Archives for March 2010

Tot School ~ Easter Fun

~Krash is 46 months old~

~Ladybug is 11 months old~

Learning ToysWe dug out our Magneatos and Krash made fireworks.  The best part was his detailed  {hilarious of course} descriptions of how the fireworks worked and what they looked like.IMG_3037

We had some Egg and Spoon Race fun!IMG_3029

He is VERY into clocks and time.  We are still doing a time of the day with our calendar time, but he needed more time fun so we got out the cards and clocks and he just played with them for so long! {that white clock was a consignment sale find for a dollar!}IMG_3003

He has progressed in the progressive puzzles, he can now do the 6 piece puzzles! IMG_2998

Krash is finally into building things, and was VERY proud of his towers!!! IMG_2923


We began our weeks of Easter Fun! I have tons of things, so we will keep this theme through Easter’s arrival!  Everything you’ll see below can be printed from links in the Totally Tots Mommy Made Printables Post!  {I used things from Erica-Confessions of a Homeschooler, Erin-Homegrown Hearts, and my own Tot Pack!}

One of our very favorite things, the colored baskets and eggs from Erin.  I laminated everything and put small velcro dots to help hold it all.We played several games with these {and aren’t done yet}.  Here K is flipping over one at a time with me to name the color and find it’s home.  It is good taking turns practice too.IMG_2864

The next time we used the eggs we got out tons of energy!!!  I gave 3 baskets to K and 3 to Pac and then hid the eggs accordingly {easier for K and harder for P}.  They had a race to see who could find their eggs the fastest.  I purposely put the baskets far away so they would have to run a lot {wear them out=possibility for a nap}.  IMG_2966

On another day I also tried to wear him out.  I put all of the eggs in a basket and laid the baskets in a row.  He had to run to get one from my basket and then run as FAST AS HE COULD to put it in the correct basket…all while yelling out the color!  We plan to use these eggs and baskets much much more!IMG_2997

I finally got around to making pom pom magnets and K loved them!  Here he is using them to work on the He is Risen! page…IMG_2862

He colored one color per day in his Jelly Bean Prayer mini book {from my Tot Pack}…IMG_2866

We read an adorable {and very inexpensive} book I got the boys, My Jellybean Prayer Book. I also bought him smelly Jolly Jelly Beans Stickers, he had fun making a lovely picture for us to hang up ;-)…IMG_2871Pac Man helped Krash with our new egg file folder game.  IMG_2939 We played the Easter Dice Game several times!IMG_2941  The boys made patterns with eggs…IMG_2962

K completed the entire Spring ABCs file folder…IMG_2991


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We are almost done with Moses and Krash colored a picture of Moses to put on the front of our final folder which will hold all of our Moses stuff! IMG_2946


Tiny Tot SchoolWe made Ladybug some shakers out of breastmilk bottles!  While searching for a new item, I saw these and realized they are the perfect slim size for her little hands.  Pac Man helped me fill them with neat things. We used: pom poms, mini erasers, small beads, small linking shapes, rice, beans, and wiggly eyes.  She loved them!!!IMG_2888 Although the cat was a bit distracting, she loves Buddy too!IMG_2893

P showed her how they roll down the slope of the upside down basket…this made her giggle! IMG_2894  I hid them under her rings for her to find…IMG_3014 I stacked them up for her to knock over…IMG_3046

Ladybug continues to love her books, Pac Man continues to be an amazing biggest brother.IMG_2895

She also enjoyed playing with blocks this week {mostly just banging them together}.IMG_2928


Life School

Pac Man was learning about magnets while K was “sleeping”.  He wandered downstairs and just had to be included!  He had fun seeing which things float…IMG_2898  Then he checked to see which things would attract to the magnet…IMG_2904

We did this neat trick, which he loved!!!IMG_2903


Moms Favorite

Ladybug’s birthday is less than a month away and we just couldn’t wait to give her her birthday present ;-)…a new swing!  It was warm and sunny and just begging to be put up for her.  Do you think she likes it? IMG_3174 copy


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We have a new weekly family activity in our house. This is our 4th week of playing a family game of “Let’s Guess”IMG_2178Each Sunday I present the family with a new object in a new container for us to estimate. Each person writes his/her guess and then each Sunday evening during our family time, we count them all together and see who wins. The winner gets a big star by their name and high fives all around! It’s a fun and simple way to bond together while also learning some great math skills.

So far we have estimated:

  • counting bear {in honor of our bear themed week}
  • beans {pictured above}
  • colored craft sticks
  • jelly beans

I can guess too, because I just grab to fill the container, I don’t pre-count. My inspiration for doing this with my family came from here!

Thank You!

I saw a great idea on The Homeschool Classroom, and in honor of all of the wonderful sites that link here I wanted to do the same as a way to say Thank You with some linky-love. Hopefully I can make this a monthly thing, we’ll see if I can remember!

From my Google Analytics report ~ February 2010

Top 10 Referring Sites {not including my own website}

  1. Homeschool Creations
  2. Confessions of a Homeschooler
  3. Totally Tots
  4. HSBA Post
  5. Home Grown Hearts
  6. The Ramblings of a Crazy Woman
  7. Preschool Playbook
  8. Lapbook Lessons
  9. Room For At Least One More
  10. Sunflower Schoolhouse

Top 10 Visited Posts on 1+1+1=1…in case you’re curious where other readers spend their time on this blog {I always love looking at these stats}

  1. Behind the Scenes ~ Tot School, Where Do I Begin?
  2. Behind the Scenes ~ Workboxes {I have a new preschool Workbox post almost complete, stay tuned!}
  3. Behind the Scenes ~ Lapbooking
  4. New Tot School Forms
  5. Behind the Scenes ~ Routines, Scheduling & Planning {although much of this info has changed since that post was published!}
  6. Raising Rock Stars ~ Week 1
  7. Behind the Scenes ~ Tot School Tools {much of this info has also changed for us since posting this, I am always making changes to suit our needs}
  8. Behind the Scenes ~ Tot Trays
  9. Tot School ~ Love
  10. Behind the Scenes ~ Book Storage

Thanks for reading 1+1+1=1, thanks for sharing about it on your sites, thanks for encouraging me in what I do online.

Raising Rock Stars ~ 10 Commandments

10 Commandments

Daddy read a modified version of the story out of our My First Message: A Devotional Bible for Kids. All throughout the week we have been reading from the regular NIV each morning to get the full story ;-).IMG_2330

We are making a 10 commandment train together… IMG_2336After coloring the boys were surprised with the complete set of these DVDs all about the 10 Commandments. image Krash is in LOVE with his “Moses Movies” and has watched them as much as I will allow since getting them! There are 5 in the set.IMG_2340


Resources used this week:

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

Tot School ~ Spring Fun…Kites!

~Krash is currently 46 months old~

Learning Toys

We did ALL of his ladybug ABCs together, but it was way more fun to drive cars on the bug-road!IMG_2419

Stacker Pegs…always a BIG HIT {with both boys}… IMG_2440

He learned to put them on his fingers! {Visit my Play with Me post on Totally Tots for more play ideas with this awesome toy!}IMG_2444

K continues to LOVE these puzzles. By far his favorite puzzles. He has these and the dino set and asks for them a lot!IMG_2771

Remember these? Yup, we still love them. Krash can build them all by himself now…IMG_2827but his favorite thing to do is this… IMG_2828


We began our SPRING FUN this week {thankfully the SUN cooperated}, we enjoyed tons of KITE activities! You can find all of the files for these activities here on my Spring Fun webpage and also from Erica’s K is for Kite post!

He matched the kites…IMG_2343

Traced the lines {and amazed me with his ability to focus on this}! IMG_2346His control while tracing is unreal to me {since Pac Man was TOTALLY different}. IMG_2363

He dot painted his K is for Kite… IMG_2381

He counted 1-10 with me, putting his kites all in order {with help}…IMG_2560Then I had him practice 1:1 counting by moving each number over as he said it, to make sure he didn’t go too fast or skip any!IMG_2568

On another day we used erasers to match to the numbers 1-5…IMG_2804

We played the Build a Kite game… {I love these games for the number ID practice he gets}IMG_2597

He cut out all of his triangles and put his colored kite together… IMG_2796 IMG_2800

He read his Spring mini book a few times {Pac enjoys helping}…IMG_2554

He worked on his Spring ABC file folder several times. I gave him just a handful of letters to do each time so he wouldn’t get overwhelmed.IMG_2576


Post SubTitles ABC

We read the Gingerbread Baby and made F is for Fox!

IMG_2812 Some of you have asked if our letter matches up with our theme. NO it does not. I don’t worry about everything matching ;-). We do lots of stuff within a theme and lots of random stuff. Young kiddos don’t care nearly as much as we moms do about things all going together!

Techy TotMy iPod has been a sought after item this week for both boys. It’s funny how some weeks they barely ask for it, and some they are both fighting over it! Krash has especially enjoyed his different apps this week. IMG_2748I got him a new one in honor of the Dr. Seuss sale! We have enjoyed reading through the book together with this app and he has played with it alone too! Adorable and only 99 cents right now! Find this app and more on our website!


Rock Star Tot

Each morning during our calendar time, we practice our old verses. I always LOVE hearing Krash recite {sing} his verses from memory-it is so encouraging to me! IMG_2789


Tiny Tot School

Ladybug explored SPOOLS this week! I had a few plastic spools and some wooden ones my mom had saved for me. Again, such a simple object {and free}, but filled with opportunities to explore for a Tiny Tot! I love seeing her dig things out of the basket! IMG_2727She really liked seeing how many she could fit in her chubby little hands!IMG_2734

I added a clear empty container {parmesan cheese} and put them all inside, she had fun dumping them out, although she still just preferred to bang them together and hold lots in one hand!IMG_2778

Little bug is learning to get around much better now! I find her like this a lot now, just trying to get the courage up to drop and scoot!IMG_2745We had a little Tot School in the sun for a few days when God blessed us greatly!!!!!IMG_2663 Nothing better than the sun and big brothers who adore you, right? 😉 This princess has it made.IMG_2677IMG_2470Ladybug loves turning pages in books and will sit by herself and do this for a really long time! {yes, I know I am blessed-neither of the boys did this often or for nearly as long}. IMG_2481


Life School

The sun made for some awesome deck fun this past week. It is raining now {POURING actually} as I write this, so these pictures make me smile and long for the sun to return this week!

Krash practiced using a fan to cool himself from severe heat stroke {you know in the 58 degree weather}.

IMG_2507 Krash dresses himself most days now;-)IMG_2499


Moms Favorite

This boy just makes me smile. I simply adore him. Those brown eyes, that silly grin, those chubby cheeks. IMG_2397

Those are my feet, tickling him. I love remembering his contagious laugh.IMG_2409


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