Tot School

~Krash is currently 44 months old~

Learning Toys

I only managed to snap one photo of the many learning toys Krash played with this past week! Here he is playing with his Brainy Baby 3 piece animal puzzles, yes sitting in the Bumbo…isn’t that where your 3 1/2 year old sits? IMG_9800

 

Theme

In honor of our winter theme, I put together a fun basket of “snow” for Krash to dig through and find all of the ABCs for his puzzle. {thanks Tot Play for the idea!}IMG_9785

My well-planned activity soon turned into a fun “snowball” fight. There was “snow” all over and stuck in the rug afterward…lovely.IMG_9792

We played a counting game, using a snowman board with 10 circles on it. He drew a card {same as we used last week}, then had to count out that many colored chips on the card {again thanks Tot Play for the idea}IMG_9806

A few non-action shots, both items from our Winter Tot Pack. The first is the Snowflakes in Shapes mini book, although I left the pages separate as I introduced it to K.IMG_0195This sheet is the blank page I provided with the snowman set. I am working with K on identifying lowercase letters so I wrote them on the blank grid and had him find them with his colored chips. You can see through those chips so it was cool, he can put it right on top of the letter and still see it. IMG_0192

 

 

Post SubTitles ABC

We are almost done! Yy is for yellow, and I made it very simple ;-) I found yellow smiley sticker and let him go at it. We then glued the Y to yellow paper!IMG_9897

He played with his various letter Y items in the basket, here he is matching the magnetic Y to our Alphabet poster (got ours at Dollar Tree, but here’s a neat set online)…IMG_9902

We haven’t been using Leapfrog Letter Factory as much, so I brought it back out for K this past week. Lil Ladybug sat in on it too ;-).IMG_9867

 

Tiny Tot SchoolLadybug is almost 9 1/2 months old now and is very interested in what we are doing. I have been intentionally sitting her in with us and giving her items to explore that she otherwise wouldn’t have. The main goal in exposing Ladybug at this young age is mostly to different textures, sounds, and other sensory experiences. Cause and effect is a big thing too, as she learns what happens when she does things.

She loved playing with the cotton balls…IMG_9786

I piled all of our bean bags on her lap just to see what she would do. She had fun for a long time, feeling them, throwing them around and yelling with them! IMG_9825

She wasn’t too fond of the abacus. I sat with her while she explored how it felt and it seemed to freak her out a little bit! IMG_9875

She loved the musical instruments and sat and explored these two for quite awhile! IMG_9882

 

Life School

A little “war”…IMG_9804A little Wii {teamwork at it’s finest-rock climbing on Outdoor Challenge} IMG_9889Some friendly competition… IMG_9894

 


Moms Favorite

Snuggling with Daddy watching Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs {a current FAVORITE around here}.IMG_0187

 

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Raising Rock Stars ~ Snowflakes

We began our evening with Daddy reading The Tiny Snowflake to the kids.  Ladybug was really into the story and was grabbing at the book the whole time!  Thankfully Krash had heard the story before because he wasn’t having any of it.  It was an evening of discipline training for him-he was a bit out of control (which led to me feeling way out of control by the time all was said and done).  ;-) IMG_9760

The purpose of our time was to emphasize that God made snowflakes just like he made people and that we are special to God and also very unique.  We used an awesome lesson from Danielle’s Place to illustrate what it feels like to be blown around just like a snowflake and to know that God is always with us no matter where we may blow. 

 

After the story and the lesson I surprised Krash with a special mini book made in honor of the book, The Tiny SnowflakeSnowflakes are Special2He really enjoyed the last page! ;-) Winter33

 

After the book, we moved on to a snowflake matching activity I made.  I made a simple colored version for K and a black and white version for Pac Man.  Pac happily completed his and K gave us a bit of attitude which you can see clearly displayed on his lovely face below. IMG_9764

 

Finally we moved on to our craft, which was a poem also found on Danielle’s Place.  We made our own snowflakes to glue to the poem.IMG_9773

I helped Krash with his, and he loved it!IMG_9771

He loved cutting up the sample snowflake even more though.IMG_9775

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I must admit, when this evening was over I was so thankful.  Krash was a handful to say the least.  Even Ladybug was out of sorts and spent her time “yelling” loudly.  She was mostly happy, just way louder than she normally is!!  I had spent much of Sunday planning for our evening (as I usually do), and I found myself feeling very discouraged.  My husband was great and he built me up and gave me wonderful words of encouragement.  I also reflected, prayed, and remembered that even if the kids hate the activities, or it seems a waste of time, what we are really doing is Raising Rock Stars! The simple routine of doing this every Sunday night speaks volumes into their little hearts.  It’s not about the lesson, it’s not about the crafts, it’s about Mommy and Daddy showing the kiddos that God comes first and HE deserves family time focused on HIM.  So, after much prayer and reflection, I realized that even though the night seemed like a failure to me, it was a success to HIM and that’s what matters most!

Resources used this week:

Visit the Raising Rock Stars Webpage to download your own notebook pages and to see links to previous Rock Stars posts!

Tot School

~Krash is currently 44.5 months old~

We were gone from Sunday-Tuesday and then unpacking and resettling again on Wednesday, so we had very little time to do Tot School at home. We made the most of the time we had though and are looking forward to many full weeks ahead with no other vacations planned in the next few months!

Learning Toys

Krash played with a lot of learning toys in our 2 days at home, I just didn’t have the camera out ;-)/ Here are the 2 moments I did capture, his favorite puzzles (this is his dino set). IMG_9640

I am so glad I caught this sweet moment of P helping K working on his lower case letter puzzle…IMG_9646

 

Post SubTitles ABC

We got 2 letters done as we look forward to finishing up this series and moving on with new letter projects and plans! First Krash made Ww for wagon(idea from Ramblings of a Crazy Woman) …IMG_9661

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Then we worked with Xx. I usually put all of the letter items on display for him but decided to try something new this week and I like it this way much better and he did too. I collected everything and put it in a little basket (got these for $1 at Target last week).IMG_9682

I then had him pull the various items (flashcards, magnets, bean bags, puzzles) out…IMG_9685

Of course he asked for a xylophone!IMG_9687

Then he dot-painted his Xylophone X, which was also great color work!IMG_9690

Then he put together his own Xylophone X (idea from No Time for Flashcards)!IMG_9694

 

 

Life School

Krash got to swim TONS while away on our annual winter staff retreat. We stay in a retreat center with our entire church staff family, which is wonderful. There are tons of kids and Krash just LOVES it all!IMG_9514

 

Moms Favorite

The day he grows out of these froggy boots will be a very sad one.IMG_9649 copy

This Weeks Tools

All About Spelling ~ Level 2!

We began Level 2-finally! We LOVE All About Spelling!!! IMG_9664

We are doing this in addition to the spelling words he has in his Calvert program, I personally didn’t feel like Calvert’s spelling program was enough. Thankfully we found AAS and we both absolutely love it and it is working! Even I am learning spelling rules I never knew were actual rules!

We completed Lesson 1 and already can see that this level will be filled with much more for Pac Man! As his teacher I am thrilled…he isn’t so thrilled with more writing but still loves the program!

If you are looking for a great program I highly recommend it (and yes I do get an affiliate fee if you order through my link-but you know I would never recommend something unless we really love it!).

Raising Rock Stars ~ Joseph Part 2

We had a VERY simple family night, didn’t even do any reading! Daddy has been reading the story of Joseph each morning to the boys straight from the Bible, so we have now incorporated our weekly theme into our morning time also.

This week we extended the story of Joseph and learned more about his life using an awesome mini book that we all colored together!IMG_8995 IMG_8994

Resources used this week:

Visit theRaising Rock Stars Webpage to download your own notebook pages and to see links to previous Rock Stars posts!