Tot School- G is for Goat and Farm Theme

Friday, March 20, 2015

Summer is 31.5 months.

As we continue through Tot School printables, our weekly focus this time around was Letter G for Goat.  We've previously done a farm theme which you can read more about here, but I knew she would enjoy it even more at this age.  And, she did which makes it worthwhile.

 I had a small setup of activities, mainly her farm and animals, some farm themed books and her puzzles.  She headed straight for her farm and loved every minute


farm play 2
farm (similar)

farm play

Puzzles are still a favorite.  Sometimes she wanted to complete the puzzle quickly and other times, I called out the animals for her to find. 

farm puzzle

She loved using the flashcards and her magnets to practice animal recognition.



One of her favorite books was this Eric Carle sound book. The pictures are beautiful and pressing the sound buttons over and over is the best!

sound book

She still enjoys using these printables.  I actually got her to stamp this particular week which was something she hasn't been too interested in.


She worked on shapes recognition...



Letter Match

Dot Painting...

dot paint
dot markers

And, while coloring is usually an exciting favorite of hers...this week not so much.  She did a little bit herself spread out over a few days, but then asked for help.  So, Abby helped her out.



abby and summer color

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Abeka Lesson Organization

Sunday, February 22, 2015

A few posts back, I shared my thoughts on Abeka: First Grade.  While I'm starting to get the hang of it and our days are going much smoother, that wasn't always the case.  I went in with one idea and was quickly wondering what I had gotten myself into.  Long story short, after accumulating all the "optional" materials things improved greatly, but organization was still a huge issue.

I began browsing online to see how other homeschooling families organized their Abeka lessons.  I simply wanted to have some understanding and starting point. I wasn't having much luck until I came across this post which was helpful.  I took the idea of a file system and decided to give it a try by creating a smaller version.

Filing System

My idea and main objective was to, at least, get a six week grading period organized.  This meant heading to Target to look for inspiration.  I happened upon a wooden file holder and some cute hanging file folders.  I then used simple manila file folders and created labels for each.  For my trial run, I decided to label by weekday.  I made 6 sets of Monday-Friday folders and put each week in a hanging folder.


You could also do this by lesson number, if you prefer.  I then tore out all worksheets needed for that particular day/lesson.  For example, if this specific Wednesday is Lesson 56 then all Lesson 56 paperwork would be included.  Pretty simple.  To simplify further, I stapled all seatwork papers together, including a tablet sheet.  Daily sheets (like math or the occasional spelling paper) are paper clipped to the seatwork packet.  The stapled packet takes care of two days of seatwork (one lesson on front, another on the back) and Abby can hold on to the seatwork packet until it is completed on the second day.  All finished paperwork is then filed away in a plastic container.


I also use this same system for Summer's Tot School Printables.  Each letter has a folder, which is filed by the specific week.  It helps keep them easily accessible and helps me know which letters are coming up.

As we continue to progress through the curriculum, I'm open to modifying this system.  But for now, it's helping so much.

I'm curious, how do you organize your lessons?

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Tot School: F is for Foot and Doc McStuffins Theme

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Summer is 30.5 months old.

This week we continued using Tot School Printables from 1+1+1=1 and focused on the Letter F.  I love how excited she gets when I ask if she wants "to do school." 

Since Summer loves coloring so much, I started her off with the coloring sheet.  She prefers to color all at once, so one day we colored and the next few days we played a game to locate colors.



She matched her foam shapes to the pictures.

Shape Match

Shape Match 2

She also has a slight obsession with dry erase idea where she gets that from and enjoyed the prewriting practice sheet.

dry erase board

One day, I pulled a few Valentine's Day inspired activities for her.  She practiced gluing the foam hearts and lacing. 

Glue Heart

Gluing Heart

Heart Placing

Lacing Heart


The vocabulary focus this week was parts of the body. My girls are fans of Doc McStuffins so I thought it might be fun to incorporate that into our week.  I had some happy girls!


I used an old workbench for the checkup center and set up all the Doc McStuffins toys we had and a few books.  I filled the basket with animals and baby dolls and Summer (and Abby) loved it!

Setup 4
Doc McStuffins Doll | Doctor's Bag

Setup 3
Doctor Coat | Book of Boo Boo's

Setup 2
Dora the Doctor | Corduroy Goes to the Doctor

Doctor Play

Playing Doc

Playing Doctor

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