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Monday, April 30, 2012

Weekly Workboxes–Week 3 - Feet

Our theme this week is FEET!
Tot School – 36mos
Prewriting – from 1+1+1=1 Tot School Body Parts

Animal Feet Print Stamps from Usborne Books At the Zoo Kid Kit (currently out of print)
F box
Whose feet are those?, lift the flap book
Feet Coloring Page
The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss
Feet Print Patterns
Measuring Feet (I traced each member of our families foot, and he used the Inchimals to measure each foot)
Matching shapes (Shape Feet Card from 1+1+1=1)
Matching socks
Do-a-dot (from 1+1+1=1)
Playdough Sheet (from 1+1+1=1)
For the Littlest Tot – Body Part Cards (from 1+1+1=1) and placing into an empty tissue box.  (17mos)
You can see our Preschool Themed Outline HERE, and follow my Preschool Pinterest Page HERE
Linking up to these great blogs: (see my right sidebar)
Tot School
Montessori Monday
Teach Me Tuesday
Link & Learn
Preschool Corner
The Sunday Showcase
What My Child is Reading

Sunday, April 29, 2012

My Memories Freebie Friday! (on Saturday)

All of our Friday Freebies will now be MyMemories Suite Compatible.  What does that mean??? It means that you can now load the freebies directly into your MyMemories Suite Software, and then completely customize them with any paper and embellishments that you have. If you don't have the software, you can still download the sample project and the elements, but you will not be able to customize your project.

You can purchase the software and receive $10 off of your purchase and $10 of FREE paper/embellishments from the online store by using code STMMMS57311.  You can also get a FREE Photobook!  See my right sidebar for more INFO!

Today we have 2 great tutorials for you!!  The first is how to customize your cards in MyMemories Suite Software, and the second is the instructions on how to put the flower cards together.  Enjoy!!!

We have 2 great new Freebies for you!

Flower Card Tutorial
Using MyMemories Software to Customize your Flower Card

  1. Download template file and install it into your software
  2. Using MyMemories Suite, choose Create Album From Designer Template and find your project
  3. Now you can print and enjoy the provided template, or customize it with your own papers and embellishments.

You can right-click on the white guide and lock it in place to keep it from moving while you are working. Make sure this is the top layer of your project before printing.

Instead of adding the paper as a background paper, you can add it as an embellishment so that you can move the paper around.  This is especially useful when using papers with stripes or circles, so you can decide which part of the paper you want to use.

Once it is added as an embellishment, you can now select the paper and move it into the position you want it.

Just SAVE and PRINT on cardstock!

Flower Card Tutorial
How to Assemble your Flower Card
1.  Print your file on cardstock.

2.  Take your card template page and fold at all fold lines.  A bone folder helps make the creases nie and crisp to help your finished card to look nicer.

3.  There should be a total of 9 folds when you are done.

4.  Cut out your card.

5.  Turn your card over so that the printed side is down and pinch the sides of each petal together until all 6 petals are standing straight up.

6.  Gently push all the petals in one direction until they lay flat.

7.  You now have a flower card.

8.  Tie a ribbon (not included) or something equivalent around the card to hold it closed.

9.  Embellish as desired.  This card was embellished with a circle cut out from a piece of background paper.


Saturday, April 28, 2012

Montessori Print Shop Toddler Bundle Review and Giveaway

I’m so excited to be to have received the Toddler Bundle from Montessori Print Shop for a review and a giveaway.  I had been eyeing several of the sets that are part of this bundle to use for upcoming units…I was able to use two of the sets thus far and have plans for the rest throughout the coming year! 
The first set I used was the Butterfly Life Cycle Set I used this set on a tray along with the Butterfly Life Cycle figures from InsectLore. 
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The next set that I used was the Geometric Shapes Cards, along with some translucent geometric shapes and our homemade light table, we had a blast with these cards!
These are only 2 of 27 total sets of cards!  This bundle  is available for purchase for $49.72 (saving you 20% off of buying each set separately).  Included in this bundle is:
This Bundle includes 27 Toddler materials. When printed the cards are approx. 4" x 4¾".
1 Air, Land and Water Cards 2.79
2 Alphabet Cards 2.79
3 Animals & Shilouttes 1.99
4 Apple Life Cycle Book 2.79
5 Apple Life Cycle Cards 2.79
6 Autumn Season Cards 1.59
7 Bird Book 2.79
8 Butterfly Life Cycle Book 2.79
9 Butterfly Life Cycle Cards 2.79
10 Clothing Cards 2.79
11 Color Books (11 books) 2.79
12 Color Cards 0.99
13 Fish Book 2.59
14 Frog Life Cycle Book 2.79
15 Frog Life Cycle Cards 2.79
16 Fruit Cards 2.79
17 Geometric Shape Cards 2.79
18 Geometric Solid Cards 2.79
19 Objects & Shilouettes 1.99
20 Pumpkin Life Cycle Book 2.79
21 Pumpkin Life Cycle Cards 2.79
22 Spring Season Cards 1.59
23 Summer Season Cards 1.59
24 The Five Senses Book 2.49
25 Vegetable Cards 2.79
26 Winter Season Cards 1.59
27 Young and Adult Cards 2.29
Total if purchased individually $62.15
Save 20% on the Bundle 12.43
Majority of these cards will fit in perfectly with the themes I have planned for this upcoming year!!  (you can see my theme outline HERE)
I Love Montessori Print Shop and have bought a wide variety of cards from their shop for a wide variety of activities for all of my children (I actually had purchased a few individual sets from this bundle pervious to this review) and I always love them!! 
I really like these specific cards because they are so  simple to use!  They are slightly , bigger than 3 part cards (if you are familiar with those), you do not need to know much (if anything) about Montessori to be able to use these.  They are great for younger kids, but can be used by older kids as well.  Z is just turning 3, I will be using these cards primarily with him,as well as my youngest tot (who is just 17mos old).  I love the wide variety of subjects they cover! 
Montessori Print Shop have graciously offered to give one Toddler Bundle away as well!  Just use the Rafflecopter Form below to enter!   Check out the FREE materials Montessori Print Shop has to offer as well!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, April 27, 2012

Field Trip #44 Friday Blog Hop

Field Trip Friday!

A Blog Hop designed to share 'FIELD TRIP' related Blog Posts

(does not have to be a 'home school field trip', can be any trip to any place with your children!)

Our local museum has a new exhibit - Sesame Street Healthy Bodies!  And just in time, for the start of our Human Body Study!!  So we went to visit it, and the kids had a blast!  

**NOTE:  Before linking up please review guidelines HERE

    Wednesday, April 25, 2012

    Homeschool Brag Time Thursday Hop #25

    Chestnut Grove Academy
    Welcome to Homeschool Brag Time Thursday!

    Come link up your Homeschool related posts to 'brag' about the great things you and your kids are doing! Browse around and see what others are up to as well! (Please link up the direct URL of the post you are 'bragging' about!)

    Please Follow your hosts and grab our Brag Time Button to display in your post or on your blog so others can join in the fun as well! (Failure to follow these specific guidelines will result in your link up being deleted, so PLEASE be sure to 1) link up the direct URL of your post and 2) post the hop button on your post or blog (where we can find it).  We also kindly ask that you follow us, we WILL follow you back!) Thank you!

    Chestnut Grove Academy

    Monday, April 23, 2012

    Weekly Workboxes–Week 2 (My Body)

    Tot School – 35mos
    My Body - This weeks printed materials came from 2TeachingMommies – My Body Pack
    What is different?
    B Box (B is for body)
    Body words and magnet tiles
    Counting hands clip cards, mini clothes pins and hand buttons.  For this activity I had him count the hands on the card, clip the corresponding number and then count out the same number with the hand buttons.
    Gluing buttons on B
    Number Order puzzle
    Number Puzzle
    Repeating boxes from last week – Salt Tracing Box and Color Tablets
    Littlest Tot – 17mos - Mr. Potato Head
    Books we read:

    1st Grade – Ancient History – Cave Painting

    Linking up with these great blogs (See the right sidebar):
    Tot School
    Montessori Monday
    Teach Me Tuesday
    Link & Learn
    Preschool Corner
    The Sunday Showcase


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