Archives for January 2013

Just Color! Dinosaurs

The idea behind Just Color! is simple ~ theme packs all focused around coloring. There are mostly coloring pages, and a few coloring activities. The coloring pages are all in one download to make it easier to download and print all at once, in case you have coloring monsters like I do!

I just added a new Dinosaurs Coloring set!

Just Color Dinosaurs

Remember, if you want to make a mini coloring book, you can always scale down PDF files! If you have any problems downloading or printing these or other PDF files, see troubleshooting tips here.

Looking for more Dinosaur fun?


Raising Rock Stars Preschool ~ Letter A

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Our letter this week ~ Aa, our verse…


See RRSP Letter Aa with Krash here!

Not familiar with RRSP?  Read the intro post here!


Her brand new RRSP board! She was so excited to see it and find out it was for HER!  I am going in ABC order with her, mostly because her fine motor/writing skills are way beyond where Krash was at this stage {which is why I went out of order to work on writing easier letters first}.

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You can tell by her outfits what she did on each day, about 2 RRSP activities per day plus the PowerPoint.  Cutting vocabulary cards was a favorite!  Coloring was not, she wanted me to do it!

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The letter tracing activities were a hit, she loves tracing!

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Just like Krash, she loved cutting her verse, taping it together and measuring it!

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I am using clothespins for the “popsicle stick props” and since she is a bit more advanced than Krash was, we are emphasizing the sight word more.  We found it together on all of the easy reader pages!

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Working on our nice words/mean words craft.Home Preschool Letter A -8183

She learned the verse and let me record it for you!  I am not sure if she will every week, she’s a bit finicky like that.


She LOVED the PowerPoint show!  We watched it together every day!  Home Preschool Letter A -8119Since we are going in a different order, I am updating the counting portion of the shows, if you go in ABC order and use the PP shows, I am adding them in a new 2013 update column on the Members Only PowerPoint webpage.

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!

You can download the entire letter Aa unit for FREE here.

Want the RRSP Bundle


~ More Letter Aa Work ~

See how we organize our weekly home preschool activitiesPreschool Work Trays

I am doing Letter Baskets for her, and using her shelf to draw her attention to different items.

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Each evening I would set up something different on the top shelf from the basket to peak her interest.

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I also put a few of the activities on her preschool work trays during the week, here she was holding up her completed peg A.

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Working on her letter A puzzles…

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Our ABC Find It activities were really fun!  Letter Aa was featured in the Ideas for Using ABC Find It, you can see descriptions there!

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She loved dot painting the A with the ant.  She disliked making the letter A with Color Cubes, so I made it for her ~ she liked that!

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Painting the Letter Aa page from the Tot Time Notebook was a favorite activity.  She loves paint and it really drew her into the sheet, which she has seen many times before in her notebook! Preschool Letter A-8050

Sorting Aa’s, and working on a letter A maze

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Painting her Animal ABC lowercase aHome Preschool Letter A -8118

Gluing on her ants…Home Preschool Letter A -8178

Letter A Maze with pom pom magnets…Home Preschool Letter A -8170

Dot painting all of the Aa’s on the letter huntHome Preschool Letter A -8175

We did a few activities from my Baby Animals PackBaby Animals Printable Pack

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We are in the second half of All About Reading Pre Level 1, which goes through the lowercase letters.  She really loved seeing Ziggy again!

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Letter Aa on the iPad with Letter School…Preschool Letter A-8067

Her work all hung up at the end of the week.  This is the pocket chart above her desk…Home Preschool Letter A -8201

This is another area where we hang her work!  Home Preschool Letter A -8210

Find all letter A activities on my A is for… Pinterest board, or on my general ABC Ideas board! I also have a board for RRSP Letter Aa!

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Learning Tools We Used…

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Tot School Gathering Place ~ Week 3

Gather together here, gather ideas from other blogs, share your own ideas on your own blog. Browse around at the other posts linked up, leave a few comments if you have time, and be sure to check back to see if your blog was featured!


This week I went on a FINE MOTOR SKILLS hunt!  I scoured the blog posts that were linked up and chose a some photos to feature displaying fun ways to work on fine motor skills with young kids.

Pushing Pom Poms from Mommy Misfit {18 mos} ~ Pom Poms rock! My tots always LOVED doing this simple activity, most tots do!007


Clothespin/pom pom transfer from Gift of Curiosity ~ Pom Poms are a must have for tots, so simple and versatile.  A few different trays, some clothespins, spoons/tongs and you have it!Winter-learning-and-fun-2


Tiny Stickers from Moms Have Questions Too ~ look at that concentration!  Watching little kids with stickers is a favorite of mine!ts


Stickers {bottom right} and Operation {top left} from D’Learning Hour {34 mos} ~ I never thought to get Operation out for the young ones.  Using games for fine motor skills is always great fun!  Stickers again too!IMG_0424


Pasta in the Cheese Container from Royal Baloo {21 & 33 mos} ~ lots of neat ideas in this post with simple and inexpensive items you may already have around the house!IMG_8955_thumb


Cheerios on Pipe Cleaners from You Are the Roots {18 mos} ~ add play dough to the base for stability and you’re set!  Be sure to check the post to see his sweet smile of satisfaction!yellow12

Were you featured?

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Tot School Feature

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By linking up you agree to the following:
  1. A photo and a link to your post may appear in a future Tot School post. You give me permission to choose a photo from the post you link up, and give me permission to use your ideas in my post. I will link back to you, mention your blog, and give you full credit for any ideas choose to share form your post. If you don’t want me sharing photos, your blog, or ideas, please don’t link up.
  2. Your post is a post written specifically for Tot School and not just an idea for tots. It features your own child{ren} in action. This is a community for moms to come together and share their journey with Tot School virtually.
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  4. Link up your exact Tot School post {not your blog homepage} if you are unsure how to do that read this!
Each week I will feature photo{s} and ideas from blogs who link up. Sometimes it may be one simple idea, sometimes it may be a collection based around a concept  .

A Few Popular Tot Posts…


See the Tot School webpage here!Tot-School-early-learning-through-pl[1]

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All ABCs ~ Alphabet Printables

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I have been working behind the scenes on a new webpage to host all of my ABC printables and ideas in one area. I am finally ready to share the new page ALL ABCs with you!  Here you will find links to every alphabet printable I have shared, as well as links to posts sharing ideas for ABCs.

There are a few NEW Alphabet Printables

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Links to Alphabet Printables that I have shared over the years…

Letter Mazes ABC Easy Reader2 Animal ABC Flashcards 

Tot Time Notebook ABCs Clothespin Clip ABCs Color By Number ABCs 

Just Color ABCs Tot School Printables ABC Flashcards ABC Find it


You’ll find links to my other ABC posts, programs, and ideas as well.

Alphabet Idea Collection Hands on the Alphabet

Animal ABCs Printables Tot School Printables A to Z

I hope the new All ABCs webpage helps you find anything ABC related on my site!

Kids who Listen? Yes Please!


I am excited to welcome back my friend Amy {yes I feel we have truly become friends in this wild online world!} from Positive Parenting Solutions!  You may remember I hosted a free webinar awhile back entitled, How to Get Kids to Listen Without Reminding, Nagging, or Yelling, and another one called Is Time Out a Waste of Time?

Amy asked me if I would be interested in hosting another webinar and I said yes, knowing that these free webinars are very helpful to many of you!  This time I chose to repeat the first topic I hosted, Get Kids to Listen without Reminding, Nagging, or Yelling. This is a topic I continually struggle with and I have heard from many of you with similar struggles. I hope you will join me on Wednesday January 30, 2013 at 9pm EST

Here are the official details about our upcoming webinar…

Get Kids to Listen Without

Nagging, Reminding or Yelling

Why is it so difficult sometimes to get kids to listen? You know she heard you, but she ignores you. You ask again and still . . . no response.

If you’re tired of nagging, reminding and yelling to get kids to listen – this session is for you! 1+1+1=1 is excited to partner with Amy McCready, founder of Positive Parenting Solutions & TODAY Show contributor to offer a FREE LIVE training webinar on

Wednesday, January 30th at 9 – 10 PM EST.

Join us to learn easy to implement strategies to correct misbehavior and reclaim the calm voice you had before kids. Discover proven tools for your most frustrating discipline dilemmas including the 5 R’s of Fair & Effective Consequences.

All you need is your computer. (No webcam required.) You’ll see and hear Amy on your screen and you can even ask questions and she’ll make them part of the presentation. Parents RAVE about this session.

RSVP today and then kick back and learn from the comfort of your home.

Webinar seating will be limited so learn more and RSVP now! I’ll look forward to welcoming you.

About Amy McCready

Parenting expert Amy McCready is the Founder of Positive Parenting Solutions and a image_thumb4"recovering yeller." She is a champion of positive parenting techniques for happier families and well-behaved kids. Amy reaches a worldwide audience with her Positive Parenting Solutions Online course and is a frequent guest on the TODAY Show and has also appeared on Rachael Ray, CNN, Fox & Friends, MSNBC, and elsewhere. In her most important role, she is mom to two teenage boys.

I hope to “see” many of you at the webinar, I will be logged in for it also!