Archives for 2013

Just Color ~ Valentine’s Day Love

The idea behind Just Color! is simple ~ theme packs all focused around coloring. There are mostly coloring pages, and a few coloring activities. The coloring pages are all in one download to make it easier to download and print all at once, in case you have coloring monsters like I do!

I just added a new Valentines Day Coloring set!

Just Color Valentines Day Love

This set features a few pages with traceable Bible verses about love, which is what we focus on around Valentines Day!

Love Bible Verse Coloring and Tracing

Remember, if you want to make a mini coloring book, you can always scale down PDF files! If you have any problems downloading or printing these or other PDF files, see troubleshooting tips here.

Looking for more Valentines Day & LOVE fun?

Love Printables and More

Tot School Gathering Place ~ Week 1

I pondered the idea for a new spin on the name of this post for awhile and settled on Tot School Gathering Place.  It isn’t super catchy but encompasses my heart behind this. 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!

Tot School Gathering Place

What fun I have looking through the blogs that linked up and have allowed me to feature their photos and ideas!  If you missed last week’s Tot School post, be sure to read it to see why you see kids that aren’t mine over here now!

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Young tots and pom poms are one of my favorite things!  This 16 month old cutie had a great time with such a simple activity that is so great for tots!  Visit My Spare Time to see more of what she was up to!



When you have more than one child, it is more difficult to balance it all.  I love how Becky Marie from For This Season shows how she makes it work. Her tot is 25 months old, but her baby and son in PreK join in also!



I always love seeing how other mom’s display their Tot School set up.  This set up is from Stir the Wonder, with activities for Caden, who is 24 months old. Visit her post for a peek into what their “Letter C” week looked like!

Were you featured? 

You are welcome to a button but you certainly don’t have to use it! Totally optional!

Tot School Feature

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Please read this carefully before linking up! This may no longer be the linky for you, so please glance through this list to be sure you want to stick around and link up with us!
By linking up you agree to the following:
  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 {such as fine motor skill ideas}.

A Few Popular Tot Posts…


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New to linking up here? Read this first! Basics: write a specific post about what you did with your tot, link up the permalink from your post, link back to Tot School within that post, put your tot’s age in months in ( ) like this: (43 months).

Animal ABCs A to Z

Animal ABCs

Our Animal ABC units are complete!  We had so much fun with these units, and I hope many of your tots will too!

~ A few basics about the Animal ABCs program ~

What is it? Animal ABCs is a fun way to take your toddler or preschooler through the alphabet while learning about animals along the way.  Each letter features one animal that emphasizes the sound of the letter.

What Ages? Approximately 2-4 years, my daughter started using it at 32 months, here is our first post.

What is Free? Full size display letters, full size blank letters and animals to cut for craft, package of printable extras for each letter, all flashcards. Downloads are available in separate files here on this page, all FREE!

What is in the Bundle {$10}? All files that are available for free {listed above}, BUT organized in a method that makes them easier to download and locate in the future AND saves on printing paper and ink.  Extra printables ONLY available in the bundle option: A-Z Play Dough Mats, A-Z Dot Fun, Lowercase Animal Set. Once you purchase, you have access to a private page and you can come back and download anything new I add! You can purchase the bundle here.

Animal ABCs What is Included

See the main Animal ABCs webpage for even more detailed information!

Here’s a peek via video…

Want to see our journey through Animal ABCs?  Click on the images below to see our blog posts about each unit!

A is for Alligator   B is for Bear

C is for Caterpillar   D is for Dolphin

E is for Elephant   F is for Frog

G is for Gorilla   H is for Hippo

I is for Iguana   J is for Jellyfish

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IMG_7916   Summer Learning Kindergarten (3 of 7)

Tot School Letter Q -8439   Homeschool Tot School Letter R -9617

Homeschool Tot School Letter S -1151   Homeschool Tot School-1440

Tot School Letter U-1581   Animal ABC Letter V-2247

Letter W Tot School-2367   Tot School Letter X-3920

Tot School Letter Y-4929   Tot School-5004

~ Other Helpful Posts ~

Ideas for Using ABC Letter Crafts  Hands on the Alphabet  Ideas for Using Dot Fun Printables

Alphabet Idea Collection

What did we do BEFORE Animal ABCs?

Tot School Printables A to Z

What are we doing AFTER Animal ABCs?

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Teach Them Diligently

Teach Them Diligently Convention

The following is a guest post written by David Nunnery, for Teach Them Diligently.  Although I will be unable to attend any of the 2013 conventions, I am honored to have them as a blog sponsor and am excited to spread the word about this amazing opportunity.  If you live close to one of the venues {Spartanburg, SC; Nashville, TN; and Omaha, NE}, I pray you will have the opportunity to attend! The focus of missions is obviously near to my heart, what a wonderful way to combine so many aspects of parenting, Christian faith and homeschooling all into one convention!

The Teach Them Diligently Convention was born out of a recognized need for more events celebrating the focus of Christian Homeschool Families—which is to disciple their children to glorify God. The organizers of this Convention are also officers of Worldwide Tentmakers which is a Mission Agency focused on Tentmaking as a missions strategy as you would find in Acts 18. Therefore, Missions, discipleship, and parenting will be a large focus for the Teach Them Diligently Convention. This will be added to the normal Homeschool Convention focus on teaching techniques and use of curriculum.

Second, all of the profits for the Teach Them Diligently Convention will go to missions. It is our hope to help parents infuse their educational programs with a Great Commission focus. Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God (I Cor. 10:31). We desire to focus parents and children on the fact that we should be seeking opportunities to spread the fame of our Lord Jesus Christ whether through school, playing sports, or running the family business.

Certainly, families attend Homeschool Conventions to learn and buy new educational products and to hear speakers and attend workshops. Another driving motivation is camaraderie. I know this is true with my wife and myself. After spending vast amounts of time with people in churches and larger family outings where there are few homeschoolers around, there is this underlying feeling that your focus and parenting do not match those around you. Then at a Convention, a mom or dad or child is suddenly surrounded with several thousand homeschool families. By further specifying that this is a Christian Homeschool Convention in which the vast majority of the families are attending because of their desire to disciple their children, it is our belief that camaraderie will be that much more enhanced.

So in conclusion, why should your family attend the Teach Them Diligently Convention?

•It will be enjoyable!

•Great Speakers and workshops

•Fellowship with other Christian Homeschool Families and Speakers



•Knowledge, Wisdom, Understanding

•Shopping and Introduction to new educational products

If you are a Christian Homeschool Family, this is the Convention you want to attend. There will be something for everyone.  Our featured speakers this year are Pam Tebow, mom of Tim Tebow; Ken Ham, of Answers in Genesis; Sally Clarkson, and Heidi St. John. 

Teach Them Diligently Homeschool Convention Speakers

We also have many other terrific speakers you will not want to miss and a large exhibit hall.  All three of our conventions are in May 2013 in Spartanburg, SC; Nashville, TN; and Omaha, NE.  Hope to see you there!

Snowball Bath Time {from the mom who doesn’t really like bath time}

Snowballs in the bath

It wasn’t well thought out, it wasn’t planned ahead, it was a spur of the moment idea that turned into a super fun time for my girl.  Seriously I am usually the bath mom who just tries to get it DONE as quickly as possible, I don’t really like bath time. But, the idea hit me so I went with it, instead of doing my normal hurry up routine.

It went something like this…

“Hey L, we’re going to take a bath now.”

{whine, whine, whine}

I think quickly and notice our winter sensory bin,

“Hey, we could choose some things from your bin that could go in the bath and add some white shaving cream and have a winter bath!”

{suddenly the bath isn’t such a bad idea and she gets excited}

We grabbed ping pong balls and a small snowman and headed upstairs.  As we were getting ready she asked for her ABCs so we spelled out the word WINTER at her request {I suggested SNOW, she didn’t want that word}.

I added bubbles and then we threw in the ping pong balls which were “snowballs.” I added some white shaving cream into a little plastic container to be our snow drift and the fun kept going!

We hid snowballs, counted them, even had a snow ball fight {bouncing them against the wall}!  We searched for the WINTER letters and made the word a few times.  Overall, what was a spur of the moment idea turned into a load of warm winter bath fun that she has already asked to do again.

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Now, if I can just muster up the good-mommy in me and actually do it again, that’d be great! I posted this on Instagram the night we did this and got this reply “Seriously, I think your a bit too much fun sometimes 😉 what a lifetime of memories your creating for your three!!!”   winter bath fun

While I appreciate that I appear to be so much fun, it made me realize the importance in telling my readers that I do not always do things like this, in fact I routinely avoid certain “fun” activities like the plague. I too am inspired by moms who are fun and creative in areas that I am NOT {have you seen the adorable blog, Bath Activities for Kids?}.

Always remember, I struggle with yelling at my kids, I have anxiety issues that inspire me to check-out at times, I am extremely challenged by one of my children in particular, and I am not super-mom by any stretch. I am most certainly not always the FUN mom.  I do my best and am extremely real ~ just like you! I just have a blog with nice photos of the things I do with my kids.  Don’t ever let that fool you into thinking that my entire life looks like the photos on my blog, OK?

Are you a fun bath mom, or a hurry-up-and-get-it-DONE bath mom like me?