Archives for August 2013

Tot School Gathering Place ~ week 34

Gather together here, gather ideas from other blogs, share your own ideas on your own blog. Browse around at the other posts linked up, leave a few comments if you have time, and be sure to check back to see if your blog was featured!



I love reading first Tot School posts from families joining in!  Be sure to go visit No Greater Honor to see all about their RED week!

No Greater Honor


The Kavanaugh Report shared some wonderful ideas for their Letter P week.  I love the Big-Medium-Small Pig sort! Be sure to visit the post for more fabulous ideas!

The Kavanaugh Report



The Educators’ Spin On It shared this awesome “painting alligator skin” activity!  There’s more Letter A fun over there too!

The Educators' Spin on it


Were you featured?

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Tot School Feature

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  1. A photo and a link to your post may appear in a future Tot School post. You give me permission to choose a photo from the post you link up, and give me permission to use your ideas in my post. I will link back to you, mention your blog, and give you full credit for any ideas choose to share form your post. If you don’t want me sharing photos, your blog, or ideas, please don’t link up.
  2. Your post is a post written specifically for Tot School and not just an idea for tots. It features your own child{ren} in action. This is a community for moms to come together and share their journey with Tot School virtually.
  3. Provide a link back to Tot School within your blog post {you can use this link: or a direct link to the weekly post you link up to} if you link up. If you do not link back to Tot School, your link will be deleted. Link backs on the sidebar, or in a massive “I link up here” page don’t count ~ they are too difficult for me to find and the first thing I look for when verifying links is the link back.
  4. Link up your exact Tot School post {not your blog homepage} if you are unsure how to do that read this!
    Each week I will feature photo{s} and ideas from blogs who link up. Sometimes it may be one simple idea, sometimes it may be a collection based around a concept .

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My Homeschool Class 2013-2014

Homeschool Interviews 2013

We began our new homeschool year on August 12, and are enjoying our new year with a Preschooler, 2nd Grader, and 6th Grader. Bigger yes, but always my little rock stars!

We do interviews every year now, here’s 2011/12, and 2012/13. I am so glad I started this, and have actually remembered to do it for 3 years now!

Want to read their interviews?  Here’s the PDF version for you.

Sorry I don’t have a template to share, but feel free to copy any of the ideas on mine!

School Questionairre 2013 for Blog Krash School Questionairre 2013 for Blog Ladybug School Questionairre 2013 for Blog Pac


I love my tiny little class of 3.

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What I love most is how close they are.  Not perfect siblings by any means, but the love is there in a big way. I love that they spend their days with me and together.

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The dog is super happy they are homeschooled too.  Much more loving for her!

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Oobleck with a Twist

Oobleck with a Twist

I am on a roll with this whole “messy play” thing.  You see, I hate messy play, but I am slowly getting over it all in my older age. My kids are enjoying my newfound attitude about the mess. 

Recently we gave the famous Oobleck a try. It’s been around since I can remember, the basic recipe is the one with cornstarch and water, but there are many others out there that produce a more slime-like result.  We have those on our list to make soon!

We used 2 cups cornstarch and 1 cup water to begin with.  I made 2 separate dishes, one for Ladybug and one for Krash. They enjoyed the basic recipe for quite awhile before we twisted things up one by one.

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Our first addition was food coloring, Ladybug chose pink and Krash chose blue.  After they got it all mixed in, we did some color mixing!  I added a blue drop to hers and we watched it become purple!

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One of the fun things was to see how when moving our hands slowly through it, they would move freely and easier.  When we tried to move our hands quickly, it got firm and was difficult.  To illustrate this further, I gave each of the kids a small animal to experiment with.

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We then added water beads!  We had a batch that was about 2 weeks old, and we added a handful!

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Then, towards the end, we added some shaving cream just to see what it would do to the mixture!  By this time Pac had joined us, those are his hands!

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It made the mixture more foamy & puffy, she loved it!

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Over an hour later, the girl was still going strong after both boys had moved on.

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By this time she had named it her “swamp.”

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She took over both bowls and continued playing for a total of almost 2 hours!

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By the end it was a sloppy mess and she loved it!  The mixture itself changed a lot with the addition of shaving cream and the broken up water beads {they squished some of them apart}.

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In the end, my entire island was covered in the gooey mess, but that’s OK.  It all came clean and we had fun!  Even my hands were stained pink from playing with them!

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I am glad God is allowing me to get over my mess-phobia, we are having a lot of fun and I know this kind of play is awesome for my sensory seeking girly.  She absolutely loves messy play, beyond how either of the boys ever were. They are enjoying messy play now more than they ever have, I think their sister is inspiring them!

See more of our Messy Play & Sensory Fun ideas here!



See our guest post from John Bowman, author of Montessori at Home!, all about sensory experiences here!Montessori Minute


Stay tuned to see what we did with the leftover mixture!  Hint-we didn’t throw it out!

Last Minute Homeschool Curriculum Funds Giveaway!


Last Minute Homeschool Curriculum Funds Giveaway


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I have another eBook bundle to share with you, this one also has my You Can Read bundle in it!  I am even more excited to share with you that one of my ALL time favorites, Montessori at Home! is included!  This eBook alone is $10.95!

The rest of the eBooks included are new to me, so I have had fun looking through them, as a contributor we were given the bundle!  Ya’ll, the Book Love ebook is AMAZING!  I am blown away with the awesome content and beautiful design.

The other 3 books {Everyday Sensory Alphabet Activities, Unschooling: A Lifestyle of Learning,  & What Will We Learn Today?} included are awesome too, even as a certified early childhood teacher I am always learning and gaining new ideas, this bundle is wonderful!

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