Tot School Gathering Place ~ Week 72

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!Tot School Gathering Place Week 72

Happy Memorial Day! Thank you to all who serve (or have served) our country in the armed forces! Your service has granted us the freedom we have to do what we are doing – teaching our children at home and enjoying each moment! Thank you!

Many of you may be traveling this holiday weekend! It is the perfect opportunity to talk about transportation! Check out Mama Ellen’s ideas over at Cutting Tiny Bites for some fun and creative activities centered on transportation!

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With this weekend being to “unofficial” start to summer, bugs may be starting to invade your space! Head on over to Angelicscalliwags to see how Mama Claire helped her crew create a bug observatory.

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Sometimes learning has to take place away from home to completely understand certain concepts. Take a peek at Mama Alecia’s post on Learning to Walk to see what Tot J learned while visiting Grandma’s house!

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Remember to visit our Pinterest board hosting our featured blogs each week! Be sure to follow the board and re-pin ideas you like, it’s a great way to support each other!!

I also created a Tot School Printables Pinterest Board. If you are using Tot School Printables and blogging about it, will you email me with a link to one of your posts and your Pintrest link? I am opening up the board to allow other bloggers to pin their Tot School posts that feature Tot School Printables in action.

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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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Please read this carefully before linking up! This may no longer be the linky for you, so please glance through this list to be sure you want to stick around and link up with us!
By linking up you agree to the following:
  1. A photo and a link to your post may appear in a future Tot School post. You give me permission to choose a photo from the post you link up, and give me permission to use your ideas in my post. I will link back to you, mention your blog, and give you full credit for any ideas chosen to share from your post.
  2. Your post is a post written specifically for Tot School and not just an idea for tots. It features your own child{ren} in action. This is a community for moms to come together and share their journey with Tot School virtually.
  3. Provide a link back to Tot School within your blog post {you can use this link: http://www.1plus1plus1equals1.net/tag/tot-school-gathering-place/or a direct link to the weekly post you link up to} if you link up. If you do not link back to Tot School, your link will be deleted. Link backs on the sidebar, or in a massive “I link up here” page don’t count ~ they are too difficult for me to find and the first thing I look for when verifying links is the link back.
  4. Link up your exact Tot School post {not your blog homepage} if you are unsure how to do that read this!
    Each week I will feature photo{s} and ideas from blogs who link up. Sometimes it may be one simple idea, sometimes it may be a collection based around a concept .



Do you have your FREE

Where to Begin with Tot School eBook?

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See the Tot School webpage here!


New to linking up here? Read this first! 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).



1+1+1=1 App

You might have noticed we have a new blog header, similar to the old one but adjusted a bit to include a few more quick links for you. One of the new icons up there looks like this…

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I created an app for my blog using AppGuppy a long time ago but never shared it.  Honestly I didn’t see the use for my readers, but recently with the changes Facebook has made {meaning less and less of you actually see my posts in your newsfeed} I figured it might be useful for those of you who want to be in the loop in an easier way on a mobile device. It is a nice way to follow a few of my accounts in one place and just jump to what you want.

I went in and updated the app and am now sharing it with you! It does not go through an app host {Apple, Android} it is set up differently and once you see it will make sense. You click here from your computer and you are given this screen where you can then send yourself a code or scan the QR code from your mobile device.

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Once installed, the app basically becomes an icon on your homescreen and you can use it to check in with my blog feed, Facebook feed, Pinterest feed all in one place!  There’s also an About tab and an Instagram tab {which just shares my Instagram name and a link}.

Facebook shows my posts to a very small number of my followers and many of you miss what I share.  I use Facebook to share my own posts {some old and of course new} and I also use it as a way to share great posts from others that I love. All will show up on this app for you!

Below you can see screen shots of each section in the app to give you a feel for how it looks.

App Blog Feed App Facebook App PinterestApp Instagram APP About

I hope some of you enjoy this and it helps you stay in touch. Download our app here!



Tot School Gathering Place ~ Week 69

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!

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May is FINALLY here! Sunshine, green grass, blooming flowers….all point to fresh beginnings and the anticipation of long summer days with our Tots! I’m getting so excited! While we wait for those lovely days take a look at the different blogs to see if there are any activities that will captivate your Tots mind!

Over at Our Crafts-n-Things, Tot Hunter explored the letter Q through various Tot tray activities. Be sure to check out the neat sensory bins his mama put together for him this week!Our Crafts-n-Things

 

The letter F and frogs were the theme of the week for Tot Bo! Go check out the different activities that Mama Michelle from Delightful Learning planned to investigate the letter F! Looks like he had FUN!Delightful Learning

 

The activity in this blog, Living In This Season, will delight some while terrify others! Be sure to take a look and see which category your Tot would fall into!

Living in this Season

 

 


Remember to visit our Pinterest board hosting our featured blogs each week! Be sure to follow the board and re-pin ideas you like, it’s a great way to support each other!!

I also created a Tot School Printables Pinterest Board. If you are using Tot School Printables and blogging about it, will you email me with a link to one of your posts and your Pintrest link? I am opening up the board to allow other bloggers to pin their Tot School posts that feature Tot School Printables in action.

Tot-School-Gathering-Place-Pinterest[1]   Tot-School-Printables-Pinterest-Boar


Were you featured?

You are welcome to a button but you certainly don’t have to use it! Totally optional!

Tot School Feature

<center><a href="http://bit.ly/W32RDO" target="_blank"><img alt="I was featured for Tot School!" src="http://bit.ly/13tsB2r"/ ></a></center>


Please read this carefully before linking up! This may no longer be the linky for you, so please glance through this list to be sure you want to stick around and link up with us!
By linking up you agree to the following:
  1. A photo and a link to your post may appear in a future Tot School post. You give me permission to choose a photo from the post you link up, and give me permission to use your ideas in my post. I will link back to you, mention your blog, and give you full credit for any ideas choose to share form your post. If you don’t want me sharing photos, your blog, or ideas, please don’t link up.
  2. Your post is a post written specifically for Tot School and not just an idea for tots. It features your own child{ren} in action. This is a community for moms to come together and share their journey with Tot School virtually.
  3. Provide a link back to Tot School within your blog post {you can use this link: http://www.1plus1plus1equals1.net/tag/tot%20school/ or a direct link to the weekly post you link up to} if you link up. If you do not link back to Tot School, your link will be deleted. Link backs on the sidebar, or in a massive “I link up here” page don’t count ~ they are too difficult for me to find and the first thing I look for when verifying links is the link back.
  4. Link up your exact Tot School post {not your blog homepage} if you are unsure how to do that read this!
    Each week I will feature photo{s} and ideas from blogs who link up. Sometimes it may be one simple idea, sometimes it may be a collection based around a concept .



Do you have your FREE

Where to Begin with Tot School eBook?

Where-to-Begin-with-Tot-School-eBook[1]

See the Tot School webpage here!


New to linking up here? Read this first! 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).



Pencil Grip Correction with a Pom Pom

Pencil Grip Correction with a Pom Pom



You may have noticed in many photos on my blog that my daughter has struggled with pencil grip.  I can’t tell you how proactive I have been about this, yet she still has the worst natural grip of all of my kids.  She will hold the pencil with all 4 fingers on her grip along with her thumb.  She writes neatly for her age, but I know her pencil grip needs correction.   I tend to not push it all the time, which is why you often see the uncorrected version in school photos on my blog.  We specifically spend time working on the correct grip, but she defies me and is stubborn.  Because I want her to LOVE LEARNING, I choose not to fight it all during our school time.

Here’s a recent photo showing her uncorrected grip, which she prefers. It has her entire hand on the pencil!

Uncorrected Pencil Grip

 

Here’s a photo of the ONLY intervention we have tried that she has accepted.  I seriously was ready to give up and then suddenly, she accepted the pom pom and even will remind me now. You can see the red pom pom in her hand. Her grip still isn’t picture perfect, but it is so much better!

Pencil Grip Correction with a Pom Pom

I first saw this idea here, on Dr.Jean and Friends blog.  You can read the explanation of how to present this correction there. I have tried everything but somehow I had never seen this before.  I figured it was worth a shot.  Thank goodness I tried it.  She accepted it and likes her new little bucket of pom poms to choose from when we are working on grip.

We are continuing to work and using our pom pom to practice a lot.  She will even use it during school time some now.  Her natural grip hasn’t improved much so far, but we are trying! I pay attention to her when she isn’t thinking about it and noticed she still puts all fingers on the crayon/pencil.

I have more pencil grip articles and ideas pinned on my Preschool at Home Pinterest board.  Scroll down, they are mostly about halfway down on the board right now.



Playful Learning with Spielgaben April 2014

This is our second Playful Learning with Spielgaben monthly post, our first post is here!  If you missed the introduction to this new series, you can see it here. We were given the Spielgaben set to review and are honored to have them as a blog sponsor.  I will be sharing once a month a detailed post featuring Spielgaben.  You can also see my Learning with Ladybug posts to see what my daughter is doing with this learning set!

 

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This month we have been a bit off of our regular school schedule as my daughter is having a few weeks off of “planned school” time. She finished up her preschool plan with me and I am in the transition for gearing back up with her soon. Thankfully Spielgaben keeps her learning even when I plan little, as you will see below. Everything you see in this post took place during this past month.

Below you will see I have divided the post into 4 categories ~ Lessons We Enjoyed, Free Play, Mommy Inspired Play, and Nature & Inspiration Guide Play {a BIG favorite right now},  It is a long post, I hope these categories help you find what you are interested in reading.


Lessons We Enjoyed

This month we began our work with Set 6.  We only did 2 lessons since we are not doing much planned school time right now.

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We always begin with free exploration before starting any of the lessons.  She loves this and I try to give her as much time as she wants, even if it means we don’t actually get to a lesson that day!  She got straight to work making a cat!

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For Set 6 I chose the following lessons for her, 6-1 Crocodile Family, and 6-2 Telephone. I took small screen shots of the manual for you so you can see how the lessons are laid out.  They are very easy to follow and help me so much. I keep the user guide on my iPad and we use it for the lessons.  She likes that she can enlarge each step if needed to see exactly how something was built. it’s a nice bonus to a PDF digitally instead of printed!

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She loves crocodiles so I knew she would love this lesson and I was correct!

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We made 2 crocs together, complete with taped on eyes.

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She wanted to hold them and add spikes so we taped them together and added green pieces to them!

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Making a telephone was a BIG hit also. She followed the user guide to create the entire phone by herself.

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She LOVES using tape!

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Number stickers for the buttons.  We used our real phone too so she could see how they compared.

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Think she liked it?

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We added in the phone number printables from Spell Outloud and switched up our original phone design to match our phones at home.  She liked it better this way!

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Thankfully, her big brother was happy to play telephone with her!

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Free Play

This is a full shot of our free play area currently.  I don’t leave the boxes open all of the time, but when they are allowed to free play, I set them out like this.  She will often ask me to open them when they are shut!  Our rule is that they can only be opened by me, basically I have to give permission for free play time.  This is so pieces don’t grow legs and walk away.

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She does so much freely, I often don’t even capture it with my camera. I did get this one, of the baby pterodactyls being saved from the storm {the red dots behind the mom} by the momma.

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Ladybug and Krash love Hexbugs and set up a course for their bugs.  They also had fun building walls for their bugs to wiggle out of.

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Mommy Inspired Play

I set up this one day and with in seconds of her walking in the room, it was like a magnet.  My husband happened to be standing in the area and was amazed with how quickly she noticed it and went right to it.

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I didn’t say anything, just set it up like this to inspire her play.  She immediately put the rings on the yarn balls.

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Then she wanted to twist them all up.

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She realized she could unhook the top and took a few off and explore swinging them over the top of the bar!

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Nature & Inspiration Guide Play

I have our Nature Guide on the iPad also, I just set it up for her if she asks.  She asks a lot, she really enjoys this. Here she was building a zebra, one of her favorite animals.

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Another favorite is being built here, a horse!

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Then she added a baby…

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