Fall Leaf Colors Q-Tip Painting Printables

Fall Leaf Colors Qtip Painting Free Printables

Fall is right around the corner for those of us on my side of the world! I am always trying to think of new ideas for timeless themes, especially those centered around seasons and holidays.  Recently I created a new Fall Leaf Color Q-Tip Painting printable pack for you!

This set features many different options, in both black & white and color.

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Download your free Fall Leaf Colors Q-tip Painting Printables here!

Fall Leaf Q Tip Painting

Fabulous Fall Books for Kids

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WHY use Q-Tip Painting Printables?

The big answer is fine motor skills! You’ll notice how we focus on not only the tiny dots, but also using small items in painting or adding to the dots. All of this works on hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills

The letter identification is a secondary bonus!

See ideas for using these here!

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Looking for all of our Q-Tip Painting Printables? Click on the images to see the free printables for each theme shown below! I am always adding more, so be sure to subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss new themes!

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Despicable Me Q-tip Printables Lalaloopsy Q-tip Printables Tinkerbell Q-tip Printables

Sofia Q-tip Printables Noah's Ark Q-tip Printables Mouse Paint Q-tip Printables

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Daily Work Grid ~ A Visual Schoolwork Plan for Homeschoolers

Daily Work Grid Schoolwork Plan for Homeschoolers VIDEO Tutorial included in post!

 

This idea has been brewing in my mind for years, I just never took the time to create it until now.  It is similar to methods we have used in the past and resembles methods other homeschoolers use.  It isn’t a totally new idea, just a new twist on methods I have both used and seen, adapted to suit our current needs.

Many of you saw my photo on Instagram several months ago when I created the cards and grid. There were tons of questions about it and I promised a blog post!

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It did take some time to set up and I explain how I did it in the video below…

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Many have asked about our Daily Work Grid that I am using with our 1st grader and I finally got a video together for you! See how we use it and a tutorial for how I made the grid and the subject cards in PowerPoint.Blog post coming soon!**See more VIDEOS on our YOUTUBE Channel ~ https://www.youtube.com/user/carisahh**SUBSCRIBE to our blog posts ~ http://mad.ly/signups/115694/join

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I shared this photo the night before we began 1st grade, which shows our Lessontrek plan and our Daily Work Grid ready to go for her first day of school.

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We have now been using this method for over 3 week and it is working very well for us!  She loves the visual choices she has, and also seeing how much she has left each day.

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Having a visual daily grid like this for a young child helps us in many ways. The biggest help for us is the fact that expectations for the homeschool day are crystal clear.  There are many ways to do this, a simple list on the board or in a notebook works well for many families. 

For our 1st grader, this is a visual intro to following a daily homeschool plan. For us Kindergarten and below is much more play-based and child-led so the lesson plans are really only for me up until now.  With an end goal of more independence in homeschooling, this visual daily grid eases her into this.

By showing her clearly what is to be done that day, she knows what to expect.  The cards coming off give her a feeling of accomplishment and also help squash the “how much more do I have to do today” questions {and sometimes attitude problems}.

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Using a daily work grid like this may be beneficial for you if you…

  • have a child who likes to know what is expected each day.
  • have a child who needs a visual rather than written version.
  • have a child who whines or complains about how much is left to do.
  • have a young child who is easing into following a daily homeschool routine {usually beginning in K-2}.
  • like creating things on your own and have the time {this takes time to prepare}.

I would not recommend this method if you…

  • have an older child who can easily read a written list and doesn’t really need visuals. No need to go backwards.
  • have many children and would struggle to keep up with the consistent routine of this.
  • don’t have time to even put this together.
  • have a young tot or preschooler who is more play-based and child-led, they don’t necessarily need a grid like this.  I don’t recommend being this planned out in the early years.  Having freedom to go with the flow during those early years is more important that following the daily plan.  This is exactly why I never give lesson plans for any of my tot programs {Tot School Printables, Animal ABCs, etc.}  I believe in a more flexible plan during those years. Every child is different and the pressure of a daily plan doesn’t allow for this as much. I personally would not have used something like this until Kindergarten.  It would have been great last year I just didn’t have time to create it.

Here’s the video sharing how we use our daily grid and how I created the grids and subject cards in PowerPoint.  I am sorry fi you don’t have PP, this is just what I use mostly to create my printables and I can only share how I do it.  Many aspects will be similar in another program, hopefully you can get the general idea!



USA Geography Package Giveaway from Barker Creek

Barker Creek USA Geography Pack Giveaway ends 9.6.15

When I planned my USA Geography curriculum for this homeschool year I immediately went back to our StickerUSA book.  I used this book years ago with my children, you can see a post here showing my kids using it. When Barker Creek joined us as a blog sponsor and asked if I’d like to host a giveaway for StickerUSA and other geography items I immediately said, “YES!”

They sent me some awesome magnet sets to add to my plan this year and my kids love them.  We received flowers, birds and abbreviations. The magnets are very sturdy and thick.  I am very pleased with the quality.

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I sorted them out by state in baseball card sleeves like this…

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We are studying 2 states per week {see our entire plan here} and our magnet board is slowly growing.  The board is SO nice for review, I love the magnets!

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We aren’t using the StickerUSA book this year since we already worked through this book years ago.  Here’s some pages I dug out to show you!  We all loved this book when we used it!

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Here’s more about this book, which sells for $19.99 on the Barker Creek site here.STS5520

Newly updated to include figures from the 2010 census, there is a tremendous amount of information packed in this highly interactive sticker book. We’ve used the best state outline maps we could find to help your students learn their state names, capitals, state birds, flags, flowers and postal abbreviations. Children will love using the 300+ brightly colored stickers included in this book to “fill-in-the-blanks” on each state activity page.

As a special bonus, our StickerUSA™ book includes 50 state flashcards. The flashcards are printed on perforated card stock so they are ready to be punched out of the book and be used! We’ve also included fun facts about each state, information on time zones, regions of the U.S., major mountain ranges, rivers and much more. Working with more than one child? Not a problem! The activity pages, stickers, and flashcards in this book are reproducible for home or classroom use.

 

The Giveaway!

 

USA Geography Giveaway

This giveaway is sponsored by Barker Creek, you can read more about their company here!

We are giving away a StickerUSA Activity Book, a magnetic KidBoard (your choice of red or blue), and your choice of states & capitals OR any two of birds, abbreviations, or flowers magnets.

Use Rafflecopter to enter to win below.  Giveaway ends 9/6/15 and is only open to continental US address.

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Tot School Gathering Place Week 138

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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Cooler mornings. Earlier sunset. Leaves changing color. Though that last one could be due to our lack of rain, but still reminds me fall is in the air! Thoughts of apples and pumpkins are filling my mind and the decorations I see in the stores! What new things do have planned for the fall? Will you be starting a new phase of Tot School or just beginning? Share with us all your ideas! Your idea may just be the one to encourage another Tot School Mama to try something different!

Ever wonder what it’s like to move to a foreign country with your Tot in tow? Head on over to The Practical Mom and see how Mama Swapna has been handling the transition with her three year old Tot!

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Are you looking for a theme unit to do with your Tot? Check out Mama Joleen’s week of Tot School over at Love, Joleen and see if it might interest your Tot!

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Over at Casa Watkins, Mama Stephanie is teaching her Tots, Nugget and Chi-Chi, Spanish with a car theme! See how Tot Chi-Chi enjoyed her first day of Tot School!

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Were you featured? You are welcome to a button but you certainly don’t have to use it! Totally optional! Tot School Feature

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Do you have your FREE

Where to Begin with Tot School eBook?

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See the Tot School webpage here!

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Get ready early for a fun APPLE THEME this fall!

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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).



Exploring 3 Dimensional Shapes 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.

Exploring 3D Shapes with Spielgaben

 

Lessons We Enjoyed

We are using Spielgaben as a portion of her 1st grade math curriculum.  For now, I am choosing lessons based on her needs.  She has mastered many 1st grade level skills so I knew she didn’t need a full 1st grade curriculum.  Spielgaben is a great fit for her right now!

Each week I choose lessons or worksheets for her and write them into our lesson plans.  Yes, this takes a bit more time than following a pre-written math curriculum, but I want her working on what she needs. I wouldn’t have been as confident in doing this years ago, but now I am after homeschooling 2 other kids at this grade level!

Below you can see her lesson which is from Worksheet Set 2, Level 3, Activity 1 {in case you own Spielgaben and are looking for these specific worksheets, I will label them like this so you can easily find them}.

This worksheet introduced Sphere, Cylinder and Cube, which she loved!

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On another day she worked on Worksheet Set 2, Level 3,  Activity 3. Another way to explore these new shapes.

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Much fun was had the day we used Worksheet Set 2, Level 3, Activity 4!

We explored 3D shapes by exploring the side, edge and apex with paint!

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Note- we should have used a brown paint, or put tape over our blocks before stamping with them.  They did absorb the purple paint she chose.  We don’t mind but I figure many of you might!  So, if you do this, be sure to add some tape to the parts of the block that will go in the paint and then peel off when finished.  Also use a color closer to the block itself just in case!

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She loved this so much, she asked to get more shapes out and make mystery pictures.

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When the paint was dry we went back to the worksheet that inspired this lesson and drew in our findings.

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Another recent lesson was from Worksheet Set 2, Level 3, Activity 2.

We used one of the soft yarn spheres and one of the wooden spheres to discuss similarities and differences. 

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This was pretty easy for her so I decided to take the opportunity to introduce her to Venn Diagrams and drew a quick one for her.

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I am so pleased with her interest and learning so far.  I was a bit hesitant to take this route {the more random week to week style} for her math, but so far, so good!  I am enjoying her enthusiasm, she loves her Spielgaben lessons!

 

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I can’t say enough about the new storage system, it is AWESOME!

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