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Raising Rock Stars Preschool ~ Letter Nn

Raising Rock Stars Preschool Letter N

Rock stars This is the main section of our preschool posts-focusing on what we do for our Raising Rock Stars Preschool Curriculum. I am not sharing photos of each part every week, just what I happen to catch! We do the entire unit even if I don’t show it here in the photos!

Our letter this week ~ Nn, our verse: No one can serve two masters.

Krash colors his verse, he really loves coloring now, a BIG change from just months ago!! IMG_8431

After he cuts out his vocabulary cards, we put them in his RRSP Notebook together. He was pointing to what I called out… IMG_8435

Checking to find things that are taller or shorter than the verse.

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I love seeing him seated at his desk working hard ;-).


Another day, working on his letter tracing…IMG_8734

Working on his treasure box, he loved the glitter glue part!!! We had my iPod playing too, he was singing along to Treasure {our RRSP song of the week}IMG_8739

Reading his book to me, sitting in the bean bag, of course.IMG_8741





We continue to use our RRSP PowerPoint shows. I didn’t get any shots of him this week!

The Power Point lessons are located in the Members Only section. You can see a video here showing a PowerPoint lesson. You can learn more about the Members Only section here. The entire printable unit {everything else you see pictured above} is available for FREE on the main RRSP page…

You can download the entire letter Nn unit here.

Nn Lesson Plan… Nn Lesson Plan Included is our exact plan, with links to everything we used. Page 2 is blank in case you don’t do exactly what we do! You can download the PDF file on the Nn page!


in the box {A few things that were in his preschool workboxes for the week, not all activities are pictured}

He did one drawing, an egg, from his Kumon Drawing book this week. {we are going through this book and keeping them all together in 1 notebook}. IMG_8453

We are loving our ABC Twiggles membership, Krash loves so many different things about it! He really surprised me by loving this particular worksheet. I honestly thought he would fight me on it. He loved finding all of the “N” nuts for the squirrel ~ using his BatMan stamper was an added bonus. 😉


Nn’s on a Play Doh matIMG_8607

We did a few fun letter of the week activities. IMG_8613IMG_8446IMG_8444

We are continuing our ABC Crafts, here is his N is for Nest…IMG_8542

We continue to love our Grasshopper ABC kit! Krash LOVED the letter building activity on the dry erase board.

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For the 1st time ever, he spontaneously wrote letters!!! Thank you Grasshopper!!!IMG_8565 After writing for a bit, Pac Man began to show him how to put a body on his stick person!IMG_8581

He worked on shapes with our shape puzzles…IMG_8748

ABCs were reviewed using Jolanthe’s matching set. After matching them up, we walked the line while singing the ABC song!

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star boxes

This is where I share the 3 special open-ended toys that were in our Star Boxes for the week.

Our 3 STAR boxes for the week: Magneatos… and the rest were ignored because he played with Magneatos every day!IMG_8515IMG_8615 See our full Magneatos review here, with a link also to the monthly giveaway!

game timeOur game this week was Super Why ABC. This was a repeat for us, you can see where I wrote details about this game here. Krash continues to LOVE this game!

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See more of our favorite preschool games here.

Life School This is where I share games, toys, and life experiences that occur outside of our planned preschool time.

We have added silent reading back into our daily routine. Our bean bag makes reading time TONS more fun {although we simply must get another bean bag now…trading days produces much whining}. The boys both have silent reading time that begins when I go upstairs to get Ladybug ready for her nap. I then come down and clean up from lunch, while they keep reading. IMG_8533

We have much more space in our new schoolroom, even room for some gymnastics! Krash learned how to do a head stand!

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Krash is loving the new easel and is drawing on it daily. Pac Man is a great encourager and teaches him how to draw many things! {yes, he put his shirt on backwards-I was just happy he dressed himself!}IMG_8720


Moms fav While away, he finally learned to really swim! He made it across the pool several times on his own, finally learning how to swim with his face in and come up for air!

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Do ya think he’s proud of himself?IMG_8121





More Preschool Links…

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Something Special ~ Fall Tree Craft

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Fall Tree Craft

I was inspired by searching through old Crafty Corner posts from Totally Tots, and chose a fall tree craft I thought all of my kiddos would enjoy {it was from this post}.  I was right {which rarely happens}.  They all loved it!

We painted the paper towel tubes {I helped Ladybug use dot paint for hers}IMG_8894

Then the kids made their “ground” while the tubes dried a bit, Ladybug dot painted her ground all by herself and really enjoyed it!IMG_8902

I picked up a pack of thin leaves at Dollar Tree last week, we used these for the actual leaves.IMG_8911

The kids had a grand time positioning their leaves, just-so.IMG_8921IMG_8924

Ladybug was thrilled with the placement I helped her with! 😉 IMG_8918

The end result…the most gorgeous fall decorations I have ever had!IMG_8953

Thanks to Ramblings of a Crazy Woman for the inspiration for this fall craft!

See more…

Something Special ~ The Plan

something special When I taught public school Kindergarten, the kids had “special area classes” each day.  They rotated between music, art, PE, and library.  The idea occurred to me last week that I could do something similar in our home.  The idea stemmed from my desire to have something each day that I could plan for all 3 kids to participate in…something uniting.

I came up with a routine, which is still under renovation as I try things out for a few weeks, but for now, here’s my plan…

  • Monday-Art/Craft
  • Tuesday-Music {I used to teach a simple preschool music class a few years ago-I plan to bring this back with a bit of a twist for my little group-thankfully Pac still enjoys this type of stuff-so he will be fine even though it is really for the littles}
  • Wednesday-Cleaning {learn a specific cleaning skill} rotated with a Mission/Service Project {write to our Compassion/World Vision children, OCC Shoe Boxes, and other projects}
  • Thursday-Cooking {this should be interesting-me and my non-cooking self}
  • Saturday {we school on Sat, and not on Fri}-PE type activity/Group Game

I am not 100% certain I won’t add more to the rotation, or even drop a few if they end up not working out, this were just my initial brainstorm.

I hope to share on the blog when I have the chance ~ no schedule or routine…but I will share as we go along.  I already have one coming up to share our first art day, it was wonderful!  I know many of you do these types of things daily, but for me-they don’t come naturally.  I am not crafty, forget music, don’t take the time to teach cleaning skills, hate cooking, forget to do fun PE, and neglect mission/service projects {even though we are missionaries ourselves}.  This little plan is my way of keeping myself accountable.  Hey, it worked for Tot School, Raising Rock Stars and a few more of my random ideas…maybe it will work for this!

Raising Rock Stars ~ David and Goliath

David & Goliath

We continue to read the Bible daily to the kids each morning and have made it up to David & Goliath!  Of course we had to stop and have a family RRS family night based on this awesome story.  My Krash is quite the warrior himself so this is a VERY favorite story of his!

Daddy sat in the bean bag and read them the story {as a review} from a children’s book we have. IMG_8787

Of course we had to reenact the story!  I picked up a shield from the Dollar Tree last week and brought it out to surprise them.  The boys took turns being David & Goliath…

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Even Ladybug got in on the action, with Daddy helping her be David, throwing stones at Krash who was Goliath!

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We then went to the table to color together, even Ladybug colored some for the first time!  Krash also did a maze, and Pac Man did a word search.  We all colored!

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Ladybug was proud of everyone, high fives all around!IMG_8856

For their movie this evening, they watched Veggie Tales, Dave and the Giant Pickle.

Resources used this week:

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

10 Things My Relevant Roomie Should Know…

For those of you who don’t know, I will be attending a wonderful CHRISTIAN Blogging conference in October, Relevant!  I registered the day tickets went on sale, and knew this was the conference for me.  My blogging is a huge part of my life, but God is bigger—thus the lack of appeal the other blog conferences have for me. 

A tiny bit of convincing and I had my friend Jolanthe going  too…it didn’t take too much.  We just had to get the OK from our husbands who would need to care for the kids for the 4 days.  Once we had their blessing…we were sold!

So, although I know Jolanthe well {but we did meet through blogging}, and have even stayed at her house, this will be our first sleepover in the same room!  We decided to go with a room just for us-I could have never done it with 4 people in a room.  I am way to much of an introvert-I have to have quiet unwind time or I will go NUTS. 

When I saw Brooke’s linky, I thought it would be fun to share a few things that Jolanthe should know, or maybe even a few others who might meet me should know about me!  For those of you not going to Relevant, you might get a good laugh out of a few things you didn’t know about me! 😉

  1. I like to think I will be all neat and organized in a hotel room, but I end up making a big mess.  I get so overwhelmed being away from my own space that after about the first day, I give up.  Without my routine-I am all thrown off.
  2. I am a MAJOR introvert.  Jolanthe knows this about me, but she hasn’t seen me react to large crowds of strangers before.  I am likely to come back to the room after hours of being in these crowds and be very overwhelmed to the point that I seem a bit whacko.  I have to unwind from social events. I don’t necessarily act like an introvert and can confuse many people.  I am loud, and love to joke around…but I don’t usually open up much until I am out of the immediate stranger mode ;-).
  3. I will tell Jolanthe over and over again how I never could have gone to this thing without her by my side-see #2 to know why.
  4. I have blankees, and I sleep with them-all smooshed up by my face.  I have had them since I was a child-gave them up during the pivotal years {you know the years from about 10-17 when you care what others think} and then when I decided I didn’t care what anyone thought-I dug them out of hiding. 
  5. I am NOT a morning person and I don’t like to interact at all in the mornings.  I don’t even know if we have to get up for things-I am sure we do, but if it’s before 10am, I will need about an hour to come to life.
  6. I am from the northeast now, but am originally southern.  Although I have been in the NE for almost 7 years, I still sound like I live in the deep south.  Jolanthe knows this-but the rest of you-don’t be shocked by my big-time southern accent.
  7. I can’t crawl in bed and go straight to sleep.  I must unwind a bit.  For me that is either reading a few blogs I love, scrolling through Facebook friends on my iPod, or reading.  I am not much of a tv watcher anymore.
  8. I am horrible with names, so I will be drilling Jolanthe at night to remember who was who.  I am great with faces, and remember names in print-just can’t always put them together!!!
  9. I HATE driving, so if we go anywhere away from the conference, I won’t want to drive.  Driving to the conference itself is bad enough.
  10. I heard that I snore now.  I don’t know, but a certain someone tells me that I have acquired this wonderful trait in recent years.  Hopefully he is wrong.

I am so excited about this conference, and will be sharing all about it here on the blog, Twitter and Facebook while I am there and when I return.  If you think you might want to go, I heard there are still tickets, let me know if you are a reader of mine and you will be going!!!