Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Tot School: Green/Verde πŸ“—

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We had so much fun learning through play with the color GREEN this week in Tot School! πŸŽ‰
We discovered green objects around the house and in our neighborhood, played with green food (even though it may not be our favorite lol), green utensils, and so much more. Aria was able to isolate the green legos in our bins and put together some of the puzzle pieces.
Activities:
πŸ”…Read our themed books:
Little Green Peas by Keith Baker and Box of Colors "Green" Book by Pantone
πŸ”…Ate green fruits and veggies
πŸ”…Played with our green sensory bin:
Green jumbo legos, balls, Colors & Shapes puzzle piecesfood items, utensils, cupcake liners, and other green toys from around the house
πŸ”…Played with our green water sensory bin
πŸ”…Fingerpaint and color-stamp green peas πŸŽ¨
πŸ”…Playdough imprint with buttons and cookie cutters
πŸ”…Singing and dancing
      
  
Skills:
πŸ”…Sensory development
πŸ”…Print concepts with books
πŸ”…Social development
πŸ”…Color, number, shape and food recognition
πŸ”…Fine motor development
Aria really enjoyed this week's activities! What theme did your tot work on this week? Share or drop any question you may have below. Coming next... Valentine's DayπŸ’


Monday, July 30, 2018

Let Our Little Ones Be Little

Having a child is perhaps one of the biggest life-changing events that can truly impact everything. This includes your living situation, family arrangement, finances and even social-emotional aspects such as your wellbeing, state of mind, perspectives, morals, values, etc.

The attitude you have when your son/daughter is born will surely affect their development, either in a positive or negative way. As many of you have experienced, when I had my daughter, I repeatedly heard the phrase, "Enjoy her while she's little!" along with other similar variations, ultimately leading me to really think about what they were saying.
"Enjoy her while she's little... Once they grow up, they'll never be the same... They grow up so fast... I miss the baby stage." I can't speak for everyone but in my personal experience of mommyhood, I feel like I have truly enjoyed every moment with my baby. I know being at home with her the entire time has surely helped me build a meaningful and loving relationship with her BUT so do other moms who work full-time jobs and go to school full-time or simply may not have the time to spend with their children at home 24/7.

Just because you may not be raising them at home full-time doesn't mean you can't enjoy them. Also, why do people feel the need to constantly tell you (in not-so polite terms) that your kid is going to be bad when they grow up? What is this concept of negativity that people have adopted? So, if your child was poorly behaved, you feel mine will be, too? I know how difficult parenting can be and that our children will have moments, sometimes days or months where they will be having a hard time but positivity and the right attitude can definitely help foster a happy child.

I also wanted to bring up an imperative point here, because the truth is I have many friends who struggle with infertility and/or have suffered miscarriages. It is an absolute blessing to have a child and I think it is very insensitive to always be complaining about your children when others, people who are closest to us, may not be able to have them and would do anything to have children and watch them GROW. πŸ’
With that said, I would like to leave you with this thought. I have enjoyed having my daughter as a newborn/infant, watching my daughter grow up into the tiny independent #bossbabe she is now as a toddler, and will always enjoy being with her and helping her have the happiest life, ever. Let the little ones be little and just enjoy the ride/adventure of mommyhood! 🍼


Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Our {FAVE} Math Manipulatives


One of my all-time favorite content areas to teach is math. I LOVE teaching math! πŸ’œSo, when it was time to reinforce skills with my students, I would bring out all sorts of fun games and manipulatives I knew they were really going to love. These are simply a few of my all-time {FAVE} math manipulatives for elementary and middle school scholars.
Write & Wipe Demonstration Clock
Our kiddos turning the clock hands any which way they like and being able to write the time on the board it features, erase it, and do it all over, again! Time-telling skills are necessary for 1st grade+. Begin with the hour, then half-hour, 15-minute intervals, and then to the minute.
Linking Cubes
These cubes are phenomenal! They are very useful when teaching how to count by 1s, 2s, 3s, 5s, 10s, 20s, and so on. Children can also sort them by color, size of cube train, amount, etc. These skills are handy for life-long learning. 
Two-Color Counters
This is a little gift for preschoolers and the little ones in the elementary school level. These counters can be used to reinforce counting, sorting, basic addition, basic subtraction and more. 
Geometric Block Shapes
Learning about shapes, sides, vertices, or just want to have fun creating shape monsters? These geometric block shapes are perfect for any of these skills. They can be used to build things, also, and spark creativity and imagination.
Geoboards
A little something for our middle schoolers and older learners. Geoboards are a fun way to learn about symmetry, angles, fractions and other math skills that are necessary in building a strong math foundation.
Teddy Bear Counters
Lastly, this one is simply because they are so cute and fun to play with! Teddy bear counters are excellent for sorting by amount, color, size and more! Your little one, or students, will love playing with these and getting creative when playing family (mama, papa and baby bear).

As you can see, I absolutely LOVE πŸ’–playing with these fun math manipulatives and I encourage you and your little one (or students) to have fun with them, as well!

Happy teaching! πŸ–


Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Tot School: Yellow/Amarillo 🌟

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We had so much fun learning through play with the color YELLOW this week in Tot School! πŸŽ‰
We discovered yellow objects around the house and in our neighborhood, played with yellow food and transportation vehicles, and so much more. Aria was able to identify the yellow toys in our bins and played independently, which was one of our goals for the week.
Activities:
πŸ”…Read our themed books:
Yellow Copter by Kersten Hamilton and Box of Colors "Yellow" Book by Pantone
πŸ”…Ate yellow fruits and veggies
πŸ”…Played with our yellow rice sensory bin:
Yellow Mega Bloks, balls, Melissa & Doug transportation vehicles and signs, food items, cupcake liners, and other yellow toys from around the house
πŸ”…Homemade-paint sun πŸŒž
πŸ”…Sponge-paint stars πŸŒŸ
πŸ”…Singing and dancing
      
  
Skills:
πŸ”…Sensory development
πŸ”…Print concepts with books
πŸ”…Sensory development
πŸ”…Social development
πŸ”…Color, number, shape and food recognition
πŸ”…Fine motor development
Aria really enjoyed this week's activities! What theme did your tot work on this week? Share or drop any question you may have below. Coming next... Green/VerdeπŸ“—


Monday, July 23, 2018

Tot School

In this page, I will be posting ideas, themes and curriculum designs for our homeschooling TOT SCHOOL adventures! Fun inspo and organization tips will be posted here each week. Hope this helps you learn how you can teach your little one from the comfort of your own home. 

Be sure to check out my TPT shop πŸ‘‰ for theme sets and bundles! 

Happy teaching/homeschooling! :)

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Top 5 Apps: Reading, Writing & Math

Click, clack, boom! πŸ’»I've always had a heartfelt passion for technology. My Masters Degree is in Curriculum Instruction and Technology and my husband works in IT security, so I guess it runs in our family. Integrating technology in my class and into my curriculum has been an imperative and fun challenge for me. In researching the *TOP 5 Apps* for our students, I've split the applications into 3 categories:
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Math
Reading
iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
Recommended Age: 4+
$3.99
This app targets phonological and phonemic awareness while teaching through learning games. It can be useful in the classroom, for homeschooling or with your own children for supplemental education and fun. It contains interactive lessons that developmentally increase in complexity, challenge the students in fun and motivating ways and provide instant feedback.
iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
Recommended Age: 4+
FREE
This app teaches basic reading skills such as decoding, phonemic awareness, and CVC and sight words through engaging themes and interactive books such as "All About Me," "Magic," "Tongue Twisters," etc. It features content in differentiated levels, as well. Other versions available via Starfall Education are Starfall ABCs, Starfall All About MeStarfall Learn to Read and more.

3. Dr. Seuss's ABC - Read & Learn
iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
Recommended Age: 4+
$1.99
This app features the brilliant works of Dr. Seuss in learning activities, fun games and decodable readers. The stories illuminate famous characters like Sam I am and Aunt Annie while teaching letter name and sound recognition, sight words, print concepts, vocabulary and more. What a fun way to use technology and combine the love for these characters and the Dr. Seuss' writing to make learning and reading come to life!

4. Epic!
iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
Recommended Age: 4-6+ (up to 12 yrs)
FREE
This app is a digital library for children and teens. It contains a plethora of interactive books, audiobooks, educational videos and quizzes that challenge students. If you are an educator or a librarian, you may be able to get the full version of this app for free in the U.S. and Canada. Track your students' progress and introduce them to new titles and genres while building their love for learning in many ways!

   5. Elevate - Brain Training
   iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
   Recommended Age: 4+
   FREE
   This app is designed to improve focus, speaking abilities,
   processing speed, memory, math skills and more. It contains games
   for children of all ages and increases in complexity. Your child can
   track their progress with the featured games and monitor their skills,
   experience, comprehension and more.

Writing
1. Vocabulary Spelling City
iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
Recommended Age: 4+
FREE with in-app purchases/upgrades
This app is helps improve spelling and vocabulary fluency through interactive games, fun levels and leveled reader books. It includes pre-made word lists and allows students/parents to add their words of the week into their platform and creates customized games for them utilizing the students' weekly words to study.

2. LetterSchool - Learn to Write!
iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
Recommended Age: 4+
FREE
Learn to write all letters of the English alphabet and numbers 1-10 with this app. It is mainly designed for toddlers and preschoolers but can also be used to promote neater and legible handwriting skills for school-aged children, too. There are numerous opportunities for reteaching and expanding on lessons and particular letters and/or numbers. It also focuses on the Montessori approach and methods for teaching letters and numerals.

3. ABC Kids - Tracing & Phonics
iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
Recommended Age: 0-5+
FREE
This app features a fun, colorful platform for children to learn to write letters in uppercase and lowercase form, pair phonetic patterns, match letters and much more. It is primarily designed for children ages 0-5 and includes in-app purchases for additional levels and games.

iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

Recommended Age: 0-5+
FREE
Dive into a world of interactive letter and writing exploration with bright and colorful scenes that will engage any child. This app contains fun sing-along songs, jumping jellyfish and learning sharks that will help children learn how to write uppercase and lowercase letters, associate word concepts, place words into alphabetical order and more. It also features fun flash cards to build fluency.

5. 
Writer: Write A Book, Write A Story
iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
Recommended Age: 4+
FREE
This app is designed for the upper grades student, college student or adult. It has built-in features such as camera, microphone, timer and more so that students can take a photo of anything that inspires them to write; begin recording ideas, titles or stories; and/or create a storyboard in the "Notes" section to look at from time to time for inspo and to build upon any topic they are writing about.
 
Math

1. Toddler Games: Puzzles, Shapes
iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
Recommended Age: 3+
FREE
This app is targets mathematics skills such as color and size sorting, 2-dimensional shape recognition, number recognition, counting and excels to higher cognitive levels including angles, combinations and more. Its colorful and interactive platform makes learning math fun for the little ones beginning their educational journeys with math skills.

2. Learning Games 4 Kids Toddlers
iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
Recommended Age: 2+
FREE
Learn beginning math skills with these funny foods! Your toddler/preschool students will love playing games where the food dances, sings, jumps and encourages them to learn. It has increasing levels of difficulty that challenges the students to think critically/creatively and problem solve with numbers, shapes, puzzles and whole parts.

3. Preschool & Kindergarten Games
iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
Recommended Age: 2-5+
FREE
The developer of this app created this app to target essential grade-level content for each grade level including preschool, kindergarten, 1st grade through high school. With each grade level, the content complexity increases and each app contains numbers, memory games, addition/subtraction, puzzles, sorting, counting and more. It also features reading skills for additional practice.

4. Monster Math: Kids Fun Games
iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
Recommended Age: 9+
FREE with in-app purchases
This app is designed for students in 3rd grade or above. It features content aligned with the Common Core Standards including addition/subtraction, counting, multiplication/division, and more. Build fluency with fact families through the use of fun interactive games.
iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
Recommended Age: 4+
FREE
With various grade levels and content areas covered in this app, your child/student can learn and play over 250 games and unlock new ones as they progress. It features teacher-created content and focuses on numerous content areas like mathematics, reading, writing, science and more. They can get creative with drawing platforms, too.

Stay tuned for more teaching ideas! πŸ€—


Monday, July 2, 2018

Tot School: Orange/Anaranjado 🍊

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We had so much fun learning through play with the color ORANGE this week in Tot School! πŸŽ‰
We explored orange objects around the house and our neighborhood, played with oranges and carrots, and so much more. Although she can't say "anaranjado" yet, she was able to select the orange toys in our bins and isolate them from the rest.

Activities:
πŸ”…Read our themed books:
It's an Orange Aardvark! by Michael Hall and Box of Colors "Orange" Book by Pantone
πŸ”…Ate orange fruits and veggies
πŸ”…Played with our orange sensory bin:
Orange Mega Bloks, balls, play pen locks, food items and other orange toys from around the house
πŸ”…Played with water beads and a water sensory bin
πŸ”…Threaded pumpkins on a vine with felt and a pipe cleaner
πŸ”…Singing and dancing
πŸ”…Paint-in-a-bag orange pumpkin πŸŽƒ
      
Skills:
πŸ”…Sensory development
πŸ”…Print concepts with books
πŸ”…Threading
πŸ”…Social development
πŸ”…Color, number and shape recognition
πŸ”…Sorting
πŸ”…Fine motor development

Aria really enjoyed this week's activities! What theme did you do with your tot this week? Share or drop any question you may have below. Coming next... Yellow/Amarillo🌟