Tot School ~ Letter E

~Ladybug is currently 34 months old~


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Here is her desk set up for letter E…

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The items in the pocket chart are all available here on the Animal ABCs webpage.  I added elephants on her desk, including both of our Webkinz Elephants! {files are released for free when they are posted on the Totally Tots blog for the ABC feature, letter E is not free yet, but it will be once it is posted on Totally Tots!}.

We also had several elephant books off to the side in her pink basket. Our Betty Lukens Safari Felt Set was displayed for her also.

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Here are some Letter E and Elephant ideas for you…

 

She did a lot of notebook work again, IMG_1424

…thankfully I caught the notebook one day after she was finished with a round of writing!

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Here she is working on Letter E Dot Fun, she chose to use stickers.  I offered her the option of using pom pom magnets, dot paint, or stickers and she chose stickers, again!  This set is included in the Animal ABC Bundle, or you can purchase the set as a stand alone set for $1.25 on Teacher’s Notebook.IMG_1471

She worked with me to make the letter craft, which is basically an open ended project that you can do whatever you want with!  We used gray “snow paint” at her request!  She painted her letter E, then we stuck her elephants right in the paint, since it has glue in the mixture, this worked perfectly!  No photos of this part, my hands were a mess along with hers!

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After painting our letter, we sent the elephants to the “spa.”  She had SO much fun with this, rubbing them in shaving cream!!IMG_1413

Hopefully I have a plastic animal for all of our units so we can do this, she loves it!IMG_1417

Here is the completed letter E…IMG_1457

I showed her my Elephant Theme Pinterest board and let her choose an activity she wanted to do, she chose the elephant cut and glue from Making Learning Fun!  I did the cutting, helped her with the gluing a bit, and she did the coloring on her own!IMG_1455

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Special Note: Please read my post about Following the Child’s Lead if you have a tot and need info about this.  All tots are different and what Ladybug is doing may not be appropriate for your child, even if s/he is the same age!


We are taking our All About Reading Pre Level 1 lessons slowly.  I am not expecting mastery from Ladybug, just using this program as a way to expose her to the Big Five Skills. 

This week we did lesson 5, continuing our work with rhyming words.  First we did a lot of oral work, matching all of the pictures together.  Then we chose a few and played a memory game.

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We read the letter E story and she asked to look through the book herself.  She LOVED the cat story and giggled as she “read” it!IMG_1505 

She added dot paint “peanuts” for the elephant to eat on her letter E page… IMG_1499


Techy TotShe loves Starfall and can manage the site almost entirely on her own now!  She loves the little story activities!IMG_1488

She also loves just sitting and watching Krash do whatever he is working on!IMG_1493


Learning-Toys_thumb2_thumb_thumb_thuShe laced the beads for awhile but definitely preferred stacking them!

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Krash is having “Webkinz” week for his school so all of our pets are in the schoolroom and she is LOVING this!  I can’t count how many times she has lined them up in some way!IMG_1389

Playing pop beads with Pac Man…IMG_1427


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Tot School ~ Letter D

~Ladybug is currently 33.5 months old~


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Here is her desk set up for letter D…

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The items in the pocket chart are all available here on the Animal ABCs webpage.  I added dolphins on her desk, and also a little basket with shells and mini wooden dolphins we had. {files are released for free when they are posted on the Totally Tots blog for the ABC feature, letter D is not free yet, but it will be once it is posted on Totally Tots!}.

We also had several dolphin books off to the side in her pink basket. Our Betty Lukens Ocean Felt Set was displayed for her also.IMG_0506

Here are some Letter D and Dolphin ideas for you…

 

On our other shelf I put our water beads tub and showed her that she could add the shells and dolphins into it.  She LOVED it.  Hours of play have taken place with this bin!IMG_0509IMG_0514 IMG_0516

 

She finally wanted to color her flashcards, she asked for them specifically and wanted me to color one and she wanted to color this one…    IMG_0523

She worked in her notebook a lot, but not as much as Letter A and Letter B week!IMG_0530

She really enjoys the coloring each week, here she was coloring her dolphins and had set up her dolphin puppet to watch her!IMG_0533

 

I created a new activity for her, which I have added to the Animal ABC purchase page for now {if you have already purchased, just log back in and download the Dot Fun set, if you purchase now, it is included with the rest of the set!}.  I might offer these one by one for free in the future but I am short on time for now, so the set is only available in the bundle option.  Here she is working on Letter D Dot Fun, she chose to use stickers.  I offered her the option of using pom pom magnets, dot paint, or stickers and she chose stickers!IMG_0651

 

She worked with me to make the letter craft, which is basically an open ended project that you can do whatever you want with!  I offered her blue “snow paint” which obviously we called “ocean paint” for this activity!  She painted her letter D, IMG_0654

Then we stuck her dolphins right in the paint, since it has glue in the mixture, this worked perfectly!IMG_0659

After crafting, she played!  We added her mini dolphin toys to the fun and she was in HEAVEN!IMG_0676

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Special Note: Please read my post about Following the Child’s Lead if you have a tot and need info about this.  All tots are different and what Ladybug is doing may not be appropriate for your child, even is s/he is the same age!


We are taking our All About Reading Pre Level 1 lessons slowly.  I am not expecting mastery from Ladybug, just using this program as a way to expose her to the Big Five Skills.  She is a bit too young for the program and Krash is a bit too old, so that’s why we are using it together.

This week we did lesson 4, again, working on rhyming words.

She chose to color her letter D page by herself this week, wanting the entire thing dark blue…IMG_0524


Learning-Toys_thumb2_thumb_thumb_thuSorting counting bears by color, in our colored bowls {a Discovery Toys toy-feeling hats, I think}…IMG_0527

Playing Fish ABCs with me, finding the letters on the board and matching the fish…IMG_0537

4 piece puzzles in a tiny ocean book we have…IMG_0542

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One day I was feeling brave so we made snowmen together.  We used “snow paint.”  I had each child choose a color too, Ladybug chose purple.  I cut out her snowman circles for her and then she went at it!IMG_0565

 

After the painting was done, we played with the shaving cream alone!  I cannot believe I waited so long to let her do this, she LOVED, LOVED, LOVED it!IMG_0593

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The next day we designed our snowmen, here is Ladybug’s sad man…IMG_0694


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Curls and giggles!

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Silly, silly girl…

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Tot School ~ C is for Caterpillar

~Ladybug is currently 33 months old~


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Here is her desk set up for letter C. IMG_0093

The items in the pocket chart are all available here on the Animal ABCs webpage {files are released for free when they are posted on the Totally Tots blog for the ABC feature}.  I added caterpillars on her desk.

We also had several caterpillar books off to the side in her pink basket. I also set up a few caterpillar themed trays for her, as well as some non-themed activities.IMG_0095

On her trays:

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Charlie the Caterpillar was a BIG hit, we read this too many times to count!IMG_0122

She loved the page that showed the sad caterpillar, on the right, she was showing her to me and telling me all about her sadness…

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She loved the magnetic pattern blocks and the cookie sheet.IMG_0097

I added in some templates for her to work with too, she liked them a lot!

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Coloring her caterpillars…    IMG_0120

She spent way less time with her notebook for this unit, which is totally fine!  Mostly she colored this page over and over again, I don’t even remember her tracing shapes or numbers at all!IMG_0407

We took her letters A, B, & C, along with the flashcards and hid them all in the ball pit!  She and Krash had a fun letter hunt together!IMG_0277

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She worked with me to make the letter craft, which is basically an open ended project that you can do whatever you want with!  She chose to paint the letter C red, and then glue down the caterpillars.  She wasn’t interested in cutting at all this week, so I trimmed the caterpillars while she painted. IMG_0196

She glued down the caterpillars the next day with me…IMG_0274

Special Note: Please read my post about Following the Child’s Lead if you have a tot and need info about this.  All tots are different and what Ladybug is doing may not be appropriate for your child, even is s/he is the same age!


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We worked on a few parts of the The Very Hungry Caterpillar Printable Pack, which she LOVED!  Here she was matching food in our mini pocket chart.IMG_0185

We read the book, a LOT!  Here she was “reading” it to me before we made a caterpillar craft.IMG_0292

Painting her caterpillar…IMG_0294

We also made another caterpillar craft, here she was admiring them both!IMG_0428

One time we read the book and used our flashcards to match…IMG_0341

She enjoyed this a lot!IMG_0347

We “played” the game together too, but with no rules, just had fun moving the caterpillar around and matching up food!

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Note: we got both games at a consignment sale, CHEAP, they are not fun games when actually following the games, as reviewers on Amazon stated.  I don’t recommend paying full price for them, but they are neat to add in if you find the used!


We are taking our All About Reading Pre Level 1 lessons slowly.  I am not expecting mastery from Ladybug, just using this program as a way to expose her to the Big Five Skills.  She is a bit too young for the program and Krash is a bit too old, so that’s why we are using it together.

This week we did lesson 3, which focused on letter C and also rhyming words. With Ladybug I do tons of modeling, you can see us using the rhyming cards below.  She really enjoyed Ziggy being silly this week as he helped with the rhyming words in the wagon!  Krash really enjoyed this too!IMG_0207

She wanted me to color the C and the cat this week, but she asked to color the bowl of cream…IMG_0411


Learning-Toys_thumb2_thumb_thumb_thuKrash’s theme was Angry Birds and Ladybug participated with him in a lot of his activities!!  They played the game a lot together.IMG_0190

She painted Angry Birds, every single one of them!!IMG_0202

Krash had a notebook filed with his work for the week, she enjoyed looking through it and asking for certain things!IMG_0285

One day she put the Angry Birds on a “bus” matching them all up.  She came to get me and said, “wook they match!”IMG_0370

 

Our winter sensory bin was still out, as well as a salad bowl filled with jewels.  We played a lot with these.

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We had fun working on ABAB patterns together.IMG_0364

 

One afternoon we finally tried out water beads!  I had seen them on other blogs and finally ordered a set from Amazon, since we don’t have a Walmart near us.  The kids were in awe, the entire time.  This is when we first put them in the water…IMG_0438

After about 10-15 minutes they grew to this…IMG_0453

Ladybug REALLY enjoyed this and sat in her highchair exploring for about an hour!IMG_0460

She has also played with them several times since, now that they are their full size {about the size of marbles}.  We will definitely be getting more of these, the kids LOVED them!

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She still loves puzzles too! {Target dollar spot puzzle}IMG_0235


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I love this shot of her playing on our iPod, sitting in our bean bag chair.   See more iPad apps we love here, iPad apps part 2 is here!! IMG_0350


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Being silly with Daddy in the ball pit!

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Understanding RRSP, YCR, and MO

This post was originally written in September 2011, and was updated in June 2014.

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I know, I know…I have weird names and sometimes things on my site are hard to understand. It seems that the paid items I offer tend to be the most confusing and I can understand why. I hope this post explains a bit more about what they are and include.

#1 Members Only PowerPoint Section {often referred to as MO}

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The MO section should have a better name, I know. When I launched it, I was new and just came up with a generic name. In hindsight, I should have been more specific and named it something like POWERPOINT SHOWS. I think it would cause even more confusion if I changed the name now, so I will just keep explaining it to new people!

The Members Only PowerPoint section is $15 to join and is a LIFETIME membership. There is no recurring fee. It is a one time payment and then you have access to a link/password and can download any shows I create. I have a details page showing you exactly what is there currently.

In addition to the PP shows, there is a section where the RRSP {Raising Rock Stars Preschool} lessons are linked up, and there is an entire series of PowerPoint shows just for RRSP. This is where the confusion comes in. Many people think the MO section is the RRSP section. It just hosts the PowerPoint shows for RRSP.

So in a nutshell think POWERPOINT SHOWS when you think Members Only!

 


#2 You Can Read Bundle {abbreviated YCR, sometimes just called “ad-free”}

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The bundle includes 18 base sight word units + color words and number words. There are also several bonus items which are only available on the ad-free bonus page. I have many units available for free, you can see those here.

The You Can Read Ad-Free/Bonus Section is $10, and is also a one time fee. You get a link/password and can save it and come back to download at any time. You will also have unlimited access to any bonus YCR items I add in the future!

 


#3 RRSP Bundle {Raising Rock Stars Preschool}

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This is my most recent addition and is basically a glorified and simple version of the printable RRSP units. I worked hard to bundle them up in a neat and organized folders and also added several bonus printables to the new download bundle! You can see details about the bonus materials that were added here.

The RRSP Download Bundle is $10 and with the one time fee you get a link/password where you can download your 2 folders {1 for base units and 1 for extras}. I will also add any other bonus printables to this webpage so you can come back in the future.

There is a RRSP Bundle DISCOUNT available in the Members Only section. So, if you join the MO section, you can then purchase the RRSP Bundle for just $8.

All base RRSP units are available for FREE here, just scroll down until you see the blue section with the letters in it!

 


#4 RRSK Bundle 

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This is the  Kindergarten version of RRSP. Learn more here.

Units A-P are available for free so you can decide if this is a wise investment for your family!

 


#5 Animal ABC 

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I offer  Animal ABC  in a bundled format for $10.  You get access to all files, plus future access to any extras I add.  All links to files are added to the private download page and you can come back at any time to download anything new I add.

 Free files available are located on the main Animal ABC page, just scroll down to see them!


#6 Raising Lil’ Rock Stars Through the Bible A-Z

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Learn more about Raising Lil’ Rock Stars here!

 


Why sell anything?

Why not give it all for free as a majority of my printables are {Preschool Packs, Tot Packs, Clip & Learn, Montessori Printables, Preschool Printables, Kindergarten Printables, Tot School Printables, & more}?

I believe 100% in giving as much as I can away for free in order to serve others. When my blog began to grow years ago, and take time away from my family, my husband and I prayed about what to do. At the time I was studying the Proverbs 31 woman using this awesome study guide book. We prayed for a long time and then ventured into learning about selling a few things online to supplement our missionary income. We felt this was where God was leading us and we have been truly blessed! My blog is both a service to others and a service to my family by alleviating some of the financial strain that we have been through in the past. My blog is something my entire family gets excited about and is on board with. Especially my husband and my oldest son!

If you are in a financial situation that makes you completely unable to consider paying for any of my paid items, but you feel they would benefit your family…please email me. I don’t want anyone to be without something that could help their family.


I hope that helps you understand what I sell, why I sell it, and what you will get when you make a purchase!

PS-If you have ANY problems downloading or printing any of my PDF files, please see my FAQ section and be sure to go to the Facebook link in the last bullet point for troubleshooting tips. I get emails about this almost daily! I don’t mind helping you, but it usually takes me awhile to get back to you and I don’t want anyone to be frustrated!