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!

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


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.

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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!

 

See version 4.0 here!

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

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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!



Some Awesome Companies ~ August 2015

Homeschool Blog Sponsors August 2015

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!   I even set up an Educents shop and am working on adding more products! You can see my Educents Shop here!

Educents is the sponsor of our Life of Fred giveaway which ends 8/31/15!

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We love Home Art Studio! Right now, if you purchase 2 DVDs they will throw in a FREE Holiday Arts and Crafts DVD {through 9/15/15}! We are working through the 1st Grade DVD with Ladybug right now! See a peek of our most recent project here on Instagram.

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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 an activity we shared recently on Instagram.

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Have you tried Lessontrek yet? See our video walkthrough here and see more about why we love it.

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I have loved Rainbow Resource for many years!  I am honored to have them as a blog sponsor and I’m excited about our upcoming review and giveaway!

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Barker Creek  publishes the Sticker USA book we are using for our USA geography this year.  They also carry tons of fun school, office and homeschool supplies! Stay tuned, we have an awesome giveaway coming next week!

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Betty Lukens is back with us as a sponsor and we have a fun review and giveaway coming next month!  Be sure to check out their educational magnets, felt play sets, and Bible felt sets. One of our very favorite educational felt sets is this ABC set!

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We love Friends and Heroes and are happy to have them back as a sponsor! Be sure to visit their 20% off sale, you can grab the entire DVD set we own at 20% off!  I highly recommend these, my kids love them!

Hurry, the 20% discount ends August 31, 2015!

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Want to be on this list?  Email us for more info about becoming a sponsor on 1+1+1=1!



Bible Verse Printables Letter U

Raising Lil Rock Stars Letter U Printables

Our Raising Lil’ Rock Stars Bible Verse Printables for the Letter U are available to download for free! U is for UP! This set is based on Matthew 17:8, “When they looked up they saw no one but Jesus.

Here’s a peek at the work she did at home.

Coloring ~  I love coloring time because it gives such a great opportunity for discussion. 

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Cut and Glue the Verse ~ this is a great word work activity for her, identifying words and sounds she knows, as well as the Bible verse as a whole. She uses the printable that has the light gray matching words on it.

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NOTE ~ there was a typo in my original file and I missed it prior to teaching this to her {it has been updated and fixed in all bundle files and free files now}!  A kind reader found it and shared, but she had already sung the tune with the mistake!  So, ignore when she says “Matthew 17:18” it’s supposed to be verse 8. Winking smile

The verse tune printables are only available in the bundle but you can hear her singing along in the video. The tune is “Row, Row, Row Your Boat.”

The free version is ONLY for home use.  If you will be using these printables in a church setting, private group, co-op, preschool or other group you will need to purchase the group bundle here.

Download your free Letter U printables here!

 Scroll down until you see the graphic for letter U and click on it to download the PDF file.

Download or printing trouble? See tips here!

These printables are from Raising Lil’ Rock Stars, see more info here!

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See other letters in action by clicking the graphics below!

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Owl Unit Study and Lapbook

Owl Unit Study and Lapbook

After our bat lapbook she told me she didn’t like lapbooks.  As you will see in this post, she changed her mind.  She requested to make a lapbook and loved the process! I was all ready to make something new, or just study and not make a lapbook but thankfully she warmed up to the idea!

 

We got our printables from:

Here is a peek at her completed lapbook, for those of you new – she is in 1st grade.  She put together the front and back all on her own, taping her creations onto the folder.

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We worked on lining up the inside together to be sure it all fit.

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She has a few stuffed owls, so of course they came to visit.  We hit the library for owl books, these 3 were our favorites.

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I printed the owl coloring pages at half size and put them together like this…

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She loved these!

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Some of the owls got turned into bigger creations!

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We worked on the lapbook components one at a time, reading one of our books to find the information.

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Painting owls was a favorite!

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Showing her completed lapbook to her Daddy.  She was so excited and it was a great review!

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See our owl books and toys here

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See her Bat Unit Study and Lapbook here!

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