Tot School in the new year…

So glad it’s only two-year old preschool, or Tot School, or Blossom School as I plan to call it. I wanted to start back in August/September with a real school year, but it just didn’t happen. There were so many things lacking! I’ve had a lot of success though. I now have my laminator, hole punch, circle punch, glue stick, school glue, foam glue, foam sheets, construction paper, kid scissors, mama scissors, pipe cleaners, wiggly eyes, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Felt Tree and Letters (both upper and lowercase) as well as the book. We’ve found the Letter Factory DVD in a set for a bargain and even got the Crayola Activity Center (although apparently the wrong one – but I wanted blue!). I’ve been laminating and printing worksheets. Although not much has been organized yet, she does like to draw all over pages, and knows what coloring pages, and do-a-dot. . .

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Blossom School – January 5, 2012

Attempt. Here we go. AppleBlossom is 29 months old. Today we ventured in with a real attempt at “school”. We started out using our calendar (a work in progress). The board is a cardboard project board (~$2). The calendar set (including the Days of the week and Season/Weather chart) is Dots on Chocolate made by Creative Teaching Press. I bought both from a local store called The Knowledge Tree, but I have seen the calendar set on Amazon here. The color of the day is from Carisa at 1+1+1+1, and the Pledge is from Jolanthe at Homeschool Creations. Then at the bottom you see the flashcards – colors, shapes and Letter of the Week Bible verses – those are all part of the LOTW Curriculum I bought and downloaded from Erica at Confessions of a Homeschooler. There are other features I plan to add once we’re ready for them. Now. . .

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RockaBye Toddlers & Twos

Rock-a-Bye Toddlers & Twos from Abingdon Press Genre: Christian Curriculum Pages: 48 Paperback Date Published: June 2009 Publisher: Abingdon Press With Rock-a-Bye Toddlers & Twos, learning Bible stories and simple Christian faith concepts literally becomes child’s play!  This resource guides leaders and parents as they help children ages 18-36 months begin to understand simple faith concepts.  The leader’s guide offers ways to engage the children with Bible story activities that are appropriate for toddlers and twos and coordinate with the other resources in the annual kit. The annual kit is packaged in a tote bag and contains: Leader’s Guide Resource Pak Sample set of Bible Story Picture Cards for each season Three board books (God Loves Me, Jesus Is my Friend, Church Is a Happy Place) Rock-a-Bye Lullaby CD First Chapter Abingdon Press has quite a find with their Rock-a-Bye series. My first intro was with their Babies and Waddlers Ministry. . .

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Little Seeds by Charles Ghigna

In this poem, children discover that planting seeds is an exciting adventure that is good for the Earth, too! Beloved and award-winning author, Father Goose (Charles Ghigna) inspires young children to take care of the planet with his delightful poems. Part of the My Little Planet series. Ages 2-4.

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Nurse, Soldier, Spy by Marissa Moss {Review}

This fast-paced, high-energy picture book tells the true story of Sarah Emma Edmonds, who at age nineteen disguised herself as a man in order to fight in the Civil War. She took the name Frank Thompson and joined a Michigan army regiment to battle the Confederacy. Sarah excelled as a soldier and nurse on the battlefield. Because of her heroism, she was asked to become a spy. Her story comes to life through the signature illustrations and design of John Hendrix and the exciting storytelling of Marissa Moss.

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A Is for Adam by Ken Ham {Review}

Step one in creating a child’s biblical worldview! In a fun and informative way, this revised classic shares biblical insights to a new generation of families. Inside a parent or teacher finds all that’s needed to share the basic truths of the Gospel, and to expand that teaching whenever they wish through detailed instructional tips and structured learning.

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AppleBlossom Preschool A is for Apple

Today we had our first semi organized day of preschool for AppleBlossom. She is only two, so really nothing need be structured and I guess I could just call it Tot School. The plan was to follow the Animal Play Curriculum  and go from there, but I’m not too happy with it or doing so well. One of the main worries and concerns I had when getting organized for this curriculum (which I bought at 50% off FYI) is that there are “recommended resources” that I do not have. We did buy two of the big ones including the Rhyme Storybook Bible and Alphabet Art, but I do not have the 5-minutes for Devotions nor do I have the little books that it recommends and some others. Some of them are plain expensive and/or not available. Since the lesson plans say “read about ants on page such and such” it’s. . .

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Answers for Preschoolers Curriculum from Answers in Genesis {Review}

Preschool has never been so good!

Regardless of how your kids are going to be educated—public, private, or home school—one thing that all children have in common is the need to learn. What better place to begin, than at the beginning!

This complete multi-subject curriculum for preschoolers and very early readers includes 180 fun, engaging, hands-on lessons that introduce children to the Bible, social studies, language arts, math, phonics, and science. Like other preschool curricula, Answers for Preschoolers includes lots of fun activities, coloring pages, easy teacher-friendly ideas, and full-color illustrations galore. But unlike other preschool curricula, this one also affirms the truth of the Bible and uses Genesis as the basis to help precious children know God’s love while exploring health & safety, music, arts & crafts, and even physical education activities.

Designed to make the teacher’s job easy, and the student’s job fun, this foundational curriculum is flexible and can be adapted to any schedule. Order Answers for Preschoolers today and start your children’s education on a solid biblical foundation. It’s never too early to teach your children truth!

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AppleBlossom Preschool and the Good Girl

So today in AppleBlossom Preschool… (anyone want to make me a button for that?) This morning I put my Well Planned Day Planner to good use and started thinking about the reviews I have coming up and what I want to do about preschool play for AppleBlossom. I have a main curriculum that I plan to use for this age two to three year, but I still need to get a few books that the curriculum is based on. About $20 and I’ll be good, I think. We started the morning with my latest Paperbackswap.com find: One Year Book of Devotions for Preschoolers by Crystal Bowman from Tyndale Kids. I came to like Crystal Bowman’s organization to share Bible stories with children through her I Can Read! Series from Zondervan, so I was excited to get this devotional book with cute illustrations through PBS. At first I read yesterday’s devotion,. . .

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Look at You!: A Baby Body Book Look at You! by Kathy Henderson

From learning to crawl to clapping their hands, babies are always doing something new. Kathy Henderson’s lively poems will grab young children’s attention, while Paul Howard’s illustrations aptly capture babies’ and toddlers’ delight at exploring all the things a body can do.

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Into the Wild by Lerryn Korda

Into the Wild by Lerryn Korda Genre: Children’s Book Age range: 1 yr – 3 yrs Pages: 26 Hardcover w/ card stock pages Date Published: March 2010 Publisher: Candlewick Press Imagination goes a long way when four friends play together — even when they stay close to home — in a fresh, enticing story for preschoolers. Gracie is packing her knapsack. She’s going away into the wild, she tells Little Nye, Nella, and Lester — and she’s not sure whether her friends have what it takes to come along. Are they brave enough to climb mountains and camp outside in the dark? Can they sit very still and wait for fish to bite? Are they truly prepared to explore . . . the wild patch at the end of the backyard garden? Into the Wild, Playtime with Little Nye is a cute book. It is a wide and different shape. . .

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Ten Sleepy Sheep by Phyllis Root & Susan Gaber

Outside in the farmyard, ten lively lambs would rather play than go to sleep. Off they scamper; off they skip. But the sun is sinking, the stars are twinkling, sleepy eyes can’t stay open, and one by one, ten drowsy sheep drop off to sleep in a cozy country countdown. With rhythmic, lyrical language and pastoral scenes of lambs drifting off wherever they may, author and artist blend the perfect potion to ease even spirited little ones into sweet dreams.

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Annie Kubler Nursery Song Board Books

A brilliant board book for babies, toddlers and their parents to enjoy together. A great introduction to books through a well-known nursery song and interactive text.

Created for parents and toddlers to enjoy together, these board books feature well-known rhymes and also include musical notation.

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