Accordion Book Printables

Accordion Book Printables

When my kids were little they loved mini accoridion books.  Something about the design really drew their attention.  My daughter especially loved them, begging me to make them with her.  I never really put all of the accordion books I created all in one place until now!

On the new Accordion Book page you’ll find all of these and I hope to add more in the future!  Alphabet, Shapes & Numbers, Bugs, Farm and Ocean are there now!

Download all of these for free here!

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A House for Hermit Crab Unit Study with Ivy Kids Kit Review

A House for Hermit Crab Unit Study with Ivy Kids Kit

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

Oh my word, am I ever in love with Ivy Kids Kits.  I am honestly a bit skeptical of monthly subscription kits so when I say this one blew me away, know that I mean it!  This is by far the best monthly subscription kit I have seen.

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.

This is a photo of the top inside of the box, there is a fabulous reference guide on the box to show you all of the items and activities included at-a-glance. We were sent 3 kits for review and my daughter {age 6} chose to dig into “A House for Hermit Crab” first.  I will share a peek of the other kits we got at the end of the post since we haven’t used them yet.

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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 sorted out ALL that was included in our “A House for Hermit Crab” box on our dining room table and it barely fit.  Seriously, so many wonderful activities!

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You’ll see that each activity has a very well written instruction and idea sheet.  I organized all of these in sheet protectors in a binder.  They come in these great plastic baggies, but this method worked better for my brain.

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I kept all of the bigger items in the box, and when we chose an activity, I go to the box and grab what we need.

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Activities From Our Box…

I let her choose what we do mostly, we still haven’t completed the entire kit. she went straight for the “Create a Hermit Crab Habitat” activity.  All of the little animals were included, and the sand!  There was also a growing hermit crab {the kind that grows in water over a few days}.  She put the habitat together all by herself.

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She asked to add salt so it would be like an ocean!!  ha ha!

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Decorating the hermit crab’s shell was her next choice. The kit came with tons of stickers to choose from, the big hermit crab poster and the paper plate for the shell. She loved this!

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We played the hermit crab game together next…

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I chose for us to do some work with months of the year, featuring this awesome included chart and the cards.  It was a great story sequencing activity!

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Painting the sea creatures was a BIG hit of course!

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We still have lots more to do, I will share more in our Monthly Homeschool Wrap Up posts in the future! You can see ALL of the activities included in the box here!

Below you can see a peek inside of the kits that await us!  Blueberries for Sal and Make Way for Ducklings!!

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Current Promotions from Ivy Kids…

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

Use code: IVY20

Expires December 31, 2015

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!



Draw, Write, Now Book 6 Printables

 

Draw, Write, Now Book 6 Printables

I am continuing to plow through creating the Draw, Write, Now printables and recently got book 6 completed and will be completing the rest of the books, I promise!

Book 6 has the following themes; Animals & Habitats – On Land, Ponds & Rivers, Oceans. If you aren’t familiar with Draw, Write, Now, you can see the post I wrote last year when we gave a set away and learn more about them!

You may remember me sharing Book 1 last year, and the printables to go along.  These printables are exactly the same, two different options.  One for tracing, one for copying.  Both have the same drawing space.

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Visit the new webpage I created to host these printables to download this set and the book 1 set!Draw-Write-Now-Printables4222

Thanks to Barker Creek Publishing for their permission to share these with my readers!

They have also offered my readers a special discount code to use on their website, for ANYTHING you purchase! 

Now through December 31, 2013

use code: 1PLUS1

for 15% off of your total order from Barker Creek! 

I am so thankful for this offer and hope it blesses many of you who would like to order these books, or other wonderful items from their website.  If you’ve never been to www.BarkerCreek.com be sure to visit!



Tot School ~ Letter O

~Ladybug is currently 38 months old~Tot School


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I have been forgetting to take pictures of her desk set-up, but I remembered this week!  I added some letter fun also, featuring the letter O using our Letter Construction set, our alphabet peg set, our foam floor puzzle alphabet, and letter bean bags.  She loved this!

The printable items 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, letter O is not free yet, but it will be once it is posted on Totally Tots!}.

Letter O Week

Here are some Letter O and Octopus ideas for you…

 

She did tons of her octopus stuff, I only have 1 picture to show for it!  Here she is coloring…

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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!


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Octonauts Tot Pack

O week seemed perfect for an Octonauts theme!

I put magnets on the back of the heads and tails matching and had them with our cookie sheet, she loved this!Octonauts Matching

3 part cards in the mini pocket chart, she did this several times, minus the word matching-I helped or she ignored it for the most part!Octonauts Matching

Octonauts graphing with dot paint!Octonauts Graphing

I cut, she chose, glued and counted!

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Play Dough in the dry erase center!Octonauts Play Dough

ABC tracing…Octonauts Alphabet Tracing

I said, “Who is in the crescent?” she loved yelling out their names!Octonauts Tracing Shapes

She wanted to color the insides of the O’s on her maze!Octonauts Letter Maze


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I brought out our ocean sensory bin for the week, she loved it!  We haven’t had sensory bins as much, so they are special when they appear!Ocean Sensory Bin

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Play Dough with the boys…play dough busy box

Big brother letting her use his spin art…spin art


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We have a herd of caterpillars around here, collected by my sons from the backyard.  Pac is keeping his stash in our butterfly house, and they are doing well.  Ladybug has her own set in a glass jar and carries the poor things around with her everywhere!  Here, she was observing one of them as it played outside of it’s cage.

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Only one photo of my bug and her iPad this week, from Instagram, as she was doing her 3 letters before bed.  She will ask if she can do just 3 letters before we read books!Letter School App

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See all of our iPad app recommendations and other iPad info here!


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Featuring: her last night in her crib, new big girl bed, snuggles with Mommy, swimming with Daddy, fancy hair, and more!  We are 1plus1plus1, follow us or see all of our photos here!

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More Tot School Links…

Tot-Books Tot-School-Printables Tot-Trays Tot-School-Ideas Totally Tots

  • Tot School 2011/2012 Blog Roll 
  • Behind the Scenes ~ Where Do I Begin with Tot School?
  • Tot School Webpage {including links of all participants}
  • How do I Link up to Tot School? Please be sure to read this BEFORE you link up for the first time!!! If your blog is not linked back here to Tot School {within your post, not just on your sidebar}, and/or your post is not specifically a Tot School post, your link will be deleted to help Tot School surfing moms. If your link was deleted, please email if you don’t know why.
  • Please put your tot’s age (in months) after it, like this: 1+1+1=1 (41 mos)



  • Tot School ~ Letter J

    ~Ladybug is currently 36.5 months old~


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    The items 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, letter J is not free yet, but it will be once it is posted on Totally Tots!}.

    Here are some Letter J and Jellyfish ideas for you…

     

    She seems to be over the whole dry erase thing, so we are using markers on paper, which she loves.IMG_6151

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    She also loves glitter, so we are pulling that in a lot {which I don’t love}.IMG_6168

    We changed up the coloring and used paint instead!IMG_6122

    Here she is working on Letter Jj Dot Fun, first she colored in all of the dots.  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_6154

    Then she watched as I traced each letter with glue, then she glittered them!IMG_6155

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    We slipped our Play Dough Mat into our Dry Erase Center, and made the letters together.  After making the letters, she poked them! IMG_6128

    She worked with me to make the letter craft, which is basically an open ended project that you can do whatever you want with!  This week I let her marble paint the letter sheet before I cut it out, she LOVED this!IMG_6113

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    She cut the jellyfish all on her own this week!IMG_6132

    She also glued them all on her own too, she’s getting so big!IMG_6198

    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 10, continuing our work with rhyming words.  No photos of that part this week! 

    Here she was coloring the Jackrabbit sheet..IMG_6215


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    Play Dough faces…

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    Stamping in Play Dough…IMG_6137


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    I tried out the free version of the app, Letter School and fell in LOVE, so I bought it for Ladybug!  Best full price purchase I have made in awhile, if not ever, for our iPad! IMG_6184

    She uses her finger as shown above and also uses our stylus some, she loves both.  This app has become a FAST favorite, she chooses it a LOT and I love it!IMG_6222

    We also love the freebie we got last week, Wee Sing ABC.  This is a $2.99 app and we are so thankful we snagged it for free.  Be sure to follow me on Facebook, I always share these deals when I find them!IMG_6091

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    See all of our iPad app recommendations and other iPad info here!


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    More Tot School Links…

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  • Tot School 2011/2012 Blog Roll 
  • Behind the Scenes ~ Where Do I Begin with Tot School?
  • Tot School Webpage {including links of all participants}
  • How do I Link up to Tot School? Please be sure to read this BEFORE you link up for the first time!!! If your blog is not linked back here to Tot School {within your post, not just on your sidebar}, and/or your post is not specifically a Tot School post, your link will be deleted to help Tot School surfing moms. If your link was deleted, please email if you don’t know why.

    Please put your tot’s age (in months) after it, like this: 1+1+1=1 (41 mos)