3rd Grade Reading List ~ Update

As we close up our homeschool year I wanted to share the books my daughter, who just finished 3rd grade, ended up reading this year!  At the beginning of the year I shared this list with you, which was the list I created to launch from. In that post you can download her exact reading guide, shown in the photo below.

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This girl loves to read. I can’t keep up with her. She chose to read MANY of the books on the list and MANY that weren’t on the list! Below you can see her final ratings of each book from the list! I have her put a dot sticker with her 1-10 rating when she finishes a book. We also kept a written list for books not pictured.

Click each image to enlarge.

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Books from a series are not all listed, these are the names in case I didn’t write it out above!

  • Wings of Fire
  • Sophie Mouse
  • Shelter Pet Squad
  • The Menagerie
  • Pet Rescue Club
  • Dog Diaries
  • Ranger in Time
  • Ragweed, Poppy, Poppy & Rye, Ereth’s Birthday, Poppy’s Return, Poppy & Ereth
  • Toys Go Out, Toys Come Home, Toy Dance Party
  • The Mouse & The Motorcycle, Runaway Ralph, Ralph S. Mouse
  • Leila & Nugget Mystery
  • Dragon Keepers
  • Zoey & Sassafras

Below you can see the books on Amazon {jump to blog if reading in email}



Creative Creatures A to Z Q-Tip Painting

Creative Creatures A to Z Q-Tip Painting

We have a new set of FREE Q-Tip Painting printables featuring adorable Creative Creatures A to Z! There are so many fun ways to use these printables. Making tiny glue dots and sprinkling glitter over them is a favorite of ours! You can see many more ideas for using these here!

We also have brand new Creative Creatures A to Z Printables in our Teacher’s Notebook Shop! There’s even a bundle featuring all 6 Creative Creatures products at a discounted price! You’ll get flashcards, letter mazes, handwriting practice pages, an easy reader and more! If you are looking for something fun to bring in to your ABC learning time, Creative Creatures A to Z is just what you need! Silly creatures shaped like letters will bring a smile to your little one’s face as s/he is learning!

Click on each image below to see each product in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop, or click here to see the entire bundle!

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Creative Creatures A to Z Bundle

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Download your free Creative CreaturesA to Z Q-tip Painting  Printables here!

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WHY use Q-Tip Painting Printables?

The big answer is fine motor skills! You’ll notice how we focus on not only the tiny dots, but also using small items in painting or adding to the dots. All of this works on hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills

The letter/number identification is a secondary bonus!

See ideas for using these here!

Ideas for Using Q Tip Painting Printables

    

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Teaching Textbooks Math Online Subscription Review

Teaching Textbooks Math 3.0 Online Subscription Review

{disclaimer ~ TT is a blog sponsor and I was provided online subscriptions for this review}

As if I didn’t love Teaching Textbooks Math enough already – now there is an ONLINE version! If you aren’t familiar with Teaching Textbooks Math, you might want to begin by reading my post sharing why we love TT, and possibly my review of Level 3 here. Then come back to this post to read about the new 3.0 ONLINE version!

Teaching Textbooks 3.0 is the all-new online subscription, which means no more discs! The 3.0 is a per student online subscription that lasts for a full year (12 months). This is great news to many homeschool families, ours included! If you are someone who still loves the 2.0 version, with the discs and physical books – no worries, those will still be available too!

All academic content in this new online version is exactly the same. In the new version you have an online e-book textbook {which can be used online or can e printed}, but this book is the same material as the printed manuals, so if you have a physical manual for a certain level, you can still use it with the online version!

The Parent Home Page is fabulous, allowing you to access all of your students in one place. This is also where you will find the answer key and the ability to change the hints and second chance rules. All grades are stored permanently on TT servers and can be accessed anytime from anywhere (even after a subscription has ended). Below you can see a screenshot of the Parent Home Page.

TT 3.0 Parent Homepage

My kids absolutely love the new buddies. As a mom, I don’t really get the excitement, but man, they love this!

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I must admit, the little worms that tell jokes after he gets three problems correct have me laughing along. Here’s a video clip showing one of the jokes from the buddies {this is level 7, the buddies are different for each level}.

TT 3.0 FAQ

How long is a subscription?

12 months! This is fabulous – especially if you homeschool year-round, or have a student that take a bit longer with a level.

Can I pause a subscription?

Yes! You are allowed 3 months’ pause time on each subscription (to allow for things such as extended holidays, vacations, illnesses, etc.). With or without using the pause feature, students can easily finish the course within this 12-month period simply by doing 1 lesson per day, but if extra time is needed TT can make allowances.

How much does it cost?

See pricing information here {scroll down to see each level – they are priced differently}.

Is there a large family discount?

Yes! If you have 4 to 8 children, the price is $197.08, which is a flat price. That means your per student price goes down as the number of students increases. With 4 students it’s $49.27 per student. With 8 students it’s only $24.64 per student per year! Those of you with larger families will really benefit from this!

Can it be used on a tablet or phone?

Yes! Read more about that here!

Why I Prefer 3.0 over 2.0

In closing, I want to share why I prefer this version {online} over the 2.0 {disc} version. I was very excited to try it but love it for reasons I hadn’t actually thought of until I got started.

Multiple tabs can be open at one time which greatly benefits my ability to help one of my kids FROM my desk rather than having to get up and go to each student. I am often working while my kids do Teaching Textbooks but occasionally they will need help, so I am usually in the schoolroom working on my computer so I am available if anything comes up. This is no SO simple! I have two TT tabs open on my computer – the  the eBook textbook and the actual main interface my child is doing her/his lesson on.

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That way I can quickly jump to whatever I need to help without even having to leave my computer! Math help goes much faster now! My child can be logged in on a different computer at the same time I am logged in. I love this!

Another benefit for us is the simplicity of taking it with us. We travel a lot for gymnastics especially and taking math was something we could never do. Now we can! I can’t say my kids will be thrilled about this, but I sure am!

I love the fact that my kids can log in on any computer. My kids work on our old {mostly worn-out} computers and if one acts up and gives trouble, I can easily have them jump to a different computer, even just for that day. With the disc version, each child was stuck to one specific computer since the gradebook was stored there. It could be moved entirely to a different computer, but not back on a frequent basis.

The cost is simply better. Yes, TT discs have a high resale value, but honestly I am not a re-seller. For me, and I am sure many of you, simply paying less to begin with is a better idea. This version also takes up less space in your home – as in NO SPACE. I am a bit of a homeschool curriculum hoarder so having one less set of discs/books on the shelf is a bonus. See pricing info here.


More Teaching Textbooks on my blog:

Teaching Textbooks Math 3 Review Teaching Textbooks Math Checklists P We Love Teaching Textbooks Math

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Chickens 4 the Hinsons ~ Week 8/9

Chickens 4 the Hinsons Week 8 and 9

Catching up on our chick adventures? You can see week 1 here and week 2 here, week 3 here, week 4/5 here, week 6 here!  and week 7 here!

We have 2 Rhode Island Reds, 3 Barred Rocks and 7 Black Sex Links {a hybrid of the Barred Rock & Rhode Island Red}. The Barred Rocks and Rhode Island Reds are 7/8 weeks old in these photos and the BSLs are 8/9 weeks old.

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I absolutely love seeing the chickens rest outside in their run. Seeing them snuggle up together is my favorite!

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We spend a LOT of time with our chickens. My daughter continues to be their biggest fan.

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I heard that certain chickens would just hop right up and that has begun! I sat down one day and bam – two chickens up on me!

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See the chickens here #chickens4thehinsons

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June 2018 Calendars for Kids

June Printable Calendars for Kids

We have all new 2018 calendars for you! You can download both the tracing and dot version of our calendars for June for free in this post!

Download your free June 2018 Calendars here!

We have some sets for sale in our Teacher’s Notebook Shop for those of you who want more! You can buy the entire year of either, or a blank version to use any year! You can also buy all 3 in a bundle deal. There’s notebook covers and a year-at-a glance in the sets!

Click on each image to see the individual sets…

2018 Version is HERE!!!

Or click here to get them all in a bundle deal!

Learning ideas to go along with the tracing printables ~

  • At the beginning of each new month, trace the name of the month, the year, and color the focus picture.
  • Each new day, trace the number and talk about what day it is.
  • Practice counting each day up to the date.
  • Use 2 or 3 colors to write in each month 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!

Learning ideas to go along with the dot fun printables ~

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  • 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.

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

Get your Calendar Notebook covers here

Calendar Notebook Covers


Looking for more calendar fun?

Add these printables to our Calendar Notebook printables!

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

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Here’s our Calendar Connections for more fun learning!

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