Archives for July 2012

Garden & Plants Theme

Garden and Plants Theme Collection

Botany Calendar Connections

Calendar Connections Botany

Let’s Explore Botany Bundle {$1.50 in Teacher’s Notebook Shop}Let's Explore Botany Button

Flowers & Plants Lapbook

This is a lapbook we made years ago, I apologize if any of the links to other sources are no longer active.  Much of it was created from printables found online at the time!

Label the Flower Printable

Garden Preschool Pack {from Homeschool Creations}

Garden Preschool Pack Button copy

Tot School Printables: L is for Leaf

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Letter Crafts from Totally Tots

V is for Vegetables, d is for daisy

V is for Vegetables d for daisy craft

Mini Flower Quiches {from Totally Tots}

mini flower quiches

Flowers & Plants Books…


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You can check out my Garden/Plant Finds here!

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Use my top navigation bar, “Printables by Theme” and hover over so the themes pop out to the right and you can jump directly to the theme collection you want!Theme Posts from 1plus1plus1equals1

Calvert 1st Grade Sight Word Printables

Krash is using Calvert 1st grade, and it is still the same as when PacMan used it!  I remember thinking during Pac’s year how much a few things would have helped me.  I am working now to create those things and will be sharing them here as I get them done for any of you who are using or will be using Calvert First Grade!  If you aren’t using Calvert, these posts won’t be of much interest to you, sorry!

Next up, Sight Word Printables!

Calvert 1st Grade Sight Word Printables

I wanted some simple printables to highlight the sight words of the week.  Many of these words are review for Krash since he completed You Can Read, but many of the words will be new this year! I created 3 different {and very simple} activities, which all join together to display the current words as another visual aid in learning them.

First ~ on the day the words are introduced, I am having Krash color the words {shown on top left}.

Second ~ the following day, I have him trace the words {shown far right}

Third ~ I have him write the words in the blank boxes, from memory if he can. {shown in middle}. 

You can think creatively with any of these, even using the first as a play dough mat, or using creative materials for tracing/creating words {markers, colored pencils, pipe cleaners, Wiki Stix}. If you use Calvert, you know they offer work with sight words also in the Reading Work Pages, and in the manual.  I just wanted an extra repetitive review each week to make sure he knows the current and past words.  I hope these help some of you who are using Calvert 1st grade!

>~> Download Calvert 1st Grade Sight Word Printables Below <~<

Word Coloring

Word Tracing

Word Writing

Other Calvert 1st Grade Posts and Printables…

Tot School ~ with the Grandparents

~Ladybug is currently 39.5 months old~Tot School


This was a big week for my girl, she was away from Mommy and Daddy all week long!  It was her first time to join the boys for the annual week with the grandparents down south!  My husband’s parents took all 3 of our kids from the beach last week, home with them and they have been with my parents and his {both from the same town} for the week!  Thankfully my mom uses Instagram, so I was able to watch much of the action from here.  Here are a few of my favorite moments from her week. She is traveling home today and I am SOOOO excited, I miss all 3 kids terribly!

My parents have a pool so she was in heaven with all of the pool time and ALL of their toys!

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She went to about every kids place they had in their area {Sky High, Monkey Joe’s, etc}

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She enjoyed MUCH grandparent house time, which I love.  She’s making memories in their home, and I just love that.  Those are some of my sweetest memories from growing up!

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She made new littler friends, of course.  One was a tiny gecko!

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She and Krash went to work one morning with my mom and LOVED it!

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To top it all off, she had her first mani/pedi!  This girl loves having her nails painted {which is funny because I didn’t even own nail polish until I had her}!

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And, finally, they are on their way home!!!!!  This shot was taken early this morning when they got in the car to be transported halfway to meet my husband and get on home to me!!!!cf19c15ad96b11e1a96012313815119f_6


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)

Moments to Remember

Moments to remember


Moments to Remember was developed as a simple way to look back on our week as homeschoolers and find photos that encompass the memories we want to remember.
The week may have been tough, there may have been more bumps than smiles, but in the end these are the moments that keep us going, the ones we need to remember.

I missed Moments to Remember last Saturday because we were at the beach and the internet connection was too weak to post.  This past week my kiddos have been spending the week away from us with their grandparents. I miss them terribly!!!!!

I am just so grateful for our vacation and the family time together.  I am thankful for my camera phone and Instagram, helping me capture more of the moments {since I hate lugging my good camera to the beach}.  I just love looking at these special memories that we shared together! Truly moments to remember!

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Want a button? Use this code, or feel free to just copy/paste the header from the top of the post!

Link up your moments to remember post below, be sure to provide a link back and be sure to use a permalink to link up your exact moments to remember blog post {not your blog home page}. Your post can be as simple as one photo, or as detailed as tons of photos and tons of words!  This linky is for homeschoolers, or families who are keeping their kiddos at home during the early years {we consider you homeschoolers too}.

When adding your link, just put your blog name for the title and choose an image from your Moments to Remember post for the thumbnail.

Next week, link up with Homeschool Creations!

Color Code the Kids

Color Coded Homeschool Supplies

We have always been color coded around here, Pac is green, Krash is blue and Ladybug is purple {or pink if whatever it is doesn’t come in purple}. We use this method for water bottles, drink bands, and anything that easily gets mixed up. We love to color code the kids to make things easier!

This was the first year I felt the need to color code homeschool supplies. I was at Target the other day and guess what they had in the dollar section, purple, green, and blue mini caddies for a dollar each!!

Color Coded Homeschool Supplies

They also had star stickers and I picked up a pack of those.  Once home, I got busy!  I sorted out markers, colored pencils, crayons, pencils, scissors, erasers, and glue sticks.

Color Coded Homeschool Supplies

Each child got a complete set of each {well, Ladybug didn’t get it all} and a color coded star applied to each item {each crayon, pencil, marker, colored pencil, glue stick}.

Color Coded Homeschool Supplies

Specifically in the bins…

  • a few pencils {each child got a few of “their” color, that also have the colored star}
  • a set of thin washable Crayola markers {not Ladybug}
  • a set of nice crayons, in all standard colors plus a few extras {peach, pink, etc.}
  • scissors
  • glue stick
  • a set of colored pencils
  • a chunky eraser, and a few eraser caps for the pencils
  • a highlighter {their color} {not Ladybug}

I put the star stickers on about 2 weeks ago and they are peeling a tiny bit on some items, they may require a piece of clear tape to hold, we’ll see once the material begin to be used!

I am hoping this will help with the stray supplies and the never ending search for basic colored crayons!  It always seems that when one of the kids needs a RED, all we have are the many variations of red but not a RED.  I hope this is the end to that problem! We shall see!

Do you color code your kids?  Do you have a blog post about your own color coding methods, share in the comments if you do!