Q Tip Painting Numbers

Q Tip Painting Numbers

So many of my printables are literacy related, and I often forget about the numbers! My girl LOVES the Q-tip alphabet set, so I made a couple of number sets for fun too.  I couldn’t decide which version I liked so I made 3!

I made a set with dots to paint, and the numbers, this set goes from 0-30, here’s a sample…

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I made a 1-10 set with counting hands…

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Finally, a 1-10 set with images and number words.

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Since I am on a bit of a number kick, I made a webpage similar to my All ABC webpage, but for numbers!

Number Printables

 

You’ll find all of my number related printables available already plus a couple of new printable sets!

Q Tip Painting Number Printables Addition Facts File Folder Money Lapbook Calendar Notebook Printables

Number Mats Pom Pom Numbers Tot Time Notebook Numbers Which Number

All ABCs ~ Alphabet Printables

Colored pattern with letters of alphabet

 

I have been working behind the scenes on a new webpage to host all of my ABC printables and ideas in one area. I am finally ready to share the new page ALL ABCs with you!  Here you will find links to every alphabet printable I have shared, as well as links to posts sharing ideas for ABCs.

There are a few NEW Alphabet Printables

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Links to Alphabet Printables that I have shared over the years…

Letter Mazes ABC Easy Reader2 Animal ABC Flashcards 

Tot Time Notebook ABCs Clothespin Clip ABCs Color By Number ABCs 

Just Color ABCs Tot School Printables ABC Flashcards ABC Find it

 

You’ll find links to my other ABC posts, programs, and ideas as well.

Alphabet Idea Collection Hands on the Alphabet

Animal ABCs Printables Tot School Printables A to Z

I hope the new All ABCs webpage helps you find anything ABC related on my site!

Ideas for Using ~ ABC Find It Printables

Ideas for Using ABC Find It!

I have a new series of printables called ABC Find It! that I am working on right now and using with Ladybug!  We used Letter Aa last week and I took pictures of the games we played to give you some ideas of what to do with these!

ABC Find It Letter A

I printed one copy of each on regular paper and laminated the two image sheets.  I did not laminate the clues, although I probably should have!  I kept the poster whole and cut up the other two sheets.


Cut up images and hide in a sensory bin {rice, beans, etc.}. 

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Have your child dig out each item and find it on the poster! I added a small plastic cup for her to put the images in as she found them. {yes we got rice on the floor}

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Use the poster to play a simple game of listen and find it.  Call out an item and challenge your child to point to it on the poster!

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Cut apart the image cards and hide them around the room. Ladybug LOVES this active game! Even Krash gets into it! 

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After you think s/he has found them all, match them up to the poster {or a second set of the image cards} to make sure!

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Cut up the clue sheet {words} and put in a bowl/bucket.  Have your child draw a clue out of the bucket and you read it.

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We scattered our image cards on the floor, or you could use the poster to point, or an un-cut image sheet.  As I read the clue she had to find what I was talking about!  This gets somewhat challenging for younger kids, as some of the clues are more difficult. She loved this game!

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There are many more things you can do with the ABC Find It printables, I hope many of you have lots of fun with them!  You will be seeing them in my upcoming Preschool posts featuring Ladybug!

I will add new letters sets here {for free} as I get them done and then put a bundle download in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop when they are all complete!  Right now letter Aa and Bb are available for download!


See more “Ideas for Using” posts ~

Ideas for Using Dot Fun Printables Ideas for Using Roll and Graph Ideas for Using ABC Letter Crafts

How to Plan Using Themes for Tots and Preschoolers

How to Plan Using Themes

I don’t always have a theme going on, but I often base Tot School, Preschool, and Kindergarten activities around a theme. I am going to share a bit about how I organize my thoughts, our stuff, and our week within a theme. This post is more for those moms who are feeling a bit lost and just need some simple direction. If you already use themes in your homeschool, I doubt you will learn anything new ~ I could probably learn from you!

Before I begin, please know that it is totally OK if you don’t do theme based learning with young kids.  I did very little of this with PacMan, and he has turned out just fine!  I think we homeschool moms can tend to go overboard sometimes, and feel the need to do it all.  I struggle with this too and need to remind myself that my simple presence as their mom and teacher is more important than any theme we ever do!  That being said, I do enjoy our themes and so do my kids.  We all think it is fun, so it works for us right now during this season of life!


~ How I Choose Themes ~

Themes in our homeschool are usually chosen one of two ways.  First, I will develop a school theme around a particular interest my child has.  A few examples of this in action are below…

The second way I choose themes is based around seasons or holidays.


~ How I Plan for the Theme ~

Once I have decided on the theme, I gather all of my own items, which includes:

  • Sensory Bin items {we don’t always have a sensory bin, but often I do include one for theme weeks}
  • Special toys {animals, games, etc.} that go along with the theme
  • Printables
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After I gather what I already have I begin searching online for what is new, mainly in the area of printables.  I create a Pinterest board for the theme and record all of my findings, whether I use them or not.  Using the Angry Birds theme as an example, here is my idea collection board. I try to keep my Pinterest Boards alphabetized in the theme section, so you can easily find my ideas.  This way when I go back to blog about anything, I can easily find links to share when we used things others have created.

I do not print an entire printable pack.  I usually will only print a few pages specific to the interests/abilities of my child. 

I utilize notebooks to save on printing and laminating.  I will put together a notebook with printables.  Printables that can be used with dry erase markers are slipped into heavy weight sheet protectors.  Consumable printables are 3 hole punched and placed in the notebook also, so I don’t forget what I have. Below is a photo of her Fall Theme notebook…

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I get my new themes set up for the kids on Sunday evening, so that is my final night of prep and set up.  By that point it is fairly easy to pull out and set up everything I have gathered.  Here are a few photos of theme set ups, the beauty only lasts for a few seconds on Monday morning, the rest of the week it is always a bit chaotic.  I enjoy the organized set-up and display! I do NOT always do an elaborate set-up for a theme, it is certainly not necessary at all.  Ladybug really enjoys the display so I will do it for her if I have the energy!

All photos are linked to the blog post they came from. Our shelf is from Ikea {Trofast}.

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~ How I Organize the Stuff ~

Along with themes comes a lot of stuff; books, sensory bin items, special toys/games, and of course printables! When certain themes are not in use, the stuff is sorted so I can find it easily. 

Printables are stored using this methodStoring Theme Printables

 

Books are sorted using this methodBook Storage

 

Extra stuff, including small toys, animals, and more are stored in labeled bins.  Although, some things that are played with on a regular basis, are sorted within their regular toys so I have to remember to dig things out. Here are a couple of my bins, which are stored in our storage room.  You can see our homeschool storage room here, and here.

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I store seasonal themes in bigger bins, with the book boxes alongside.  Here is a shot of my storage shelves for the season themes…

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~ A Few FAQ ~

Do you use everything you print, or set up out for a theme?

NO!  I almost always have more than we use.  If my young child isn’t interested, we skip certain things.  I do my best to print and create activities my child will enjoy, but sometimes I am wrong.  I believe in child-led exploration and learning during the younger years, so even though I may fill her trays and notebook with many activities, it is OK if she only chooses to do a few. 

What about “normal” school during a theme?

Usually I just throw in a theme along with whatever curriculum/program we are using.  There are times I will take a break from regular curriculum and just do a theme.  I don’t have any set rule for this, I just go with the flow.

What about multiple ages?  What do your other kids do when a theme is planned specifically for 1 child?

I do my best to include the other kids in a theme as much as possible.  PacMan joins in with special games, and also loves sensory bin play! If a theme is for Krash {such as Angry Birds} I find ways to included the other 2 in the play/learning time too. Same is true when ladybug has a special theme, such as Doc McStuffins.  We all played doctor the animals together!  I usually focus my theme efforts around one child {age}, and then will add in a couple of extras for the others.


Be sure to visit iHomeschool Network to see more Homeschool Planning posts!

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Ideas for Using ~ Roll & Graph

I get questions frequently about certain printables I offer, from moms wanting to know what they are intended to be used for.  In honor of these questions, I am doing a series of blog posts, based on the printables I get the most questions about! If there is a printable included in a Preschool Pack, Tot Pack, or others, that you have wondered about, let me know in the comments and I will add it to my list of future posts!

Today I am going to share ideas for using Roll and Graph Printables

Ideas for Using Roll and Graph

I am certainly not the only one to offer these, they have been around for years.  I offer roll and graph printables in a few locations on my site, mostly within theme preschool packs.

 

I use the 1-5 graph when tots are just learning, this is what ladybug is using now.  I move up to the 1-10 graph after confidence with a 1-5 graph.  Ladybug began enjoying this activity around age 3 and now at age 3 1/2 it is one of her favorites.  Krash, who is 6 1/2 still loves these and participates often.

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The cube printable just needs to be cut out, folded and taped together.  I print mine on fast draft using cardstock, the cube is usually worthless after the unit is over and difficult to store, so I don’t put a lot of effort into making the cube perfect.  We throw it out when the unit is over for the week{s}.

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Almost all of my theme packs have a roll and graph activity, just browse around here!

Printables Packs from 1plus1plus1equals1

You can also find TONS of dot fun activities on Homeschool Creations, 2 Teaching Mommies, and more.

Here are a few of my ideas of how to use these printable in a variety of ways! If you have more ideas, leave them in the comments!


Dot Paint is just perfect for these and tots love it {usually}!  In the beginning, I have her roll the cube and find the matching graphic on the sheet.  I then point to where she is to mark and emphasize the number of dots she has.

It doesn’t take long for a child to learn where to mark on the graph, and this is a fabulous skill to have at a young age, making the basic graphing skills learned in Kindergarten and 1st grade so simple!

Roll and Graph Printables

Ladybug loves to pull out many colors of dot paint and make her graph a piece of artwork, sometimes I don’t allow this, sometimes I do!Roll and Graph Printables

Krash likes to select a “winner” before he starts and cheer for that graphic as he marks his page.  Ladybug just likes to fill up her entire page, and will keep rolling until she does!


A little take turns game is another awesome way to use these printable, teaching valuable game-playing skills with a simple activity.  I give each child a sheet and a dot marker, with one cube to roll.  They take turns rolling the cube and marking their own sheets.

Lots of comparing and contrasting is done during this activity, which is another great skill taught using these fun printables!Roll and Graph Printables


If you want to use the same sheet twice, I recommend grabbing a cookie sheet and some mini magnets and marking the answers that way. We have pom pom magnets and gem magnets.  I made both with a glue gun, mini magnets, and that’s it! It adds a different element to the same activity, and allows the sheet to be reused.

Roll and Graph Printables


We mainly use those items with our roll and graph printables, but you can get as creative as you want with marking the squares, many of the ideas shared in Ideas for Using Dot Fun Printables would also apply.Ideas for Using Dot Fun Printables

  • markers ~ color the squares
  • small stickers
  • balls of play dough

What would you like to see a “Ideas for Using” post about?