Tot School Gathering Place Week 174

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!


Happy Mother’s Day! You Mamas are AMAZING! All the time and energy you put into caring for your Tots and families sometimes makes the days seem long, but in the end each task is a blessing to you and your family! I hope you are able to enjoy your special day!! And don’t forget to post your fun and educational activities to the Gathering Place! You may inspire another Mama to give Tot Schooling a try!

Are you looking for something healthy and yummy to feed your Tot? Check out the recipe that Grandmama Deb and Tot Zoey cooked up this past week over at Living Montessori Now! It’s sure to hit the spot!

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Do you have a picky eater in your family? Or maybe you have a Tot that is really interested in food! Head on over to SmartE PartE and take a look at the healthy food charts she has created to help her Tot explore his current food choices as well as find new ones to try! They may inspire your Tot to be an adventurous eater!

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It’s so important to teach our Tots about our community helpers! Mama Leah from Simple. Home. Blessings. put together a wonderful unit focusing on police officers to help her Tot understand their job in our community! Check out all her community helper units!05082016 Simple Home Blessings

Were you featured? 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.


 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).

USA Geography Wrap-Up

USA Homeschool Geography with Elementary Students

We had a fun year with USA Geography in our homeschool and I thought I’d do a wrap-up post to share what we thought about how our year of learning went. When we began I wondered if we would make it through all 50 states and I am thrilled to say we DID!

My goal for my 4th grader was mastery of state locations and capitals with exposure to all of the other fun details. The goal for my 1st grader was entirely exposure. She will go through this again in 3rd or 4th grade with me.

We had lots of fun together usually about 2 days per week. Here’s a reference list with links to all materials we used this year with our 1st and 4th grader…

    A Review in Photos & Videos…

Each photo below is linked to the blog post it came from, so be sure to click if you want to read more!

      First, here is the video I made at the beginning of the year with

our initial plan

    .  We mostly stuck to this plan, and added a few things in.

The State by State Activity Pack pages from Crafty Classroom were perfect for my kids. They both love to color so this was usually a relaxed and fun activity.

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We used these books for our reference guides as we learned about each state and filled in our sheets!

NG Kids United States Atlas  Student Atlas

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Near the end of the year I added in a new set of States and Capitals worksheets that I created for review.  We will continue to use those to reinforce state locations and capitals.

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The Readeez 50 States song comes HIGHLY recommended by my kids, they love it and can both sing their states in ABC order thanks to the awesome tune and video! Here’s a peek of a video clip when we were listening to the Readeez song!

We continue to use our USA PowerPoint for review. As we got into the later states, we wouldn’t go all the way back to review, but would pick up where I felt they needed to.

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Here are a few videos of the PowerPoint in action!

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Our magnets from Barker Creek were awesome and we added them to our magnetic board all year. These were especially great to review abbreviations.

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Our games were loads of fun and great for review.  They loved game day and we had them often.  Our 2 favorites are Sequence States and Capitals and Scrambled States.

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Krash enjoyed the Stack the States app a lot for review. He loved that the work we did made him better at the game!

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Final Thoughts…

I am SUPER pleased with how USA Geography went this year and if you are looking for a simple low-prep {prepare before the school year begins and then you are ready for the year} I recommend looking into the resources we used!


Here’s a visual version for those of you who want to see these items online!  Click on the image to see the resource or the post!

USA States and Capitals Worksheets United States Geography Homeschool Plan for Elementary StatePack

LM4120  LM4110State Abbreviation Magnets

USA PowerPoint   Readeez 50 States

Stack the States Scrambled States Sequence States and Capitals


Animal Alphabet Coloring Pages M-R

Animal Alphabet Coloring Printables M through R

We have a new set of Animal Alphabet Coloring Printables for you! Letters M through R are free to download here and other free sets will be coming. If you don’t want to wait, you can grab the full set here in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop.

Each letter features an animal and a fun coloring picture to go along. M is for mouse, N is for narwhal, O is for owl, P is for penguin, Q is for quail and R is for rhino!

M is for Mouse Coloring Page N is for Narwhal Coloring PageO is for Owl Coloring Page P is for Penguin Coloring PageQ is for Quail Coloring Page R is for Rhino Coloring Page

You will also find the name of the animal at the bottom of the coloring page too. This helps with print awareness in young children. These coloring pages are a great addition for children who are learning their letters and love to color! 

Download M-R for free here!

Grab the entire set here in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop!


Grab A-F here and G-L here!

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Looking for more ABC ideas, check out our ABC Pinterest board here!

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

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A deal is great, but is it great for YOU?

The UHB 2016 is no longer available.

I know you have seen the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle all over the blog world these past few days and today is the last day it is offered. I had an entirely different post planned for today but then it occurred to me that some of you are probably still on the fence about it. A $29.97 investment is a big deal even if it is a great DEAL! I actually don’t think all of my readers should buy it.

For MANY of you this is a great fit.  You should buy this today before it’s gone.

Here’s why.

Many of you read my blog and use my printables and bundles.

Raising Lil Rock Stars Through the Bible is IN the UHB so you get this bundle too. This is also a $12 value. Kids too young to use this now?  Save the bundle and you’ll be glad you have it when they are ready!

Here’s another reason why.

Many of you cook.

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Many of you clean. Many of you need some organizational inspiration.

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Many of you would enjoy tons of the eBooks and courses included.

Here’s who I think should not buy the bundle.

If finances are tight and you cringe when you see this knowing it’s a great deal but you need to pay your bills this month and that’s enough of a struggle, please pass this by. I have been there and an extra $30 just isn’t in the budget sometimes. I am not trying to convince you that it is worth it to step out of your budget to buy this. There will be more bundle deals and maybe your finances will be different when the next one comes along.

So, there you have it. My honest opinion on the reasons I think many of you should buy this and why some of you should not.

Only YOU know if you are someone who should buy this bundle. Please don’t let my posts and words convince you if it just isn’t right for you.

Oh and for those of you sick and tired of seeing this all over the place, please know that there are 2 reasons I share so much. One is because it truly is such an incredible offer and many many women want to know about it!  The other reason is because the money we earn from the affiliate sales is extremely valuable to our family. Thanks for your patience and thanks for those of you who decided to use my link to buy your bundle!!

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