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Homeschool Blog Sponsors Feb 2016

We are so thankful for our blog sponsors and want to share them with you each month!  Read below to see what reviews & giveaways we have coming soon, and about any special discounts our sponsors are offering right now.

Educents has incredible deals for homeschoolers!  Check out our Facebook giveaway here {only through Monday Feb 29}.

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See our recent review of Magformers here!

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Have you tried Lessontrek yet? See our video walkthrough here and see more about why we love it. There’s also a great discount code below!

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Spielgaben is a long time blog sponsor and we are still enjoying our Spielgaben set!  Our monthly posts share what we have been up to with our set, we’ve been loving our set this year for 1st grade math!

Here’s our recent post sharing the fun we have had this past month with Spielgaben.

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Ivy Kids is simply awesome!  They sent us kits for review and we LOVE them!   Use code IVY20 to get 20% off of your first kit!

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See our full review of the  Penguin and Pinecone kit, and we loved it! 

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We love Friends and Heroes and are enjoying their new Homeschool Bible Study Curriculum!

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See our review of the new Homeschool Bible Study Curriculum here.

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Exploring Time with Spielgaben

Playful Learning with Spielgaben is our monthly post sharing Spielgaben in action!  If you missed the introduction to this series, you can see it here. We were given the Spielgaben set to review and are honored to have them as a blog sponsor.

Create a Clock with Spielgaben

Exploring Time on an Analog Clock

We have been using our Spielgaben set to explore time this month. Ladybug has been learning time in her Life of Fred math book so I naturally took out the Spielgaben math lessons about time to enrich her learning in a hands on way.

Math Manual, Part 2, Chapter 1 ~ Play 24: Analog Clock Spielgaben Math Time

Using the activity presented in the Spielgaben Math Manual {shown above} as a base for our learning, we first created our own clock to work with. She helped me with all of the steps.

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We then reviewed how to tell time to the hour and the half hour.  We went back and forth a lot, all while using our newly created clock.

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She really liked her clock, it’s amazing how creating something simple together can really engage a child.

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On another day, we extended our learning by using cut up sitcky notes to make little hidden doors to remind her of the rest of the multiples of 5 all around the clock. She worked with me again, cutting up the papers, sticking them on and writing the numbers all around the clock.

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We then used this to learn more about telling time to the 5s – the little flaps were great for confidence boosting and by the end of one session with me she really grasped the count by 5s concepts and challenged herself to not peek in the flaps!

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We have continued to use our clock for review and will build even more on this, using other lessons in the Spielgaben Math Manual!


Totally unrelated to telling time, but here’s another fun thing I caught her doing with our set this month, making awesome tops!  She still builds and creates freely with our set a lot!

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See more math fun we have had with Spielgaben!

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See version 4.0 here!

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Spielgaben offers a special discount to my readers, just send an email to [email protected] mentioning 1+1+1=1 and you will be provided with a discount coupon!



Animal Alphabet Coloring Printables A-F

Animal Alphabet Coloring Printables A through F

We have a new set of Animal Alphabet Coloring Printables for you!  Letters A through F are free to download here and other free sets will be coming.  if you don’t want to wait, you can grab the full set here in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop.

Each letter features an animal and a fun coloring picture to go along.  You will also find the name of the animal at the bottom of the coloring page too.  This helps with print awareness in young children.

A for anteater coloring page B for bear and bee coloring pageC for cat coloring page D for duck coloring pageE for elephant coloring page F for fish coloring page

These coloring pages are a great addition for children who are learning their letters and love to color! 

Download A-F for free here!

Grab the entire set here in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop!

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Looking for more ABC ideas, check out our ABC Pinterest board here!

Follow {1plus1plus1} Carisa’s board ABC Ideas on Pinterest.

10 Free Dot Fun Alphabet Printable Sets  Choose Your Own Alphabet Chart Printables  Perler Bead ABCs

Q Tip Painting Alphabet Printables  Hands on the Alphabet

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Home Preschool A to Z from www.1plus1plus1equals1.net   Tot School Printables A-Z



Tot School Gathering Place Week 163

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! Where has this month gone? The last full week of February is upon us! I hope you have been enjoying each moment with your Tot! Don’t forget to share those fun moments with us here at the Gathering Place! I love seeing all the creative activities you and your Tot enjoy together! Keep up the great work, Mamas!!!

Head on over to Hoosier Homestead to see what Mama Vanessa and her Tot Meghan have been up to this week!

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Easter is only five weeks away! Take a look at SmartE PartE to see the Easter themed tot trays and sensory bin that Mama Kristin put together for Tot E to learn from and enjoy!

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Fun with Mama has created a number of different Tot Trays to keep those little ones busy! Take a peek at all the fun that Tot Didi and Mama Nadia enjoyed so far this month!02212016 Fun with Mama


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Where to Begin with Tot School eBook?

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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).



Penguin and Pinecone Unit Study with Ivy Kids Kit Review

 Penguin and Pinecone Unit Study with Ivy Kids Kits

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

We continue to be in love with Ivy Kids Kits.  These are by far the best monthly subscription kits I have seen.

Not familiar with Ivky 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.

This is a photo of the inside of the box, there is a fabulous reference guide on the box to show you all of the items and activities included at-a-glance. We were sent  “Penguin and Pinecone” for this review. 

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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!

Each activity has a very well written instruction and idea sheet.  I organize all of these in sheet protectors in a binder.  They come in these great plastic baggies, but this method works better for my brain.

I keep all of the bigger items in the box, and when we chose an activity, I go to the box and grab what we need.

 

Activities From Our Box…

I showed her the book first and she immediately curled up to read it herself.  I read it to her also.

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She LOVED it!

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We began by extending the story and making scarfs for the tree and the pinecone, just like the book.  She loved the little plush penguin and sled.

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Planting her own pine tree seed was a BIG HIT! I was hoping the seed would actaully grow, and thankfully it did!

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About 2 weeks later she has a sprout! We will plant it in our yard in the spring!

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We used the cute little walking penguin to play a game together using the included alphabet board.  She wound up the penguin and let him walk on the board, wherever he landed she had to think of a word that started with that letter!

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Any craft is her favorite craft.  She loved making the penguin bag and the snowflake mobile. The mobile took her awhile, each snowflake is laced!

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One of the best things about these kits is the organization.  The clear instructions allowed me to leave activities for my mom to do with her while she was babysitting one day!  They did the BINGO activity together and played the Feed the Penguin game with the cute little fishies.  Nanee even took some pictures for me!

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We explored a pinecone together and learned lots of facts about them!  She loved this!

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She spent SO long getting her pinecone craft just right.  We are planning to use it as a Christmas tree ornament!

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We ended with a bang, a very successful pinecone in water experiment.  She had to guess what she thought would happen to the pinecone after it was in water for awhile.  Based on what she had learned, she guessed that it would close up.

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It did!  She was amazed!  It closed up even more after I took this photo! 

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Her enthusiasm for these activities is through the roof, she loves her “box time” and begs me to do something from the box all the time! You can see ALL of the activities included in the box here!

We also loved our A House for Hermit Crab kit, which we reviewed a couple of months ago.

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20% off your first kit for NEW Subscribers to the monthly subscription kits!

Use code: IVY20

10% off all past kits during February 2016

Use code: IVYWINTER

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!