Tot School Gathering Place Week 109

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!

Tot School Gathering Place Week 109


There were many busy Mamas this past week! Make sure to check out all the different posts that were linked up to Tot School Gathering Place to see if any of the ideas presented might be of interest to your Tot!

Is it frigid cold where you live? While it isn’t Arctic cold, my kids believe that it is! What a perfect time to investigate the Arctic and Antarctica! Check out the wonderful activities that Mama Kimberly from Natural Beach Living put together to help Little B explore the frozen tundra.Natural Beach Living

Have you had to take a break from Tot School? Head on over to The Canadian Domestic Wannabe to see how Mama Natasha eased Little Miss (and herself!) back into Tot School.The Canadian Domestic Wannabe

Take a peek at The Magnolia Barn to see the activities that Mama Tara put together to help Tot Summer discover the letter E!

The Magnolia Barn

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?


See the Tot School webpage here!

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Looking for some last minute Valentine’s Day fun for your tot?  Print some I Love You Q-Tip Painting Printables, set up a simple sensory bin, or print something from our Love Tot Pack!

Valentine's Day Q-Tip Painting Valentine's Day Sensory Bin Love Tot Pack Valentine's Day 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!

You Can Read Sight Words Unit 10

You Can Read Sight Words continues to be a fun part of our homeschool Kindergarten.  Along with adding these new words, we also reviewed the previous words from unit 1, unit 2, unit 3, unit 4, unit 5, unit 6, unit 7, unit 8 and unit 9.

You can see how we store ALL of our You Can Read stuff here.

Here’s a post sharing You Can Read Unit 10 with Krash when he did it!  See all of Krash’s Kindergarten posts here.

You Can Read Sight Words Unit 10

We are now using these alongside of our new You Can Read Word Family printables.  She is learning 4 new sight words and one word family per week now.  We will slow down if she needs to, but this seems to be just right for her at this time.

Here’s the photo recap of what I captured…

For now, her sight word caterpillar is in her small pocket chart.  She likes playing with her words quite often so they are better this way for her!

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Color by number sight word

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Fun work with the Bitsboard app.  Here’s the basics of how to use Bitsboard and the You Can Read word lists {it’s for Apple only} ~ Download Bitsboard app {free}, open Bitsboard, select "Catalog" over on the right, it’s blue at the top, select "Shared,"  type in the search area on the top right. Scroll until you find the units you’re looking for.

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These simple games are a GREAT review for our words!

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Word puzzles…

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Something new for us!  Inspired by our Spielgaben puzzle creations, I made a puzzle featuring her sight words!

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She loved this!

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Putting her words together, using tape because she loves tape!

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Reading one of her easy readers and giving me her “don’t take my picture” face. Winking smile

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Funny fonts with dot paint.

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She wanted to add little pictures to her words in the cubes, so she did that before we played.

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Here’s an example.  This is our cat hiding and she’s saying “Find me!”

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After she finished drawing, we played!  She likes to line the cubes up and kick them and then run to read them!

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Her completed work…

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Download the FREE printables for You Can Read Unit 10 here

Purchase the You Can Read Bundle here {get access to the bonus items}

See our You Can Read YouTube playlist here

See our post featuring Unit 1, unit 2, unit 3, unit 4, 1-4 review, unit 5, unit 6, unit 7, unit 8 and unit 9!

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See other reading posts below!

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Rainbow Crafts for Tots and Preschoolers

Rainbow Crafts for Tots and Preschoolers

We have enjoyed several fun rainbow crafts over the years and I am pulling them all together in this post for you!  These crafts were all done with my daughter when she was a tot, and honestly we might do some of them again this year! She was almost three in all of these photos. You can see the original Rainbow Theme Tot School post here!


Marble Painted Rainbow

Use our rainbow template {included within our Rainbow Tot Pack} or draw one of your own. We printed ours on white cardstock.  Use a cardboard box the size of the paper or tape the edges of the paper to the bottom of the box so it will stay in place.  Use a marble to roll around the box.  We add squeezes of rainbow colors as we go.  It’s a GREAT motor skills activity for young kids to try to move the marble where they want it to go!

Marble Painted Rainbow Craft

Remove the paper from the box and let dry.

Marble Painted Rainbow Craft

Cut out your rainbow shape!

Marble Painted Rainbow Craft




Rainbow Cloud

Every early childhood teacher has seen this rainbow craft for sure.  But just in case you’ve missed it, here’s one of our old favorites, the rainbow cloud. Pre-cut strips of rainbow colored construction paper and a white cloud.  Let your child help you as able, to glue the strips to the cloud.

Rainbow Cloud Craft

Smear white glue on the cloud and add cotton balls! All done! I still remember Ladybug freaking out over the glue and cotton ball experience and also insisting that the blue piece be in the middle instead of the proper order!

Rainbow Cloud Craft



Rainbow Chain

This is also an oldie, but so simple and fun for tots.  Pre-cut the rainbow color strips of paper for your tot, then work together linking them together!  She LOVED this, and it was so easy!

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Somewhere Over the Rainbow

When my daughter was a toddler she loved the song, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, we sang it every night. In honor of this love I created a Rainbow Tot Pack and included a song printable and props to use with the song.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow Craft


I premade the song props by printing, laminating, cutting out, and taping to colored craft sticks.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow Craft


I then precut rainbow colored pipe cleaners and got a small piece of foam. My daughter helped me build the rainbow and we used it while we sang the song!

Somewhere Over the Rainbow Craft


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IG Word Family Mini Book

Word family work is a daily activity here in our homeschool Kindergarten and we have a new _ig word family printable for you! 

ig word family mini book free printable

This mini book is a simple activity to reinforce the words being learned. To prepare I cut the pages of the book out and stapled them together.  I cut around the outside edges of the pictures, but let her cut the pictures out by herself.

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She LOVES to color, so everything gets colored around here.  Totally opposite from my boys!

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She also likes to cut!

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She really enjoys using tape, so we use it instead of glue sometimes.

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Once all of the pictures are cut out, she reads the word on each page and finds the correct picture and tapes it on!

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Grab your free copy of the_ig Mini Book here!

While there you’ll get a peek at the full _ig word family printable set.  Many FREE individual files will be coming soon, the full set is available in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop if you want it now! 


Looking for Word Family fun?  Check out our new Word Family Pinterest board!

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February Calendar Cards

I am a day late, but there’s a good reason.  I wasn’t planning on using any special cards in our calendar this month.  Last month we used our Baby Animal Calendar Cards and my daughter loved them.  When she walked in the schoolroom today and saw my boring numbers she was highly disappointed and asked me where the fun cards were. She told me she wanted some animals with hearts for Valentine’s Day. Thankfully I had some clipart I used for the Valentine’s Day Q-tip Printables that I knew would work and I whipped some new cards up for her!

In case you want to use them I thought I would share, even if it is already February 1.

 February Calendar Cards

Download your FREE February Calendar Cards here!


Here’s another set from Homeschool Creations which you might like better!



See more Valentine’s Day Ideas here!

Valentine's Day Printables and Ideas


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