Calendar Connections ~ Pond and River Life

It has been a long time since we have had a new set of Calendar Connections cards! My wonderful friend Shannon took a break but she is back with a new set and plans for more in the near future! She writes the Calendar Connections cards for us, I design and host them. We have a new Pond and River Theme Calendar Set for you!

Pond Theme Calendar Connections



The facts are written at a 3-6th grade level but you will be able to water them down for younger kids. It’s a great way to involve your entire family in exploring a particular theme.

NOTE: these do NOT print front to back, only the premium design does. These are the original cards, which we still offer for free. You can see an example of the bundled set here! We do not have a pond premium set yet.


The cards fit my particular pocket chart calendar. I put the image cards in the pockets backwards and flip each day We either keep the information cards in a folder or behind the image card and pull it out on the correct day to read it.

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You could use a poster foam board and velcro to easily create your own set up. You could also use a standard pocket chart.


I am now creating smaller sets to go along with the small pocket charts found in the Target $1 section. Be sure to visit this post for a tutorial of how to sew your $1 pocket chart into a calendar!

Calendar Connections Small Pond and River Life

There is also a new sheet included to be used in a Calendar Notebook if you are using those too!

I printed my numbers on cardstock and laminated them before cutting them apart.

You can download these for FREE here!


You can use most of our Calendar Connections cards for any month! We now have 14 sets to choose from, and we will still be adding more too!

Calendar Connections Set 1

We are taking suggestions for upcoming themes.  Leave suggestions in the comments!

Thanksgiving Calendar Connections 2013

A couple of years ago we released the Thanksgiving Calendar Connections cards. Each year the date of Thanksgiving changes, so there needed to be an update last year. If you downloaded the set last year, you won’t need this one, last year’s update had cards for 2012-2015, in the premium version {with the color border and prints front to back, that we usually sell}. I deleted the 2012 cards and this year have a new 2013-2015 download available, if this set is new to you!

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The premium version of the new Thanksgiving Calendar Connections cards updated for 2013-2015 can be downloaded on the main Calendar Connections webpage, for FREE! Just scroll down to the Thanksgiving section.

The facts are written at a 3-6th grade level but you will be able to water them down for younger kids. It’s a great way to involve your entire family in exploring a particular theme.

NOTE: these DO print front to back, as they are the premium design.

I updated the small set for 2013 too, find it on the same webpage.

There is no eBook version of this set, due to the fact that I misplaced the folder with the images we used and it would take forever to find them again!


The cards fit my particular pocket chart calendar.

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but you could use a poster foam board and velcro to easily create your own set up. You could also use a standard pocket chart.


You can use most of our Calendar Connections cards for any month! We now have 15 sets to choose from!

Calendar Connections Set 1


More Thanksgiving Fun…

Thanksgiving_Preschool_Pack

Thanksgiving Theme Pinterest Board

Just Color Thanksgiving

Calendar Connections ~ Thanksgiving Updated

Last year we released the Thanksgiving Calendar Connections cards. This year the date of Thanksgiving changes, so there needed to be an update.  Making one new card would be nice, but the date of Thanksgiving throws off the rest of the set, so I went ahead and made pages at the end for the next 3 years too.  While I was at it, I made the premium set {with the color border and prints front to back, that we usually sell}.  I did not make the eBook and will not have time to get that done in time, so there will be no bundle {sorry, time slipped away from me and it is too late now!}.

Thanksgiving Calendar Cards

The premium version of the new Thanksgiving Calendar Connections cards updated for 2012-2015 can be downloaded on the main Calendar Connections webpage, for FREE! Just scroll down to the Thanksgiving section.

The facts are written at a 3-6th grade level but you will be able to water them down for younger kids. It’s a great way to involve your entire family in exploring a particular theme.

NOTE: these DO print front to back, as they are the premium design.

I updated the small set for 2012 only, will change those each year, since they are easier to switch around!  The 2012 version is on the site also.


The cards fit my particular pocket chart calendar.image

but you could use a poster foam board and velcro to easily create your own set up. You could also use a standard pocket chart.


You can use most of our Calendar Connections cards for any month! We now have 13 sets to choose from, and we will still be adding more too!

Calendar Connections Set 1

Weekly Wrap-Up ~ It Begins

 

It is time to begin doing a weekly wrap-up, as the boys get older!  I will continue on with Tot School posts for Ladybug, and then preschool and Kindergarten with her, like I did with Krash.  But I am doing some fun things with the boys, and the kids as a group,  and I don’t want to leave those things out since they don’t technically fit into a category.  The Weekly Wrap-up is a perfect way to throw some random things together each week!  I don’t take photos of everything we do, but here is where I will share what I do capture, either with the boys, or with all of the kids together during our group activities.  It will look different each week, or every other week, depending on how much I keep my act together!


Homeschool Class

I got our new morning board updated to adapt to what we are focusing on this year.  Target had this lovely shiny foam board and Pac was shopping with me, so of course we got it. 

My main focus during this time is Ladybug and working on the basic calendar type skills {counting, days, months, weather, seasons, etc.}.  She is also beginning with the Songs for Saplings verses, you can see letter A in the photo {a few sung by us years ago are in a video on this page}.  The flashcard below the verse is from our Tot School Printables set. The yellow page is our  “______ of the day” chart which is mostly a review for her too {color, shape, letter, animal, character trait, state}.  You can see more about that in this post

We are learning hymns together {top right} our first is Holy, Holy, Holy.  You can see my hymn study pins on my Bible board.  I am making some hymn display printables, will share later! We are doing Seeds Family Worship verses too {those are mainly for the boys}.

Morning Board

Ladybug’s favorite part is when we sing the Name-O song {scroll down for video} and she runs the length of the room with her name!Name-O Song

Krash has a few focus areas during morning time, one is making the date with money.Make the Date with Money

The state of the day is just a quick way to continually review the names, capitals and locations of states.  Here Ladybug is coloring on our page {included in our calendar notebook set} She loves to join in with the “big kid” stuff.Color the States

 

World Geography is another group activity, which is based around our current continent box, which is Europe.  We don’t really have a plan for this, just explore the box together.  Here we were playing an impromptu “find the animal” game.  These cards are from our Montessori Print Shop Europe set.European Animals

 

We are using We Choose Virtues as a springboard for awesome discussion.  We are also using the Kids of Virtueville Coloring pages.  Here the kids were coloring a couple of the kids we have done.We Choose Virtues Coloring

We Choose Virtues Coloring


Krash 1st Grade

Krash completed his 2nd week of Calvert 1st grade {he completed the first week back in May}.  Here are his completed sight words for the week…Calvert Sight Words

His Draw, Write, Now drawing was a pig, we take about 3 days to complete it {1-pencil drawing and word tracing, 2-coloring, 3-background}.Draw Write Now Pig

The completed pig…Draw Write Now Pig

We had a science experiment flop, one called floating pasta.  It didn’t work, but we still had fun trying!1st Grade Science

1st Grade Science


PacMan 5th Grade

We love our Who Is God study time together.  Here he was typing out some Bible verses.Who is God

 

Thanks to Marci from The Homeschool Scientist, we are now actually doing our science experiments.  Confession ~ I ignored all science experiments until this year, mostly out of a silly fear.  After meeting Marci at the 2:1 Conference, I felt empowered by our little chat and vowed to make an effort this year!  Science is one of Pac’s favorite subjects, so he is thrilled that I met Marci!

Our first experiment {from his 5th Grade Calvert science} was using eggs, vinegar, water, and corn syrup.  The purpose was to relate the egg shell to cell membranes and how they take in and let out liquid.  First, the eggs spent 3 days in vinegar, came out looking like this…Egg Experiment

Then they went into water {left} and corn syrup {right} for one day.Egg Experiment

They came out looking like this!Egg Experiment

Of course, we touched, and poked and really had a great time with the gross-ness.

Egg Experiment Egg Experiment

The little ones get to watch too, Ladybug thought it was nasty, Krash was pretty interested in it all, but also disgusted.Egg Experiment

Egg Experiment Egg Experiment


That’s certainly not everything we did, but a glimpse of what my camera captured!  To see more weekly wrap-ups, visit…

Baby Animals Calendar Connections

I am on a bit of a Baby Animal kick if you haven’t noticed!  I recently released the Baby Animals Printable Pack, and also Mommy & Baby Animal Matching Cards!

I have another Baby Animal item for those of you who subscribe to my newsletter!

Calendar-Connections-Baby-Animals

This is a set of Baby Animals Calendar Connections, with our new design.  These are more for the early elementary level, featuring the animal group names as well as female and male names, with a photo of an adult animal on the back.  These are also set up to print front to back!  See the first pages of the actual printable set for more information!

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