Saving Posts on Facebook | Tech Tips from Lone Star Signers

Raise your hand if you’re on Facebook.

Keep your hand raised if you know how to create interest lists. (If not, click right here to read my last tech tip post about how to keep all of your similar “liked” pages together.) Personally, I have an interest list for my favorite bloggers, other Signing Time Academy instructors, and one for all the best tot school/preschool/homeschool pages out there. Note: the “Pages and Public Figures” list appears to be a default list from Facebook.

Save time and never miss another post from your favorite Facebook pages, using interest lists! [Tech Tips from Lone Star Signers]

Extra credit: do you know how to save posts you want to read/look at later? Read on for step-by-step instructions!

  • Go ahead and open up Facebook in another tab.
  • Scroll down your newsfeed until you come across a post or video that you’d like to look at later. (I often do this when I get on Facebook for the first time in the morning. I don’t have 20 minutes to catch up on things that might have been posted earlier, but it’s typically the time of day that bloggers share their best content.)

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  • In the upper right hand, there’s a small grey arrow. Click on it for a full menu of options. Choose Save link.

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  • Facebook will remember all the posts, videos, and images that you have saved and keep them all together (organized chronologically) in a tab called “Saved” in the left-hand column. When you click on the tab, this screen appears:

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  • As you can tell from my screenshot, I really enjoy this tool. (262 saved items, wow!) It’s nice because I can usually go back and share a post on my personal wall, my business page, in one of the groups I participate in, or send via PM to one of my friends/clients who I know will appreciate it. It’s much faster than opening the post, pinning it, and then remembering to go back and find it later–it’s all kept inside Facebook, which saves me a lot of time.
  • If you click on the title of the post, the blog post (or YouTube video) will open in another tab. If you click on the “saved from” link in the bottom right corner, it will take you to the Facebook page you saved it from, or you can just click directly on the “share” button on the left.

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Preschool at Home: Spring

St. Patrick’s Day has come and gone, so we are moving on to celebrating the arrival of spring! We’ve heard it’s already in the 90s in San Antonio, but here in Iowa…well, let’s just say that it snowed at our Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday morning. 🙂

Our adorable little town has a thing for tulips, so we’re starting to see them peek up  all around town, from the library to the main square! (We even have a few coming up in the flower bed in our front yard…)

Every day, we take a nature walk around our neighborhood to see what’s changing. The trees and shrubs are still mostly bare, but a few of our neighbors have small buds appearing on their trees. After experiencing our first real winter (and snow on March 19th!), anticipating spring’s arrival seems extra-fun this year!

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The girls and I are planning a handful of “preschool at home” activities for the next few weeks. Plastic Easter eggs are a MUST! 🙂

Your little one can match up tops and bottoms (upper/lowercase letters or numerals & dots), unscramble letter tiles to build words, or practice counting to 12 using an empty egg-carton!

This year, we even took our eggs outside for some gross-motor practice! Both girls enjoyed chucking them at a plastic bowl in the driveway. 🙂

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Of course, my girls love it when we make homemade playdough. This rainbow playdough invitation is one of their favorites!

We have a lot more Spring Fun planned for the next few weeks! You can download our $5 Spring Tot School Unit with more than 40 simple learning activities, available now through April 14th.

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Our favorite toys, books, and videos for talking about spring:
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  • Spring Joy by Liesbet Slegers
  • Mouse’s First Spring by Lauren Thompson

  • Magnetic fishing puzzles from Melissa & Doug

  • Sidewalk chalk

  • Life Cycle of a Butterfly Puzzle from Discovery Toys

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  • Baby Signing Time, Volume 3: It’s a New Day

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  • Rachel and the Treeschoolers: Plants & Flowers

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What are your favorite activities to celebrate spring with your little ones?

Our NEW Homeschooling Space

We’ve been in our new home for six weeks now, and today I’m excited to share a tour of our homeschooling space! The girls and I love having a dedicated place downstairs in the basement for all of our learning materials, though using the “dining room” in our previous apartment met our needs for several years!

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We bought a few new pieces of furniture from Target (three of these and the two white bookshelves we already had) in order to really spread out. The girls are mature enough that I don’t feel the need to limit/rotate toys on a weekly basis anymore, though some of the larger items are stored in their clothes closet upstairs.

These three shelves below are where the majority of Kate’s preschool items are held. The totes hold various sensory bin items and manipulatives like buttons, Unifix cubes, pom poms, etc.

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The two shelves on the far right are where Addie’s chapter books and math items are kept. She also has a shelf for all of her textbooks so items can be grabbed easily and stored when not in use. Our large globe is hanging from a hook in the old-school “foam” tile ceiling.

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Both of the black IKEA desks have been around for several years–Kate’s has been sitting in storage in our previous apartment, but she decided she wanted to have a desk of her own when we moved in.They each keep a plastic shoebox full of school supplies (crayons, pencils, markers, scissors, glue stick, etc.) sitting on the edge of the their desks, which makes it easy for both girls to work independently.

Addie also has a large copy-paper box full of paper, ribbon, material, etc., so she can often be found “crafting” at her desk when we aren’t doing schoolwork.

These windows look out on our backyard/side-yard, where we get lots of mid-day sun. This room is definitely the brightest and most cheerful place to be!

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Our school calendar area (similar) can be found in this little nook by the door. There’s also a large bookshelf filled with more toys tucked against the stairwell.

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Kate loves to jump on the trampoline during the day, and she also has the neatest little play house that my mother-in-law made to fit over a card table.

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Having a dedicated learning space down in the basement has made a big difference for our homeschool productivity! We still have a few more finishing touches to put on the rest of the house–I can’t wait to share more pictures with you soon!

Rachel and the Treeschoolers: Extraordinary Earth

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When it comes to homeschool science for my 4- and 7-year-old girls, all three of us LOVE the show Rachel and the Treeschoolers, created by the makers of Signing Time. Nine episodes have been released so far, and they all come with FREE activity guides to extend the learning.

Several months ago, we helped with the activity guide for Episode 8: Extraordinary Earth.

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Ep. 8 Extraordinary Earth
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When Chroma Chameleon discovers that her cousin’s habitat is endangered, the TreeSchoolers naturally want to help. With Rachel’s guidance, they discover that there are lots of things they can do to take care of our Earth! Along the way, they learn about

  • Months of the year
  • Seasons of the year
  • Geological formations
  • Natural resources
  • The seven continents
  • Conservation and recycling
  • Being an everyday hero

Our girls created a “handy craft” showing a tree during each of the four seasons. This month, I’d like to work on some of the other activities found in the guide. Spring seems like a wonderful time to celebrate our EXTRAORDINARY Earth!

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Download your free guide today!

Homeschool Preschool: A Day in the Life (Errands)

I recently wrote about our family’s daily routines, but I thought it might also be fun to share “a day in the life” of our homeschooled preschooler.

Keep in mind that every child is unique—this is what is currently working for our precocious 4-year-old. Before we get into the nitty-gritty, I’d like to mention that Kate is an ISFP (Introverted, Sensitive, Feeling, Perceiving} and an auditory/kinesthetic learner, which both factor into how she learns best. Two of our favorite parenting resources are Nurture by Nature and Talkers, Watchers, & Doers. Click on the pictures below for shopping links; keep in mind that Lone Star Signers does use affiliate links at no extra cost to you!)

“[ISFPs] are also playful and curious free spirits, content to explore the immediate world around them without judgement or a plan of action. They are easygoing and unassuming, modest and quiet.”

Nurture by Nature, p. 254

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7:30 a.m.   Kate is awake and hanging out with her sister in their room. She wakes up grumpy (like her mom) and needs a few minutes to acclimate to the new day.

8:00 a.m.   Dad is ready for work. Kate recites her AWANA verses before he goes at the door.

8:30 a.m.    Both girls are ready for the day. Kate has help making her bed, but picks out her clothes, gets dressed, and brushes her teeth independently. We leave to run errands with a bag of dry cereal “to go.”

8:45 a.m.    We park in the library parking lot so I can connect to the free WiFi and check my e-mail. We didn’t go out at all yesterday, so I have a few things that need to be dealt with. Both girls eat their cereal and read a book in the backseat while I finish up.

9:15 a.m.    We arrive at the local optical shop recommended to us by a neighbor. Kate has a broken nosepad on her glasses that needs to be replaced. While we wait, we actually run into the neighbor and her daughter and all three girls play with the Duplos in the waiting room.

9:30 a.m.   Kate’s glasses are repaired, and we walk a block to the post office. We drop off two letters in the mail slot and buy a book of stamps. We run into our neighbor and her daughter again, so the girls giggle and twirl together before we head off in separate directions. (#smalltownlife)

9:50 a.m.   We’re back at the library, waiting for the 10:00 a.m. opening time. Both girls have returned a book, so they fan out in the children’s section to pick out something new. While we’re at the library, my husband texts and asks me to check out a DVD and drop it off at his work.

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10:15 a.m.  We pull up outside my husband’s job (a retirement village community) and deliver the DVD. While we drive home, Kate reads her new library books.

10:30 a.m.   The girls have been awesome on our errands, so they are given 20 minutes of free time to play in the basement. Kate asks if she can listen to music on the family iPad, so I log in for her.

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“Preschool ISFPs are usually very fond of music and enjoy listening to tapes or making music. They are often little songbirds, humming tunes to themselves as they play quietly with their dolls or stuffed animals.” Nurture by Nature, p. 256

11:00 a.m.   The “school” alarm beeps, so we all meet up together on the button rug down in the basement. We talk about the calendar together and record the weather. Kate participates in the discussion, but chooses to keep playing rather than “do schoolwork” at her desk. (At this point, I keep all paper and pencil work strictly optional for Kate. I pushed Addie much too hard when she was in preK and really regret it now.)

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11:15 a.m.    Addie and I are going through her math lesson together. Kate is listening to every word I say while alternating between her transportation tot trays, jumping on the trampoline, and playing with her dolls. She listens to her “favorite songs” playlist, which includes music from Signing Time and Rachel and the Treeschoolers.

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“Young ISFPs are usually happy to play with whoever is around and especially enjoy playing with their parents and siblings. But they are also happy to play alone for long periods of time…Curious explorers, they learn best by hands-on experimentation; touching things is how they come to understand them.” Nurture by Nature, p. 255

11:50 a.m.   Kate joins me in the laundry room to take clothes out of the dryer. She helps me hang up shirts, match up socks, etc. We talk about colors of the clothes and count items.

12:00 p.m.  LUNCH! Kate helps me make sandwiches and set the table while Addie finishes up her independent practice pages. We turn on a Sesame Street CD while the girls eat and giggle together.

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1:00 p.m.    We finish cleaning up lunch, and Kate settles down for her nap. She still sleeps a good two hours each day, so we give her the time to recharge her batteries.

“ISFPs also tend to need plenty of time to play or rest in their rooms and will not be hurried or rushed from one activity to another. When they are overly tired, they usually cry and fall apart.” Nurture by Nature, p. 257

3:30 p.m.   Kate is awake (and grumpy), so she has a little transition time in her room before she joins the rest of us.

4:00 p.m.  Kate cuddles with me on the couch for read-aloud time. Even though she is now reading independently, she still likes for me to read her favorite books to her.

4:30 p.m.  We go outside to enjoy the sunshine. The girls ride their bikes while I do some yardwork.

5:15 p.m.   Dad arrives home. Our official “school day” is over. It’s been a perfect day for Kate: she has been able to run, jump, and ride her bike, she ran into a friend while running errands and got to check out books at the library, she experienced sensory play while listening to her sister’s math lessons, she spent time helping me with laundry and lunch, she sang along to all of her favorite songs and memory work, and she took a nap.

I feel confident that she’ll be interested in “table work” long before her 5th birthday (still more than six months away)—right now, our play-based approach is working for her learning style and unique personality/temperament.

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