All About Birds Calendar Connections

All About Birds Calendar Connections Printables

I am so excited to share that my friend Shannon {she writes the Calendar Connections cards for us, I design and host them} is back with new Calendar Connections for you!  She came to visit me a couple of weeks ago and we sat side by side as she created these! 

We also brainstormed new topics together and have a brand new line of K-2 Calendar Connections coming your way!  Our main sets are targeted for grades 3-6, and can be used with any ages.  Our new K-2 sets are much simpler and are more similar to our current Baby Animals set here.  Stay tuned, we have our first K-2 set coming this week also!

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We chose All About Birds for our next theme! This set will take you through the world of birds and discuss many scientific facts about the bird world.  The facts are written at a 3rd – 6th grade level but you will be able to water them down for younger kids. It’s a great way to involve your entire family in exploring a particular theme.

All About Birds Calendar Connections

NOTE: these DO print front to back, as they ARE our premium design. We have decided moving forward that all of our free sets will be this design.  A bundle with an eBook option will be offered for sale in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop soon.  You can see an example of the bundled set here!

The cards fit my particular pocket chart calendar.  I print my numbers on cardstock and laminate them before cutting them apart.

Calendar Connections Supplies

We also still create smaller sets to go along with the small pocket charts found in the Target $1 section. Be sure to visit this post for a tutorial of how to sew your $1 pocket chart into a calendar!

There is also a sheet included to be used in a Calendar Notebook if you are using those too!Calendar Connections All About Birds 3rd-6th Grade SMALL


See some great bird books to go along here!

Bird Books for Kids

You can download these for FREE here!

Scroll down and look for this graphic to find this set!

All About Birds Calendar Connections

Looking for more bird fun, here’s our Bird Pinterest board!

Follow {1plus1plus1} Carisa’s board Bird Theme on Pinterest.

You can use most of our Calendar Connections cards for any month! We now have 16 sets to choose from, and we will still be adding more too!

Calendar Connections Set 1

We are taking suggestions for upcoming themes.  Leave suggestions in the comments!

Tot School Gathering Place Week 120

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 120

It’s hard to believe we are at the end of April already! The beautiful weather is finally making its appearance and my kids are enjoying gardening, bird watching, and sunshine! All the link-ups look as if your Tots are enjoying the spring weather and learning while keeping busy! Make sure you continue to share your learning adventures to the Gathering Place so we can all benefit from your escapades!

Are you looking for an easy craft to allow your Tot to express his delight in spring? Check out a wonderful idea from Ducks ‘n a Row and see if it something your Tot may enjoy! Ducks 'n a Row

Is your Tot curious about how her body works? Take a look at the activities that Mama Katelynne from put together for Tot M to explore the five senses! They will keep your Tot busy learning and discovering for weeks!

Have you planted your garden yet? Even if you aren’t a gardener, head on over to Fluttering through the Seasons and see what fun Mama Cherie created for Tot Kai!

Fluttering through the Seasons

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!

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

Many of you already own the Animal ABCs Bundle and these are free additions for you! Click on the images to learn more!

Animal ABCs Easy Reader Bundle Extra   Animal ABC Mazes-2

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!

Animal ABC Letter Mazes

Animal ABC Mazes

I recently made a new Animal ABC Letter Mazes  which is free for those of you who own the Animal ABCs BundleThe extras are added to your private download page! If you have the bundle & lost your private page link and password, just email me and give me your information {PayPal email if you purchased, or any other info I would need}. I can resend your login info if necessary.

Note—some extras are available individually in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop.

I am so excited about these new Animal ABC Letter Mazes and wish I would have had them when Ladybug was a tot!  They are a bit different from our other letter mazes, making them better for younger children who are just learning their ABCs!

They are self correcting, with a tiny image on each letter to guide the child through the maze with confidence, while exposing letters and sounds along the way!

Animal ABC Mazes


Here’s 3 ideas for using these letter mazes with tots and preschoolers {or any child who is learning to recognize letters}.  There’s a video tutorial below too!


1 ~ Dot Paint

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2 ~ Stickers

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3 ~ Magnets

Use these with close adult supervision, as they are a choking hazard.  See how we make our own here.

Animal ABC Mazes-5


Here’s a little video tutorial here showing you how we use each of these ideas and why I recommend them for young children!

Not familiar with Animal ABCs? 

Here’s a quick video I made to give you a glimpse into what it looked like for us when we used it! Click here to view it on our Facebook page!


See more about the Animal ABCs Bundle Here!


You Are Not Alone

You are not alone





A few years ago I shared my heart with you about my struggles. Many of my struggles feature the words listed above. The comments and emails I received {and still receive} in reference to this post are numerous.

Here’s a couple of comments from readers…

"So glad you posted this. It really helps me to know that I am not the only one who struggles with these things. Also brings to reality that homeschool moms are not the cheerful perfect images you have in you mind to struggle to be like."

"It means a lot to hear about your struggles and to know I’m not alone, especially when it comes to losing patience. I continually have to pray for patience with my very wonderful but extremely active children."

"It’s nice to know that we don’t have to have it all together, and that He is our strength when we are weak. Thanks again for being so transparent. It’s so nice to know we are not alone! "


Notice a trend? The WE ARE NOT ALONE part?

We are not alone in our struggles as moms, for two reasons. First, we struggle together and share many of the same challenges. Also, we are not alone because HE makes us strong when we are weak.

Psalm 55 (1 of 1)


On Instagram this past week I shared a photo of me reading with my two youngest. I think this photo is lovely and this moment was indeed lovely, BUT these moments aren’t the norm. I cherish these rare moments just like you do. The moments that make it all worth it. The moments that make the HARD, the STRESSFUL, the CHAOTIC, the C-R-A-Z-Y worth it.

One mom shared with me her feelings about homeschooling her three young children.  She feels like she never gets anything done, and shared what I think we all know… It’s HARD!

I replied to her and so did a few other mommas, here are some of the encouraging words shared…

“…mine are roughly the same ages as yours. 6.5, 4.5, and 23 mo. It’s chaos here a lot of the time, but I keep telling myself its okay, that we do what we can and just enjoy being together. But yeah, some days we don’t get a whole lot of sit down work done!”

“This is our 4th year to school at home. My children are 8, 6, 4, and 22m. We have evolved over the years. The first few were about ME adjusting to this new lifestyle and trying to figure out what the heck I was doing Your oldest is still very young. My advice is enjoy it! Make learning fun through play and read lots of good quality picture books.”

“I have 2 6 year olds, a 2.5 year old and 7 mo. Old. I hear ya, it’s hard and chaotic and sometimes I wonder if I’m doing or getting enough in 😉 then I talk to other homeschool moms who have older ones and they all tell me it’s a season and that I’m doing just fine.”

This was my reply…

“Oh girl!!! It does get easier! Those early years are just so hard. Some days just maintaining even a small amount of sanity is considered a huge success! Those are some young and close together kiddos, I suggest massive amounts of grace for yourself. Keep things simple during these years. Have fun, love those babies, rejoice in the small things, and do not worry about how much you cross off of your homeschool list!!! Praying for you right now!”

I think most if not all of us live in a state of crazy much of the time, yet somehow many of us tend to convince ourselves that we are alone in the crazy

Rejoice in knowing you are not alone, I am most certainly crazy too! Winking smile

One Day Giveaway!!

The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle 2015 is no longer available.

The sale is over.


One Day Giveaway from Ultimate Homemaking Bundle ends 4.24.15

I know some of you would LOVE to buy the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle but don’t have an extra $30 to spend right now, no matter how great of a deal it is. I totally get it, which is why I want to give one away! This is a FAST giveaway, ending Friday 4/24/15 at 11:59 PM EST!  I will announce the winner by Saturday afternoon!

Confused about the whole bundle thing?  Read my behind the scenes page, where I share how this works to benefit all of us involved {you, me, the companies and the creators}.

How the UHB Works


I shared my favorite eBooks in the bundle in my original post, here’s a few more items I LOVE in this bundle that somehow I missed the first time around.

How in the WORLD did I miss this? 

Like totally didn’t even know it was in the bundle.  It’s a $99 eCourse – yes you read that correctly, ninety nine dollar value included within a bundle that only costs $29.97. 

Yup, do the math – just this ONE item is worth 3 times the bundle cost itself!

A Parent’s Guide to Natural Remedies is something I will definitely be studying now that I have access to this gem. We are already invested in natural remedies through our use of essential oils, but I am excited to learn more!



I also found these 2 GEMS! 

Paperless Home Organization isn’t just an eBook with lovely ideas, it is a literal roadmap of HOW to do it.  Seriously, amazing. As soon as I find time I will be implementing what I read.

From Your Garden to Your Family is BEAUTIFULLY done, the photos and layout alone make me want to read every page.  The practical info for our family right now is so valuable as we begin our garden in our new home.

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Can’t wait? You can buy your Ultimate Homemaking Bundle now, and get these 3 amazing products, plus my Animal ABCs, PLUS a copy of my new Word Family Bundle {when you buy through my link}. See all of the eBooks, printables and eCourses included here.

Just not in the budget right now?  I completely understand.  Enter to WIN below!

I would like to give one of you a copy of the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle for FREE!  All you have to do is use Rafflecopter to gain entries below! I purchased this bundle for the winner and will email you the info on Friday when Rafflecopter chooses the winner.

Open worldwide, giveaway ends 4/24/15 11:59 PM EST. Winner will be emailed and announced here Friday, so you can come back and see who won.

You’ll still have time to purchase a copy if you don’t win! The sale ends Monday, 4/27/15 at 11:59 PM.  You have through the end of the day Monday to buy and then it’s G-O-N-E!

Read, set, go!!!

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