Flower Calendar Connections

Flower Identification Calendar Connections

My daughter has been very interested in flowers lately so I created a Flower Identification Calendar Connections set! This set is very basic and just focuses in naming the flowers, thus no back page with information.  She was interested in learning names and seeing pretty flowers which is why I made it simple.

She has enjoyed seeing which flower is next each day, simple summer learning for us!

Flower CC -8123

I hide that little bucket of cards and give her the new one each day as a surprise and she puts in in our calendar.

Flower CC -8114


The cards fit my particular pocket chart calendar.  I print my numbers on cardstock and laminate them before cutting them apart.

Calendar-Connections-Supplies32


We also still create 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!

There is also a sheet included to be used in a Calendar Notebook if you are using those too!Calendar Connections  SMALL Flowers

 

See some great flower books to go along here! I especially love Lola Plants a Garden which was new to us this year!

Flower Books

You can download these for FREE here!

Scroll down and look for this graphic to find this set!

Flower Calendar Cards


Looking for more bird fun, here’s our Flower Pinterest board!

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


You can use most of our Calendar Connections cards for any month!

Calendar Connections Set 1

Here are some fun SUMMER themes to choose from…

Ocean Theme Calendar Conncections  Bug Theme Calendar Connections  Botany Theme Calendar Connections

Free 4th of July Calendar Connections Cards ~ learn a new fact about the U.S.A every day  Pond Theme Calendar Connections  All About Birds Calendar Connections Printables  North American Backyard Birds Calendar Connections for K-2nd Grade



Flower Nomenclature ~ Montessori Printables

We have a new addition in our Montessori Printables collection!

Flower Nomenclature Printables

Our new FLOWER set is ready.  This set contains 30 different flowers! I am not a flower expert so if I got one wrong or misspelled, please let me know!  Here’s a peek at the cards…

Flower Nomenclature  Flower Nomenclature

  

Unfamiliar with Nomenclature cards, also called 3-Part cards? 

Nomenclature cards are a Montessori based idea. The word Nomenclature comes from the Latin “nomenclatura” which means assigning of names to things. Nomenclature cards are also called “3 part cards” for obvious reasons!

Here’s a couple of articles sharing more about the what, why, and how!

Download your FREE Flowers Nomenclature Cards here!

Flower Nomenclature Printables Montessori

The sets available are listed in alphabetical order, look for the words “Flowers” and click!


See more Montessori ideas on our Pinterest board!

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


Looking for more Flower and Plant fun?

Garden and Plants Theme Collection Flower Books Botany Theme Calendar Connections

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



littleBits ~ Review and Giveaway

littleBits Electronics Review

I have always been intimidated by electronics.  When littleBits contacted me about sponsoring our blog and having us review a kit I was a bit apprehensive mostly due to my silly fears.  My husband was exactly opposite and was SO excited about the opportunity! I am so glad we listened to him and weren’t guided by my fear of electronics because this kit is just incredible and my kids absolutely love it.

We were sent the Deluxe Kit for review, which has everything you see below. This is the kit you can enter to WIN at the end of this post!

littleBits -6100

 

What exactly is littleBits?

littleBits is a simple way to learn and invent with electronics.  There is a vast module library and the modules snap together with magnets so it’s impossible to make a mistake. The library has over 60 modules and growing. Every module works with every other in millions of combinations, you’ll never run out of things to make.

I must be really honesty with you.  Since this kit has a higher price tag, we “hid” it from the boys, only allowing them to get it down when they asked.  This was a BIG mistake.  After about a month I was a bit hesitant to write our review and asked my husband for his thoughts.  I was concerned that the boys didn’t seem drawn to it and we concluded that possibly that was our fault for hiding it.  We didn’t intentionally keep it out of their sight, but had it in my husband’s office.  Out of sight, out of mind.  The boys had just forgotten we had it. 

After that realization, we put the kit out on the table, gave some guidelines for free exploration and then just left it.  Someone has had their hands in this kit almost every moment since then.

littleBits -7794

Our kids are 6, 9 and 13.  Our younger daughter loved watching and interacting with things the older kids built, but she doesn’t build with it yet.  The age recommendation is 8 and up and I agree with that. 

 

Our 9 Year Old’s Creations…

Krash just turned 9 and could follow the guide by himself and learned the basics quickly. He is our guide book follower.  He has always been this way and proved it again.  After some teaching from Daddy, we let him loose and soon he was coming in to show us what he had created all following the guide book.

littleBits -7799

 

He made the spin and shake sign project…

littleBits -7801

 

My favorite was definitely the handshake buzzer!

littleBits -7813

See him get his little sister here in this video!

 

The last creation I caught on camera before writing this was the tickler. 

littleBits -7814

littleBits -7825

He used it to dust the table.

littleBits -7829

 

A 13 Year Old’s Creations…

My 13 year old is the more free spirited creator.  He ignores most guide books and just wants to figure it out on his own.  He created his own things, only referring to the guide book if necessary {very little}. 

This is his drawing machine.  He added Legos in to create a vehicle that would draw lines.

littleBits -7751

littleBits -7752

See the drawing machine in action here!

 

The pom pom tosser

littleBits -7763

littleBits -7780

Here’s the pom pom tosser in action

 

Final thoughts…

I am SO thankful we were offered this kit to review.  My boys are now both begging for additional kits so they can build more. As a parent, the price is hard to swallow if I’m being honest. I have never looked into small electronics like this for my kids, so although the price tag seems a bit high to me, it may be totally normal for something like this. However, the creativity I have seen and the idea that my kids very well may not fear electronics like I have is worth it. I love that both of my boys can use this now and my daughter will be able to use it soon. It’s a long term investment.

 

The Giveaway!

littleBits is giving one of our readers a Deluxe Kit, just like we were given for our review!

This is the biggest kit littleBits makes with 18 powerful modules. Whether you’re a professional designer or just getting started with electronics, Deluxe Kit gives you the flexibility you need to make big, powerful projects. No soldering, wiring, or programming required!

littleBits Review and Giveaway

Enter to win using Rafflecopter below, US address only. Giveaway ends June 6, 2015.

a Rafflecopter giveaway



Backyard Birds Montessori Printables ~ Nomenclature

We have a new addition in our Montessori Printables collection!

Backyard Birds Nomenclature Printables

Our new Backyard Birds set is ready.  This set contains all of the birds featured in our Backyard Birds Calendar Connections set, plus 5 additional birds for a total of 36 different birds!

Slide13   Slide14

Unfamiliar with Nomenclature cards, also called 3-Part cards? 

Nomenclature cards are a Montessori based idea. The word Nomenclature comes from the Latin “nomenclatura” which means assigning of names to things. Nomenclature cards are also called “3 part cards” for obvious reasons!

Here’s a couple of articles sharing more about the what, why, and how!

Backyard Birds Montessori Printables

Download your FREE Backyard Birds Nomenclature Cards here!

The sets available are listed in alphabetical order, look for the words “Backyard Birds” and click!


See more Montessori ideas on our Pinterest board!

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


Looking for more BIRD fun?

All About Birds Calendar Connections Printables  Backyard Birds eBook  North American Backyard Birds Calendar Connections for K-2nd Grade

Counting is for the Birds Kindergarten Literature unit  Birds Printable Pack

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



Crawly Creatures Memory and Match-Up Printables

I have a new set of Montessori Printables for you!  A few weeks ago we shared our Crawly Creatures 3-Part Cards and today we have a Memory/Match-Up set.

Crawly Creatures Memory and Match Up Printables

There are 3 different pages included in this set, shown below.  The top two are the same, except one has the word and one doesn’t.  When we play memory, we use one of each.

Slide3  Slide5

Below you see the “Match-Up” board, which we only used when Ladybug was a tot.  This page is meant to be left whole and used for matching as shown in examples later in this post.Slide7

Ideas for using these printables…

This is how we used the Match-Up option when Ladybug was a tot.  I left the board whole as shown and then printed a set of cards for her to match to the board.  This helps with word-picture association and visual discrimination skills. The set below went along with our J is for Jellyfish/Ocean Animals theme.

IMG_5869

 

Each unit in Tot School Printables had a vocabulary sheet like this {the picture cards} and she loved them as a tot.  She loved drawing ad coloring on them as I called out a word.  The page shown below is from our J is for Jellyfish/Ocean Animals set.

IMG_5899

 

I often slipped them in our dry erase center.  Below you can see her pretending to write the letters in each word. The page below is from our V is for Volcano/Landforms set.

IMG_6649

 

Often is was just scribbling! The page below is from our U is for Umbrella/Weather theme.

IMG_5699

 

Matching mini animals is something we did a lot, when we had animals to go along.  Below is the C is for Cat/Pets printable with the Pets Toob animals.

IMG_0724

 

Below she is matching up small mammals from our M is for Mouse/Small Mammals set.

IMG_8096

 

Below you can see our D is for Duck/Birds printables being used with some bird stuffed animals we have.

IMG_1282

 

Below is the G is for Goat/Farm set with some Little People Farm animals we have.

IMG_3403

 

Below she is using homemade pom pom magnets and a cookie sheet and putting her magnet on the word I call out. The printable below is from R is for Rainforest.

IMG_4088

 

The final and most obvious way to use these printables is to play memory!  Print 2 sets of the picture cards, laminate, and play memory!

Memory

 

Download your FREE Crawly Creatures Memory & Match-Up here!

The sets available are listed in alphabetical order, look for the words “Crawly Creatures” under the “Memory and Match-Up” category and click!

While there, you’ll also find our Crawly Creatures Nomenclature printables too, these are under the “Nomenclature/3-Part Cards” category.

Montessori-Nomenclature-Printables


See more Montessori ideas on our Pinterest board!

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


Looking for more BUG fun?

Bugs-Coloring-Printables4   Bug-Theme-Collection3

Bugs-Pinterest-Board4