Lately in Our Life

We have had a busy past two weeks! It was one of those times I knew it would be nuts and I am breathing a bit now that it has passed.  All great stuff, just busy!

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Teach Them Diligently Nashville

What a fun and fast couple of days Teach Them Diligently Nashville was!  I am honored to be a speaker again this year and thrilled to be able to spend time with one of my very best friends, Jolanthe from Homeschool Creations

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I led three sessions and will be doing these same sessions in Ohio and Dallas this year!  The Earliest Years, Following the Lead of Your Young Child, and Theme Based Learning in the Early Years {with Jolanthe}. Will I see you there?

Sadly I won’t be attending Atlanta this year as we had planned, this is because my son qualified for the regional gymnastics competition, which is the same weekend!   


State Gymnastics Competition

I actually flew home early from TTD to make it to K’s state gymnastics competition!  He has improved all season, and we were all hoping he would do well, but you just never know on competition day!  Well, he was awesome and I can’t lie, I am one proud momma!  It was fun to watch him succeed and see his hard work pay off. He is the level 5 state champ on parallel bars and pommel horse!  He came in 2nd on rings, high bar, floor and all around!  And his team took 2nd! He was THRILLED!!  This also qualified him for the regional competition so we have one more meet this season!

Here’s a peek at his parallel bars routine that I shared on Instagram.

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The Baby Girl is Growing Up 

Girlfriend lost her first tooth.  The day we learned it was wiggly my momma emotions went nuts.  She turns 6 soon too and that just screams BIG girl to me.  Here’s a video clip of the tooth pulling!

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Bird Everything

For real, the birds have taken over.  Real birds and stuffed birds.  It’s ALL bird around here!  These two play with the stuffed birds outside now, it’s so cute!

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This silly girl set up the stuffed birds in the feeders and told me to come see the beautiful birds!  Then later that night when we asked her if she got the birds and brought them back inside, she calmly said, “no, they all flew away.”  The pretend play is very real for her these days!

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Speaking of our birds, these are are new photos {all taken through our window glass}.  We know the one on the right is a Downy Woodpecker and were THRILLED when it showed up, it was our first and only so far!  We aren’t sure what the one on the left is, anyone know?

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Bottom right we are unsure of, any bird experts know what that one is?  On the left shows one of our Golden Finches, which we have TONS of.  I think the one on the left {the red one} is a Purple Finch, can anyone confirm that?

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

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You Can Read Sight Words Unit 12

You Can Read Sight Words continues to be a fun part of our homeschool Kindergarten.  Along with adding these new words, we also reviewed the previous words from unit 1, unit 2, unit 3, unit 4, unit 5, unit 6, unit 7, unit 8, unit 9, unit 10 and unit 11.

You can see how we store ALL of our You Can Read stuff here.

Here’s a post sharing You Can Read Unit 12 with Krash when he did it!  See all of Krash’s Kindergarten posts here.

You Can Read Sight Words Unit 12

We are now using these alongside of our new You Can Read Word Family printables.  She is learning 4 new sight words and one word family per week now.  We will slow down if she needs to, but this seems to be just right for her at this time.

Here’s the photo recap of what I captured…

We started with our cubes!  This is always a fun way to practice old words and new words!

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Color by number sight word

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Funny fonts with dot paint.

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Easy reader

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Color by number sight words

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Fun work with the Bitsboard app.  Here’s the basics of how to use Bitsboard and the You Can Read word lists {it’s for Apple only} ~ Download Bitsboard app {free}, open Bitsboard, select "Catalog" over on the right, it’s blue at the top, select "Shared,"  type in the search area on the top right. Scroll until you find the units you’re looking for.

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She loves the word puzzles!

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Roll and graph…

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Sentence search…

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Word puzzles…

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We did some assessment this week.  Here she was doing the writing words assessment.  She also did the reading words assessment.

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Her completed work…

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  Download the FREE printables for You Can Read Unit 12 here

Purchase the You Can Read Bundle here {get access to the bonus items}

See our You Can Read YouTube playlist here

See our post featuring Unit 1, unit 2, unit 3, unit 4, 1-4 review, unit 5, unit 6, unit 7, unit 8, unit 9, unit 10 and unit 11!

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See other reading posts below!

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Bible Verse Printables Letter N

Our Raising Lil’ Rock Stars Bible Verse Printables for the Letter N are available to download for free! N  is for NEIGHBOR! This set is based on Galatians 5:14, For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Bible Verse Printables N is for Neighbor

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

The coloring page,  we worked together on this one.  Lots of discussion about the meaning of the verse occurs during our coloring time. This was a great discussion time for us with lots of role playing.

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Color ~ Trace ~ Write the letter Nn…

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Cut and Glue the Verse ~ this is a great word work activity for her, identifying individual 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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Here’s the work Ladybug did at home…

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And, here’s Ladybug singing the verse for you!  The verse tune printables are only available in the bundle but you can hear the tune for Letter N in this video!  In case you don’t catch it, the tune is Row Row Row Your Boat.


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 N printables here!

Raising Lil' Rock Stars Letter N for Neighbor

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

Download or printing trouble? See tips here!

These printables are from Raising Lil’ Rock Stars, see more info here!



See other letters in action by clicking the graphics below!

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Tot School Gathering Place Week 115

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!


Happy Spring!!! Or so the calendar says! Some parts of our country received a significant amount of snow on the first day of spring! If that was you, I’m sorry! Sunny skies and warm days are ahead! Until that happens and your Tots are still stuck inside, take a look at all the different activities posted to the Gathering Place and see if any of them will appeal to your Tot!

Is your Tot in the dinosaur fascination stage? If so, check out Adventures in Tot Schooling to see what fun Munchkin had this week exploring the world of dinosaurs!

Adventures in Tot Schooling

Are you looking for a gentle and natural way to work with your Tot on vocabulary building? Take a peak over at Living Montessori Now and see the activities that Grand-mama Deb put together for her Grand-tot Zoey.

Living Montessori Now

Does your Tot love splashing and playing during bath time? Do you wonder if there are some learning activities you could sneak into that time? Head on over to My Bored Toddler to see some of the activities that Mama Carol uses to help Tots learn while having fun in the water!My Bored Toddler

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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).

We would LOVE to feature you, but only feature those posts with a link back to us within the post they link up! Read all of the details about our linky here!

You Can Read Word Families ~ UG Word Family in Action

Recently we launched our new You Can Read Word Families program!  You can read more about it and see the first set shared, featuring _at word family printables. You can also see the _et Word Family in action here, our _ig Word Family in action here, and the _op Word Family in action here!

This week we are sharing _ug word family printables with you!

ug Word Family Printables

I have not created all of the sets I plan to create, but have several done and am working quickly on them!  Since I am using one set per week with Ladybug, I have to work fast! I plan to release freebies from each unit on my blog and share some ideas for using the printables. I have already released free _at Q-Tip Painting, _at Word Puzzles, _et Play Dough Mats, _et Funny Font Word Hunt, _ig Mini Book and _op Roll and Graph. Sometimes you may also find entire sets free within blog posts or in our newsletters or blog emails!  Full sets will also be listed in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop for $1.25 each and when I am all done I will bundle the entire set at a discounted price!


How we are Using These…

We are using these alongside of our You Can Read Sight Words. We basically just added this in to our other Kindergarten curriculum.

Here’s a peek at what we used during this unit. These photos also show the order we used the printables, she helped me choose what to do each day. All of the printables are in a binder so she can easily flip through and choose.


Word Puzzles!

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Roll and Graph ~ She chose to record by drawing animals and people in the boxes, see more ideas for using roll and graph here!

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BINGO! A very simple version of BINGO which she loves!  We play several times in a row!

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Sentence Search ~ we use two different colored markers for this activity.  One color for the focus words and one for any other words she can read independently.  Then at the end we read the sentences together her reading circled words and me reading the others.

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Matching ~ draw a line to match the word to the correct picture.

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Word Search ~ all words are left to right to make it easier for younger kids.

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Using her Perler Bead letters to identify beginning sounds.

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Mini Book ~ cut out the pictures, color if desired, glue on the correct page!

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Q-Tip Painting {aka Play Dough Dots Printables}, see ideas for using Q-Tip painting printables here! As you can see we used tiny Play Dough dots for a change this week!

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Making Words!

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Funny Fonts ~ each word has a color, you can use dot paint or simply circle the words using crayons or markers. We have even used colored stickers to put on the words before!  The words are written in different fonts to give exposure to all sorts of writing.

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I hang her work up by her desk each week, here’s an end of the week photo.

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Would you like the entire ug word family set?  You can grab it for FREE here, only on my blog!

Or you can buy in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop here!

Stay tuned, the an word family is coming next!  Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss anything {or a surprise freebie!}.

Did you miss the AT word family printables, ET word family printablesIG word family printables or OP word family printables?

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