Picture Smart Bible ~ DEAL!!

This sale is now OVER.

I haven’t shared much about the Build Your Bundle sale that ends soon, mostly because I didn’t contribute anything to it this year.  Also, I just haven’t had time to really look at it to see what was included.  While at Teach Them Diligently  this past weekend, I was talking with my friend Jolanthe about the bundle sale.  She mentioned what an incredible deal the bundles with Picture Smart Bible were and I was shocked.  We love Picture Smart Bible and I couldn’t believe it was included.

Sale info has been removed since the sale is over. 

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Tot School Gathering Place Week 125

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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Summer! Lightning bugs, frozen popsicles in the backyard, lazy days swimming in the pool, family picnics! They are finally here and I am soaking them all in. I love these gentle days with my little family! And though we will have a slower milder pace of schooling during these months, my main focus is to enjoy the moments! So don’t forget to enjoy the moments with your Tots this summer! And share those moments so we can enjoy them with you!

Mama Kori from Just Another Mom is preparing to homeschool her toddler! Take a look at what she’s doing to prepare both herself and her Tot!

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Mama Claire from Angelicscalliwags and her Tot (and older siblings!) has been busy exploring the Arctic Circle – a wonderful theme for these warm summer months! Check out her ideas and how she pulled it all together!

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Munchkin over at Adventures in Tot Schooling has loved her fairy tales these past few weeks! Her Mama decided it was time to introduce her to the Three Little Pigs! Head on over and see all the fun ideas she pulled together to introduce this fun story!

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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).

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!



Playful Learning with Spielgaben ~ May 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!

 Exploring Symmetry with Spielgaben

Lessons We Enjoyed

This month learned about symmetry.  Below you can see screenshots from the pdf file we used from the Math Guide, Play 35.

  Spielgaben Math Play Symmetry

 

I used a piece of cardboard with a line drawn down the middle for our play board.  While playing we used the key word {symmetry} and discussed the meaning.  Learning difficult words comes much easier when natural language is used while playing.

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She really enjoyed copying my designs.

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We made a few letters and discussed how some letters are symmetrical and some aren’t!

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Once she grasped the concept, she made some designs for me to copy.

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The following day we worked on the same concept with a different set.  I took a small video for you to show her in action.

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Free Play

Free play happens quite a bit, I just don’t always get photos!  Here’s a few I captured of her enjoying our set as she explored freely.

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Nature & Inspiration Guide Play

She also still enjoys the guides, and uses the iPad to get ideas.  Here she was building with one of the new sets in version 4.0, you can see how she enlarged the image in the iPad to help her get it correct.

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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!

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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 11% off! As a 1+1+1=1 reader, you can get the discounted price of US $399.50 including shipping to Continental USA.

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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.



littleBits ~ Review and Giveaway

littleBits Electronics Review

I have always been intimidated by electronics.  When littleBits contacted me about sponsoring our blog and having us review a kit I was a bit apprehensive mostly due to my silly fears.  My husband was exactly opposite and was SO excited about the opportunity! I am so glad we listened to him and weren’t guided by my fear of electronics because this kit is just incredible and my kids absolutely love it.

We were sent the Deluxe Kit for review, which has everything you see below. This is the kit you can enter to WIN at the end of this post!

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What exactly is littleBits?

littleBits is a simple way to learn and invent with electronics.  There is a vast module library and the modules snap together with magnets so it’s impossible to make a mistake. The library has over 60 modules and growing. Every module works with every other in millions of combinations, you’ll never run out of things to make.

I must be really honesty with you.  Since this kit has a higher price tag, we “hid” it from the boys, only allowing them to get it down when they asked.  This was a BIG mistake.  After about a month I was a bit hesitant to write our review and asked my husband for his thoughts.  I was concerned that the boys didn’t seem drawn to it and we concluded that possibly that was our fault for hiding it.  We didn’t intentionally keep it out of their sight, but had it in my husband’s office.  Out of sight, out of mind.  The boys had just forgotten we had it. 

After that realization, we put the kit out on the table, gave some guidelines for free exploration and then just left it.  Someone has had their hands in this kit almost every moment since then.

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Our kids are 6, 9 and 13.  Our younger daughter loved watching and interacting with things the older kids built, but she doesn’t build with it yet.  The age recommendation is 8 and up and I agree with that. 

 

Our 9 Year Old’s Creations…

Krash just turned 9 and could follow the guide by himself and learned the basics quickly. He is our guide book follower.  He has always been this way and proved it again.  After some teaching from Daddy, we let him loose and soon he was coming in to show us what he had created all following the guide book.

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He made the spin and shake sign project…

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My favorite was definitely the handshake buzzer!

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See him get his little sister here in this video!

 

The last creation I caught on camera before writing this was the tickler. 

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He used it to dust the table.

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A 13 Year Old’s Creations…

My 13 year old is the more free spirited creator.  He ignores most guide books and just wants to figure it out on his own.  He created his own things, only referring to the guide book if necessary {very little}. 

This is his drawing machine.  He added Legos in to create a vehicle that would draw lines.

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See the drawing machine in action here!

 

The pom pom tosser

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Here’s the pom pom tosser in action

 

Final thoughts…

I am SO thankful we were offered this kit to review.  My boys are now both begging for additional kits so they can build more. As a parent, the price is hard to swallow if I’m being honest. I have never looked into small electronics like this for my kids, so although the price tag seems a bit high to me, it may be totally normal for something like this. However, the creativity I have seen and the idea that my kids very well may not fear electronics like I have is worth it. I love that both of my boys can use this now and my daughter will be able to use it soon. It’s a long term investment.

 

The Giveaway!

littleBits is giving one of our readers a Deluxe Kit, just like we were given for our review!

This is the biggest kit littleBits makes with 18 powerful modules. Whether you’re a professional designer or just getting started with electronics, Deluxe Kit gives you the flexibility you need to make big, powerful projects. No soldering, wiring, or programming required!

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Five Little Chicks Kindergarten Literature Unit Printables

Our next Kindergarten Literature Unit Study Printable Pack is ready, Five Little Chicks  by Nancy Tafuri!  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.

My daughter has recently developed an obsession with chickens.  I created this unit based on the book Five Little Chicks because of that!

Five Little Chicks 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 greater/less than, numbers 1-30, coin identification, and 100s Chart Mystery Picture.

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Lots of literacy activities; rhyming, sequencing the story, comprehension questions, matching words, unscramble the sentence.

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The science activities: label parts of a chicken, and chicken life cycle. 

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The character connection is focused taking care of living things.

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Coloring page just for fun!

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

Five Little Chicks Pinterest Board

 

See books and toys to go along with this unit.

Chickens Books and Toys

 

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

Scroll down and look for the Five Little Chicks section and click on “free printables”

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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Linking up with Preschool and K Corner