Calendar Connections ~ September ~ Rain Forest Theme

My wonderful friend Shannon is still working with me to create the Calendar Connections cards. She is a fellow inner city missionary with me and also a homeschooler {and former school teacher}. She has 4 kiddos ages 1, 6, 12, and 14. She wrote the facts for this set and I created the final file, it was a total team effort! In order to help support their missionary family, all rain forest books linked in the file and in the Amazon widgets are linked to her account. If you make a purchase through those links you will be supporting their family!!!

We chose an Rain Forest theme for September. 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.

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The cards fit my particular pocket chart calendar {which is currently IN STOCK and on SALE at Oriental Trading}, item # IN-62/2017…


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. They seem like they would fit in this calendar on Amazon but I am not certain.

Rain Forest Calendar Connections

I am creating smaller sets to go along with the small pocket charts found currently in the Target $1 section, so hang tight-I will have those soon hopefully. In the meantime be sure to visit this post for a tutorial of how to sew your $1 pocket chart into a calendar! I plan to go back and make the small set for ocean also, so if you haven’t started using these, you can use them for any month, they are not created for a specific month, even though we are releasing them this way. You can use any set, anytime!

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

You can download these for FREE here!

Clip and Learn



A long time ago I shared what I called Learning Wheels.  I loved them and they have remained one of my most “popular” downloads over the years.  Not quite sure what it is about a circle and clothespins but we all seem to like them!

It was time for some updated circles and a new name…Clip & Learn!  I hope to add to the collection with various themes and skills.  Focus skills so far are counting and number ID 1-10, beginning sounds, and shapes.  I hope to include a Clip & Learn wheel in each new Preschool Pack also!  You can see sets I already have available on the website, just clicking on the title of each to download the PDF file for free!  Here are a few there already…

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I have a set of wooden clothespins…all drawn on with Sharpies.  I have an ABC set, a shape set, a colors set, and a numbers 1-10 set.  Once you have those done, you can just print and cut!  I print on cardstock, and laminate my circles before cutting them out.  I am hoping these can be used over and over again!

If your child isn’t into clothespins, you could always lay these on a cookie sheet and use magnets.  There are many way you can be creative in using these, but the clothespins are so good for those little hand muscles.  If you expect independence too early however, you just may end up frustrating your tot and yourself!  Ladybug  {28 mos} can’t quite do them independently yet but likes to show me where to put the clothespin and help me squeeze it.  Clothespin squeezing is definitely a skill your child grows into with practice!

Have fun clipping!

Ballerina Preschool Pack


I have had this pack on the agenda for quite awhile now and finally did it!  Honestly I was waiting to see if I could find a boy ballet dancer to include, but none of the artists I use for clipart had one or any plans of designing one.  So, for girls it is.  The precious clipart featured in the pack is from my favorite…Stockberry Studio.

Here’s a glimpse of what is included {all free} in this Ballerina Preschool Pack

Ballet Preschool Pack


Focus Skills

  • Letter Bb
  • Find the Difference
  • Graphing
  • Patterning
  • Sorting
  • Colors
  • Shapes
  • Counting 1-20
  • Basic Addition
  • Bible Verse
  • Tracing
  • ABCs

You can download the entire

Ballerina Preschool Pack here on my website for FREE!

I hope your little ballerinas enjoy this pack, up soon just might be a GYMNASTICS pack for boys and girls since my Krash has started taking gymnastics!  I also have a CATS Preschool Pack in the works, and Jolanthe is making the DOGS pack to go along with it!!


If you are having any printing or downloading trouble, please see the tips in the FAQ post here!!!


See more Preschool Packs and Tot Books/Packs here…

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PS-this pack was shared on my Facebook page also, be sure to “like” 1+1+1=1 if you want access to these before the blog posts come out!!!  I often share notices about what is new on my FB page first!

Read and Write the Room Printables


I wrote a post about using Read & Write the Room cards a few weeks ago.  I have since created a separate webpage to host these cards to make them easier to find!

Each set contains 5-10 word cards, most featuring photographs.  I also include recording sheets with tracing lines and blank lines.  Most of the recording sheets will have black line images to help save ink and also allow for coloring.

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I print the main cards on cardstock, laminate and cut out.  I print the recording sheets on paper using fast draft to save ink.  You could also use the Crayola Dry Erase Activity Center to reuse the recording sheets!

This is what the website looks like where you can download the free pdf files for each set…


I hope many homeschools and even classrooms enjoy using these!!

Montessori Printables


I announce tons of website additions over on my Facebook but sometimes forget to make the announcements over here on the blog!  I have added a few sections to my website which I will share with you in more detail this week!

Montessori Printables is a section I plan to grow as time goes on featuring free Montessori Printables.

So far I have 2 different types of printables, Match-Up/Memory…


and Nomenclature {3-part cards}…image

You can see the links showing the files I have available currently and I plan to add to them as time goes on!

Not sure what these are or how to use them?  Don’t worry-I added in a sheet at the beginning of each file with instructions and ideas!!

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A common question I get is about where I get my photos/clipart.  I have memberships to several sites and pay for many of them myself.  I also include photos I have taken myself {example: the orange butterfly in the bugs set is a photo of mine}.

I am continually working on my blog and website to make navigation easier for you.  I did add the link to this page on the right side of the website, links over there are in ABC order, you can see Montessori Printables highlighted in yellow…image