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

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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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Tot School Gathering Place Week 108

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 108


Welcome to February!!! The month of LOVE! What ideas are you sharing with your Tots? I love seeing all the creative Mama’s and how they LOVE on their Tots! Be sure to post and link up to Tot School so we can all be inspired by your creativity!

Mama Vanessa and Tot Luke had a wonderful week exploring circles! Take a peek over at Life on the Trail to see what ideas she came up with to help her Tot to investigate and learn about circles.

Life on the Trail

Over at Adventures in Tot Schooling, Munchkin enjoyed a literature unit about “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.” Check out the wonderful activities that Munchkin enjoyed throughout the week!Adventures in Tot Schooling

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Special Note ~ Many of you are not linking back to us in the posts you link up {for those who are linking back, THANK YOU ~ this is why you get featured a lot}. 

We are thrilled to have you link up current Tot School posts, sharing what you have done recently with your children {or grandchildren}.

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!

Lately in Our Life ~ Florida Fun

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We had a fun weekend traveling to Florida for one of K’s gymnastics meets!  We like going south for meets in the middle of winter! His competition was at the ESPN Wide World of Sports on Disney grounds.  We all thought the place was pretty cool!

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As you can see, my husband is still recovering from his injuries and uses his wheelchair when we go long distances.  He had a bit too much fun popping wheelies on the way in. Oh, and yes ~ we made him carry all of our stuff!

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Watching my boy compete is such fun.  He loves the competition side of gymnastics, which makes it enjoyable for all of us!  Again, his top event was pommel horse you can see a small video clip here on Instagram!

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We didn’t go to Disney World but enjoyed walking around at Downtown Disney one afternoon. The Lego store was the biggest hit. 

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Oh, and they got to swim in January!  What fun!  This day it was only 65 but the pool was heated so they were in! I certainly was not in, but had fun watching them!

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See more of what’s been going on lately in our life here on Instagram!

See our other Lately in Our Life posts here!

Bible Verse Printables Letter K

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Our Raising Lil’ Rock Stars Bible Verse Printables for the Letter K are available to download for free! K is for Kind! This set is based on Ephesians 4:32, “Be kind and compassionate to one another forgiving each other just as in Christ God forgave you.”  This verse was discussed A LOT in our home, and came at a great time for us.  Being kind to siblings is tough sometimes!

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

Working on the coloring page, she always likes to copy the poster!

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She likes when we work together to color the picture.  It’s a fun time of talking while we color.  This is our final project colored by both of us!

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Color ~ Trace ~ Write the letter Kk…

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Cut and Glue the Verse ~ this is a great word work activity for her, identifying individual 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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Here’s the work Ladybug did at home…

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And, here’s Ladybug singing the verse for you!  The verse tune printables are only available in the bundle but you can hear the tune for Letter K in this video!  In case you don’t catch it, the tune is Mary Had  a Little Lamb.


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 K printables here!

Raising Lil' Rock Stars Letter K for Kind

 Scroll down until you see the graphic for letter K 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!



See other letters in action by clicking the graphics below!

RLRS-Letter-A-Philippians-2-5-Bible-[1]  RLRS-Letter-B-John-3-16-Bible-Verse-  RLRS-Letter-C-Genesis-1-1-Bible-Vers

RLRS-Letter-D-Isaiah-48-17--Bible-Ve[2]  RLRS-Letter-E-Philippians-2-Bible-Ve[1]  RLRS-Letter-F-Matthew-4-Bible-Verse-

RLRS-Letter-G-Matthew-28-Bible-Verse[1]  RLRS-Letter-H-Psalm-33-Bible-Verse-P  RLRS Letter I  Bible Verse Printables  RLRS Letter J John 1 Bible Verse Printables

Linking up with Preschool & K Community

Playful Learning with Spielgaben ~ January 2015

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 and also see links to our past posts. We were given the Spielgaben set to review and are honored to have them as a blog sponsor.  I will be sharing once a month a detailed post featuring Spielgaben.  You can also see my Learning with Ladybug posts to see what my daughter has done with this learning set!

Playful learning with Spielgaben January 2015

Lessons We Enjoyed

This month we had more fun with Play Guide 2. I took a small screen shot of the manual for you so you can see how the lessons are laid out.  They are very easy to follow and help me so much. I keep the user guide on my iPad and we use it for the lessons.  She likes that she can enlarge each step if needed to see exactly how something was built. it’s a nice bonus to a PDF digitally instead of printed!

Spielgaben Puzzle


She wanted to draw her own picture, which was great!  Before we began drawing, we counted out nine blocks, and carefully measured our paper to be the correct size. Then I cut it out for her and she began drawing her picture!

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She loves using tape and helped me tape the squares onto the blocks.

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She LOVED this!!!

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She loved it so much she immediately wanted to make another one!

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This was such a fun and simple lesson that I had never thought to do.  I am so thankful for the play guide that inspire me to think of new ways to use our set!

Free Play

As you may have noticed, Spielgaben upgraded the set to the new Version 4.0.  Since we write this monthly post to share Spielgaben, they graciously sent us the updated set so we could see the changes and you could see them in action through our posts!  Below is the first time Ladybug played with the new set.  She loves the new play board and the new building materials {vertex balls and rods that all connect together}!



My boys were equally intrigued.  My 12 year old REALLY enjoyed the new building materials and has played with them quite a bit.



Ladybug has always loved the little tiny colored circles and the new play board can be flipped over as shown below.  The circles fit perfectly into the square holes to make designs.  She was so excited about this!

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Her creation, that’s a white cat, and a brown cat with a purple caterpillar on it’s back.

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Mommy Inspired Play

We used the new vertex balls and rods to make our You Can Read Sight words from unit 9!

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One day while working with our IG word family, we made some of our words using the tiny circles.  At the top she made a fig.

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This is a shovel in the grass for the word “dig.”

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See the brand new version 4.0 here!

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


Version 4 retails at US $449.50. The price is higher than version 3.0 because there are a lot more materials. My readers can own this new version at 14% off! As a 1+1+1=1 reader, you can get the discounted price of US $390 including shipping to Continental USA. You can place a pre-order to receive your product by the end of March.

Pre Order Special: US $390 | AU $490 | GBP $259

Prices are approximate depending on conversion rates. All you need to do to claim your discount is send an email to [email protected] mentioning 1+1+1=1 and you will be provided with a discount coupon!

Please check directly with Spielgaben for current discount available, prices change with version updates and conversion rates.