her!

    Grammar ~ We will be using First Language Lessons Level 1 and Growing with Grammar Level 1.  I really like the differing approaches, and both are very simple and don’t take a lot of time each day. I also created a set of PowerPoints to go along with the poems she will be memorizing this year through First Language Lessons.

    Handwriting ~ Logic of English Cursive ~ I am going to try again with her, we will see if it will work.  My oldest learned cursive in 1st grade, my middle learned in 2nd grade.  I may have to postpone this but it’s on my list.

    Writing ~ Write Shop Primary A will be our main curriculum.  I bought this years ago and it sat on my shelf.  We will now put it to use!  We will also be doing more free writing using my Story Starters cards.

    Daily Literacy Practice ~ We just love this series and will be continuing on.  This is an independent activity for her to get more practice.

    Science ~ I chose a simple workbook format to keep things easy.  I looked at a few and landed on Evan-Moor Skill Sharpeners.  I really like the images, lessons, experiments and layout of the book.  She is using the K book right now for the summer and already loves it. I think this is a good fit for us. We are also using The Curious Kid’s Science Book.

    Bible ~ Picture Smart Bible K-3 Old Testament ~ She will do this with Krash {4th grade}.

    Character ~ We Choose Virtues ~ I decided to go back to this {we used it years ago} because I think Ladybug will really like the illustrations and simple stories to reinforce character qualities.

    USA Geography ~ We will focus on the United States this year with my two youngest {1st and 4th grade}.  You can see our USA Geography plan here.

    Group Subjects  ~ Ladybug will join the boys for world history, world geography, and US history.  She really enjoys these lessons and fits right in with us!

    Math ~ We will be doing loads of math with our Spielgaben set, math apps we love, Mathseeds, and using our Life of Fred A-D set.  I have no concrete plan and will adjust as we move along.  I am planning to use Teaching Textbooks 3 {which is closer to a 2nd grade level} when she is ready for a formal curriculum.  That may be near the end of her 1st grade year, or the following year.  They have great placement tests so I will just start her when I feel she is ready!  Follow along with us and you will see when that is!

     

    The Visual Version

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    You can see our 4th grade choices here and our 8th grade choices here.

    4th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices  8th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

    Stick around and see our homeschool year unfold!

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    Inspire Me! Story Starter Photo Cards ~ Summer Fun Theme

    Summer Fun Story Starters Printables

    Sometimes young writers have a hard time putting their thoughts on paper.  When I used to teach Kindergarten, writing was actually my favorite subject to teach, but many children struggled with it.  In my homeschool, my boys have struggled the most with being free writers.  My daughter is much more willing to write and I am trying to find unique ways to encourage and inspire her to just have fun with writing. I have been brainstorming for awhile; trying to come up with a consistent, fun, and engaging way to have her writing for fun on a regular basis. 

    I love photographs and using them in teaching.  Many of our printables feature real photographs in place of cute clipart. The idea of using a simple photo to inspire thought for free writing is where my brainstorm ended up. I decided to create a series of printable story starter cards featuring photographs based around a theme. Inspire Me! is the name I landed on.

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    Each set features a simple photograph on the front, with word ideas on the back.  The word ideas were added as a way to give young writers confidence with a few key words spelled correctly right there for them to refer to. Often children feel lost and dislike not being able to spell.  For my boys especially, this would cause them to freeze.  The word ideas are to help that type of child, the one who loses all ideas, mostly due to their fear of not writing correctly.

    For our first set, I chose a summer theme since it is HOT where we are!

    See a video walk through here showing you our cards and the extra printables we use alongside of them.

    Below you can see some action shots of my daughter using these.  She chooses a card from the set, chooses her writing paper {I allow her to choose if she feels like drawing that day or not}, grabs her Try-It Sheet, and starts writing.  Right now she is only writing one sentence but this will increase as we move along.

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    We have more themes coming and all will be released here on my blog for FREE.  I will also be listing sets in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop.  Be sure to subscribe to our blog posts so you don’t miss any of our free printables!

    Themes coming soon…

    • birds
    • bugs
    • cats
    • people
    • flowers Have a theme idea for a set? Leave me a comment!

    Download your free Summer Fun Story Starters here!

    Inspire Me Story Starters Summer Fun


    Recently we shared a few other printables that were created to go along with these new story starters! 

    Choose your Own Writing Paper[4][3]  Choose Your Own Alphabet Chart[4]  Young Writer Printables



    4th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

    4th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

    My middle son is 9 and going into 4th grade this year.  Below are the 4th grade homeschool curriculum choices we have made for Krash!

    Curious to see what he did in the past {since I’ve been blogging}?

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    4th Grade Subjects

    FLL 2 TT 5 GWG 3 Spectrum Vocabulary 4AAS 4 WS_Junior_D Evan Moor Science 4th PSB Elementary United States Geography Homeschool Plan for Elementary

     

    These are his required reads for the year.  We will be going through each of these together.  All are from Calvert’s 4th grade program which I used with PacMan.

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    Optional choices from the books we own are pictured below.  You can see I sticker our chapter books with an approximate grade level to help with sorting and choosing. These are the ones marked 4th grade. We will also utilize the library a lot for other books!  He usually reads at night, and that’s when he will choose his own books from our stack and our current library stack.

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    There may be more to come, or some changes, but this is our list for now and all of this has been purchased! We will see what the year holds!

    You can see our 1st Grade choices here and our 8th grade choices here.

    1st Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices  8th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

    Stick around and see our homeschool year unfold!

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    8th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

    8th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

    My oldest son is 13 and going into 8th grade this year.  Below are the 8th grade homeschool curriculum choices we have made!

    Curious to see what he did in the past {since I’ve been blogging}?

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    8th Grade Subjects

    Sonlight Core 130 American Historical Literature Write Shop 1GWG 8 Apologia Physical Science Teaching Textbooks Algebra 1

    There may be more to come, or some changes, but this is our list for now and all of this has been purchased! We will see what the year holds!


    See our 4th Grade choices here and our 1st Grade choices here.

    1st Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices  4th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

    Stick around and see our homeschool year unfold!

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