Maestro Classics CD Review

Maestro Classics Review


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We were excited to get the entire Maestro Classics 12 CD set to review! Years ago we got 2 of the CDs and have loved them, so getting the other 10 was awesome!

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The 12 CD Package includes the following CDs each with their own 24-Page Activity Book

  • Peter & the Wolf
  • The Nutcracker
  • Merry Pranks of Master Till
  • Carnival of the Animals
  • The Tortoise and the Hare
  • The Story of Swan Lake
  • Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
  • My Name is Handel: The Story of Water Music
  • The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
  • Casey at the Bat
  • The Soldier’s Tale
  • Juanita la langosta Español

We have had them for a few months now and Ladybug has chosen her favorites. So far, she loves The Nutcracker, Carnival of the Animals, The Story of Swan Lake, The Tortoise and the Hare & Peter and the Wolf.

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Each CD opens up like this, and contains a little booklet and the CD.

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The booklets are quite thick and contain information and activities based on the CD. Below she is showing you one of the activities in the Peter and the Wolf booklet.

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Here’s a video sharing a bit more about the CDs and a peek inside!


We haven’t listened to our entire new collection yet, we look forward to having these to use next school year! Maestro Classics is a great way to bring classical music into our home!

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You can buy the full 12 CD set here on Educents.

See individual CDs for purchase here!

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Tot School Gathering Place Week 180

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!


Summer officially begins tomorrow! At 6:34 p.m. EST to be exact! Not only will the summer solstice be occurring, but it will coincide with a full moon! This is an event that hasn’t happened in nearly 70 years! So, if you have a Tot that loves space make sure you head out to see the moon rising as the sun hits the most northern point of the equator! I’m not sure that it will look any different from any other moonrise, but at least we can say we witnessed an astrological event that may not happen for many more years! Don’t forget to post any activities that you do with your Tot throughout the summer! We’d love to see what you are up to here at the Gathering Place!

Are you looking for an activity that will help your Tot reinforce her numbers and letters this summer? Head on over to Teacher Mom Plus 3 to see this easily implemented activity that Mama Ayan put together! It’s just the thing for entertaining your Tot for a few quiet minutes!06192016 Teacher Mom Plus 3

Happy Father’s Day! Are you still looking for a craft that can be put together in a short amount of time? Take a look at the craft that Mama Isabel did with her Tot Tutu over at Uno Zwei Tutu! It just might be the thing for you to do!06192016 Uno Zwei Tutu

With summer upon us all the children in your household may at one point say those dreaded words, ”I’m bored!” This activity may be the answer to that statement! Check out Strength in Words to see what Mama Ayelet put together with her Tot.

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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).

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Dolphins and Whales Coloring Pages

Dolphins and Whales Coloring Pages

We have a brand new set of Dolphins and Whales Coloring printables for you! These are great for adults who like to color as well as children. 

The idea behind “Just Color!” is simple ~ theme packs all focused around coloring. The coloring pages are all in one download to make it easier to download and print all at once, in case you have coloring monsters like I do!

If you want to make a mini coloring book, you can scale down PDF files.

Here’s a peek at the different pages in this free printable set! Pick the ones you like and enjoy some coloring time {with or without your kids}!

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1st Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices Year-End Review

1st Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices Year End Review

The homeschool curriculum choices blog posts are great, but what I really want to know is what families thought AFTER they used the curriculum they chose!

Next up, 1st grade!  Here’s a reminder of the original 1st Grade Curriculum Choices post.

1st Grade Subjects

    Below I will give a small review of each subject, if you have more specific questions about anything, just leave me a comment and I will do my best to answer!

Reading All About Reading Level 2

A perfect fit for her! She loved it! By the end of AAR Level 2 she was extremely fluent and reading above grade level. I highly recommend AAR! 

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We did LOADS of supplemental reading, she is my bookworm.  We began and are still reading through the Little House books together.  We also read the My Father’s Dragon Series.

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We went to the library a lot and I documented many of her favorite books from the year in this post!

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Spelling All About Spelling Level 1

We love All About Spelling and level 1 was a great fit for her this year.  We spaced out the lessons over the year, although she probably could have done level 1 and 2 this year – I am in no rush. Our basic routine was to do the lesson on the board, using the app when we learned new sounds, then she would write her words in a notebook.

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Grammar First Language Lessons Level 1 & Growing with Grammar 1

We aren’t completely done with these books yet and will be finishing over the summer before beginning level 2 of each in the fall. She has more free time in the summer so as we worked with the boys to complete all of their schoolwork, she got a few weeks of lighter work.

These are both great programs and certainly don’t need to be used together, I just really like both. I love the workbook format of GWG and the oral format of FLL.

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Writing Write Shop Primary A  & Story Starters

Ladybug naturally likes to write {unlike my boys at this age}, which is a joy. We used Write Shop A as our base curriculum but didn’t finish the entire program. It got a bit easy for her and I don’t own level B so once I noticed it was too easy, we just stopped and she wrote for fun. She used our Story Starters to inspire free writing also.

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Handwriting Logic of English Cursive Handwriting

Doing cursive with her this year was a good decision, she was ready.  Although she didn’t always love learning new letters and practicing old letters, she was totally capable.  My goal this year was to introduce her to the lowercase letters and we accomplished that. We even got started on upper case letters.

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For each letter she created a drawing, and we ended up with a cute collection!

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For 2nd grade I will continue teaching the upper case letters and begin working with her on using cursive naturally when doing some of her assignments.

Math Life of Fred, Mathseeds {the math portion of Reading Eggs}, Spielgaben

Our laid back math plans were perfect for her this year. She was too advanced for a traditional 1st grade math program, but we weren’t wanting to rush her. Life of Fred was perfect and we will be continuing with LOF as a supplement next year also. Mathseeds was a great fit for her also.

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She loves our Spielgaben lessons, which I chose throughout the year as we went along.  I picked lessons from the manual that I thought she would enjoy and would enhance her math skills. Below you can see direct links to all we did. We will continue to supplement with Spielgaben.

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She will begin a more traditional math program in the fall, Teaching Textbooks 3

Science Evan Moor Skill Sharpeners Science Grade 1, The Curious Kid’s Science Book

We oved using these books!  She did too!  The Evan-Moor book was her main science curriculum and she did extra science activities and experiments from the other book.  Daddy led all of this and for that I am SO thankful!

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Unit Studies

I love doing unit studies with my kids, just wish I took time to do more!  We had fun with 3 of our own, and then were blessed to begin reviewing product for Ivy Kids Kits and got to enjoy 3 more units thanks to those kits!  She LOVED all of these!  Click on graphics to see the posts!

Bat Unit Study  Exploring Frogs Unit Study and Lapbook  Owl Unit Study and Lapbook 

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Character We Choose Virtues

We made it through all of the virtues and she really enjoyed this! It was a great fit for her this year!

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Art Home Art Studio

I am such an art slacker. I am actually impressed that we completed 2 entire projects from our Home Art Studio Disc. Ladybug is naturally creative and artistic so she did tons of spontaneous artwork on her own, but these are the only two from our actual curriculum!

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Bible ~ Picture Smart Bible K-3 Old Testament {with Krash}

See why we love Picture Smart Bible here!

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US Geography ~ {with Krash}

See our USA Geography Wrap-Up here!


Group Subjects ~ Mystery of History, World Geography

Daddy taught History to all 3 kids. We continue to love The Mystery of History and we will be continuing on with it next year for the younger 2 kids.

Daddy and I both taught World Geography this year, and it is a great fit. We will be using the same plan with the little 2 next year also.



Stay tuned, I will be sharing our curriculum choices for 9th grade, 5th grade, and 2nd Grade soon!

See our Year End Review for 8th Grade here and our Year-End Review for 4th Grade here!

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See last year’s Year-End Review posts by clicking on each grade level below!

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