The Winner of THIS is Going to Be Extremely HAPPY!

The giveaway is over, see if you won here!


Most of you homeschool, so you will want to pay attention! This year’s Build Your Bundle Homeschool sale is coming next week and not only is one of our products included, some of our very favorites from other publishers are included! We are thrilled to be a contributor and affiliate for the sale this year!
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Next week we will be featuring some of our favorites, so be sure to subscribe to our daily blog posts and check your emails from us especially next week! Building your Bundle is fun but can get overwhelming, so once the options are released on Monday, May 16, I will begin sharing some reviews of products we have used and loved!

The 2016 Build Your bundle Sale is for ONE-WEEK ONLY – May 16-23, 2016. If you enter the BIG GIVEAWAY, you will automatically get reminded!

 

GIVEAWAY DETAILS

  • Grand Prize Winner: ALL 15 Individual Bundles $3,559 Value
  • 3 Winners: Build Your OWN Premium Bundle up to $260 Value
  • EVERYONE who enters will get a coupon code to use when the sale starts
  • Winners will be announced Monday, May 16th
  • Refer the MOST people with your special link and WIN ALL 15 Individual Bundles $3,559 Value

We have 86 publishers and authors participating. Here are just a few:

  • WriteShop
  • Master Books
  • Amanda Bennett Unit Studies
  • Ellen McHenry – Basement Workshop
  • How Great Thou Art
  • BiblioPlan
  • Picture Smart Bible
  • Brookdale House
  • Character Concepts
  • Media Angels
  • A Journey Through Learning
  • Homeschool Legacy
  • Writing With Sharon Watson
  • Bright Ideas Press
  • Math Essentials
  • Notebooking Pages
  • Joyce Herzog
  • Trivium Pursuit
  • National Center for Biblical Parenting
  • Knowledge Quest
  • Barefoot Ragamuffin Curricula
  • Enrichment Studies
  • Live and Learn Press
  • Intoxicated on Life
  • Grapevine Studies
  • Home School Adventure Co.



Evan-Moor Daily Summer Activities Book Review

Evan-Moor Daily Summer Activities

 

{disclaimer ~ Educents is a blog sponsor and provided Evan-Moor books for review}

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For years we have done a Summer Challenge with our kids as a way to keep them busy and help them have a chance to earn some extra money. As the years have passed, making the Summer Challenge simple has become more and more important. I found a way to simplify extensively this year thanks to our latest review item ~ Evan-Moor Daily Summer Activities Workbooks! We got the 4th into 5th book for our son and the 1st into 2nd book for our daughter.

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Once we got the books, I discussed it with my husband and together we decided how much we wanted to give our younger two children the potential to earn. We then divided that by the number of units in the workbook and taped money inside of the book! It’s extremely motivating to see your money staring at you!

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Our younger kids don’t get an allowance {mostly because we are not attentive enough to remember- we’ve tried}, so this is their main income earning opportunity from us! Here’s a video sharing more about the book and the system we are using!

The kids have already begun since they have each finished a few subjects for their current year. In their free time we allow them to work on these workbooks! So far the skills have been right on target for each of them, reviewing things I definitely want reviewed!

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Final Thoughts…

I definitely recommend the Evan-Moor Daily Summer Activities workbooks if you are looking for a simple way to keep your kids on track this summer with academic skills. Evan-Moor is one of my favorite publishers and these workbooks are visually appealing and cover a wide variety of skills. You can buy the 1st-2nd grade workbook here, or the 4th-5th workbook hereSee all Evan-Moor products on Educents here!



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!

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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


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Where to Begin with Tot School eBook?

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See the Tot School webpage here!

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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).



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

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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!

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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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