Thank you ~ 2011

Some Linky Love for the following blogs/sites as a THANK YOU for sending loads of traffic my way during the year of 2011!

Top 10 Referring Sites of 2011

  1. Pinterest
  2. Money Saving Mom
  3. Homeschool Creations
  4. Confessions of a Homeschooler
  5. Hubbard’s Cupboard
  6. Circle of Moms
  7. Counting Coconuts
  8. Delightful Learning
  9. Living Montessori Now
  10. The Princess and the Tot

A BIG Thank You to ALL of our blog sponsors and/or giveaway sponsors during 2011…

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Top 10 Posts on 1+1+1=1 during 2011

  1. Tot School ~ Where Do I Begin?
  2. Tot School Printables
  3. Behind the Scenes ~ Tot Trays
  4. Behind the Scenes ~ Preschool Workboxes
  5. Behind the Scenes ~ Routines, Schedules, & Planning
  6. You Can Read!
  7. New Tot School Forms
  8. Raising Rock Stars ~ Week 1
  9. Color By Number Sight Words
  10. Pumpkins Lapbook

Thanks to all of my readers  and online friends too, it has been a great year!  I look forward to our journey online together during 2012 ~ let’s go where God leads!

Thank You ~ December 2011

Some Linky Love for the following blogs/sites as a THANK YOU for sending loads of traffic my way!

From my Google Analytics report ~ December 2011

Top 10 Referring Sites

  1. Pinterest
  2. Money Saving Mom
  3. Confessions of a Homeschooler
  4. The Happy Housewife
  5. Homeschool Creations
  6. Life as Mom
  7. Living Montessori Now
  8. Counting Coconuts
  9. Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures
  10. Hubbard’s Cupboard

And, a BIG Thank You to our current blog sponsors and/or upcoming giveaway sponsors…

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Tot School ~ No School

~Ladybug is currently 32 months old~

I have no Tot School post for you!  We are still away and the camera hasn’t even come out much!  We will be getting back to normal tomorrow, after our drive home.  Because it just isn’t a blog post without at least one photo, here’s one of my favorites from Christmas Eve Day…


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Please put your tot’s age (in months) after it, like this: 1+1+1=1 (41 mos)

Calendar Connections ~ The Arctic and Antarctica

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My wonderful friend Shannon is still working with me to create the Calendar Connections cards. She is a fellow inner city missionary with me and also a homeschooler {and former school teacher}.

We chose the theme of The Arctic & Antarctica for January! Good chilly fun!Arctic and Antarctica Calendar Connections

The facts are written at a 3-6th grade level but you will be able to water them down for younger kids. It’s a great way to involve your entire family in exploring a particular theme. 

The cards fit my particular pocket chart calendar {which is from Oriental Trading}, item # IN-62/2017. 


but you could use a poster foam board and velcro to easily create your own set up. You could also use a standard pocket chart. They seem like they would fit in this calendar on Amazon but I am not certain.

I am now creating smaller sets to go along with the small pocket charts found recently in the Target $1 section. Here is what they look like… Calendar Connections Small Arctic and Antarctica2

Be sure to visit this post for a tutorial of how to sew your $1 pocket chart into a calendar!

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

Calendar Connections Small Arctic and Antarctica

I printed my numbers on cardstock and laminated them before cutting them apart.

You can download these for FREE here!

You can use most of our Calendar Connections cards for any month! We are slowly building up what we hope will be a wide variety of themes to choose from!

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While reading a magazine today, I came across a free app that has changed how I find apps!  AppShopper is amazing!  Go get it if you use an iPod, Phone or Pad, it’s free!


It tracks prices of apps and alerts you if the price drops!  It also shows you price history for particular apps so you can see trends and what price you should wait for if you want to purchase something.  Here’s one example of an app I want and have on my wish list in AppShopper; Bugs and Buttons.  Right now it is listed at $2.99 but I can see that it was .99 and may go back down again so I will wait for a notification!

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We have the free version of Miss Spider’s Tea Party and Ladybug LOVES it but I am not paying $4.99 for it.  I saw that they have the bedtime version on sale for .99 so I bought it for her {she was so giggly and excited when I showed her!}!

I had a blast loading up my wish list and getting some free apps today.  I can’t believe I had no clue this amazing tool even existed! Another COOL feature, you can publicly share your lists to easily share apps you own and your ratings for them, as well as your wish list! I am not using the apps I own feature yet, but here is my wish list: for you to see!  Many on that list I am just waiting to see if they ever go free, as I won’t pay for them.  Some I am just waiting for a price drop.   If you set up an AppShopper account, will you share links to your lists below in my comments section?  I always love to see app ideas!

As for apps, I am working on an Educational iPad Appspart 2 and hope to have it complete with lists of our new favorites soon!  For now you can browse through the current list of favorite ipad apps for kids.image

If you are looking for a warranty or iPad case, you can see my SquareTrade Warranty review, as well as info about the new iPad case we purchased.