Tot School Gathering Place Week 146

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! {disclaimer ~ affiliate links used in this post}

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Is it my imagination or did October just go by in a flash? It is hard to believe that Christmas is just two months from today! My how time flies when we are having fun with our Tots! Be sure to share with us all the different memory making activities that you are enjoying with your Tot! You may spark the imagination of another Mama who reads the Gathering Place!

Is your Tot ready for a trip around the world? Take a peek at the trip that Tot Ethan and his Mama Lindsay from You Are the Roots have taken so far! It’s an exciting adventure!10252015 You Are the Roots

Over at Adventures in Tot Schooling Tot Munchkin has been working on the letter “R.” Check out the different activities her Mama put together for her learning enjoyment!

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Tot Lillian is busy working through the letter T and enjoying some fun fall activities! Check out the things that Mama Crystal used to help her Tot to enjoy the season!

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Bible Verse Printables Letter W

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Our Raising Lil’ Rock Stars Bible Verse Printables for the Letter W are available to download for free! W is for WAIT! This set is based on Psalm 38:15, “LORD, I wait for you; you will answer, Lord my God.”

Here’s a peek at the work she did at home.

Coloring ~  I love coloring time because it gives such a great opportunity for discussion.  While she colors I read her the story about the verse {included in the printable pack} and we discuss the meaning. I didn’t get a photo of her coloring, this is the page she colored.

Psalm 38 verse 15 W is for Wait Coloring Page

 

Cut and Glue the Verse ~ this is a great word work activity for her, identifying words and sounds she knows, as well as the Bible verse as a whole. She uses the printable that has the light gray matching words on it.

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The verse tune printables are only available in the bundle but you can hear her singing along in the video. The tune is “Happy Birthday.”

The free version is ONLY for home use.  If you will be using these printables in a church setting, private group, co-op, preschool or other group you will need to purchase the group bundle here.

Download your free Letter W printables here!

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 Scroll down until you see the graphic for letter W and click on it to download the PDF file.

Download or printing trouble? See tips here!

These printables are from Raising Lil’ Rock Stars!

Want to purchase the entire downloadable bundle for only $12?  See info here!

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See other letters in action by clicking the graphics below!

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Leaf Friends ~ Fall Leaf Rubbing Fun

Leaf Rubbing Craft ~ Make Leaf Friends with Leaf Rubbings

Recently we shared our Leaf Rubbing Family Tree which was launched from our leaf rubbing science project.  Not only did we make a family tree, we made a bunch of leaf friends to play games with and use as decorations! 

Leaf rubbing is a great skill to develop fine motor muscles in tiny hands but it can get frustrating for some kids.  Assist as needed to keep things fun while allowing your child to do as much independently as possible! Add a little face with a marker and you easily have a leaf friend.  A simple project for even young tots and preschoolers!

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Honestly the process is just so fun and simple, once we got going it was hard to stop!  We made a bunch of leaf twins to mix and match together.  This would be a great Tot School activity for younger children.  Matching skills, color ID, and tons of fun!

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Best of all, our leaf friends are cute fall crafts and we ended up laminating them to keep as decorations for fall! I wish I had thought to make these years ago!

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See more Fall ideas here on our Pinterest board!



Frog Unit Study and Lapbook

Exploring Frogs Unit Study and Lapbook

After our bat lapbook and our owl lapbook, she requested a frog Lapbook! She has decided she really likes making Lapbooks now!

We got our printables & ideas from:

Here is a peek at her completed lapbook, for those of you new – she is in 1st grade.  She put together the front and back all on her own, taping her creations onto the folder. The amphibians on the back were a random image search and a copy/paste job so I don’t have the rights to share those. I just printed images I found for her to color – it was a totally last minute thing she asked for!

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The elements in her Lapbook were not planned out well, so we had to get creative fitting them in.  Most were actually notebooking pages we used.  We got it all stuck in and she loves it, which is what counts!

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We gathered all of our toy frogs and books and went to the library for even more frog books!

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I made a mini pond out of green, blue and clear water beads and added our frogs to it.

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We didn’t follow a strict plan, just read books, watched frog videos, and did some notebooking pages and a comparing frogs and toads mini book. I followed her lead with the activities I chose.  I did not print all of our resources ahead of time, I did it day by day based on what we read and what she was interested in.  Or animal unit studies are very casual.

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She made an acorn frog with her dad.

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Making frog puppets was a BIG favorite, we spent lots of time learning through that project.

Frog Puppet Craft and Frog Facts Printable  Frog Books for Kids

 

See our other animal unit studies and lapbooks…

Bat Unit Study  Owl Unit Study and Lapbook



Raise a Reader ~ Confidently! #RaiseAReader

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{disclaimer ~ I was sent this book to review, affiliate links are used}

If I were to write a book about reading, this would be it!  I have been online friends with Amy and Allie {the authors} for many years and have known we are kindred spirits in this area.  I LOVE teaching young children to read and love empowering parents to do the same.  I have learned that not everyone feels confident, or loves teaching reading and that’s why I love this book so much! I was sent the book to review, and am thrilled to share with you!

Raising a Rock-Star Reader: 75 Quick Tips to Help Your Child Develop a Lifelong Love of Reading is the answer for many of you, I highly recommend buying this book if you have any hesitancy at all about teaching your young children to read! If you have a friend beginning their homeschooling journey – this would make the perfect gift!

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The book itself is broken into bite sized chunks, so it is VERY easy to read and digest.  There are 10 chapters, with a total of 75 different tips, and tons of photos {which I love!}.

Here’s a peek at the layout, the book begins with home library building recommendations for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, Kindergartners, and early independent readers.

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As a former Kindergarten teacher {and one who LOVED teaching reading}, I can’t recommend this book enough!  Build early literacy skills in your children from the start!

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You can follow the hashtag #RaiseAReader on social media to see many of the tips and other reviews of the book too!