Tot School Gathering Place Week 147

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}


Welcome to November!! The beginning of much joy and celebration in our house! A month long remembrance of all that we are thankful for! What special things do you do for November? Don’t forget to share all your Tot Schooling activities with us here at the Gathering Place! We’d love to see what you’re up to!

Have you started and restarted Tot School before? Many times? It happens to the best of us! And Mama Vanessa from Life On the Trail is no exception! See what Mama Vanessa and Tot Luke do with the letter “A”!

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Head on over to Welcome to Mommyhood where Mama Yuliya shares even more ideas centered around the letter “A”! She’s also working on teaching Tot Y the Russian language which also included in her post this week! Maybe that’s something that might interest you and your Tot!

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Does your Tot enjoy making music? Check out the fun musical activities that Grandmama Deb and GrandTot Zoey participated in this past week!

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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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Do you have your FREE

Where to Begin with Tot School eBook?


See the Tot School webpage here!

Follow {1plus1plus1} Carisa’s board Tot School Ideas on Pinterest.

See our Tot School favorites and start making your gift wish list!

Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids  Favorite Learning Toys

 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).

Some Fantastic Companies & Deals ~ October 2015

Homeschool Blog Sponsors October

We are so thankful for our blog sponsors and want to share them with you each month!  Read below to see what reviews & giveaways we have coming soon, and about any special discounts our sponsors are offering right now.

Educents has incredible deals for homeschoolers!  We have another fun giveaway planned for you, stay tuned! See a sneak peek here on Instagram!



We love Home Art Studio! We are working through the 1st Grade DVD with Ladybug right now!

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Spielgaben is a long time blog sponsor and we are still enjoying our Spielgaben set!  Our monthly posts share what we have been up to with our set, we’ve been loving our set this year for 1st grade math!

Here’s our recent post sharing the fun we have had this past month with Spielgaben.



Have you tried Lessontrek yet? See our video walkthrough here and see more about why we love it. We have a Lifetime Membership giveaway going on here!

Lessontrek Giveaway

There’s also a great discount code!

Lessontrek 5 Year Membership Discount


I have loved Rainbow Resource for many years!  I am honored to have them as a blog sponsor!



Ivy Kids is a new sponsor and we are so happy about this!  They sent us kits for review and we LOVE them!  Our full review will be coming soon! Use code IVY20 to get 20% off of your first kit!



Betty Lukens is back with us as a sponsor.  Be sure to check out their educational magnets, felt play sets, and Bible felt sets. One of our very favorite educational felt sets is this ABC set!



We love Friends and Heroes and are happy to have them back as a sponsor! We  own the entire DVD series {bought the rest after we were given the 1st for review}.  I highly recommend these, my kids love them!


Want to be on this list?  Email us for more info about becoming a sponsor on 1+1+1=1!

Some Great Deals on Items We Love…

I have been scouring Amazon lately in search of deals on our favorite learning toys in search of awesome gift ideas for you!  I found a few!

These are current prices {US} as of the time this post is published, they can change at any time. {these are affiliate links}

My kids love Citiblocs {we own 3 sets}, there is currently a 30% coupon code on a few of the sets, making them an incredible deal.

The Cool-Colored Set is regularly $24.99, Amazon has it marked down to $19.36 and then there is an ADDITIONAL 30% off via the coupon at checkout, making the grand total only $13.74!! As of right now, it seems the coupon code is only available on this set and this 50 piece natural set.


We got the Letter Construction kit to review years ago and it has remained a family favorite {for letters and building in general}.  It’s currently only $26.14 on Amazon – a GREAT price {it’s regularly $39.99}

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Get a jump on your holiday gift lists with our gift recommendations! All of the items featured above are also featured on our gift recommendations lists!

Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids

Lessontrek Homeschool Planner Giveaway and Discount Code!

Lessontrek Homeschool Planner Lifetime Membership Giveaway

It’s no secret, we love Lessontrek! It simplifies my homeschool planning life and makes my weekly planning much easier. I use Lessontrek for all three of my kids who are currently in 1st grade, 4th grade and 8th grade.

You can read my initial impressions here in our first review, and another post I wrote here.

Lessontrek Online Homeschool Planner Review  Homeschool Lesson Planning with Lessontrek


We have an awesome Lifetime Membership giveaway for you today and a generous discount code to use for the 5 year plan!

Lessontrek 5 Year Membership Discount

Click here to buy, look for the “5 Year Subscription” box on the right after you scroll down a bit. Enter the discount code: OP5Y in the payment section.  This brings the $150 5 year plan down to only $120 for 5 years!  That’s only $24 per year {compared to $60 per year if you pay yearly}!!



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Hands on Math with Spielgaben

Playful Learning with Spielgaben is our monthly post sharing Spielgaben in action!  If you missed the introduction to this series, you can see it here. We were given the Spielgaben set to review and are honored to have them as a blog sponsor.

Hands on Math with Spielgaben

Lessons We Enjoyed

Speilgaben is a wonderful addition to our 1st grade math curriculum.  For now, I am choosing lessons based on her needs.  She has mastered many 1st grade level skills so I knew she didn’t need a full 1st grade curriculum.  Spielgaben is a great fit for her right now!

Each week I choose lessons or worksheets for her and write them into our lesson plans.  Yes, this takes a bit more time than following a pre-written math curriculum, but I want her working on what she needs and will enjoy. I wouldn’t have been as confident in doing this years ago, but now I am after homeschooling 2 other kids at this grade level!

Worksheet Set 3, Level 3, Activity 6 ~ Counting Levels {in case you own Spielgaben and are looking for these specific worksheets, I label them like this so you can easily find them}.

She loves the hands on math lessons the Spielgaben worksheets provide.

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This one was about breaking the figure down and counting the number of blocks used on each level.

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 Worksheet Set 3, Level 3, Activity 5 ~ Missing Parts involved building different figures and then looking at the picture and determining which part{s} are missing.

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It was just the right challenge for her!

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Worksheet Set 4, Level 3, Activity 7 – Making a Flower was a simple direction following activity that we then expanded into a creative time!

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After she followed the directions on the worksheet above, she decided to expand her design and make a sunflower!

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Worksheet Set 4, Level 3, Activity 8, 9, 10 – Creating Petals was a bit too easy for her, but I wanted her to review a bit.  She know her basic addition facts, but this was a fun review worksheet.

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Worksheet Set 4, Level 3, Activity 12 –What’s My Number? was also a bit too easy, but I expanded on the worksheet to give her a lesson in fact families.

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Worksheet Set 4, Level 3, Activity 15 – I Made Doors was fun and a good challenge.  She had to build the structure, then count how many blocks were used and match on the worksheet.

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See more math fun we have had with Spielgaben!

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See version 4.0 here!


Spielgaben offers a special discount to my readers, just send an email to mentioning 1+1+1=1 and you will be provided with a discount coupon!

Owl Opposites Mix and Match ~ Free Printables

Recently we shared our first Owl Opposites printables, a set of opposites flashcards. We have a series of printables featuring our Owl Opposites friends coming, so be sure to subscribe so you don’ miss any!

Owl Opposites Mix and Match printables

Today  I have a set of owl opposites mix and match printables for you! These have a diagonal line to use for matching.  Print them, cut on the dotted lines and put them back together again!  You can laminate for extended and repeated use!

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I made ours a bit smaller to save paper. See how to scale down a PDF file here to print multiple per page. I didn’t laminate mine and am going to have my daughter glue them down after she does them.  Opposites are just a fun review for her at this stage.  She saw me making these and wanted me to print them all for her!

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Opposites are a great thing to expose young children to, choose a few if you have a toddler or preschooler and add more as they are mastered. Don’t bring them all out at once, gradually build up! We have many more owl opposites activities coming soon, so you’ll get many more ideas on how to have fun teaching opposites!

Download your free Owl Opposites Mix & Match here!

Owl Opposites Mix and Match

Grab the Owl Opposites Flashcards here!