Leaf Friends ~ Fall Leaf Rubbing Fun

Leaf Rubbing Craft ~ Make Leaf Friends with Leaf Rubbings

Recently we shared our Leaf Rubbing Family Tree which was launched from our leaf rubbing science project.  Not only did we make a family tree, we made a bunch of leaf friends to play games with and use as decorations! 

Leaf rubbing is a great skill to develop fine motor muscles in tiny hands but it can get frustrating for some kids.  Assist as needed to keep things fun while allowing your child to do as much independently as possible! Add a little face with a marker and you easily have a leaf friend.  A simple project for even young tots and preschoolers!

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Honestly the process is just so fun and simple, once we got going it was hard to stop!  We made a bunch of leaf twins to mix and match together.  This would be a great Tot School activity for younger children.  Matching skills, color ID, and tons of fun!

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Best of all, our leaf friends are cute fall crafts and we ended up laminating them to keep as decorations for fall! I wish I had thought to make these years ago!

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See more Fall ideas here on our Pinterest board!



Frog Unit Study and Lapbook

Exploring Frogs Unit Study and Lapbook

After our bat lapbook and our owl lapbook, she requested a frog Lapbook! She has decided she really likes making Lapbooks now!

We got our printables & ideas from:

Here is a peek at her completed lapbook, for those of you new – she is in 1st grade.  She put together the front and back all on her own, taping her creations onto the folder. The amphibians on the back were a random image search and a copy/paste job so I don’t have the rights to share those. I just printed images I found for her to color – it was a totally last minute thing she asked for!

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The elements in her Lapbook were not planned out well, so we had to get creative fitting them in.  Most were actually notebooking pages we used.  We got it all stuck in and she loves it, which is what counts!

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We gathered all of our toy frogs and books and went to the library for even more frog books!

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I made a mini pond out of green, blue and clear water beads and added our frogs to it.

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We didn’t follow a strict plan, just read books, watched frog videos, and did some notebooking pages and a comparing frogs and toads mini book. I followed her lead with the activities I chose.  I did not print all of our resources ahead of time, I did it day by day based on what we read and what she was interested in.  Or animal unit studies are very casual.

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She made an acorn frog with her dad.

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Making frog puppets was a BIG favorite, we spent lots of time learning through that project.

Frog Puppet Craft and Frog Facts Printable  Frog Books for Kids

 

See our other animal unit studies and lapbooks…

Bat Unit Study  Owl Unit Study and Lapbook



Raise a Reader ~ Confidently! #RaiseAReader

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{disclaimer ~ I was sent this book to review, affiliate links are used}

If I were to write a book about reading, this would be it!  I have been online friends with Amy and Allie {the authors} for many years and have known we are kindred spirits in this area.  I LOVE teaching young children to read and love empowering parents to do the same.  I have learned that not everyone feels confident, or loves teaching reading and that’s why I love this book so much! I was sent the book to review, and am thrilled to share with you!

Raising a Rock-Star Reader: 75 Quick Tips to Help Your Child Develop a Lifelong Love of Reading is the answer for many of you, I highly recommend buying this book if you have any hesitancy at all about teaching your young children to read! If you have a friend beginning their homeschooling journey – this would make the perfect gift!

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The book itself is broken into bite sized chunks, so it is VERY easy to read and digest.  There are 10 chapters, with a total of 75 different tips, and tons of photos {which I love!}.

Here’s a peek at the layout, the book begins with home library building recommendations for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, Kindergartners, and early independent readers.

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As a former Kindergarten teacher {and one who LOVED teaching reading}, I can’t recommend this book enough!  Build early literacy skills in your children from the start!

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You can follow the hashtag #RaiseAReader on social media to see many of the tips and other reviews of the book too!



Owl Opposites Flashcards ~ Free Printable

There are so many fun ways to teach opposites and when I saw this adorable owl opposite clipart I knew I had to create printables for you!  I have a series of printables featuring our Owl Opposites friends coming your way, so be sure to subscribe so you don’ miss any!

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First, I have a basic set of owl opposites flashcards.  Print these, laminate, cut out and keep as a reference set for all of the other activities to come! I scaled mine down and printed them all on one page to make a mini set.  See how to scale down a PDF file here to print multiple per page.

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There are 16 different flashcards in this set…

  • short/tall
  • hot/cold
  • slow/fast
  • white/black
  • big/small
  • clean/dirty
  • more/less
  • dry/wet
  • same/different
  • light/heavy
  • low/high
  • hard/soft
  • short/long
  • front/back
  • empty/full
  • weak/strong

I attached my cards with a metal ring so they stay together!

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Opposites are a great thing to expose young children to, choose a few if you have a toddler or preschooler and add more as they are mastered. Don’t bring them all out at once, gradually build up! We have many more owl opposites activities coming soon, so you’ll get many more ideas on how to have fun teaching opposites!

 

Download your free Owl Opposites Flashcards here!

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Tot School Gathering Place Week 145

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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Don’t you just love this fall weather? And all the amazing fall items we can use for school – like acorns and leaves – and let’s not forget the pumpkins! So many wonderful things about fall to help our Tots learn about and explore! Don’t forget to link up to the Gathering Place to share all your marvelous ideas that may inspire another Mama and her Tot!

Is your Tot a budding artist? Take a peek at Mama Kristin’s post from SmartE PartE and check out the different Tot Trays she created for her little artist!

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Teaching our Tots about Community Helpers early on helps them to understand the community they live in and to feel safe when there is an emergency in need of these helpers. Take a look at the trays that Grandmama Deb put together for her GrandTot Zoe to explore these helpers and the jobs they perform in the community!

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Mama Tara from The Magnolia Barn and her Tot Zoe enjoyed a week of focusing on the letter “C.” Check out the different trays, books, and activities Mama Tara put together to help Tot Zoe learn this letter!

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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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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.


Free Pumpkin Printables!!

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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).