Scholastic Dollar Deals

Scholastic Teacher Express Dollar Deals are back for a limited time.  Many digital resources are priced at $1.00, now through April 20, 2015.

{disclaimer ~ my affiliate link is used}Scholastic Teacher Express Dollar Deals Spring 2015 Sale ends April 20, 2015

No discount code is necessary, the discounts are already shown on the items. You can grab some really great resources for very little money during these sales!  Head over to their site to browse around and save!

Once on the site, look for this banner and click shop now.  You can easily sort resources by price, grade level, or many other ways. Happy shopping!

A few of our favorites are shown in the graphic below!

Dollar Deals April 2015



Counting is for the Birds Kindergarten Literature Unit Printables

Our next Kindergarten Literature Unit Study Printable Pack is ready, Counting is for the Birds by Frank Mazzola Jr.!  We are technically closer to 1st grade now so I adapted this set to her needs.  It would be a better pack for later in the Kindergarten year for most children.

Counting is for the Birds is a favorite book of Ladybug’s, featuring another of her favorites ~ BIRDS!  It features many of her very favorite birds, lots that we find on our own feeders! You can get the book here!

Counting is for the Birds Kindergarten Literature unit


In this printable unit you will find a sample lesson plan.  I provide a lesson plan idea, but even I probably won’t follow this, it is just an idea.  Make this work for you and your child!

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For each unit, I am selecting Kindergarten math goals from our list. For this unit I chose ordinal numbers, skip counting by 2s, basic fractions and 100s Chart Mystery Picture.

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Lots of literacy activities; Letter B sound, sequencing the story, comprehension questions, writing, unscramble the sentence.

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The science activities: 3 Part bird cards, label parts of a bird, and bird life cycle.

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Label a Bird Printable

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The character connection is focused on identifying times to be quiet and times to be louder, since bird watching is a quiet activity.

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Bible verses are available in a few different formats, choose the one you like best.

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I share more ideas here on our Pinterest board for this unit.

Follow {1plus1plus1} Carisa’s board Kindergarten Literature Unit ~ Counting is for the Birds on Pinterest.

See books and toys to go along with this unit.

Bird Toys and Books

 

~~>Download your FREE printables here!<~~

We will be sharing our unit study in action soon!  See other units here!

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See all of our Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum Choices here!

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Monthly Homeschool Wrap-Up March 2015

Another month of learning!  Below you will find highlights from our March homeschool fun!

Monthly Homeschool Wrap Up March 2015

You can see our detailed curriculum posts by clicking on the graphics below.

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All Together School

We have a wide grade and age range between our three kids, but I am thrilled to say that we have found quite a few subjects to learn all together! 

We do the following subjects all together, and I will share mini updates below!

 

Mystery of History

Our Mystery of History time together continues to be a favorite of mine.  We do lessons 3 days a week, and then work on our timeline and review on the 4th day.

We recently began using the blank notebooking pages together, all three kids are loving them!  I love how they work for each child, despite the age differences. Below you can see a collage we shared on Instagram showing my dry erase board notes as well as a shot of each child’s page. Top right is Ladybug {K}, bottom left is Krash {3rd}, and bottom right is Pac {7th}.

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Another fun thing we did recently was listed to the Maestro Classic’s Tortoise and the Hare after we studied Aesop’s Fables.

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U.S. History ~ Ben Franklin

We use YWAM’s Heroes of History as our U.S. History foundation. It is novel based and a perfect fit for us.  We finished William Penn recently and are now reading Ben Franklin. We all LOVE these books and this way of learning together. We read together 2-3 times per week, and the kids all get to play with something quietly while we read. Lately we have been able to sit out on the porch and read!

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World Geography

We finished the book Passport to the World!  I also shared our geography country cards printables here!   We have moved on to using Children’s Atlas of God’s World! I shared our printables and how we are using them along with our book here!

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North America Printables


7th Grade

PacMan is almost entirely independent this year thus making him the least photographed child.

The one photo I did have from this past month was a shot of him doing his Teaching Textbooks Pre Algebra. Daddy oversees this too and helps when needed.

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We finished reading The Hiding Place together.

Everything else is moving along, with the end in sight.  He has completed his vocabulary book and is itching to be finished with spelling and grammar.  He is close.  Science and math will last into the summer, but he is anxious to be done with the rest, for now!


3rd Grade

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All About Spelling continues to work really well for him.  We are well into level 3, and he is really absorbing the rules. We plan to finish level 3 and use level 4 next year.

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Working on vocabulary with the dog makes it much more enjoyable.

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He finished The Wright Brothers and really enjoyed it.  Below he was working on a book report using a printable I got here.

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Kindergarten

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I do specific posts for much of Ladybug’s Kindergarten.  Here’s direct links to the posts showing her in action during March {click on the graphic to see the posts}.

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Bible Verse Printables M is for Mighty Ephesians 610  Bible Verse Printables N is for Neighbor  Bible Verse Printables Letter O Psalm 11944

Goose Kindergarten Literature Unit in Action Mr. Cookie Baker Kindergarten Literature Unit in Action

You Can Read Sight Words Unit 12  You Can Read Sight Words Unit 13  Playful Learning with Spielgaben March 2015

 

She also has other Kindergarten fun that we don’t blog specifically about, and I will include in the wrap up posts here!

Lately we have been back to our work drawer method. I set up 6 drawers for her, and printed her some new dinosaur labels, which she loves. I made a very simple rotation plan for myself : 1 – AAR, 2 – Literature Unit, 3 – You Can Read {rotate between sight words and word family}, 4 – RLRS, 5 – Daily Literacy Page, 6 – spelling workbook.

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Daddy is now in charge of box 5 & 6 and has been working on her daily literacy paper and spelling workbook with her. She isn’t always thrilled but he does an awesome job and I am so thankful he is playing a part in her homeschooling!

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Last summer I got this spelling workbook using points I had from Zulily, and it turned out to be the perfect fit for her right now.  She just began using it in March.  I am not quite ready for her to do All About Spelling 1 yet, so this is great for right now!  She really likes this book which makes it even better!

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In our last monthly wrap up I shared a bit about why and how we are using both All About Reading and Logic of English Foundations, you can read that here.

We are moving right along with All About Reading Level 1 and she LOVES it.  Really loves it.  We are up to lesson and moving quickly because she begs for more than one lesson a day and she loves the stories and usually wants to read ahead!

The little activities with each unit are fun for her and she enjoys them.

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She still doesn’t love the fluency pages but they work and she likes playing our “get a fruit snack” game while we use them. I am not a big fan of rewards of food during school and rarely do this, but in some cases I do and this is one of them.  She gets a snack anyway when we are done, so we just use the snack to make it more fun! She collects her snack one section at a time. Here’s more ideas for making the AAR fluency pages more fun!

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In March she completed the first reader and was so proud!  We are now almost done with the 2nd reader already!

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We came back to our Logic of English Foundations lessons picking up around lesson 30, when LOE focuses more on blends.  She really loves the mini books with the pictures to glue down so she was excited to see them back again!

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You can also see much of our everyday homeschool life on Instagram!

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Old Wrap Up posts from this year are below!

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January-2015-Homeschool-Wrap-Up41  Monthly Homeschool Wrap Up February 2015

Linking to ~ Weekly Wrap-Up



Kindergarten and 1st Grade Learning Apps

We have always used our iPads for learning in our homeschool.  Currently we are at the end of Ladybug’s Kindergarten year and have been enjoying some specific learning apps recently.1st Grade and Kindergarten Learning Apps

Note ~ we only have Apple products so that is the focus of what I am showing, but I have included Android links when available!

I have a folder on my iPad with her school apps and she sits with me as we work with these.  This isn’t the time I let her go and learn on her own, although she does that sometimes too.  I have specifically chosen these apps to help her practice basic reading and math skills she is currently learning, and to review skills she has already learned.

This is a screenshot from the page in this folder of the apps she currently uses the most right now.

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Learning App Folder on the iPad

 

Math BINGO ~ works on basic math facts, will grow with her since it has 3 levels and 4 operations.  Right now she is only using the easy level of addition. {Android}

Word BINGO ~ works on sight words, again with 3 levels.

Teach Me Kindergarten, 1st Grade ~ she calls this one “Teacher Mouse” and moved up to the 1st grade level recently. We both love it.

Splash Math 1st Grade ~ we both love this math app, and use it together to work through 1st grade skills.  She just started using this one.

Bob Books ~ I love these and so does she!  {Android}

Gappy Learns Reading ~ this one is just about too easy for her now but has been such a great fit for her all year.  It is an awesome early reading app. {Android}

Short Vowel Word Study ~ created by my friend Becky from This Reading Mama, this is an awesome word study app that is right at her level currently. {Android}

Montessori Crosswords ~ she doesn’t choose this one on her own but I choose it for her.  It’s great spelling practice. {Android}

Bugsy K Math & Bugsy K Reading ~ these aren’t my favorites, {they are good, just not as good as the ones above in my opinion} but she loves them. 

 

~The Visual Version ~

Short Vowel Word Study  Bob Books 1  Bob Books 2

Math BINGO  Splash Math 1st Grade  Montessori Crosswords

Teach Me Toddler  Word BINGO  Gappy's Words


Apps she used earlier in her Kindergarten year but aren’t used much now since she has progressed.

Great Kindergarten Learning Apps

Letter School ~ our favorite letter writing app {Android}

ABCs of God ~ just a beautifully done Bible based letter app, we love it

Gappy Learns Writing ~ Gappy is a favorite around here, this one is awesome {Android}

Starfall ABCs ~ we all love this one, right? {Android}


More App Collection Posts…

Alphabet Apps  Favorite Apps

What are YOUR favorite Kindergarten and 1st grade apps?



Tot School Gathering Place Week 118

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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April showers bring May flowers….at least I hope that’s the case! It’s been rather rainy here lately, but at least the temperatures are getting warmer!  Make sure you link up to the Gathering Place so we can all see the wonderful time you are having with your Tot!

It’s never too early to teach your Tot life skills! Take a look at the fun activities that GrandMama Deb put together for her GrandTot Zoey over at Living Montessori Now. These will definitely keep your Tot busy on rainy days!

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Easter may be over, but there is always next year! Head on over to Adventures In Tot Schooling and see the creative ideas that Mama Claire put together for Munchkin and maybe Pin some for next year!

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With spring come spring sports – like golf! Check out what Mama Meghan from Playground Parkbench  put together for her Tots and see if your Tots might have a ball with it!!

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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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Here’s some fun spring coloring sets we have!

Bugs Coloring Printables   Spring Fun Coloring Printables   Free Pond Coloring Printables


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).

We would LOVE to feature you, but only feature those posts with a link back to us within the post they link up! Read all of the details about our linky here!