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FREE LDS Tot School & Preschool Printables!

Lead Me, Guide Me Tot School

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I’m so excited to announce a mini project I’ve been working on for a bit. I absolutely love my Walk Beside Me LDS Preschool Curriculum, but it is definitely geared towards older preschoolers. This K4 program assumes your child recognizes his or her letters and is starting to learn the sounds associated with each letter. Today I have a free download for you: LDS preschool printables for the youngest crowd!


It is designed to work with the Walk Beside Me curriculum or as a standalone activity (also: think FHE and Sacrament Meeting activities!)  If you have an older child who is ready for Walk Beside Me, start your tot on these simple hands on activities that go right along with your theme for the week! If your child is a bit older, but perhaps not ready for some of the activities in Walk Beside Me, use the Lead Me, Guide Me set to fill out your weekly curriculum. This download contains 5 activities: a Do-A-Dot page, a coloring page, a collage page, a ‘trace then write’ page, and a phonics coloring page. (Look here for an excellent example of collage pages!) There are 130 total pages in this download alone!

Click the DOWNLOAD button below to receive your free printables! This download is absolutely free! If you find it useful, please consider donating! Donating helps support this blog, supports my LDS homeschooling endeavors, and helps me justify the time and energy in creating more printables for you. Feel free to donate as much as you feel this curriculum is worth to you!

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Note: This download is a zipped file. You’ll need a program to unzip it, like WinZip, to open it.

 

A Few Questions for YOU!

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Would you do me just a quick little favor? Would you mind just filling out this quick little form? I’m contemplating some changes in the future for this little blog of mine, and I’d love your input.

Since my blog “niche” is just a wee bit scattered (uh, ADHD anyone??), I want to know why you are here reading this blog. Are you skipping every few posts, just waiting for the posts you’re most interested in? Or are you loving every single word I write? (Ha ha.)

Filling this out should take you two minutes, max. Unless your kids interrupt you every twenty seven seconds while reading it, then I can’t guarantee anything!

Review: LeapFrog Touch Magic Learning Bus #LFTouchMagic #spon

leapfrog learning bus


Last week, I reviewed the totally awesome LeapFrog Touch Magic Rockin’ Guitar. (Refresher: it’s awesome!) Today I’ll be reviewing the equally awesome LeapFrog Touch Magic Learning Bus from LeapFrog. The alphabet bus has the same magical touching qualities that made the Rockin’ Guitar on the cutting edge of toy technology.
Side note: would “toy tech” not be the coolest job ever?

Like its alphabet toy predecessors, this ABC toy is colorful and features all 26 letters of the alphabet. Unlike alphabet toys of the past, it has some cool characters and even piano buttons to make this toy a class all its own! There are three touch buttons along the top of the bus: Learning, Letter Exploration (games), and Music.

Learning
When you touch the Learning star, your child is invited to touch a letter. The first time you touch a letter it says, “H as in hammer,” followed by a sound effect. Touch it again and it says, “H makes the sound huh.” Then finally it reinforces when you touch a third time by saying, “H.” So many toys emphasize the name of the letter, but for toddlers to make the leap (haha, no pun intended, but it’s staying!) into reading, they need to learn the sound of the letter. I love that this serves as a gentle introduction into the sounds letters make!

Letter Exploration
This touch button is in the shape of a ball. When you touch it, the toy asks you to, “Touch a picture that makes the sound…” (then makes the appropriate sound effect, like a ringing telephone for the letter T.” When you do so correctly, it reinforces, “that’s the duck!” and plays the sound effect again. Or it may ask you to touch the letter P. These activities are a fun way to strengthen the connection between the name of the letter and the sound it makes.

Music
My personal favorite part of the toy is the Music note touch button! A friendly voices calls, “Let’s jam!” and asks you to touch a band member. As the song plays, you can add in different notes that each animal plays – the penguin will chime in with his tambourine, for instance. You can press a letter during the sound, which layers in the sounds of the letter, or create your own music on the piano keys.

This toy is a little more sedate than the Rockin’ Guitar was for my children, which doesn’t bother me. It is such a cute introduction to letters for my two year old, Abigail, that I think we’ll be using this throughout the year! It’s a great starting place for a child who is just starting to learn their letters.

Speaking of the Rockin’ Guitar, the video contest is still going strong! Vote daily for a chance to win a $100 prize pack each week from LeapFrog. Enter your own video to win $500 cash!

Disclosure: I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and was given free product by LeapFrog.  The content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Links: www.leapfrog.com; www.clevergirlscollective.com

Review: LeapFrog Touch Magic Rockin’ Guitar! #LFTouchMagic #spon

LeapFrog Magic Touch Rockin' Guitar!

This month, I’ll be sharing a couple of amazing new LeapFrog products with you. We love LeapFrog! We have everything from the Letter Factory DVD (which taught Nicole all her letter sounds!) to not one but two Leapster Explorers. In our home, LeapFrog is our go-to educational product; perfect for birthdays and Christmas and hey, let’s call it homeschool ‘curriculum,’ okay? ;) Today I’ll be reviewing the LeapFrog Touch Magic: Rockin’ Guitar!

You guys.
{Girls?}
Toys are so high tech now. It’s crazy. They call this product line ‘touch magic’ and it seriously is magic.

 The front of the guitar is a flat slick surface. Your children simply strum their fingers over the guitar ‘strings’ and the guitar starts playing. If you strum slow, the singing and music slow down. If you strum fast? The guitar speeds up as the singer starts singing really fast. It has extra fun buttons for jamming on the guitar – like a slide button, or a drum solo button, and you can even coordinate your own applause!

One thing I really liked about this guitar was that it has ten different songs. With all the customization features like the guitar solo, silly sounds, and a choice of acoustic or electrical guitar, this toy won’t drive you crazy. You know the toys  with poor recording, and they have one song choice? One song choice your child plays over and over and over and over until you start fantasizing about bashing it until a million pieces?
This toy is so not like that. 

The Rockin’ Guitar is totally an active-play toy. The music is so fun and upbeat, my children took turns being the person who played the guitar and the person who danced. Nicole got really into it, as you can see below. I loved how they worked together, and I love the shot (above) of Nicole showing Abigail how to play!

LeapFrog is holding a video contest on their website! Simply upload a photo of your child rocking out on their guitar or an air guitar/paper mache guitar/etc, and spread the word! You could win $500!! You can also vote daily for a weekly chance at winning $100 prize pack of Touch Magic toys. Now go make your own video!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and was given free product by LeapFrog.  The content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Links: www.leapfrog.com; www.clevergirlscollective.com

How to Organize Your Preschool Curriculum

Organize Your Curriculum

Figuring out the best way to organize my Walk Beside Me LDS Preschool curriculum was one of the trickier aspects of my homeschool preschool experience. Eventually, I figured out what worked best for me, and I wanted to share that with you.

As you may know, homeschooling is a struggle with me because I have ADHD. Any extra planning required on a daily basis equals schooling that doesn’t happen. I wanted my preschool curriculum to be very much open-and-go, without daily (or even weekly!) planning, printing, or coordinating. The system I figured out works to my advantage perfectly. Whether you’re an ADHD mother trying to homeschool, or have several other kids to juggle while homeschooling your preschooler, this is an ideal way to get your homeschool set up!

First, I started with a file box. This is a Sterilite Showoffs File Box. (This is an affiliate link that will take you to a super cute green version, I like it even better than my orange box!) I love these boxes, I have several. In the file box I have 5 hanging file folders, and within those I have 5-6 tabbed folders. The first file folder has a folder for reusable worksheets (more about this later), then it holds a file for each letter of the alphabet. The remaining hanging file folders hold the remaining letters of the alphabet.

Disclosure: The above paragraph contains affiliate links. They are products I’ve used personally in preparing my preschool.

Since the Walk Beside Me LDS preschool schedule uses “preschool pages” (i.e., worksheets from a book or found online), I stick in the Reusable Worksheets file anything that doesn’t belong to a certain letter. If I had pulled out a ‘shapes tracing’ activity from a workbook but used a sheet protector and a dry erase marker, that can be used again and filed. If I didn’t get to it that week and want to pull it out some other time, that can be used again. I won’t remember unless I stick it in that front folder. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s talk about what’s in each folder.

In each file folder, I place everything I will need for school that week. It is all laminated (if I desired to laminate it!) In the image below you can see my preschool schedule, all the worksheets, puzzles pasted onto cardstock that were laminated and cut out, a book of the week, and extra worksheets from Confessions of a Homeschooler that coordinate with that letter. I had considered laminating the schedule onto the folder itself, but I just didn’t get around to doing that this time. I even cut out all the letters for these fun letter activities and placed all their parts in a baggie. At one point we had our Bob Books stored in each of the folders too, but they’ve since been taken out to be stored in the cute box they came in.

I could have broken my folders even further into days. In this scenario I would have had a hanging file folder for each week (like J pictured above) and then a tabbed folder for each of the three days scheduled. This would have made filling Nicole’s workboxes a breeze. HOWEVER. Flexibility was my friend here. With the system as is with one weekly folder, I easily flipped through each of the worksheets and decided what I wanted to do that day. If we happened to have a lazy busy week, I could combine some extra worksheets and remove extra activities to make a two-day schedule happen. I didn’t want to feel like I was falling behind at any point. That was the deciding factor for making this work for me. If you like the super organized feeling, or don’t want the pressure flexibility of deciding on a whim what printables you’ll be doing on what day, then I would organize your folders just like the schedule outlines with a folder for each day.

This system was perfect for me. I really felt like I had control over how much school we did on a given week, but I never felt like I was ‘behind’ or had any guilt for skipping over activities. The best part of this system was at the end of the week, I just put everything back in the file folder. If you’re good at remembering to refile things, and don’t like the ‘used worksheets’ mixed in with the ‘unused worksheets’ for the week, you could make an extra file for what you’ve already done that week. I didn’t have much of a problem with this, and had a box on my desk for any papers I wanted to keep in her memory binder.

Now you know the key to Slacker Mom homeschooling: have everything prepared beforehand, so you have little excuse for procrastinating! Bonus: I’ve got 90% of preschool prepared for my next daughter, since everything got re-filed!

 How do you organize your preschool or homeschool? Do you think this system would work for you?

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