Tot School Gathering Place Week 111

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!

Tot School Gathering Place Week 111


The last Sunday of February! We are that much closer to spring! It has been wicked cold over much of the country, but it looks like you’ve been keeping those precious Tots busy and learning in fun and entertaining ways! Take time to check out all the different blogs linked up to Tot School and see if any of them appeal to you and your Tot!

Do you love those colorful water beads but are afraid your Tot may eat them? Check out how Grandmama Deb from Living Montessori Now solved that problem for her GrandTot!

Living Montessori Now

Are you planning a trip to Disney in the near future? Or maybe your Tot really enjoys Mickey Mouse? Check out SmartE partE and see the different Tot trays Mama M created for Tot E!SmartE partE

Do your Tots enjoy painting? Head on over to Mama to 5 Blessings and see the medium she chose to use with her Tots!Mama to 5 Blessings

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.

Planning any RAINBOW fun for your tot?  Here’s some idea for you!

Rainbow Theme Tot School   Rainbow Tot Pack

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!

Bible Verse Printables Letter L

Bible Verse Printables L is for Light John 812

Our Raising Lil’ Rock Stars Bible Verse Printables for the Letter L are available to download for free! L  is for Light! This set is based on John 8:12, “I am the light of the world whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” 

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

Working on the coloring page, she always likes to copy the poster!

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Color ~ Trace ~ Write the letter Ll…

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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 L in this video!  In case you don’t catch it, the tune is If You’re Happy and You Know It.


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 L printables here!

Raising Lil' Rock Stars Letter L for Light

 Scroll down until you see the graphic for letter L 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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Bible Verse Printables Letter K is for Kind Ephesians 432

Linking up with Preschool & K Community

op Word Family Roll and Graph Printable

Word family work is a daily activity here in our homeschool Kindergarten and we have a new _op word family printable for you! 

op word family roll and graph free printable

Roll and Graph is a favorite around here.  We have a post sharing ideas for using Roll and Graph printables.  My daughter’s favorite way to record is using small stickers.

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She rolls the cube and marks the word she gets.  Then I have a turn and I mark.  We usually share the same graph. 

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She likes to play until the entire graph is full, giving each word 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place!

There are two “wild rolls” on the cube.  The ones with the pictures.  When you roll one of those you can choose whatever word you want to mark!

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Grab your free copy of the_op Roll and Graph here!

While there you’ll get a peek at the full _op word family printable set.  Many FREE individual files will be coming soon, the full set is available in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop if you want it now! 


Looking for Word Family fun?  Check out our new Word Family Pinterest board!

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A Color of His Own Kindergarten Literature Unit In Action

We completed another Kindergarten Literature Unit, A Color of His Own, recently. It was SO nice to be back to learning this way, we both love it.  We haven’t done a literature unit since before my husband’s accident over three months ago!

A Color of His Own Unit Study in Action

I love setting up a central area for our theme focus and my daughter loves it too.  I gather our toys and books together and display them the night before we begin our unit. It helps to draw her in and get her excited about our learning time together. I usually borrow books from the library but didn’t have time to get there so we used the only two chameleon books we had.

We also didn’t have any actual chameleon toys, so since they are a part of the lizard family we invited all of her lizards to join us! She is a BIG lizard fan so this was very exciting for her!

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Instead of sorting in folders for each day, I put together a binder. 

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I put the activities in the order I wanted to do them and we just did what we wanted to do each day.  I didn’t stress out over how many activities we got done, we just did whatever worked. you’ll see below we finished the unit after a total of 7 different days working together.

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This was a REALLY fun unit, we both loved it!

Day One

We began by reading the book, which is a favorite so she enjoyed reading.  We then went on to our first activity, sorting plants and animals from the story.

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Next we did the “What Begins with C?” activity.  She loves to cut and decorate so this took awhile!

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That was it for day one, she took so long on those two activities, we ran out of time.  I sued to get stressed and would rush my kids.  Now I just try to relax and let them take their time.  We just add days to the unit if needed!

Day Two

Again, we read the book. This time we discussed the friend the chameleon made near the end.  We then did the character connection talking about being a good friend.

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She then put the story in order in our pocket chart!

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Next we read the mini book and used a toy lemon and “chameleon” to practice our position words!

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Day Three

To begin day 3, we watched some videos online about chameleons.  All that we watched are pinned on my Pinterest board for this unit here. She LOVED this!

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She then worked on the 1-30 math activity.

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Next, we sorted chameleons, which turned into a very long activity!

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We sorted them many different ways and also each lined them up in order from our favorite to least favorite!

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Then she asked if she could cut them out and make a scene for them.  Of course!

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That’s me {the stick person} with my big finger holding a chameleon! Winking smile

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Day Four

This day we only did one activity, the labeling project.  She really enjoyed this one too.

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Day Five

Coloring the chameleon was quite the activity!  She asked to laminate her new friend so she could keep him.’

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She also did the painting for the chameleon craft!

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Day 6

The chameleon dried overnight and the next day she put her together!

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She also worked on the color/shape activity!

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Day 7

On our final day we finished everything else up!  First, we did the number line activity!

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She wanted to make it trickier and cover two numbers.  We closed our eyes and took turns covering as the other one guessed the missing numbers.

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We then used the Bible verse printable and discussed how wonderful the chameleon is!

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Comprehension questions were fun!  We folded them up in a little bucket and she chose one at a time to answer!

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Finally, she wrote a sentence about the chameleon.  She wrote, “This is my pet chameleon.”

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She really learned a lot and the other book we used, Chameleons are Cool actually taught us the most. I caught her several times enjoying the books during the unit. 

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All of our work from this unit!

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See our FREE printables for this unit here,

our Pinterest board here,

and our book and toy suggestions here!

A Color of His Own Kindergarten Literature Unit Printables  Toys and Books to go along with A Color of His Own Kindergarten Unit

Chameleon Pinterest Board

If you blog about this unit will you let me know? 

Leave a link in a comment, email me, or share on my Facebook page?

See More Kindergarten Literature Units here!



See other Kindergarten Literature Units in action…

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You Can Read Sight Words Unit 11

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 and unit 10.

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

Here’s a post sharing You Can Read Unit 11 with Krash when he did it!  See all of Krash’s Kindergarten posts here.

You Can Read Sight Words Unit 11

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…

She loves BINGO!  This time we added the cube in from the roll  and graph activity.  We rolled and then marked our BINGO boards!

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Funny fonts with dot paint.

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Color by number sight word

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Putting her words together, using tape because she loves tape!

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Sentence search…

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Word puzzles…

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Choosing which decorated letter she likes best from her Color by number sight word

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Word search…

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Her completed work…

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  Download the FREE printables for You Can Read Unit 11 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, and unit 10!

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See other reading posts below!

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See our Teach Me to Read Pinterest board here!

Follow {1plus1plus1} Carisa’s board Teach Me to Read on Pinterest.