Tot School Gathering Place Week 144

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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It’s hard to believe we are just about half way through the month of October already! Time is flying when you are having fun jumping in the leaves and tasting pumpkin everything! I hope you are enjoying fall with you Tot! Don’t forget to link up to the Gathering Place all the fun you and your Tot are having together! We’d love to share in your joyful learning!

Mama Heather from Growing Hands-On Kids and her Tot Ellie are wrapping up their letter C unit. Check out all her fun hands-on activities to help strengthen Tot Ellie’s letter C knowledge!10112015 Growing Hands-On Kids

Does your Tot enjoy learning about the farm? Check out Mama Yulia from Welcome to Mommyhood and see all the fun Tot Y had while working through this farm theme!10112015 Welcome to Mommyhood

Mama Crystal from The Elliott Edition shares with us all the learning fun Tot Jordyn enjoyed while working through the letters P, Q, R, and S! Check out the many activities that Mama Crystal put together and see if any may interest your Tot!

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Lately in Our Life ~ Friends and Fun

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A Full House!

Can you guess who’s family that is in my schoolroom? It’s a LONG time blogging friend turned entire-family-in-real-life-friends! That’s Jodi from JodiMcKenna.com {you may know her as Granola Mom 4 God which she was for years}! Her amazing family came to stay with us for a few days last month!

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Sadly it poured down rain most of the time, but by the end our 7 kiddos didn’t even care and went outside anyway!

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Brian and Jodi came down to help me in another way, they led a Young Living class for us!  It was awesome to have them here and to learn from them.  They have been using Young Living for 10 years!  Our family is still in love after over 2 years {I don’t talk about it much over here – don’t ever want to seem pushy} but you can keep up with my oily adventures here!

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Our kids got along great and we had loads of laughs together.  I only wish we had longer to develop our friendships in real life!

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Philly Friends

Speaking of great friends, we had our very best friends from where we used to live here for a visit back in August! Oh how we miss them!!!

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Beach!

Ahh the beach right when MANY other people have kids who are back in school!  This is an annual trip with my parents and a trip we all enjoy very much. We go Labor Day week when it is still warm, things are still open but there’s hardly anyone there after the weekend!

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Got pictures with my babies at the beach!

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Fun 2 Days

There’s the lovely Jolanthe from Homeschool Creations and that’s my cutie husband in the middle of us!  The three of us spent 2 days together attending Digital CoLab a few weeks ago!  It was a great learning time and we enjoyed connecting with other blogger friends.  My husband helps me with the business side of things for my online world so he attended alongside of me to learn a bit more! 

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See more of what’s been going on lately in our life here on Instagram!

See our other Lately in Our Life posts here!



Leaf Rubbing Family Tree Craft

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What began as a simple leaf rubbing science project ended with a leaf rubbing family tree craft that I am just in love with.  Her ideas are better than mine!  After a long leaf rubbing time, we began to make family member leaves. 

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We experimented with a few different ways to make our family leaf tree and ended up liking a tree trunk cut out of brown construction paper the best.  We each made our own family tree.

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I glued my leaves to the trunk, she decided to tape hers since she prefers tape. Below she is holding hers and mine together, she loved them as you can tell!

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This was such an easy and fun fall craft.  Just run outside and grab some leaves {if you have them where you are}, make some fun colored leaf rubbings, create family members and put them all together for a family tree!



Inspire Me! Story Starters ~ Dogs in Costumes

Inspire Me! Story Starter Photo Cards feature a simple photograph on the front, with word ideas on the back.  You can see more about why they were created and how we use them here in our original post!

Dogs in Costumes Story Starter Cards

We have a brand new DOGS in COSTUMES set for you today, with 12 different photographs of goofy looking dogs. These dogs crack me up and I figured many kids would get a giggle with these.  Funny photographs often draw a child in and make writing more fun!  I hope these silly story starter cards inspire may young writers to write fun and silly sentences!

Below you can see the photographs included in this set, there are matching word idea cards for each photo also!

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Word ideas print on back if desired!

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See a video walk through here showing you how we use and organize our cards, and the extra printables we use alongside of them.

We have more themes coming and many will be released here on my blog for FREE.  I am also listing sets in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop.  Be sure to subscribe to our blog posts so you don’t miss any of our free printables!

Have a theme idea for a set? Leave me a comment!

Download your free Dogs in Costumes Story Starters here!

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The printables shown below were were created to go along with our story starters! 

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Monthly Homeschool Wrap-Up ~ Aug. and Sept. 2015 {1st, 4th, 8th}

Homeschool Wrap-Up The First 6 Weeks with 1st, 4th and 8th Grade

You can see our detailed curriculum posts by clicking on the graphics below.

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All Together Learning

 

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We do 3 subjects all together and really enjoy our time with our kids all together {most of the time}.

Daddy has begun teaching Mystery of History which is awesome.  We are still finishing the 1st book and will move on to part 2 when we are done. My kids use the notebooking pages, and my daughter colors the coloring page.  Daddy teaches and I write notes on our board to help guide the kids with their note taking.

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We still love our Heroes of History books.  We have extended our learning with the Liberty’s Kids DVDs, to help deepen our American Revolution knowledge, and the kids love it.  My oldest doesn’t sit with us to watch these but the younger 2 love them and learn a lot!  We finished up reading Ben Franklin and really took our time, discussing so many different aspects of history together.  I absolutely love this time with my kids.

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You can see our entire World Geography plan here.  We are LOVING this so far.  We have been focusing on South America and have had fun learning about Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Chile and Venezuela so far.

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We have several Little Passports packages that we haven’t opened {I save them for when we study the country}.  I pulled Argentina and we had a blast!  The little 2 loved the dinosaur fossil!

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1st & 4th Together Learning

Ladybug and Krash do 2 subjects together and it is working well!  We do Picture Smart Bible {K-3 Old Testament} and US Geography twice a week.

They absolutely love US Geography and I think it’s because they both really love coloring and they love birds.  Seeing the bird for each state is very exciting for them! We have completed states through Georgia and they each have a beautiful notebook for review!


8th Grade

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#8thGradeWithPacMan

Pac is by far my least photographed child because a majority of his schooling is done independently or with his Dad.  All of my photos of his are usually taken during his science experiments, since that’s the most exciting thing to photograph of an 8th grader’s homeschooling! As you can see, he often has little faces watching him as he works on his experiments.

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He is a pretty easy student and we are thankful.  Sure, we have issues, but overall he does what he is supposed to do. His dad oversees his math, spelling and science completely.  I oversee everything else.  Writing is the only subject I am still teaching directly.

One of my favorite portions of his homeschooling is his reading.  So far this year he has read more books than he read during the entire year last year!  His favorites are in bold, with Peace Child being the absolute favorite so far.

Here’s his completed list…

All of his other subjects are going well, we are pleased with our choices for him this year.


4th Grade

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This young man continues to amaze me with his dedication to his love in life – gymnastics.  He has homeschool practice days that occupy him 3 days of the week, leaving him only 2 full days at home with us.  In order to stay committed to his sport he doubles up on his schoolwork on those 2 days so he can be free to practice the other 3 days. This is not a schedule we ever thought we would have but it is working, thanks to his determination to make it work. 

He does have a couple of subjects he does 5 days a week, getting them done in the morning hours before heading to practice.  He is moving along with Teaching Textbooks 5, which is his main 5 day a week subject. He also does history with us in the mornings before practice.

On his intense 2 school days, he works with both Daddy and me.  Daddy teaches him science and Life of Fred math {a supplemental review for him to help work on auditory processing skills}. He is loving science and we are both happy with our choice of Evan Moor for him. Below they were learning about muscles and made an arm model.

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I teach all of his other subjects, below you can see him working on Write Shop D, and First Language Lessons 2. He is using the Poem PowerPoint to work on memorizing his poem, The Goops.

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Growing with Grammar is a great fit for us.  He does well with the format and is learning a lot.  He has taken 2 tests so far and did very well. 

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We are almost done reading our first novel together, Robinson Crusoe.  He loves this book!  We rotate me reading to him, him reading aloud to me, and him reading on his own. 

He also reads books on his own at night and currently really enjoyed 2 books from the I Survived series {The Shark Attacks of 1916 and The Sinking of the Titanic 1912}

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1st Grade

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I continue to use Lessontrek for her weekly planning and then build her daily work grid from my lesson plan.  She chooses the order of her subjects each day.

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In no particular order, here’s a recap of her past month.  You can see her very first week of 1st grade in our post here.

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Science

    We have been enjoying her science together.  On a whim I decided to use an Evan-Moor science book and I love it!  It is simple, and has a project at the end of each chapter.  She particularly loved the shadow picture she made recently! You can see a video of her telling you about her project here!

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After reviewing The Curious Kid’s Science Book we decided to add it into our curriculum.  She chooses one project to do with Daddy per week.  Here she was exploring how different liquids reacted with baking soda. Here is a video clip of her working on this project with her Daddy.

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I have been letting her choose an animal to study which has been really fun.  We completed our OWL unit and are now almost done with FROGS.  I will share a full post with all of our frog fun soon!

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Handwriting

Surprisingly handwriting has become a joy!  She struggled to get the hang of things early on but with the addition of the Handiwriter grip helper, she has now finally corrected her grip and holds her pencil correctly.  She was holding ALL of her fingers on the pencil at one time and I had tried many things.  I ordered this as a last try and it worked!  Within less than 2 weeks of using it, she is grip-corrector free and naturally holds her pencil better!

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We are using Logic of English Cursive.  We begin by introducing each letter in the salt tray, she loves this!

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We use our own handwriting paper now instead of the papers that come with LOE {some we have left over from a friend who gave it to us years ago}. I use a highlighter for her to trace a few samples.

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Here’s a little video from Instagram showing her writing and making a joke. Winking smile

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My favorite part is an idea she came up with all on her own!  She makes a little card after we learn each letter by turning the letter into some sort of shape!

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Here’s her collection so far!

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Math

We do a few different things for math and our combination is working beautifully for her.  She LOVES Life of Fred and is one chapter away from completing the first book!

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Mathseeds has been a great fit for her, she has advanced beyond what I ever expected!

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I don’t always follow along with what she does in Mathseeds but when she struggles I bring in some hands on help, like these 3D shapes we had!

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Spielgaben rounds out our math resources, and we do about 2-3 lessons per week, mostly using the worksheets.  See our recent posts here…

Exploring 3D Shapes with Spielgaben  Playful Learning with Spielgaben September 2015


Grammar

Growing with Grammar has been a great fit for her and she is breezing through. We do one simple lesson a day and I like the easy workbook approach. There is also a cyclical review included which I also love.  I had a sappy mom moment the day my baby learned subjects and predicates.  Such big words. Such a big girl.

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First Language Lessons is also a great fit for her.  We use both because they are different, yet similar.  Both are very short lessons and I think compliment each other really well.

Here’s a video clip of her reciting her first poem she memorized, The Caterpillar {she’s using our Poem PowerPoint}.

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Reading

All About Reading is a great fit for her and have completed through lesson 14. She is moving along as a reader at a pretty rapid pace now, it’s exciting!

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Here’s a video peek at how we have been making the fluency sheets more fun!  I choose a secret drawing and draw a tiny portion for every word she reads correctly. The drawing grows as she reads and she loves this!

Ways we supplement reading development…

She has an easy reader Bible that she is reading independently and loving! 

We go to the library at least twice a month, sometimes more! Her library books are read daily both independently and aloud!

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We are reading the My Father’s Dragon series aloud together and she loves it!  We are just starting the 3rd book in the series. Below she is working on a knapsack craft to go along with the book.

Below you can also see her reading aloud to her Daddy.  She reads aloud to one of us almost every day.  She struggled at first reading aloud to Dad since she was only comfortable with me.  We want our kids to be comfortable reading aloud so we encouraged her through her fear and now she reads with him too!

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Spelling

She is breezing through All About Spelling Level 1, we probably should have started this sooner!  She is up to lesson 15 and most of it has been a review for her so far.  I don’t even have any pictures of her working!


Extras

She is enjoying Home Art Studio and recently completed her weaving project

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We Choose Virtues has been a hit!  We add one virtue per week and focus on discussing the meaning and story as she colors.  We also use the songs {see on my iPad below}. She talks about these a lot and they have really helped her grasp some concepts!

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Whew!  I think that’s it! It takes me forever to write these posts but they are my favorite to look back on!

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