Tot School Gathering Place Week 178

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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I can’t believe June is upon us! The lazy days of summer! Though we don’t do full blown school, I do look for opportunities for learning – library time, educational apps, trips to a local museum, hikes in the woods! Learning is everywhere! What do you do during these lovely summer months? I’d love to see your activities! Don’t forget to share them by posting to the Gathering Place! Another Mama may be inspired by your idea!

With the summer months upon us the phrase, “I’m bored” can be a dreaded reality to those kiddos who are used to being on the go! Keep them busy with one of the many ideas that Mama Swapna from The Practical Mom shares with us this week!

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I love to see what other families do during their Tot School day! Head on over to Keeper of the Memories to see how Mama Cristi and her Tot spent their day enjoying a new pre-school program.

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Reading is a big activity around here! Especially during the summer months when we have more down time. Check out the literature activity that Mama Meghan created for Tot Savanna! Your Tot is sure to enjoy it!

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Do you have your FREE

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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).



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We are welcoming new Young Living members with a special gift for those who join our team in June! See more info here!

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8th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices Year-End Review

8th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Year End Review

The homeschool curriculum choices blog posts are great, but what I really want to know is what families thought AFTER they used the curriculum they chose!  I will be sharing a series of posts with you; evaluating our choices in each grade level from this homeschool year.

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First up, 8th grade!  Here’s a reminder of the original 8th Grade Curriculum Choices post.

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    Overall it was a very successful year for my son!  Thankfully it was a fairly uneventful year especially compared to last year. He was VERY independent and overall our choices for him worked.

Below I will give a small review of each subject, if you have more specific questions about anything, just leave me a comment and I will do my best to answer!


Science ~ Apologia Physical Science

He did this subject with guidance and leadership from his Dad, praise GOD!  Seriously I am so so thankful my husband handled this subject. They both felt this was a solid science program and have chose to stick with Apologia for Biology next year for 9th grade.

The experiments were his favorite part…

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Math ~ Teaching Textbooks Algebra 1

This was a big success for our son.  I can’t say he loves it, because it is a lot of work, but he likes it better than other math curriculums he has used.  We will be continuing on with Teaching Textbooks Geometry for 9th grade. Many do Algebra 2 next but my husband manages math and wants him to do geometry and then Algebra 2 right before Pre-Cal.

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Reading Sonlight’s American Historical Literature 130

This was a great fit and he read almost ALL of the books {click to see them all}! 

We didn’t stick with the guide intensely throughout the year, but we discussed the books. I had one goal this year and it was for him to truly love reading.  I prayed that by making him read SO many books, he would fall in love and I am THRILLED to say, it worked!  Since he completed this book list he has went on to read more including: Out of Water, A Long Walk to Water, Wonder, Paperboy and more! He giggles as he tells me I was right all along, reading is awesome.

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Grammar ~ Growing with Grammar 8

This is a good fit for both of us. He doesn’t love grammar, but said he prefers this program if he HAS to do grammar. This is the last in the GWG series so he is done with this.

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Writing ~ Write Shop 1

This has been such a tough subject for us. We made it through over half of the lessons, even bought the video course to go along and help. In the end we have decided to move away from Write Shop and on to something new for next year. It’s NOT because WS is not a great program, it really is. The organization of the manual and lessons just doesn’t fit with my brain and after two years of trying to make it fit, we are letting it go. I truly believe it is an incredible program and I just cannot figure out why my brain couldn’t jive with the layout. I am kind of sad to be moving away from WS, but hopeful that a different structure might help me teach better.

Please don’t let my moving away from this program shed a negative light on the curriculum itself.  I honestly think it is me, not the program. WS will be a GREAT fit for many of you!

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We have chosen IEW for next year and he will begin with Student Intensive C. I bought the combo package including the Teaching Writing: Structure & Style in hopes of better training myself to teach writing.


Vocabulary ~ SAT Vocabulary App

This was a GREAT decision! On a whim I got this app for him and it turned out to be a perfect solution.  My goal with vocabulary at this point is to prepare him for SAT and ACT testing. The app is free to try and then $4.99 to get all of the lessons, which is what we did.

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Spelling ~ Sonlight’s Word List from American Historical Lit. 130

This worked perfectly for him! The words were more practical. I created my own set of spelling sheets to reinforce the words. You can download those here if you want to use them!

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Group Subjects ~ History & World Geography

Pac joined us for The Mystery of History this year, which will be his last year with us.  We will continue on with MOH with our younger children, but he will be moving on to Notgrass History for next year.

He will also move on to his own geography after years of doing it as a family – bittersweet!  He will be using North Star Geography next year.


Stay tuned, I will be sharing our year-end review for 1st Grade soon. I will also be sharing our curriculum choices for 9th grade, 5th grade, and 2nd Grade.

See our 4th Grade Year-End Review here!

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See last year’s Year-End Review posts by clicking on each grade level below!

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Ocean Animals Preschool Printables

Ocean Animals Preschool Printables

We have a new Ocean Animals Preschool Pack for you! I hope this new ocean animals printable pack is put to good use by many of your tots and preschoolers!

You’ll find many printable activities to enjoy while exposing your children to early learning skills! Numbers, letters, shapes, colors, reading readiness, cutting, gluing and more!

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Download your FREE Ocean Animals Preschool Pack here on our Ocean Animals webpage

Look for the blue “download here” box and click!

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More Ocean Fun!

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Tot School Gathering Place Week 177

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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Happy Memorial Day! Thank you to all those who have served/ are serving in the armed forces – that includes you Mama’s who hold down the fort while your spouse may be serving and those Mama’s who serve themselves. You are amazing! Your sacrifice is greatly appreciated as we reap the benefits of your service with our freedoms! May God richly bless you!

With summer quickly approaching you may be looking for ideas to help your Tot express their creativity! Head on over to Teacher Mom Plus 3 and see what Mama Ayan created for her boys! It’s sure to be a hit with your Tots, too!

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Sometimes our Tots have trouble expressing their proper feelings. They need help learning what they are and being able to understand them. Check out the helpful activity that Mama Ayelet from Strength in Words put together to help Tots learn emotion vocabulary and facial expressions. They may help you teach your Tot about her emotions. 05292016 Strength in Words

Father’s Day is just around the corner! Dad’s love nothing more than a homemade gift from their Tot! Take a peek at the craft idea that Mama Isabel and Tot Tutu created for Father’s Day this year! It’s sure to be a big hit with the Dad in your life!

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Do you have your FREE

Where to Begin with Tot School eBook?

 

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).