Learn to Draw a Swan, Turtle, Unicorn, Vampire Bat, Whale and X-Ray Fish! Free Printables!

Let's Draw Printables - S, T, U, V, W, X

We have a new set of Let’s Draw A-Z Printables for you! Letters S, T, U, V, W and X  are free to download here and other free sets will be coming. If you don’t want to wait, you can grab the full set here in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop.

Each page features a heading which can be colored, the drawing tutorial, and a space for drawing. The space is at the bottom of the page so you can easily trim it off to just keep your child’s drawing. Let’s Draw a swan, turtle, unicorn, vampire bat, whale and x-ray fish!

Swan Drawing Tutorial Turtle Drawing TutorialUnicorn Drawing Tutorial Vampire Bat Drawing TutorialWhale Drawing Tutorial X-Ray Fish Drawing Tutorial

Download S, T, U, V, W, X for free here!

Grab the entire set here in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop

Let's Draw A to Z

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Looking for more ABC ideas, check out our ABC Pinterest board here!

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Peel, Play and Learn USA Map Set Review

Peel, Play, and Learn USA Map Review


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We were excited to get the USA Map Wall Play Set by Mona MELisa Designs for review! I was very excited about this and just knew it would be perfect as we review our states this year! Our set came rolled in a sturdy tube, rolled up smoothly.

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I decided to put it on our dry erase board but it can be put right on the wall we just already had the board mounted and this was the perfect spot in the school room!

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I got it set up in preparation for the homeschool year to begin and my 7 year old daughter spotted it and immediately became engaged. Yes, the dog likes it too.

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I told her I was going to add 3-4 more states on the perimeter for her to place each day.  She begged for more right away!

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My ten year old son took notice a few days later and got in on the action, although she was pretty territorial with her map.

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She shooed him away after kindly letting him place a couple of things and got back to work on her own.

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See a video here sharing Ladybug’s first impressions and a bit of my thoughts!  You can also see what a great homeschooler I am as I make an error in state labeling in the video!


Mom’s Final Thoughts…

My main concern was durability and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the small pieces to see if I felt they would really resist ripping and wrinkling. I am pleased to say that I am very impressed so far. They really do bend and twist as shown in the video on this page.

Here’s a bit about the material the map is made out of. As a mom I was concerned about these things. Now that I have seen it and felt it, I can say it’s true!

  • A fabric that is endlessly adhesive because it’s cleanable – all it needs is a little rubbing alcohol
  • A fabric that is durable – tearing and ripping is out of the question
  • A fabric that has maximum versatility – walls become a creative canvas
  • A fabric that is safe for every family – No BPA, lead or PVC

My goal in using this map for our homeschooling this year is to consistently review state locations, names, and capitals. We learned all of them last year and this map came at a perfect time for a fun way to provide hands-on review. I am thrilled!

I definitely recommend investing in this map if you are looking for something interactive like this. Initially I thought it was a  bit pricey but now that we have it I see it is totally different than other wall decal sets we have used in the past.

You can buy the USA Map Wall Play Set here on Educents.

See more Mona MELisa Designs play sets here!


Tot School Gathering Place Week 187

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!


The Summer Olympics are finally here!!! We will be watching the different events (especially men’s gymnastics!) throughout the next 15 days! What is your favorite event to watch? Do you have any plans for implementing the Olympics into your Tot School? We’d love to hear and see what you and your Tot are up to this coming week! Don’t forget to share with us here at the Gathering Place!

Are you looking for some alphabet activities to help your Tot recognize or learn sounds? Head on over to SmartE PartE to see several different Tot Tray activities to help your Tot discover the ABC’s!

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Are you looking for an interesting art project your Tot will enjoy? Take a look at what Mama Swapna from The Practical Mom put together for her Tot! It’s sure to please!

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Are you curious about what other families plan and how they do their Tot School? Take a peek at Hoosier Homestead and what Mama Vanessa and Tots Meghan and Katie Grace did throughout the month of July. It may inspire and encourage you in your Tot School journey!

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See the Tot School webpage here!

Follow {1plus1plus1} Carisa’s board Tot School Ideas on Pinterest.

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).

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Now is a GREAT time to give essential oils a try! We have an awesome Back to School bonus gift this month and an extra oil in addition to the 11 in the starter kit! See our new Back to School blog series here to learn more about how to use oils to help your family during this season!

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Spelling Resources

Spelling Resources for Homeschoolers


It’s no secret that we love All About Spelling. We will be using level 2 and level 5 this year in our homeschool. All About Learning Press has some fantastic spelling resources that I wanted to compile all in one post to make it easy for you to jump around.

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First, here’s a great article explaining the basics behind All About Spelling’s approach. Here’s a great article where you can decide if All About Spelling is right for your child.




All About Spelling is based on the Orton-Gillingham approach, which you can specifically read more about here and scroll to the bottom of the article and look for this graphic to read even more!.




Wondering what level to start withThis is a great article to help!




Wondering about the differences between All About Reading and All About Spelling? This article explains the differences! This article shares why they recommend teaching reading and spelling separately.




Finally, here’s a free printable for you, just go here to download the spelling rules posters!

Printable Spelling Rules Posters