Library Love ~ Our Reading Corner, Recent Favorite Books, and why we are finally in LOVE!

Library Book Reading Corner and Favorite Library Books for 1st Graders

Ladies and gentlemen, I am thrilled to announce we are finally in LOVE with the library and have been successfully in love for about a year now.  It took me many years to actually fall in love. I actually avoided the library for years out of my fear of library fines. I think this was due to a few factors;

1 – having young kids who struggled with following “library book” rules,

2 – not really enjoying our neighborhood library where we used to live,

3 – not having a routine in place to keep up with checked out books.

Thankfully all of those issues are now solved and my little bookworm is very happy about that. I regret not getting my act together sooner with this for her, but am pleased that we finally have this routine in our life.

This little area in our homeschool room has solved number 3 for me.  It is a library book only area.  No other books are allowed to mix in and the library books are not allowed to leave this area with out permission.  At age 6, she is old enough to understand this and does really well.  We haven’t had 1 fee since we moved here!

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We get the boys books too, but she is my library partner and loves to go with me.  We have a routine and I know now that I need to allow plenty of time for her to sit and read many of the books she has chosen.

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I have been taking photos of our very favorites before we return them and sharing on Instagram, we even have a hashtag to help you see them all at once #ladybugslibraryfavs. 

Here are some of our “favorites” photos. We have a huge home library so I can’t justify buying more at this point, but I know many of you are still building your home library! So, if you want to see them on Amazon, click the photo to see those specific books!

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Books of the Bible Poster ~ Free Printable

Books of the Bible Poster

A few months ago I shared an updated Books of the Bible Song Book printable. I am still {slowly} working on more printables that are Bible based.  I have a new Bible printable for you today, a color-coded Books of the Bible poster! The books are divided by type of book. I realize there are various ways to divide by type. I chose to use this code:

  • Law: red
  • History: orange
  • Poetry & Wisdom: yellow
  • Major Prophets: dark green
  • Minor Prophets: lime green
  • Gospel: light blue
  • History: aqua
  • Paul’s Letters: dark blue
  • General Letters: purple
  • Prophecy: pink
    This Books of the Bible poster can be printed on plain paper, cardstock, or even photo paper to display however you desire!
    Use it along with the Books of the Bible songs to help your kids memorize the books and also give them a visual for the types of books through the color code. Stay tuned for more printables to go along with this color code!

Download your free Books of the Bible Poster here!

Bible Printables

    Find our Books of the Bible Song Printables on the same page!

    Books of the Bible Songs 



Tot School Gathering Place Week 167

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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Happy First Day of Spring!!!! I’m sorry for my northern friends who are experiencing S-N-O-W today! But take heart! Spring is on the way!!! What are you most looking forward to about the warmer weather? Share with us your ideas here at the Gathering Place! We’d love to see what you and your Tot are up to this spring!

Mama Tara and Tot Summer explored the letter G this past week! Head on over to The Magnolia Barn to see all the fun activities they enjoyed throughout the week.

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Spring seems to be the time of year when we all get the sniffles whether it be from allergies or a cold! A great way to combat those cold germs is by washing our hands! See how GrandMama Deb and GrandTot Zoey learned proper handwashing over at Living Montessori Now! Your Tot will love it!

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We have loved sensory bins for Tot School for years! Check out the wonderful ideas for sensory bins over at Our Home of Many Blessings! You may just find the right one for your Tot to enjoy!

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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).



Animal Alphabet Coloring Pages Letters G-L

Animal Alphabet Coloring Printables G through L

We have a new set of Animal Alphabet Coloring Printables for you!  Letters G through L 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. G is for giraffe, H is for hedgehog, I is for iguana, J is for jaguar, K is for koala and L is for lion.

G for giraffe coloring page H for hedghog coloring pageI for iguana coloring page J for jaguar coloring pageK for koala coloring page L for lion coloring page

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

Download G-L for free here!

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

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Grab A-F here!

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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.

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My Sessions at Teach Them Diligently Homeschool Convention

I am heading to Nashville this week to be a part of an amazing homeschool event. This will be my 3rd year speaking at Teach Them Diligently and I wanted to put together a post to help attendees decide if my sessions would benefit them.  There are just so many sessions and speakers, it is difficult to choose.  I personally have a hard time deciding but I can guarantee I will be at most all of the high school focused sessions this coming weekend since we have a rising 9th grader!

I love this convention and am honored to be a speaker with them!  If you attend in Nashville, Atlanta or Sandusky will you come find me and say hi?

General Conventions

I will be leading 3 different sessions this year.  One is brand new and two I have led in previous years. The official titles are in bold, with the descriptions {from the TTD program} in italics.  I have also included the day/times for Nashville and Atlanta to help those of you attending TTD in Nashville or Atlanta. I will also be in Ohio, I just don’t have that schedule yet.

The First 10 Years With A Family Who Never Planned to Homeschool  {Fri. – 6pm in Nashville, Fri. – 1pm in Atlanta}

On the fence about homeschooling? Not sure if you can or want to do it? Look up close at the family behind the 1+1+1=1 blog, who never planned to homeschool. See what their first 10 years looked like — the struggles, the tears, the successes.

TTD Never Planned to Homeschool ~ 10 years Later

This is the new one! In this session I will be sharing a very personal look into our life.  Think of it like reading a book about us, a personal memoir of sorts.  I will be sharing how we came to homeschool, why we never thought we would, our early and immediate struggles, my more personal struggles {anxiety, a strong-willed child, a child who is my opposite, balancing full time ministry and homeschooling, and more}, our seasons of struggle {Cancer, accidents and Hypermesis during pregnancy}, where we are now and our hope for the future.

The Lord definitely laid it on my heart to lead this session, even though it is a bit out of my comfort zone since I usually share about all things early-childhood related.  I can almost guarantee there will be tears {from me at least} as I pour my heart out in hopes of helping even one mom know she is not alone and that she CAN do this homeschool thing if the Lord has called her.

Tot School {Fri. – 9am in Nashville, Sat. – 10:30am in Atlanta}

Have a toddler? This is the session for you! Tot School is all about exposing your young child to early learning skills at home in a fun and engaging way.  It is NOT about teaching your toddler, it is all about exploring together through play.

TTD Session What is Tot School

This is a session I have led for the past 2 years that is based off of the idea of Tot School which began on my blog many years ago.  I share the history behind Tot School and lots of practical advice for those not so comfortable with early childhood. You will walk away with a note taking guide filled in with ideas and steps you can take to plan for the early years at home. If you are a bit nervous and unsure about keeping your young child at home during those early years, this is the session to come to!

Planning Preschool at Home {Thurs. – 6:30pm in Nashville, Fri. – 6pm in Atlanta}

Have fun learning with your child in the early years by creating a plan that works for you, your family, and your specific child. Every child, family, and season of life is different! Gain practical knowledge to help put the preschool pieces together.

TTD Session Following the Lead of Your Young Child

This is another session I have led for the past two years and is my very favorite session. I share my thoughts behind balancing you as a teacher/parent, your child as an individual, your family as a whole, and your season of life.  Developing a preschool plan for your family can be a challenge, especially with all of the many different ideas and methods out there.

Again, we have a note taking guide for this session and it is my goal to have attendees leave with practical steps in mind to help create a plan.  While my Tot School session is geared more towards those who are not as comfortable with the early childhood years, this session is for any family trying to figure out HOW to do Preschool at home.

For those of you attending, I hope that helps some!  I am a big believer in using your time wisely and choosing sessions that truly would be a good use of your hour.  I hope to meet some of you in Nashville, Atlanta or Sandusky.