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Friday Freebie ~ Totschool Resources

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Totschool Resources

Here are some of my favourite free Totschool resources. It has been quite a while since I’ve had a tot in the home. My “baby” is 11 years old! Totschool is something I did with all 3 my youngest children and found it incredibly beneficial when I was schooling the older children.

100+ Free Toddler Printables from Totschooling.net

This is a growing collection of free printables for toddlers, designed for ages approximately 18 months – 36 months.

Tot School from 1+1+1=1

Tot School was developed here! The name has spread far and wide across the Internet, but if you’re wondering where the name originally came from, you are in the right place! My oldest son gave the name to this concept when he was just 6 years old…

Tot School isn’t really school at all, it is simply a name given to the idea of learning through play at home during the younger years.

Mommy Made Printables from Totally Tots

Our Mission for Totally Tots is to unite and encourage Christian Moms to train up their children in the way they should go. We desire Totally Tots to be a place where we encourage one another in love, and joyfully share ideas that will strengthen us in training up the next generation of Kingdom warriors. We believe that we can learn from each other’s experiences and provide wisdom gained by them.

We believe that one of the best ways to do this is to encourage each other in faith, by our spoken and written words. It is our hope that as we unite women in Christ, the young will glean wisdom from the old, one will gain strength from another, and together we’ll shed light to the world. Our greatest hope is that through all we share on Totally Tots – that our children will be a reflection of our hearts on fire for His glory.

Totschool Resources on Teacherspayteachers.com

There are tons of free Totschool resources on teacherspayteachers.com

Totschool resources from Tot School Resources

As a busy mom it can be hard to keep toddlers and preschoolers entertained. I created TotSchool Resources to provide ideas for crafts & activities you can easily do at home whether you’re doing homeschool preschool or just need to keep your little one entertained.

Totschool Activites & Crafts from Shannon’s Totschool

Do you need some inspiration for activities to do with your own tots? You are in the right place!

Totschool: Planning Totschool Trays & Activities For The Week from Year Round Homeschooling with Misty Leask

When Fifi was a baby, I was fortunate enough to go to a little seminar held by Lauryan over at Edukits. The topic of discussion was “Toddler Taming: Stimulating and Teaching Toddlers through Play.” What has stayed with me the most over the last 5.5 years, is the importance of routine and how it benefits both the child and the parent/caregiver.

Teeny Tiny Tot School from Confessions of a Homeschooler

I used a lot of the resources from Confessions of a Homeschooler for my little one when they started joining our school sessions.

There are so many free resources online, I’ve collated a few themes to help you out. You can find those freebies HERE!

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Freebie Friday ~ Kindergarten Nativity Pack **Limited offer**

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Last week I shared 4 new Monsters Ed Christmas Preschool Mini Packs. Today’s freebie, the Kindergarten Nativity Pack**, focuses on the Christmas Story, using characters from the birth of Jesus.

I have always pulled my Packs into lapbook style booklets to make it easier for the children to manage the activities and keeps everything centralised in one easy to store place. This also makes it easier to store in plastic sleeves for filing, or envelopes. I’ve included a video below of the lapbook I created for our little friend, Rori.

This 21 page Kindergarten Nativity pack contains the following activities:
– Complete the Pattern
– 7 Do-a-Dot Pages
– Number recognition peg activity
– Concertina Name Book
– Roll a Nativity Scene
– Colouring Page
– Colour by Number Page
– Shadow Matching

**Please note that this Nativity Pack will be free for a limited time**

To download the file, please click on the image below.

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Freebie Friday ~ 4 NEW Monsters Ed Christmas FREEBIES

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Christmas is fast approaching! I can hardly believe that we are already at the end of 2022. What a roller coaster ride the last few years have been. To celebrate the festive season, I’ve created these FREE early education mini packs. These will remain free on Monsters Ed forever!

Each mini pack includes the following festive activities:
Complete the pattern

Do-a-Dot letter activity (can be completed with either do-a-dot markers, pompoms or stickers)

Number recognition peg activity

Name recognition concertina book

Colour matching cards

I like to make up the mini packs in a file folder. This keeps the activities together and the file folder fits into a large envelope, which is easy to store.

Click on the image below to download the Mini Packs!




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Freebie Friday ~ Strange World Preschool Pack & Movie Review!

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Strange World

Last week Fifi and I were invited to a pre release screening of Disney’s Strange World*. What a charming movie! The movie follows the Clades on their journey through a strange mountain cave. Full of, out of their element, adventures and lessons on accepting their children’s dreams aren’t the same as their own. Fifi and I thoroughly enjoyed the twists and unexpected rollercoaster turns of this movie.

To celebrate the release, I’ve created this free Strange World Preschool mini pack. To download, click on the image below.

A new featurette is now available for Walt Disney Animation Studios’ action-packed adventure “Strange World,” revealing how the voice cast describes the upcoming feature: crazy, bizarre, adventurous, mysterious, thrilling, mind-blowing and, of course, strange. Featured stars include Jake Gyllenhaal, who lends his voice to Searcher Clade, a family man who finds himself out of his element on an unpredictable mission; Dennis Quaid, who voices Searcher’s larger-than-life explorer father, Jaeger; Jaboukie Young-White, who is the voice of Searcher’s 16-year-old, adventure-seeking son, Ethan; Gabrielle Union, who provides the voice of Meridian Clade, an accomplished pilot and Searcher’s partner in all things; and Lucy Liu, who voices Callisto Mal, Avalonia’s fearless leader who spearheads the exploration into the strange world. Opening in U.S. theaters this Nov. 23rd, the feature film introduces a legendary family of explorers, the Clades, as they attempt to navigate an uncharted, treacherous land alongside a motley crew that includes a mischievous blob, a three-legged dog and a slew of ravenous creatures. “Strange World” is helmed by Don Hall (Oscar®-winning “Big Hero 6,” “Raya and the Last Dragon”) and co-director/writer Qui Nguyen (co-writer “Raya and the Last Dragon”), and produced by Roy Conli (Oscar®-winning “Big Hero 6,” “Tangled”).

The Strange World Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, featuring score by composer Henry Jackman (“The Gray Man,” “Ron’s Gone Wrong,” “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier”), will be released in both digital and Dolby Atmos by Walt Disney Records on Nov. 23.

*Note this movie includes LGBTQ+ themes.

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Freebie Friday ~ Afrikaans Resources

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Free Afrikaans Resources

Free Afrikaans resources are incredibly hard to come by.  Thanks to the amazing Homeschool community, I am able to share these new freebies.  Please reach out to me if you know of any other free Afrikaans resources.  The purpose of this series of posts, is to make education accessible to all.


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Free Afrikaans Resources
The South African Department of Basic Education (DBE) has shared all the CAPS workbooks from Grade R (reception) to Grade 9, including past Grade 12 final exam papers for preparation.

Workbooks
These workbooks have been developed for the children of South Africa under the leadership of the Minister of Basic Education, Mrs Angie Motshekga, and the Deputy Minister of Basic Education, Dr Reginah Mhaule.

The Rainbow Workbooks form part of the Department of Basic Education’s range of interventions aimed at improving the performance of South African learners in the first six grades. As one of the priorities of the Government’s Plan of Action, this project has been made possible by the generous funding of the National Treasury. This has enabled the Department to make these workbooks, in all the official languages, available at no cost.

DBE CAPS Grade R – 9 Printable Workbooks – Books 1 & 2
DBE CAPS Grade R – 9 Printable Workbooks – Books 3 & 4
Afrikaans CAPS workbooks for:
– Literacy
– Life Skills
– Numeracy

DBE Interactive Workbooks
The Department of Basic Education has converted selected pdf workbooks into Interactive workbooks in order to increase the engagement of the literacy and numeracy activities, as well as impart ICT skills.
The interactive workbooks have the ability to respond to learners’ inputs, allowing a TWO-WAY flow of information between the computer and the learner, including instant assessment feedback.
– Grade R Afrikaans Book 1
– Grade R Afrikaans Book 2

Annual National Assessments (Links to the ANAs are on the right side of the screen)
The Annual National Assessments (ANA) are standardised national assessments for languages and mathematics in the senior phase (grades 7 – 9), intermediate phase (grades 4 – 6) and in literacy and numeracy for the foundation phase (grades 1 – 3). The question papers and marking memoranda (exemplars) are supplied by the national Department of Basic Education and the schools manage the conduct of the tests as well as the marking and internal moderation.

The following assessments can be found in Afrikaans:
– Language
– Mathematics

Practical Assessment Tasks (Links to PATs are on the right of the screen)
Assessment in the National Senior Certificate (Grade 12) comprises School-Based Assessment, Practical Assessment Tasks, Language Oral Assessment for official languages and external examinations.

A Practical Assessment Task is a compulsory component of the final promotion mark for all candidates registered for the following National Senior Certificate subjects:
– Agriculture: Agricultural Management Practices and Agricultural Technology;
– Arts: Dance Studies, Design, Dramatic Arts, Music and Visual Arts;
– Languages: Oral mark;
– Technology: Civil Technology, Electrical Technology, Mechanical Technology and Engineering Graphics and Design;
– Life Orientation;
– Computer Sciences: Computer Applications Technology and Information Technology; and
– Services: Consumer Studies, Hospitality Studies and Tourism.

The Practical Assessment Task mark must count 25% of the end-of-year examination mark.

School-Based Assessment
Assessment in the National Senior Certificate (Grade 12) comprises School-Based Assessment, Practical Assessment Tasks, Language Oral Assessment for official languages and external examinations.
Subjects covered:
– Accounting
– Geography
– History
– Life Sciences
– Mathematics
– Physical Science

A School-Based Assessment mark is a compulsory component of the final promotion mark for all candidates registered for the National Senior Certificate and it must count 25% of the final promotion mark in Grade 12.

Mind the Gap Study Guides Grade 12 CAPS Aligned
The Department of Basic Education has pleasure in releasing the second edition of Mind the Gap study guides for Grade 12 learners. These study guides continue the innovative and committed attempt by the Department of Basic Education to improve the academic performance of Grade 12 candidates in the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examination.

The second edition of Mind the Gap is aligned to the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS).
Subject Study Guides in Afrikaans:
– Rekeningkunde (Accounting)
– Ekonomie (Business Economics)
– Lewenswetenskappe (Life Science)
– Geografie (Geography)
– Fisiese Wetenskap Deel 1 Fieika (Physics)
– Fisiese Wetenskap Deel 2 Chemie (Chemistry)
– Wiskunde (Mathematics)
– Wiskundige Geletterdheid (Math Literacy)

NSC Examinations (Links to the previous papers can be found on the right side of the screen) – Previous exam papers (Gr 10, 11 & 12) – 2008 – 2021
The National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations commonly referred to as “Matric” has become an annual event of major public significance. It not only signifies the culmination of twelve years of formal schooling but the NSC examinations is a barometer of the health of the education system.


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