Mrs. McTats and Her Houseful of Cats Unit Study with Ivy Kids Kits!

Mrs. McTats and Her Houseful of Cats Unit Study with Ivy Kids Kits

{disclaimer ~ Ivy Kids is a blog sponsor and sent us a kit for this review}

Our love for Ivy Kids Kits continues! These continue to be the best monthly subscription kits I have seen.

Not familiar with Ivy Kids Kits?

Ivy Kits are a monthly educational subscription for children ages 3-8 developed by early childhood teachers with children of their own. You can tell these kits were developed by people who truly know young kids.  The activities are awesome. Not only can you subscribe to a monthly kit, you can also buy past kits.

Each Ivy Kit contains instructions with ways to modify games to best suit each individual child and provide adults with questions to structure a child’s learning. There are enough games and materials in each kit to engage and cognitively stimulate a child throughout the month and can be replayed for years to come.

We were sent Mrs. McTats and Her Houseful of Cats for this review.  Here’s ALL that was included in this kit:

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  • The humorous and heartwarming book Mrs. McTats and Her Houseful of Cats by Alyssa Satin Capucilli. 
  • Read along Bookmark: Use to assist with reading comprehension.
  • Houseful of Cats: Paint the beautiful wooden house and use it along with the cat figures to retell the story
  • Story Re-telling: Use the board and cat figures to retell the story of Mrs. McTats and Her Houseful of Cats that have names from A to Z. 
  • Cat Puppet: Create your own cat puppet with a personalized name collar 
  • Cat Bingo: Learn about the different cat species while playing bingo. The person to get 3 cats in a row gets bingo.
  • Houseful of Pets – Roll and Stick: Roll the dice, find the number rolled, and cover the number with a colorful cat or dog sticker. Keep rolling the dice until you have found all the hidden numbers and your house is full of pets!
  • Find Your Way Home Board Game: Players take turns moving the cat pawns along the alphabetical path until each cat has reached the house at the end of the board
  • Kitty Bank: Use the paints to decorate your own cute and functional kitty bank.
  • Cat Fact Boards and Trivia: Learn fun and interesting facts about cats and solve the trivia questions
  • Cat Race – Roll and Stamp: Choose from 3 different racing sheets! Player counts the number rolled and then stamps the column displaying that numerical symbol. Continue rolling until the cats reach the top of at least one column. Whichever column has the most cats wins the race.
  • 100 Cats: What does 100 cats look like? Find out by stamping 100 cats onto the hundreds board.
  • Word Families: The first player to collect all the word cards that belong to his or her word family wins the game.  
  • Cat Alphabet: Color these uniquely formed letters. For silly fun, try to use your own body to make the different letter shapes.
    She was SO excited to open our box and see CATS! She loves cats!
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She immediately asked to go read the book and she loved it! Not so sure the dog loved a book all about cats!

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      Activities From Our Box…

      She chose to do the story-retelling activity first and loved all of the little kitties!

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      She always loves the games that are included, I think spending more time with me and playing together is a highlight!

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      She is a craft-loving girl and this one was a favorite!

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      She loved the Cat Facts game, the pictures were awesome!

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      She is a bit too old for rhyming so we just peeked at it quickly.

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      We played BINGO a few times, which she loved!

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      She loved playing “A Houseful of Cats,” and so did I! I loved that there were varying levels included, we played a few different ways.

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      Her very favorite was the kitty bank craft! She also loved the little cat house!

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      We continue to just LOVE Ivy Kids and are thankful to have these boxes! You can buy this kit here!

      We also loved our A House for Hermit Crab kit, Penguin & Pinecone kit, Gotta Go! Gotta Go! kit and Over in the Ocean!

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      20% off your first kit for NEW Subscribers to the monthly subscription kits!

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      A huge thanks to Ivy Kids for sending us these kits to review. If you are looking for a simple way to do unit studies with your young child, I highly recommend Ivy Kids Kits!

      When you subscribe to Ivy Kids, each month you will receive a very well organized kit containing a book and ten or more activities based upon the story. Everything you need to learn and play is included in your kit. I mean EVERYthing. These kits are incredible!



      Animal Alphabet Coloring Printables A-F

      Animal Alphabet Coloring Printables A through F

      We have a new set of Animal Alphabet Coloring Printables for you!  Letters A through F are free to download here and other free sets will be coming.  if you don’t want to wait, you can grab the full set here in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop.

      Each letter features an animal and a fun coloring picture to go along.  You will also find the name of the animal at the bottom of the coloring page too.  This helps with print awareness in young children.

      A for anteater coloring page B for bear and bee coloring pageC for cat coloring page D for duck coloring pageE for elephant coloring page F for fish coloring page

      These coloring pages are a great addition for children who are learning their letters and love to color! 

      Download A-F for free here!

      Grab the entire set here in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop!

      Teacher's Notebook Animal Alphabet Coloring Bundle

       

      Looking for more ABC ideas, check out our ABC Pinterest board here!

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

      10 Free Dot Fun Alphabet Printable Sets  Choose Your Own Alphabet Chart Printables  Perler Bead ABCs

      Q Tip Painting Alphabet Printables  Hands on the Alphabet

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      Inspire Me! Story Starter Photo Cards ~ Cat Theme

      Cats Story Starters Printable Photo Cards

      Inspire Me! Story Starter Photo Cards feature a simple photograph on the front, with word ideas on the back.  You can see more about why they were created and how we use them here in our original post!

      We have a brand new CAT set for you today, with 18 different photographs. My daughter helped me choose some of these and was giggling as we picked them.  A reader shared with me that she plans to use these with her ESL students, what a great idea!

      Here’s one of the stories my daughter wrote using one of our cat cards!

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      Below you can see the photographs included in this set, there are matching word idea cards for each photo also!

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      See a video walk through here showing you how we use and organize our cards, and the extra printables we use alongside of them.

       

      We have more themes coming and many will be released here on my blog for FREE.  I am also listing sets in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop.  Be sure to subscribe to our blog posts so you don’t miss any of our free printables!

      Have a theme idea for a set? Leave me a comment!

      Download your free Cats Story Starters here!

      Inspire Me Story Starters Cats


      The printables shown below were were created to go along with our story starters! 

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      Summer Fun Story Starters Printables  Bugs Story Starters Printable Photo Cards


      Looking for more CAT fun?

      Follow {1plus1plus1} Carisa’s board Cat Theme on Pinterest.



      The Dog Who Had Kittens ~ Kindergarten Literature Unit in Action

      We completed another Kindergarten Literature Unit, The Dog Who Had Kittens!

      The Dog Who Had Kittens Kindergarten Literature 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. It was VERY simple this time and she helped me create it.  She has tons of dog and cat stuffed animals so I had her choose which ones she thought looked most like Eloise, Baxter and the kittens from the book.

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      We also let many other doggies and kitties come along, as well as our collection of cat and dog books.  This is a shot of our “extras” basket.

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      Instead of sorting in folders for each day, I put together a binder.  I put the activities in the order I wanted her to do them, but we went out of order on some!

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      Day One

      We began by reading the book, which is a big time favorite!  We then went on to our first activity, sorting baby and adult animals.

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      We then made patterns using images of kittens, Eloise and Baxter…

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      Finally, we worked on “D is for…

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      Day Two

      We began with, the graphing dogs.  She loved this!!

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      We did the character connection about being grateful, but no photos! 

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      Then she did the story problems, but I also didn’t get a photo of her! She loved this, she is very into math right now.

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      Finally we used the “Describe a Basset Hound” page and had lots of laughs together.  During this we also searched online for other pictures of Basset Hounds and she decided she NEEEEDS a “Basket” Hound because they are soooooo cuuuute.

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      Day Three

      She painted a cat and dog in honor of Baxter and Eloise.

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      Day Four

      She cut out and put together the dog and cat she painted the day before..

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      We then sequenced the story together…

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      Finally, we found sight words in the book…

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      Day Five

      She loved the simple “What did Baxter do?” activity focusing on days of the week.

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      We then did the comprehension questions

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      Finally she traced as we discussed the Bible verse and how Eloise was thankful to Baxter in the end of the story.

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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!

      The Dog Who Had Kittens Kindergarten Literature Unit Printables   Toys and Books to go along with The Dog Who Had Kittens Kindergarten UnitThe Dog Who Had Kittens 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!

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      See other Kindergarten Literature Units in action…

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      My Cats Nick and Nora Kindergarten Literature Unit in Action

      We completed another Kindergarten Literature Unit, My Cats Nick and Nora, during the past two weeks.  We started homeschool On Aug 11, but had 2 short weeks due to scheduled events.  We did 4 days of lessons, spread out over those 2 weeks.

      My Cats Nick and Nora Kindergarten Literature Unit 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 borrow books from the library and also toys from friends to enrich our learning. I gather toys from around the house too {well, actually I send my older boys on a hunt to find things for me}.

      This particular unit was simple, CATS! I started with just two cats to represent Nick and Nora from the story.  I also put a portion of our 3-part cat breeds cards in our mini pocket chart.  The extra pieces are in the little kitty bucket {Target dollar spot}.  Our collection of cat books on the bottom, and that was it!

      The full set-up…

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      I divided up our activities into 4 hanging folders, they are behind our You Can Read unit in this basket. I follow a very loose lesson plan and shift things around as needed or desired. I do not stress out at all about what does or does not get done each day.  We just have fun together and learn as we go!

      I tried something new by taking small video clips for you throughout our unit.  Let me know if these are helpful to you.


      Day One

      She immediately wanted to add cats to the set up and gathered every kitty she owns.  They participated in matching up the 3 part cat breed cards in our small pocket chart!.  L loved learning the names of the the cats and finding the best match in her bunch of stuffed kitties.

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      Then we read the book together and identified which cats of hers best represented the cats in the book; Nick, Nora, and Fluffy.

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      Balloon color word matching

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      We had a nice talk for the character connection, discussing what made Fluffy a mean kitty and how he could have been nicer.

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      Lots of role playing with the kitties.

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      Then to the table to color the color-by-number rainbow cat

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      We finished by doing the “N is for Nick, Nora, and…” activity!

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      Day Two

      I had the rest of the cats from the 3 part cat breed cards ready for her and she loved that they were different from day one!

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      Here’s a video clip of her working on the 3 part cat cards.

       

      We made a pipe cleaner cat craft using directions we found here!

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      She worked on her favorite pet graph, here she was asking her biggest brother to choose his favorite.

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      She loved the sorting cats activity.  First she sorted by babies and adults.  Then she sorted by color.

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      Here’s a video clip of us working on sorting cats together.

       

      We read the book every day, and used stuffed animals to help us.

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      Here she was putting the parts of the story in order.

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      Day Three

      I pulled out the sight word cats that she knew and we went through the book together finding them.  This was a GREAT review and lots of fun!

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      Here’s a bit of video action

       

      She really liked the balloon color graphing activity.  She used stickers to record on her graph.

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      After completing the graph, she wrote in the numbers on the recording sheet.

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      Here’s a video clip of her working on the graph…

       

      We sorted rhyming words together, and she taped them on when we were done.

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      We talked about being a Godly friend as she traced the word friend on our Bible verse page.

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      Day Four

      She loved the coin sorting activity, it was a lot of hands on fun.

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      Here’s a video clip of her in action.

       

      We also did the comprehension questions for the book.  Here’s a tiny video clip of her answering one of the questions with me.

       

      I didn’t get photos for some reason, but she also completed her writing activity {you can see it hanging on the far left in the final photo below}.


      All of our work from this unit!  She had so much fun and we made great memories together!

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      See our printables for this unit here,

      our Pinterest board here,

      and our book and toy suggestions here!

      My Cats Nick and Nora Kindergarten Literature Unit Study Printables  Toys and Books to go along with My Cats Nick and Nora Kindergarten UnitMy Catsa Nick and Nora 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!

       

      Kindergarten Literature Unit Printables