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It has been years since I have released a new Kindergarten Literature Unit Study Printable Pack but finally, we have a new one!

Teaching Kindergarten at Home

I created this new set in honor of my new session Teaching Kindergarten at Home which is debuting in the Back2Homeschool Virtual event! In my video session, I share how Kindergarten Literature units were the backbone of my Kindergarten plans with my daughter. I have always wanted to add more to our original set of 9 FREE units, and finally got this one done! I have another in the works also! If you’d like to learn more about teaching Kindergarten at Home I recommend registering for the Back2Homeschool event ASAP so you can get the early-bird price, before it goes up on July 22! Learn more here!

I based this new set off of the book SCOOT by, Cathryn Falwell, featuring a fun pond theme!

Set the stage for your POND theme by gathering all of your pond toys and books! It helps to draw your child in and get her/him excited about your learning time together.

Don’t have a lot of pond toys and books? Ask friends, go to the library, or buy some things you think might be a good long term investment for your homeschool!

Be sure to purchase the book SCOOT or check it out from your library. In addition to the main book, I recommend adding in all sorts of fun pond theme books to bring the theme alive!

Here is a downloadable library checklist for pond books!

Add a pond theme sensory bin to your fun!

For each unit, I select Kindergarten math goals from our list. For this unit I chose ordinal numbers, counting by 10s, coin identification, and 100s Chart Mystery Picture.

  

Lots of literacy activities; rhyming, counting syllables, sequencing the story, comprehension questions, matching words, and beginning sound – letter P and 2 part cards.

     

     

The science activities: label parts of a frog, and frog life cycle.

 

A new addition to our packs – photo cards! I chose real life photos of all of the plants and animals featured in the book. These can be printed and laminated for use in all sorts of ways! Play memory {print 2 sets}, find the animals in the book, practice writing the names of the animals.

  

Another fun new addition focuses on listening skills while also brining in some literacy and math skills!

 

Create your own activity with this blank chart! Write in whatever your child is working on – letters, numbers, shapes, colors, etc.

The character connection is focused taking turns and our Bible verse is about the wonderful creatures God made!

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Coloring page just for fun!

I share more ideas here on our Pinterest board for this unit.

~~>Download your FREE printables here!<~~

Scroll down and look for the Scoot section and click on “free printables”

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I have been busy behind the scenes in the past months! It is finally time to share! As you may know, I have been a speaker for Teach Them Diligently for 6 years now and have been to many locations and met some of you! What always makes me sad is the fact that so many families want to attend in person but just aren’t able to for various reasons. When David and Leslie Nunnery contacted me about partnering with them for this online event I was THRILLED! They asked me to record two new sessions, that haven’t been shared in recent TTD convention seasons, so I got busy!

     

With more than 45 speakers and incredible workshops to enjoy from the comfort of your own home, we pray this new event will go a long way towards helping you kick off this new homeschool year with more confidence and resolve than ever before!!

If you homeschool– or are even considering homeschooling, I encourage you to register this week for only $19!! (Regular price $25) The conference goes live the week of July 22-26 and you will have lifetime access to the workshops after that.

  • Workshops going LIVE during the week of July 22-26, 2019
  • More than 45 Speakers {see PDF list or speakers and sessions here}
  • More than 60 Different Workshops
  • Lifetime Access
  • Swag Bags for All Who Register
  • Virtual Exhibit Hall with more than 40 companies like Apologia, Alpha Omega, Notgrass, Creating a Masterpiece, Mystery of History, and many more.
  • Plus SO MUCH MORE!

Invest in your homeschool and your family, and pursue your calling to the best of your ability by joining us for the Back2Homeschool Virtual Conference!

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Recently we released AFRICA Country by Country and EUROPE Country by Country today we have our next set in our new Country by Country seriesSOUTH AMERICA! We have also released a GROWING BUNDLE option which you can purchase to gain access to ALL of our Country by Country products, including our new Jeopardy games {more about this near end of post}!

Each country has one page with a place to write the country’s name and the capital city’s name. There is also a small map of each country and a large blank map of South America to color in the country’s location on the map. I also included the country’s flag to color and one interesting fact about each country. I had SO much fun choosing the facts and I highly recommend taking a few minutes to do a quick online search for “Fun Facts About _________” as you go through each country. We are doing our countries in alphabetical order, but you can do them in any order!

A few other helpful pages are included in this set, which will help with some of the items on the individual country pages.

South America Maps

 

  

Flags of South America and Countries & Capitals

There are 12 countries included as well as 4 dependent territories. Click on the graphic below to enlarge for details.

 

In addition to the pages for each country, there’s also a sheet at the front to record each country as you learn it. The map gets filled in as your child works through the countries one by one.

Another fun page I included is a sheet to record countries you’ve been to!

I used our binding machine to bind the pages together to create a book that’s easy to work through. Not sure how I made it so long as a homeschooler without my binding machine!

Below you can see a video walk through of our AFRICA Country by Country which is set up the same as our new South America version!

AFRICA Country by Country - YouTube

Grab your copy of South America Country by Country here in my Shop!

Need the GROUP USE version? Grab that here!

Or purchase the Country by Country Growing Bundle here!

Note, when you buy while the bundle is still growing you get USA State by State as a free bonus! You also get a lower price the earlier you purchase access. Learn more here!

Country by Country Jeopardy

Our Jeopardy games are created to make learning about the world fun and ongoing. What is the point of learning locations, capitals, flags, and more if only to forget when you close the book. Jeopardy is a fun way to keep the facts fresh for everyone! See South America Jeopardy here.

 

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When we adopted the motto – one year at a time, one kid at a time, I knew it might someday bring me peace when plans changed right before my eyes! When presented with the opportunity to take classes at our community college, for free, for dual credit, we enrolled our oldest son! He took all but 2 courses at the community college for 11th grade through a program called Career and College Promise. It was a learning experience for all of us and wasn’t always easy. I missed him while also feeling the freedom of having only 2 kids to teach. He loved his new freedom while learning that the classroom experience is majorly different, especially at the college level for your very first experience!

Below is a list of the courses he completed for 11th grade

1st Semester

  • English – Writing and Inquiry
  • Math – Precalculus Algebra
  • Music Appreciation
  • Intro to Sociology

2nd Semester

  • English – Writing/Research in the Disciplines
  • General Psychology
  • College Transfer Success – required course for the program he is in

At Home

  • Literature portion of English
  • US History – Notgrass  

Some of the courses are by choice and some are required for the program he is in. We had to choose a pathway and within the Associate in Science Pathway, he was given courses that fulfill the requirements.

Moving forward…

For the upcoming year {12th grade} he will take the following at the community college for sure:

  • Biology 1
  • Biology 2
  • Math – Precalculus Trigonometry
  • American Literature

He has also decided to give the technical pathway a try and take a course in the electrician path to see if it’s something he likes. I love that he is not set in stone on the college path and is exploring all options of what the best journey might be for him. We are huge fans of finding the right fit for each person. It just isn’t the same for all!

He may end up at college, he may decide to be an electrician. He may go away to college, he may complete his bachelor degree online. His options are still open at this point, but we are still making sure he is prepared for the go-away-to-college route if that’s what he chooses in the end. If he does that, his top choice is still Charleston Southern University. Decisions will need to be made soon, so I bet you will see things unfold on Instagram as we walk this final year together!

Outside of School…

He does many other things besides school! He has worked at Chick-Fil-A for over a year now and loves it. He is spending several weeks of his summer volunteering at camps for adults and kids with special needs {which he has done for the past few summers also}. It brings me so much joy to see him enjoy serving others! During the school year he volunteers with the special needs ministry at our church.

 

It seems just yesterday I was starting this blog and he was in Kindergarten.

Before Now…

Curious to see what he did in the past {since I’ve been blogging}?

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We have a new Peek & Find featuring Ocean Animals! Peek & Find is a great activity for for Tot Schoolers, Preschoolers, Kindergarteners and beyond. There are a few variations to this activity can easily grow with your child’s ability!

You can also add in some fun elements to the activity, or simply print, cut, and play! Below I will share the free printable, ideas for different levels of play, and fun variations.

There are two main elements of the Peek & Find activity.

The “FIND” boards, available in color or BW…

 

       

 

The “PEEK” cards…

 

 

Print the board, selecting color for younger kids to make it easier and selecting BW for older kids to make it more difficult. Print the cards, on cardstock if possible and cut them out. Laminate if you plan to use these cards repeatedly.

Looking for a great color printing option? See our favorite printer and ink here!

A few options for play…

Option #1 {single player}

Print the Peek & Find board.

Print the cards and cut out.

Mix up the cards, choose one at a time and find the object on the Peek & Find board. Color, circle, or mark the object.

If you have an artistic child who loves to color, challenge him/her to copy the colors and color the board to match the cards!

Option #2 {2 or more players}

Print a Peek & Find board for each player and one set of cards. Cut out the cards.

Flip over a card and race to see who finds the object first on their board. Using Dot Paint with this game is fun!

Winner keeps the card.

Person with the most cards at the end is the winner!

See a video of my daughter and I playing {we were using the SPRING theme board in this video} …

Peek & Find SPRING - YouTube

Option #3 {sensory, fine motor activity}

Create a sensory bin and bury the cards.

Use a fine motor tool {child tweezers} to dig for cards and pull them out and then find the object on the Peek & Find board and mark it.

Option #4 {gross motor activity}

Hid the cards around the room and challenge your child to find one card at a time and bring it back to the board, find it, mark it, and repeat! This is a great version for those of you with energetic younger kids!

Options for marking the board…

  • Mini Shells
  • Dot Paint
  • BINGO Chips
  • Bottle Tops
  • Pouch Tops
  • Mini Pom Poms
  • Markers, Crayons, Colored Pencils
  • Beads
  • Mini Erasers
  • Beans

    Download your FREE Peek & Find Ocean Animals here!

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    We have been making visual reading lists for a few years now and they really help my kids. I spend the summer choosing books for each child and then compile the book covers on a page so they can choose throughout the year. Last summer I shared a video about these visual booklists, and why we love them! You can watch that here!

    In that video I offered to make a tutorial video and many of you asked me to do that! I finally got it done and hope many of you will be able to make your own visual book lists now!

    Here is the video tutorial and below I will share basic written steps.

    How To Make Visual Book List - YouTube

    1. Download the book cover image to your computer
    2. Add the image to a document in PowerPoint
    3. Resize the image by dragging the corners and moving the image around
    4. Align the book covers by using the align feature {align middle and distribute horizontally}

    We print 2 copies of our book lists, one for the front of their grade level notebook, and one for the rating stickers. After a book is finished a colored dot sticker is placed on the book image with a 1-10 rating.

    Our Book Lists

    Downloads…

    Here is a blank reading record for your child to write the title, author and rate the book 1-10 based on his/her opinion.

    Here’s another reading log we have used. It is very similar to the one we are using now.

    See our Book Lists Pinterest board here!

          

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      We have our next free 2019 calendar for you! You can download both the tracing and dot version of our calendars for July 2019 for free at the bottom of this post!

       

       

                 

      Grab the ENTIRE 2019 set…

      We have some sets for sale in our 1+1+1=1 Shop for those of you who want more!

      Click on each image to see the individual sets…

       

      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 ~

      • 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

      Looking for more calendar fun?

      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!

      Download your free July 2019 Calendars here!

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      The homeschool curriculum choices blog posts are great, but what I really want to know is what families thought AFTER they used the curriculum they chose!  I have shared many of these posts, you can see them all here. This is my third child to homeschool 4th grade, which is why the post is titled “Round 3!”

      Next up, 4th grade!  Here’s a reminder of the original 4th Grade Curriculum Choices post.

      Below I will give a small review of each subject, if you have more specific questions about anything, just leave me a comment and I will do my best to answer!  

      Math ~ Teaching Textbooks 5, Spielgaben, Life of Fred

      Once again, Teaching Textbooks does the job for us! She completed Math 5 and will be continuing on with Teaching Textbooks Math 6 for 5th grade.

      We read Life of Fred together at least a few times a week, we both LOVE LOF!

      Our Spielgaben set continues to come out and the pieces are often used for reinforcement. We are using the new math workbooks this summer for review!

      History/Geography ~ LIFEPAC 4th Grade 

      This was a great fit for us! She enjoyed reading together and did the workbook portion on her own.

      We will be switching to a different publisher for next year – not because I didn’t like LIFEPAC but simply because I need to combine my kids to save time instead of having two completely different history programs. Next year we will use Notgrass From Adam to Us for 5th and 8th grade.

      See more about LIFEPAC History/Geography here in our full review!

      Reading ~ 4th grade reading list.

      Books read together :

      • Island of the Blue Dolphins
      • The Wild Robot
      • The Wild Robot Escapes
      • Endling
      • Granted

      Books read independently:

      • Warriors series
      • Wings of Fire series
      • more than I can remember

      She LOVES reading, but only loves reading books she chooses. Her big change for the upcoming school year will be having assigned books to read. I will mainly be assigning historical fiction for her, since her natural reading choices are mostly fantasy and animal fiction.

      Grammar ~ Growing with Grammar then Fix It Grammar

      We began the year by finishing up Growing with Grammar Level 3 with plans to move on to level 4. We decided to try IEW’s Fix It Grammar and it is a great fit! We started with their first book and I taught my kids together {4th/7th}. Since we started later in the year, we just got as far as we could and will begin where we left off when we start back to school in August.

      Vocabulary ~ Spectrum 4th Grade  

      No photos of this one, but I continue to like Spectrum Vocabulary workbooks for my kids and will be having her use the 5th grade version in the fall.

      Spelling ~ All About Spelling Level 4

      We love AAS but my girl is a naturally good speller. We took pretests for many of the units and she knew almost all of the words. We will use Level 5 in the fall since we already own it, but I imagine she will breeze through it too. It’s nice to finally have a kid I don’t have to drill on spelling so much!

      Handwriting Practice ~ Character Copywork

      I combined a bit of Bible with handwriting having her copy verses using Character Copywork.

      Writing ~ IEW

      We started the year with Bible Heroes {which we were finishing up from 3rd grade} and paused in the middle to do SWI B  {I combined my younger kids for this 4th/7th} and that was a great idea! We will finish up SWI B in the fall {we have 3 lessons left – which purposely saved because I wanted to spend time on them and not rush at the end of the year} and then move on to All Things Fun and Fascinating. IEW is a great fit for us! She is a natural writer, and will write TONS on her own. When she grows up she wants to be a LEGO designer but if she doesn’t do that she wants to be an author.

      Science ~ Learning About Science & weekly enrichment class {Apologia Astronomy}   

      Most of her science came from her weekly enrichment class which she loved. They used Apologia Astronomy and she came home with all sorts of fun stuff! Working on the solar system project together was a highlight! You can see her oral report here on Instagram!

       

      We used Learning About Science as a home addition to read about some additional science topics together.

        Art ~ See our plans here!  

        We tend to be stronger with the “extras” during the first few months of school. I loved our art plan and love the projects we did and artists we learned about. I plan to continue on in the fall and get some good art in for a few months at least!

          

        For Fun ~ Kids Cook Real Food eCourse

        Again, I was great for a couple of months and then main subjects took over. I love the cooking course nd hope to do more with it again in the fall!

          Stay tuned, I will be sharing our year-end review for 11th grade. I will also be sharing our curriculum choices for 8th grade & 5th grade. See all of our past reviews and choices for other grade levels here!

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          {We were given the Spielgaben set and workbooks to review and are honored to have them as a blog sponsor.}

          It has been awhile since we have shared about Spielgaben so if you aren’t familiar, click here and see our very first post to see how long we have had the set! Spielgaben came on as a blog sponsor many years ago and I am honored to be partnering with them again!

          Spielgaben has an exciting new addition to their shop – Math Workbooks! We were sent the complete set to review and I will be sharing over a few different posts to give you an idea of what you could do with them and how they could benefit your homeschool.

          First, the details.

          Spielgaben Math Workbook is a mathematics activity book series for students from Preschool to Year 6. The series is based on National Australia and UK curriculum, which is very similar to the US. You will notice some language and spelling differences, but nothing that is a problem. Mainly just some word choices that differ.

          The content has been carefully sequenced within each year level and across the series to take into account children’s likely mathematical development. The books are meant to be used alongside of your Spielgaben set, allowing for your investment to be used even further!

          I have browsed through the workbooks extensively and love what I see. Hands-On learning is my favorite and these workbooks give you clear ideas in written format with invitations for hands-on play.  I set up some examples to show you what the lowest level “P” workbook looks like and how the Spielgaben toys fit in! The P workbook is intended to cover Preschool/Kindergarten and is FILLED with learning activities! Below is just a small sampling!

          Matching and Patterns…

          Addition with Partitioning…

             

          3D Objects… 

          Shapes…

               

          Numbers…

              

          Stay tuned, I will be sharing more ideas for using the new math workbooks and peeks inside of the different levels. If you have young kids and are looking for a fabulous resource that will be an investment that will last for many years and through many kids, Spielgaben is definitely it! The free-play alone that stems from this amazing set is of incredible value. My kids have spent hours upon hours playing with and learning with Spielgaben, and still do!

          Special Deal for 1+1+1=1 Readers:

          Send an email to info@spielgaben.com mentioning 1+1+1=1 blog to find out their current deal for my readers!

          See more fun we have had with Spielgaben! All of these posts feature my daughter and I’ve divided them by age so you can see ideas of how you could use the set based on the ages of your own kids!

          PRESCHOOL KINDERGARTEN 1st GRADE 2nd GRADE 3rd GRADE MISC.

            

          Special Deal for 1+1+1=1 Readers:

          Send an email to info@spielgaben.com mentioning 1+1+1=1 blog to find out their current deal for my readers!

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          The homeschool curriculum choices blog posts are great, but what I really want to know is what families thought AFTER they used the curriculum they chose!  I have shared many of these posts, you can see them all here. This is my second child to homeschool 7th grade, which is why the post is titled “Round 2!”

          First up, 7th grade!  Here’s a reminder of the original 7th Grade Curriculum Choices post.

          Below I will give a small review of each subject, if you have more specific questions about anything, just leave me a comment and I will do my best to answer!

          Science ~ LIFEPAC 7th Grade

          My older son used Apologia science for all of middle school and I knew the layout just wouldn’t be a good fit for my middle son. I decided to give LIFEPAC a try and it is a good fit for him! The mini-book style works well, breaking down the huge book into smaller sections is less overwhelming. The breakup of the reading with questions is better for him too. We will be using LIFEPAC for science in 8th grade too.

           

          Math ~ Teaching Textbooks Pre Algebra

          Once again, Teaching Textbooks does the job for us! He completed Pre Algebra and will be continuing on with Teaching Textbooks Algebra 1 for 8th grade. Wondering if TT math is a good college prep math program?

          History/Geography ~ LIFEPAC 7th Grade

          This was a great fit for us! It isn’t his favorite subject, but he liked the layout of the LIFEPAC booklets. We mostly did the lessons together, on my bed or a couch, with help from Baxter.

          We will be switching to a different publisher for next year – not because I didn’t like LIFEPAC but simply because I need to combine my kids to save time instead of having two completely different history programs. Next year we will use Notgrass From Adam to Us for 5th and 8th grade.

          See more about LIFEPAC History/Geography here in our full review!

          Reading ~ 7th grade reading list.

          Books read :

          • Refugee – FAVORITE!
          • Chains
          • The Hiding Place
          • Run Away Home
          • Beyond the Bright Sea

          He dislikes reading alone {enjoys reading together} and he did not read as much as I would have liked. 8th grade is going to be a game changer for him, as it was for my older son. He simply MUST read more books.

          Grammar ~ Fix It Grammar

          We began the year with LIFEPAC Language Arts and ended up making a switch mid-year. We decided to try IEW’s Fix It Grammar and it is a great fit! We started with their first book and I taught my kids together {4th/7th}. Since we started later in the year, we just got as far as we could and will begin where we left off when we start back to school in August.

          Writing ~ IEW

          We started the year with IEW Ancient History Based Writing and paused in the middle to do SWI B  {I combined my younger kids for this 4th/7th} and that was a great idea! We will finish up SWI B in the fall {we have 3 lessons left – which purposely saved because I wanted to spend time on them and not rush at the end of the year} and then complete Ancient History. IEW is a great fit for us and after we complete what we have I will probably buy another theme based unit for him to do.

          Stay tuned, I will be sharing our year-end review for 4th grade and 11th grade. I will also be sharing our curriculum choices for 8th grade & 5th grade.

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