Tot School

We had a very light tot school week, I am surprised I ended up with any pics! It has been VERY busy in our house with ministry related life as missionaries, summer is always busy for us in that respect. We did manage to squeeze in a few tot school times this week though!

One night we had guests over for dinner and the card table in the living room was a big hit so before bed we played with small blocks, sorting them by color and taking turns building with each color.
Then we pretended there was an earthquake!!
We did a lot of drawing this week, such an easy thing, but one I have to often remind myself to do with Krash, he loves it!
I got down our Discovery Bugs toy and he matched colors for the first time!!!Pac Man is really enjoying our Wii Fit game (my bday present), K joins in all the time, here they are running laps together!!!We had some fun Play Doh time…

And the lesson of NOT eating the play doh…

A little outside chalk time…

Pillow diving has turned into an Olympic sport in our house, we take it very seriously…
My Dad (Baba) is here visiting too and enjoyed some special times with Krash, here they are drawing together…
And K is showing Baba his Veggie Tales Tot Book, he also showed him his other Tot Books!

  • Want to see more Tot School posts? Click HERE!
  • Visit our Tot School Webpage HERE
  • Visit our Tot School Tools store HERE
  • Find our Tot Books HERE

If you have a tot (approximately ages 1-3) at home, join in the fun and share what you’re doing with your tot! Here’s how to get started if you’re new…

You can read this post for more details if you’d like, or if you have any ideas you’d like to share, link up your exact post to Mr Linky (if you have questions about how to do that, let me know in a comment or email). Provide a link back somewhere in your post to this post so your readers can see other ideas too!

Our School Room

It is time again, time for a school room post! I have written a couple in the past year, you can find them here and here. Today I am posting for Brenda’s Keeping it Real gathering :). About a week before I found out she was going to do this, I began the major school room overhaul, but I stopped and grabbed the camera before I finished!! I am actually almost done but I will save the final photos for another post. For today, here is the schoolroom–real style!

Our schoolroom is located in the very back of our approximately 100 year old inner-city row home. We have a unique house, and thankfully we are blessed with this unique space to have a schoolroom! You walk into the school room from the kitchen, this is the view walking in. The basket on the top left is my collect all (ooops it’s overflowing) basket-big trouble spot.Keep looking down that same wall and you see this. The drawers are filled with many different school related items, all labeled and organized. I got the drawer sets from Target. I will be posting later about the reorganization and what is in each one! I couldn’t survive without these drawers, they are the best thing in my school room!Then you see this, the wagon used to store all of the outside toys, since our schoolroom is also the mudroom/outside storage area. These great Ikea baskets are hanging above the wagon, I usually store our current lapbook themed items in these. You can see we’re working on oceans right now!This door leads outside to our back (mini) yard. On the wall are awesome baskets from Ikea, where we store outside stuff: sunscreen, bug spray, bubbles, sunglasses, etc. Below the baskets on the wall is an awesome round basket from Target where we keep all of our *backdoor shoes*.

This is looking from the entrance door into the middle of the room, at our school table, where we work mostly. Many of the tot school and other school photos you see are taken here! Pac and I have stools (from Ikea) and Krash has a Hook-On High Chair. This is my awesome table tray (Ikea) that holds all of my most needed small items.This is the black hole of the schoolroom, it’s is mainly out of sight and collects much junk–ugh. I hate this corner. It is actually all clean now, but this was what it looked like the day I snapped the pic!On the other wall (when walking in the schoolroom it’s on the right), we have shelves lining the entire wall (also from Ikea). You can see how overloaded they became this year and they got completely redone last week! Again, after photos will come soon!This is the Tot-School shelf, where I store many of our Tot School Tools. When this pic was taken, things would fall out on me when I tried to take one thing down, it had gotten bad!This is the final wall, which holds P’s computer, more storage drawers and our wonderful storage board (also Ikea).

I had to write this post quickly (I am short on time this week!), I plan to do the finished one more in depth! Feel free to ask any questions about the room and I will try to answer them in the next post!!

Go check out Brenda’s blog for photos of other school rooms!

Tot School

We continue to have lots of Tot-School around here with the lack of 1st grade stuff! We just play, play, play! I love it, but I also miss teaching Pac Man. He’s not as into his summer lapbook project (oceans) as I wish he was, so I am trying not to force him. But secretly I am sad and I miss our special 1 on 1 homeschooling time. So, Tot-School it is (which I love too)!!!

We haven’t had these (Melissa & Doug Deluxe 10-Piece Alphabet Nesting and Stacking Blocks)out in awhile and Krash did much better building them himself this time…

He also came up with this use on his own…
He colored the animals for his Ocean Animals Tot Book, I was SO impressed with his coloring, he actually colored inside some of the animals, instead of scribbling all over them!
My boys are very into tattoos these days…K is admiring his Luigi tattoo (or Loo-Gi-Gi as he calls it)
Just so you all don’t think I am some super mom who plays with my kids all day every day, here’s a zoned out shot of my boy watching a movie :) His current favorite is Meet the Robinsons, which is actually Pac’s movie but of course he is around when it’s on. My boys get on movie kicks and watch the same one over and over again. Around here we are hearing “Robs” a lot lately :). He’s also dragging that pillow around with him lately, my mom sent it to him this week, he LOVES it because it has his name on it (which he loves).
He asks for stickers a lot, and in honor of the tattoo, he added them to his arms…
A little water play–the safe way…
We worked on some hand eye coordination with this lovely toy :) it sends disks flying in the air for you to catch!
A little physical fun with the pillows form the couch…
K loved having his best bud Daniel over. They played with Aquadoodle,
our foam ABC blocks, which Shannon (my friend and Daniel’s mommy) had them hammering as she yelled out a color for them to find…
and, I got out the cereal box hammering for them…definitely needed 2 hammers for this, they both were pounding the noodles!
K managed to annoy P during Blockbuilding by being a little too rambunctious. Another time to teach P the lesson of patience with a 2 year old!
K gets VERY excited when I let him climb up to draw on the dry erase board!!

He worked with his Veggie Tales tot-book this week…
Markers were a HUGE hit with K this week, he drew for hours on many different days.
We sorted colors with our Teddy Bear Math Counters, 2 different days, he liked this!P was working on a Perler Beads project, I let K try but he soon was done (I figured he would be but he demanded to try it) We got this cool toy from the used book sale at the homeschool conference I went to. He only played with the colored designs for a minute…
But then really enjoyed when I made shapes for him…
Later in the week he painted the inside of the Ocean Animals Tot Book before I stuck it all together,
Then he added foam ocean animals stickers to the back of it!
And we ended with a huge block party at the church we work with. It’s a yearly event outreaching to approximately 1000 people in our inner city neighborhood. My kids love it, K was especially proud of his big boy cup…

  • Want to see more Tot School posts? Click HERE!
  • Visit our Tot School Webpage HERE
  • Visit our Tot School Tools store HERE
  • Find our Tot Books HERE

If you have a tot (approximately ages 1-3) at home, join in the fun and share what you’re doing with your tot! Here’s how to get started if you’re new…

You can read this post for more details if you’d like, or if you have any ideas you’d like to share, link up your exact post to Mr Linky (if you have questions about how to do that, let me know in a comment or email). Provide a link back somewhere in your post to this post so your readers can see other ideas too!

Tot Book ~ Veggie Tales

The photos of our completed Veggie Tales Tot-Book are up!! We put it all together today and K finished up his coloring :) I was very excited to find some great VT stickers hidden in the middle of one of our coloring books, they were a fun last minute addition. I also cut out a picture of Larry and Bob for K to color on the back!

Remember to email me or comment if you feature one of the Tot Books on your blog–I would love to link it up on the site for others to see!

Tot Food

I do not cook. I don’t like to cook, not even breakfast or lunch that gets poured out of a box. Here’s my big problem…I DO like to feed my children healthy meals–you normally have to cook those. I am blessed with a husband who loves to cook–he worked in a restaurant at one point back in the day, so he cooks dinner for us. He even takes care of breakfast duty for me…praise him. I am responsible for one simple meal-lunch. Wanna know how I feed my children on many days…

Yup, in a cup. His whole meal is in there and the best part–no whining because he loves it!

What’s in it??

  • blueberries, raspberries, blackberries (or any other berry I get my hands on fresh or frozen)
  • banana
  • vanilla yogurt (or plain whichever I have in the big tub)
  • ground flax seed (grind it right before you serve it for the health benefit)
  • OJ
  • and the best ingredient…broccoli!!

Yes my friends my wonderful smoothies always contain some sort of vege that K won’t normally eat: broccoli, carrots, sweet potato, peas, etc. K has no clue and gulps it down.

P knows however, and I always make him a separate one :). He is good about consuming a variety of veges so I don’t have to sneak with him.

Although I don’t cook a lot (I actually do occasionally) I do have and love this book– Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food. I also couldn’t live without my Magic Bullet for our special lunches.