Archives for March 2013

Fairy Printable Pack

fairy printables

When I saw this adorable spring fairy clipart, I just knew we had to have a FAIRY week when we did letter F!  I got busy quickly since we were on letter D when I found it!  We are actually having our fairy week right now!

I hope many other fairy fans enjoy this free printable pack also!

Spring Fairies Printable Pack

Download the Spring Fairy Printables Here!

I also added a full size easy reader to the Easy Reader collection, you can find it here!

Where is the Fairy

Looking for more theme based printables, see this post!


I Love My Hair Clips!

I never thought I would say that!  When Caroline {The Modest Mom} sent me a Lilla Rose clip for review along with our Deborah & Co. giveaway last month I was surprised with how much I liked it!  I ended up ordering 3 more clips to round out a basic collection and I wear one almost every day, unless my hair is totally down!

Caroline invited me to host a Lilla Rose “party” online, and I said yes!  The main reason I said yes is to support Caroline, and also because Lilla Rose has FREE SHIPPING on orders of $20 or more right now, through Saturday 3/23/13! 

Lilla Rose Spring Sale

As hostess I am also able to earn free hair clips, which I hope to use as gifts!  I don’t normally do things like this, but in this case I made an exception and I hope many of you will be able to take advantage of the free shipping offer if you’ve been eyeing the Lilla Rose hair clips!

What to Order?

I have 4 flexi clips, in the following sizes: extra small {for Ladybug}, small {for my half up and for Ladybug too}, medium {for my tails up or pony tail}, and large {also works for my tails up}.  The one in Ladybug’s hair in the photo above is a small.

Here’s a sizing guide for those of you who would rather not watch the sizing video {which you can see on the Lilla Rose site if you want to}.

Put your hand around your full ponytail and squeeze down…If the amount you’re holding resembles a nickel, you’re an extra small. A quarter, you’re a small. A 50 cent piece, you’re a medium, and anything bigger and you’ll need large or xl. This would be for a ponytail or tails-up. A half-up would be a smaller size, and a French twist would be larger.

There are also many other beautiful items besides the popular flexi clip.  You can see it all on their site! If you’d like to place your order through my “party” thank you!  Just click on any link {or image} in this post and it will credit you as a guest of my party! The party guest option will ask you to register first before you place your order.  If you’d rather browse around first to decide if you even want to order, you can click the link near the top that says “switch to quick order mode” then you can see the products before entering any of your information.

Lilla Rose Hair Jewelry

If you have any questions about Lilla Rose, you can contact Caroline directly, her contact info is on her blog!

Raising Rock Stars Preschool ~ Letter Dd

Home Preschool Letter D

Raising Rock Stars Preschool


Our letter this week ~ Dd, our verse:

Letter Dd

See RRSP Letter Dd with Krash here!

Not familiar with RRSP? Read the intro post here!


You can tell by her outfits what she did on each day, about 2 RRSP activities per day plus the PowerPoint.

My girl doesn’t really love coloring anymore, and that makes me sad.  She was a coloring fanatic for about 2 years and now recently she isn’t all that interested.  So, we color together, she likes that.Home Preschool Letter Dd -9709


She loves using the dry erase center for her tracing…

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She adores the mini books and always asks for it right when she notices it hanging up on the board!Home Preschool Letter Dd -1048


We used our measuring tape to measure our verse after she cut and taped it!  This has become a regular thing now and it is a great way to bring in basic measurement and number ID in a natural way!Home Preschool Letter Dd -9751


PacMan caught us in action one day doing the Letter Dd PowerPoint.  I don’t often have photos since she sits on my lap most of the time like this!photo(3)


The entire printable unit {everything else you see pictured above} is available for FREE!

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

Want the RRSP Bundle?


~ More Letter Dd Work ~

See how we organize our weekly home preschool activitiesPreschool-Work-Trays62

Our ABC Find It activities are probably her favorite thing, she was excited to see the new Letter C sheet! We are using the printables 3 different ways, the first day I let her do a sensory bin search to find all of the little cards.Home Preschool Letter Dd -9719

When she is done, she likes to take the small items from her ABC Basket and bury them in the rice bin.  She played with them for about an hour!Home Preschool Letter Dd -9724

On another day, we hid the cards around the room, she used binoculars to find them…

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Finally, using the written clue cards to find the matches!Home Preschool Letter Dd -1042


She loved painting the D with the Dog {she chose to paint over dot paint this week}. Home Preschool Letter Dd -1032


She loved using the letter Dd pattern block printable with her magnetic pattern blocksHome Preschool Letter Dd -9765


Painting the Letter Dd page from the Tot Time Notebook . Home Preschool Letter Dd -1029


Animal ABC lowercase d…Home Preschool Letter Dd -1026

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gluing the dogs on, all by herself!Home Preschool Letter Dd -1040


We used the flashcards from her ABC basket to do a little sorting {dogs and ducks}…Home Preschool Letter Dd -1044


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Back when we did Tot School Printables, she wasn’t really into the matching and 3 part puzzles, but now she loves them, so we use them now!

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Once a week I take all of the letter puzzles out of her ABC basket and put them in a work drawer to have her sort them all out and put them together.  She really likes this!Home Preschool Letter Dd -9748


In honor of letter D, I added in some DINOSAUR learning as well.  My gal loves dinos, so she was thrilled!  The theme books are always her favorite…Home Preschool Letter Dd -9690

She loved the dinosaur sensory bin and toy set up…Home Preschool Letter Dd -1034

We have an old dinosaur magnet set that I got out and she played with it a LOT!Home Preschool Letter Dd -1003


We used a few dinosaur printables, both from 2 Teaching Mommies, and also Over the Big Moon.

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A couple of activities from my Just Color Dinosaurs pack…Home Preschool Letter Dd -9760

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A few old printables that I used with Krash, from my Dinosaur Tot PackHome Preschool Letter Dd -1020

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We are in the second half of All About Reading Pre Level 1, which goes through the lowercase letters.

Nothing too special this week for us, besides painting the deer, we were supposed to put his antlers on, but we forgot!Home Preschool Letter Dd -1024

Her work all hung up at the end of the week. Home Preschool Letter Dd -1158 Home Preschool Letter Dd -1161

Find all letter D activities on my D is for… Pinterest board, my Dinosaur Theme board, or on my general ABC Ideas board!

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More Preschool Fun!

Not everything we do revolves around our letter of the week, I just often forget to take pictures of the rest!

We had a really FUN day when a big box came in the mail for my kids from an old friend {she was MY babysitter when I was a little girl!}.  Darlene, I know you are reading, and the kids say THANK YOU for loving on them!

Ladybug LOVES the POP Counting game, I can’t even count how many times we have played this!Home Preschool Letter Dd -9774

The pattern block activity set was a big hit too!Home Preschool Letter Dd -9780

She got two dry erase wipe-off workbooks, we worked for awhile in the Colors and Shapes bookHome Preschool Letter Dd -9788

Most fun for my girl almost every week, mixing her paint.  She mixes all of the colors immediately and then paints.  This drives me nuts and is one of the few ways we are different!Home Preschool Letter Dd -1023

Learning Tools We Used…




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Music with a Mission

Songs for Saplings

Years ago I was introduced to Songs for Saplings and their music has been a part of our family ever since!  I developed a series of printables to go along with the ABCs CD, and have used these in our home for years! Songs-for-Saplings-Printable-Pack_thumb

Over time I have kept in touch with this awesome ministry and recently they asked if I’d like to do a 50 cent promo on my blog! Because I love the mission of Songs for Saplings, I immediately said yes and hope many of you are able to benefit from this deal!  If you want to jump straight to the deal, scroll down to see how to get one of their CDs for just 50 cents!  To learn more about their ministry and music, read on!

Songs for Saplings seeks to teach deep Biblical truths to children through fun and lively music that both they and their parents will enjoy.

Every mom who has ever heard her three-year-old sing the theme song from Veggie Tales by heart knows that children have an amazing ability to memorize, especially through music. Songs for Saplings “Questions with Answers” series seeks to capitalize on that God-given ability to memorize by presenting solid Bible truths in quality, fun music.

Each song presents a question and answer about our Christian faith. Each song includes a scripture reference along with its verse number so that children know there is a biblical reason for why the answer given.

This model of learning through song works incredibly well with children of all ages here in the United States. Transfer that same model to an oral-based culture, such as is found in Malawi, and the results are astounding! The first volume of “Questions with Answers” God and Creation has been translated into Chichewa, the native language of Malawi with incredible success.

Malawi is a singing culture. Songs can be heard throughout the streets as mothers work and children play. While basic reading is taught in school, comprehension is often lacking. Through song, however, thousands of children in Malawi have quickly learned about how God created all things, including them. They understand, through the scripture presented in these songs, that they were created to glorify Him. Even more exciting, the Chichewa version of “Questions with Answers” is now being taught in the public school system in Malawi!

There are so many places in the world with a real need for solid, biblical materials for children, and the Lord is presenting many opportunities to use Songs for Saplings in some of those areas. Just this year Songs for Saplings hopes to work on translations into Polish, Ukrainian, Spanish, and Russian. That’s on top of the work already underway in French and Chichewa. You can read more about Songs for Saplings translation efforts here:

When we purchase CDs not only do we get amazing music and Biblical teaching for our own families, we help further the mission of getting the Word all over the world.  The heart behind Songs for Saplings is extremely mission focused, which I just love. The prices are unbelievably reasonable which just proves the mission-mindedness to me.  $5 for a full CD download is almost unheard of these days!  Yet, every CD of theirs can be downloaded on their site here for just $5!

This week only, ALL of my readers can grab a copy of Questions with Answers, Vol. 1: God and Creation for only 50 cents {through 3/24/13}!

Songs for Saplings promo

Here’s how…

To redeem the coupon readers should visit the download page for "Questions with Answers, Vol. 1: God and Creation":

Click "Buy Now"

In the pop-up screen click "Have a discount code?"

Enter code: 1plus1plus1

That should change to price to 50 cents and you can either check out or continue exploring our music site.

Please note: After payment is made through PayPal you will be directed back to the music site to begin the download process. You will need to wait a few seconds while the download is prepared, and then click "Download." After the file loads onto your computer you will need to add it to your music player.

If you have any trouble you can email [email protected] for help!

Tot School Gathering Place ~ Week 10

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!


Science is one of my weak spots as a homeschooler,so I was extremely inspired by this post from angelicscalliwags!  I love how she is approaching science in her homeschool!




Seeing older siblings get involved with Tot School in a helpful way is awesome.  A Family in the Land had a farm week and the entire post is just so much fin!!

A Family in the Land



I knew I would probably find some Dr. Seuss Tot School posts and I was right!  I love this game shared over at Finding the Teachable Moments!

Finding the Teachable Moments


Were you featured?

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Tot School Feature

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