2020-2021 Calendars for Kids

Our new 2020-2021 Calendars are ready! We have created these for years and many of you have been asking me when these would be ready!

You have a few different ways to get your hands on these. The easiest and fastest way is to purchase the set you want from my shop. All sets include the remaining 2020 months and ALL of 2021!

If you aren’t in a hurry, you can wait until each new monthly calendar is released for free. I send these out via email on the 27th of each month.


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!


More Calendar Fun



Telling Time with Spielgaben

Telling Time with Spielgaben      

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

Recently we shared about the new Spielgaben Math Workbooks, if you haven’t read that post, start here to learn more about the workbooks! As soon as I opened our package of books I knew these would be a great tool to have on hand for reviewing certain math concepts. Little did I know that we would need them right away!


Have you ever had a child forget a concept you are certain you taught, and taught WELL? At least you thought you taught it well. This happened to me recently when my daughter confessed her struggle with telling time. I was a bit surprised honestly but soon realized it is because her world is full of digital clocks and I hadn’t done a great job of keeping analog clocks around. Our schoolroom clock on the wall came down who knows how long ago {dead batteries} and I forgot to put it back up. Upon learning this information from my daughter, I immediately got out a few of the Spielgaben Math Workbooks and looked up the pages on time. I pulled out book 3, 4, and 5 and found great pages to use in each. The photo below is from book 4.

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We began with the pages in book 3, to do some basic review. Because I love the hands-on aspect of Spielgaben so much, we made a clock to use during the lessons. We had made a clock similar to this one before {remember I HAVE taught her her this!} but I couldn’t find it.

Spielgaben Math Telling Time

She used the clock we made to work in the workbook and it was a great way to review.

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In the hopes of keeping her time telling skills sharp, I have assigned pages from the Spielgaben math books to keep her practicing a couple of times per week. We will also be getting our clock back up on the wall. Winking smile

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The Spielgaben Math Workbooks are such a great way to extend learning with the Spielgaben set! I will definitely be using them as we move along, bringing in the hands-on aspect of math that I love so much.

Spielgaben Math Telling Time-4

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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!








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5 Reasons to Give Teaching Textbooks Math a Try!


{disclaimer ~ this is a sponsored post in partnership with Teaching Textbooks}

It’s no secret, we LOVE Teaching Textbooks Math! We have used TT math for all three of our kids for many years! Our oldest son, who is currently in 11th grade, completed up through Algebra 2 {he is taking Pre-Cal at our community college right now – and doing very well}, our son {7th grade} is using Pre Algebra now and our daughter {4th grade} is using Math 5. What was once my most feared homeschool subject to teach is now the easiest for me!!  Read on to see 5 reasons why!

Welcome back to school text on laptop screen on the classroom

#1 The Trial is FREE

Yes, this is the most important reason I believe you should give TT a try. What do you have to lose? The trial is FREE and you get to test out the first 14 lessons – full lessons, full features. Get your free trial here.

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#2 You are NOT the main math teacher!

The program is! Seriously, this is such a blessing for me {the non-math momma}. The program is the lead teacher and I step in with assistance if needed. I rarely even need to step in and usually if I do, it’s because a child didn’t fully pay attention to the lecture portion. I questioned the ability of a program to adequately teach math in the beginning, but I now know that the program is a WAY better teacher than I could be {for math at least!}.

#3 The New 3.0 Version is ONLINE!

Y’all this has been a game-changer for me. Not having to use a specific computer for each child every single time is a dream come true. We can do math while on the road if needed and can easily jump onto an available computer if necessary! My kids all use older computers and sometimes they just stop, so having the option of switching computers, even mid-lesson, is heavenly!


#4 Self Grading!

I don’t have to grade math. Amen. The program not only grades the lessons one question at a time {instant feedback for the child}, it also give the overall grade at the end of the lesson and tracks it in a digital gradebook. I like having a paper copy too, so I use these checklists to record the grades that TT gives me!

#5 Reasonable Cyclical Review

I am a HUGE fan of cyclical review in math but I also believe enough is enough. Too much can really ruin a good thing. TT has just the right amount to keep skills fresh without totally overwhelming the child with repetitive review.


There are many more reasons to give Teaching Textbooks a try, but those are my simplified top 5 for you. It all comes down to one though – trying is FREE, so why not? You’ll never know what you’re missing unless you give it a try!

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When you end up loving it, you can download my free Teaching Textbooks checklists here!

Teaching Textbooks Math Checklists

See our full review of Teaching Textbooks 3.0 – the new online version, here!

Teaching Textbooks Math 3.0 Online Subscription Review

Dot Fun Numbers 1-10

Dot Fun Numbers Printables

If you have a young child learning numbers, this new dot fun set featuring numbers 1-10 is perfect! This FREE printable set features two different options so you can choose what is best for your child.

Dot Fun Numbers

Each option features a traceable number word to help with identifying number words and their spelling. If your child is working on handwriting, you can use this for handwriting practice also!

Download Dot Fun Numbers here!

Dot Fun Numbers Printables FREE

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More Dot Fun…

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Dot Fun Printables Ocean Animals Dot Fun Printables Community Helper Dot Fun Printables 10 Free Dot Fun Alphabet Printable SetsABC Dot Fun ABC Dot Fun Mazes

Ideas for Using Dot Fun Printables

More Fun with NUMBERS…

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Fun with Shapes Printable Pack

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This new Fun with Shapes Pack is a free printable set featuring several fun activities for your child!

Place the activity pages in sheet protectors and use dry erase markers so you can use them over and over again!

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Download your FREE Fun with Shapes pack here!

Fun with Shapes



More Shape Fun…

Fun with Shapes Mega Bundle

Learning Resources Geometric Shape Building Set  Shape Tracer and Matching Printables  Color and Shape Wheel PrintablesExploring Shapes with Spielgaben  Exploring 3D Shapes with Spielgaben  Exploring 3D Shapes with Spielgaben