Archives for 2014

Top Posts from 1+1+1=1 in 2014

Top Blog Posts in 2014 from

It’s fun to look back in life and as a blogger.  I love seeing what my readers loved the most and wanted to share what I found with you.  Below you will find the top 10 NEW posts in 2014, the top 10 posts visited in 2014 {from anytime}, and our top 10 referring sites!


These are our top ten visited posts in 2014 which were all new posts in 2014.

  1. Tot School Printables A-Z
  2. Simplifying Sensory Play
  3. Kindergarten Literature Studies
  4. Daniel Tiger Printables
  5. Home Preschool Year in Review
  6. Number Coloring Printables
  7. School Supply Labels
  8. Frozen Q-Tip Painting
  9. Spielgaben Is it Worth it?
  10. Ideas for Using Q-Tip Painting

Tot School Printables A-Z Simple Sensory Bin Collection

Kindergarten Literature Unit Printables Daniel Tiger Printables

Home Preschool Ideas Free Printable Number Mats 1-10

Spielgaben ~ Is it Worth it Frozen Printables Q-Tip Painting

school supply labels Ideas for Using Q Tip Painting Printables


Our blog has been around awhile and often old content is the most visited.  These ten posts were the top overall visited posts during 2014.  Most weren’t published in 2014!

  1. Preschool, Tot and Kindergarten Packs
  2. Tot School Printables
  3. All By Myself Preschool Boxes
  4. All Printables A-Z
  5. What’s in the Preschool Box Week 1
  6. Brown Bear Brown Bear Printables
  7. Lego Kindergarten Printables
  8. Q-Tip Painting Alphabet Printables
  9. Alphabet Printables and More
  10. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Printables

    Printables Packs from 1plus1plus1equals1 All By Myself Preschool BoxesAll By Myself Preschool Boxes Alll Printables A to Z Brown Bear Brown bear PrintablesLego Kindergarten Printables Alphabet-IdeasQ Tip Painting Alphabet Printables Tot School Printables  The Very Hungry Caterpillar Printables

Top Referring Sites to Our Blog in 2014 ~ THANK YOU!

  1. Free Homeschool Deals
  2. Living Montessori Now
  3. This Reading Mama
  4. Money Saving Mom
  5. Wildflower Ramblings
  6. Kids Activities Blog
  7. Homeschool Giveaways
  8. Homeschool Creations
  9. Spielgaben
  10. Pizzazzerie

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Playful Learning with Spielgaben ~ December 2014

Playful Learning with Spielgaben is our monthly post sharing Spielgaben in action!  If you missed the introduction to this series, you can see it here and also see links to our past posts.. We were given the Spielgaben set to review and are honored to have them as a blog sponsor.  I will be sharing once a month a detailed post featuring Spielgaben.  You can also see my Learning with Ladybug posts to see what my daughter has done with this learning set!

Playful Learning with Spielgaben December 2014


Lessons We Enjoyed

This month we had fun with Play Guide 2. I took small screen shots of the manual for you so you can see how the lessons are laid out.  They are very easy to follow and help me so much. I keep the user guide on my iPad and we use it for the lessons.  She likes that she can enlarge each step if needed to see exactly how something was built. it’s a nice bonus to a PDF digitally instead of printed!


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We enjoyed making dinosaurs together using Play Guide 2, section 05.  She LOVES dinosaurs, and this was tons of fun to do together.

When we build together, I let her figure out as much as she can on her own. She gathers the shapes she needs and follows the graphic using my ipad.

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If she gets stuck, we examine it together and I gently help her figure it out, still allowing her as much independence as possible. 

When building something she really loves, we will tape the pieces together so they can be played with a bit before taking them apart.  These were a big time favorite!

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Free Play

Once I got our new schoolroom  in our new house semi-clean she noticed the Spielgaben set and got busy creating.  She made a flower…

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We made a Christmas tree together…

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We sorted and stacked colored rings, and the added colored pom poms to our play.

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We then used the rings to play BINGO in one of her Logic of English lessons.

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Nature & Inspiration Guide Play

I have our Nature Guide on the iPad also, I just set it up for her if she asks, or if I set up an inspired play. Below she was making a flower!

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See the brand new version 4.0 here!

Spielgaben Version 4.0

Tot School Gathering Place ~ Week 103

Welcome to Tot School™ Gathering Place! 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!

Each week we will feature photo{s} and ideas from blogs who link up. Remember, provide a link back to Tot School Gathering Place within your post that you link up, so you can be considered for the feature!


Christmas Day is officially over, but perhaps your Tots are still loving the theme of Christmas during their Tot School activities. Even if they (or you!) are done with the theme, many of these ideas can be changed to fit the next holiday theme or saved for next year! All you Mamas are doing a great job with your Tots! I am really looking forward to seeing your wonderful posts in the New Year!!

Mama Lindsay and Tot Ethan took some time off from Tot Schooling, but came back with a real bang! Check out You Are the Roots to see some wonderful Christmas and Hanukkah themed activities!

You Are the Roots

Mama Kristina from School Time Snippets also shares several different Christmas themed activities. Take a look to see if any of them will appeal to your Tot!

School Time Snippets

Welcome to Mommyhood continues the theme of Christmas activities for the Tot shelves. Head on over to see the sensory bin, fine motor skill, and practical life activities that Mr. Toddler enjoyed throughout the week!

Welcome to Mommyhood

See ideas by ages below!

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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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Do you have your FREE

Where to Begin with Tot School eBook?


See the Tot School webpage here!

Are you NEW or have never been featured? Read this!

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).

Bible Verse Printables Letter I

Bible Verse Printables Letter I

Our Raising Lil’ Rock Stars Bible Verse Printables for the Letter I are available to download for free! I is for IMITATE! This set is based on 3 John 1:11a, “Dear Friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good.”  Ladybug really didn’t like the word evil and wondered why it didn’t say “mean” instead.  We had lots of discussion about this verse and what it means for a 5 year old!


Here’s a peek at the work she did at home.

Sitting at her desk in our new school room working on the coloring page. I love the window light streaming in!

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Color ~ Trace ~ Write the letter Ii, using Wikki Stix for the middle set of letters.

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Cut and Glue the Verse ~ this is a great word work activity for her, identifying individual words and sounds she knows as well as the Bible verse as a whole. She uses the printable that has the light gray matching words on it.

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Here’s the work Ladybug did at home…

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And, here’s Ladybug singing the verse for you!  The verse tune printables are only available in the bundle but you can hear the tune for Letter I in this video!  In case you don’t catch it, the tune is London Bridge.


The free version is ONLY for home use.  If you will be using these printables in a church setting, private group, co-op, preschool or other group you will need to purchase the group bundle here.

Download your free Letter I printables here!

 Scroll down until you see the graphic for letter I and click on it to download the PDF file.

Download or printing trouble? See tips here!

These printables are from Raising Lil’ Rock Stars, see more info here!



See other letters in action by clicking the graphics below!

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RLRS-Letter-E-Philippians-2-Bible-Ve  RLRS-Letter-F-Matthew-4-Bible-Verse-[1]  RLRS-Letter-G-Matthew-28-Bible-Verse  RLRS Letter H Psalm 33 Bible Verse Printables

Dot Fun 2015 Calendar for Kids

Last week we shared our new Color & Trace 2015 Calendar for Kids.  Some kids aren’t ready for tracing but would enjoy having a calendar of their own.  I created this dot version for those kids! Use dot paint, or dot stickers, or simply color in the dots each day!

Dot Paint 2015 Calendar for Kids

Learning ideas to go along with these printables ~



  • At the beginning of each new month, color the focus picture. If your child doesn’t like to color, color together…make it fun!
  • Each new day, dot paint the day, or use a dot sticker and talk about what day it is.
  • Practice counting each day up to the date.
  • Use 2 or 3 colors to create a pattern.
  • At the beginning of each month go through and mark the special days {holidays, birthdays, anniversaries or anything your family celebrates}.  Have your child decorate those special dates so you can look forward to them!

Don’t have Dot Paint {or don’t want to be messy with little ones}?  Use Dot Stickers instead!  Color Dot Stickers

Download your free 2015 Dot Fun Calendar for Kids here!

Looking for more calendar fun?

2015 Color and Trace Calendar for Kids is great for kids who are tracing!

Color and Trace Printable 2015 Calendar for Kids


Add these printables to our Calendar Notebook printables!



Here’s one set up for homeschool calendar time we have had.  Lots of free printables!



Here’s our Calendar Connections for more fun learning!