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!

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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!

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!

Kindergarten with Krash

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It has been a very eventful summer for us and although Krash has been doing tons of school stuff in his free time, I haven’t gathered it together for a blog post!   He is HIGHLY motivated by the summer challenge and has earned over 80 points! Here he is showing off one of his prizes {Kung Zhu from Target clearance aisle, pets were only $2.50!}IMG_7871

Another fun prize the boys worked together to earn was the Angry Birds game, which is awesome!!!IMG_0066

 

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We have been working with unit 6 from You Can Read  lately.  I haven’t taken many photos of him at work because he has been flying through his work faster than ever. Here’s a glimpse into the You Can Read work he has done recently…

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Funny Fonts with dot paintIMG_7868

Finding words in sentences using our dry erase activity centerIMG_8118

Cutting and gluing words…IMG_9990

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We used our Education Cubes to play with our words.  First I had him take his word cards {laminated and cut versions of his Color by # Sight Words} and lay them around the school room floor.  He also chose a friend to help him.  I rolled the cube for him {or he did if he wanted to}…IMG_0852

He had to read the word and then run to find it as fast as he could.After the turtle found the word, he gave the word to me.  We kept going until all review words were found!

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Check out more wonderful Word Play ideas here!

 

Random Summer Learning Fun …

We have enjoyed our themes this summer, although haven’t done nearly as much as I had hoped to do! I was amazed with how much Krash enjoyed learning the facts from the 4th of July Calendar Connections cards! He also really enjoyed playing the graphing game from the Independence Day Printables set.

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Visiting the actual Liberty Bell was MUCH more exciting for him since he “knew” what it was!!IMG_0114

 

We had fun with our bug theme, the highlight being the butterfly book the boys worked on TOGETHER! I love how it turned out and the effort they put into it. Yes, I admit they did earn points for the summer challenge-2 a piece, but it was worth it to see the end result!IMG_0062

 

Lately we have been exploring ponds and having our “updoors” neighbors over a ton. Our living situation is a long story but here’s the basics…my parents own an apartment above the schoolroom and our friends and ministry partners live in it. They are currently caring for 5 nieces and nephews due to major illness in the family. They are a young couple and only married less than 2 years. We have opened up our home to them so they can have more space. A tiny 2 bedroom apartment isn’t exactly perfect for 5 rambunctious children!! Our kids LOVE this arrangement and it has actually been fun having a few more “students” sometimes!

Here’s Krash with L, who I teamed up with him one day to work on his frog life cycle craft.IMG_0756

One day we did a group drawing lesson and all learned to draw a frog…

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Krash particularly likes all of the stuffed friends we add to the schoolroom for any theme we do. They always join him to work. Here he was working on the rhyming words and what’s the difference from the Pond Life Preschool Pack.IMG_0848

 

He has done tons of outside playing, and yes he got another haircut in the midst of the summer, I love it!

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He learns gobs of social skills when we have his younger friend J over. J is even feistier than Krash and this is a wonderful learning experience for both of them!

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Lots of indoor playing too, on the way too hot days. Building with Guidecraft City Blocks is always a favorite…IMG_6430 

He is also really enjoying our new felt sets from Betty Lukens!IMG_9987

 

A few items we used…

 

Visit Preschool Corner {& 5K too} for more fun learning ideas!

Visit Teach Me To Read Thursdays to see more great ideas!

Tot School ~ Letter Oo {part 1}

~Ladybug is currently 27.5 months old~

Again, we have had a very low key school week, without any sort of schedule.  Ladybug was content playing outside mostly so we actually did very little school work!

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Tot School Printables O is for Ostrich

Letter: Oo

Object: Ostrich

Vocabulary Development Theme: African Animals

You can find the printables for this unit here on the Tot School Printables webpage.

 See Part 2 of Letter O here!

Coloring her Oo and the ostrich, using her dry erase activity centerIMG_0863

Pom Pom Magnets on the letters…IMG_0869

Gluing shapes…IMG_0872

We still have a lot more to do for our letter Oo unit so we will carry on next week! {edited to add ~ see part 2 here}

Letter Oo printables here!

Fun Books & Toys for this unit here!Tot School Printables Toys and Books Letter O

 

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The set-up for her shelves was based around our summer theme: POND LIFE, I did a simple set-up with some fun pond items for all 3 kiddos…IMG_0659

I always set up a theme book shelf which ends up occupying Ladybug for hours each week.

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Our bean bag chairs are still a big favorite!IMG_0673

 

On her other shelves I set out a new batch of toys.  We mixed up her nesting blocks and her “Who Lives Where?” game pieces…IMG_0689

She played with the beach felt board setIMG_9974

and also the ABC felt board set.  She loved both but REALLY loved the ABC setIMG_0780

 

 

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She had tons of fun with our Pond Life Sensory BinIMG_0682

 

 

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My girl tried out the Strider Bike for the first time!  It freaked her out a bit but we’ll keep working on it!IMG_0785

Fun at the playground…

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She is learning how to jump, what better place than a puddle outside?IMG_0822

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Pond Theme Printables and More!

 

Pond Life Theme

In this post, I will direct you to the page where the file is hosted on my website, since they are in various places! I hope this helps you find things within themes! I will try to gather anything I have done, created, or posted about surrounding this theme!

Pond Life Clip and Learn {Beginning Sounds}

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Pond Life Montessori Match Up

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Pond Life Montessori Nomenclature Cards

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Pond Life Word Cards

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Pond Songs

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The Frog & The Fly Pocket Chart Printablesimage

Pond Theme Letter Crafts {click on images to see directions and details}

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Pond Mural

The idea was from Totally Tots, you can see the posts with details here: post 1, post 2, post 3, post 4, post 5

Click on the photos to see our specific posts when Krash made his mural!

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Color by # F is for FrogColor by Number...Ff is fr frog

Pond Life Theme in Action on the Blog

Pond Life Theme Kindergarten  Pond Life Theme Tot School

Pond Life Preschool Pack {Jolanthe made this one}

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Pond Life Books & More…image

Are you on Pinterest?

Pond Life Pinterest Board

You can check out my Pond Themed Finds here!

I will be adding any new ideas or pond printables I create to this post!

Will you leave links to your POND themed printables or ideas in the comments section? I’d love to check your ideas out too!