Feelings Tot-Book…

I am so glad to be starting Krash’s new school year off with a unit on FEELINGS! Of course he had to have a snazzy new Tot Book to work with so I got to creating. I got going and decided he was ready to try a full sized folder this time, plus I had a few ideas in mind that would need more space than the 1/2 sized folder. Here’s how we are laying ours out…

The cover…The Middle…Here you can see what I made, I will tell you a bit about each one…

  • Top Left: I printed these cards on cardstock and did not laminate. I am going to have K color the feelings faces. After he is done I may laminate them.
  • Top Middle: These pages can either be made into a book unlaminated or you can laminate each one like I did and hook them with rings at the top of the folder. I did this so we can take them out and work with them. I made the first letter in each word bigger so we can get a little bit of Letter ID in too! Mine are printed on regular paper and laminated.
  • Top Right: Laminated mini-cards for matching.
  • Bottom Right: a mini book about feelings (printed on paper, unlaminated)
  • Bottom left/middle: The base is laminated and so are the little faces. They all have velcro dots on them for K to put the feeling faces on the boy and girl. I also made a small discussion card to give some ideas for questions to ask your tot.

The back, K’s isn’t stuck down yet, I will have him choose a feeling to draw when we are all done and put this on the back.
You could easily leave some things out and make the traditional 1/2 folder Tot Book if your tot isn’t ready for a big one. Or you could always just use different components and keep them in a manilla envelop (like I do with some of our Activity Packs)

You can download all of the pieces in PDF form here
. Also on the webpage are links to many of the books we will be reading to go along with our Tot Book, and also our new Kimochi friend we are using!

If you share this with others, please link to this blog post or to the webpage, but not directly to the PDF files. Also, remember if YOU make this Tot (Lap)Book with your tot, I’d love to see it, email me and I will add your link to the webpage!

Gearing Up for the START

I am in BIG TIME planning mode, especially with Workboxes in mind for Pac Man. Thought I would share a bit of what I have prepared for him this evening. I am still gathering, printing, laminating, cutting, etc. I was trying to rush to being our school year but have since given myself a break and have decided to allow myself the time I need to prepare and be FULLY ready to begin. Once I made this decision I have been excited again. We’ll officially begin when I am ready, in the meantime he has 6 workboxes and we do a very relaxed form of school.

Here’s what I have been working on tonight…

One of my all time favorite homeschool blogs, Walking By The Way, had this great post, which led me to this awesome site. I have printed some of the posters and most of the Crazy Cat Tales (similar to MadLibs) for Pac Man’s workboxes. So excited about these, thanks Ami for sharing this great site!

Ami also shared some math fact cards she was using for her son. I quickly went into Publisher and made some for Pac Man (I will upload mine when I get time…sorry I am too busy planning right now!). Pac Man needs tons more practice to memorize his facts.

Awhile back, Jolanthe shared a review about the Write Shop: StoryBuilders. In her post she mentioned a free download for one of their Ebooks. I finally got around to printing it all out and preparing it for Pac Man to use. Thanks Jolanthe!!

Another great one from Jolanthe, this Notebooking page for the book Children Just Like Me. We have had this book for a LONG time and now I finally have a great idea to go along with it!!! Thanks again Jolanthe!!! I have put our book and some blank pages together so I can give him this for a workbox every now and then.

Barker Creek offered this great ebook for free awhile back and thankfully I downloaded it then! I finally got a section printed out and ready to go into Workboxes for Pac Man!!! He will be doing the section on Homonyms first.

I also had another free USA ebook (which I cannot find online now) and I got it all printed and ready for the boxes also!!!

I am so excited to be planning again, I LOVE planning (am I weird??). I will share more as I go…

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Tot School ~ Part Time

~Krash is currently 39 months old~

We are still in part-time Tot School mode as I finish up my last week of ministry this upcoming week. I spend so many hours working during these months, it is really hard for me to balance it all. We are actually in prayer right now about what is best for our family regarding me working during these months-it is so hard on us all. I am really glad it will all be over this Thursday morning (after a VERY late night leading our preteen girls for their final sleepover…ahhh!).

Learning Toys…

Krash had fun crashing his Brainy Baby stacking blocks
Then I set them up for him like this and gave him items to fit in the squares…
We had a great time playing with his Playskool Busy Gears toy, working on SO many skills!!! In this shot we were role-playing waiting in line and being patient! We lined some of his animals up and they were waiting to have a turn on the spinner! He loved this!!!
Here he is enjoying Pac Man’s Blokus game. I played with him for awhile and then just left him to explore how the different pieces fit into the grid…

Home Economics ;)…

We are full force juicers around here now and Krash is LOVING it!!!! He helps me every day (along with Pac Man) as we make juice for our morning snack. He is learning SO much through doing this, I highly recommend doing it with your kids if you don’t already. I will be writing more posts on my Ladybug blog about how I am juicing with my kids and what they have liked and don’t like. Subscribe over there if you’re interested in following us on our juicing journey!

Mommy’s Favorites…

I have several favorites this week, all from our annual Church picnic yesterday. Krash is just so darn friendly and cute, he makes me smile and many others ;). He loves our church, loves people, and people adore him too. We are so blessed! Enjoy a few of his special moments from the picnic…

Getting tossed by Daddy…
Running, running…
…running.
Swimming…
…shooting…
and slam-dunking!

If you have a tot (approximately ages 1-3) at home, join in the fun and share what you’re doing with your tot! Here’s how to get started if you’re new… If you’ve never read this: Go HERE 1st for more details- please do!!! Then if you have any ideas you’d like to share, link up your exact post to MckLinky (if you have questions about how to do that, let me know in a comment or email-links to homepages will automatically be deleted).

When you add your name(blog name) to MckLinky will you put your tot’s age (in months) after it, like this: 1+1+1=1 (36 mos)? I think this will help new readers a lot as they look for ideas for their specific aged tot!

MckLinky closes on Friday now, if you are a late-in-the-week poster, just add your post the following Sunday, so it will be seen by more people!

 

Teaching About Feelings…

I finally found an adorable and useful and FREE resource for tots all about feelings! A big thanks to Kristi for posting this, it made my day!!! I know at least one of my readers (Heather ;) ) will probably be interested in this along with me!!! Be sure to go to Kristi’s blog to read all about what she found online and how she is using it! Hmmm, I might even have to make a Tot Book out of this!!!

 

Tot School ~ Without Mommy ;(

~Krash is currently 38.5 months old~

Oh how I MISS THIS SWEET BOY!!!! He is down south staying with my parents and my husband’s parents. My mom was sweet and has been sending me photos. Here’s K’s Tot School-Life School recap for his week away from us!!!

Tons of Tot School to be had at Chuck E Cheese’s!!!!He learned to drive a monster truck!!!! VERY important Tot School skill…
Scooter riding with big brother…Tree climbing too…He even painted a monster truck! My mom took the boys to one of those ceramics places and he chose a monster truck to paint!!!I know he has had a great week, but I am ready for his craziness to be back home!!!!

If you have a tot (approximately ages 1-3) at home, join in the fun and share what you’re doing with your tot! Here’s how to get started if you’re new…

If you’ve never read this: Go HERE 1st for more details- please do!!! Then if you have any ideas you’d like to share, link up your exact post to MckLinky (if you have questions about how to do that, let me know in a comment or email-links to homepages will automatically be deleted).

When you add your name(blog name) to MckLinky will you put your tot’s age (in months) after it, like this: 1+1+1=1 (36 mos)? I think this will help new readers a lot as they look for ideas for their specific aged tot!