Tot School ~ Butterflies

~Krash is currently 47 months old~

~Ladybug is currently 11.5 months old~

I am posting early this week because we are leaving for a CRUISE this weekend!!! My parents are taking us, AND the boys are staying next door to us in their room {we will have Ladybug alone with us}!!!! This vacation is coming at a perfect time, we are so VERY thankful!!! The Tot School post for next week will go up late, and will show our Tot School at SEA!!!!!

Learning Toys

Krash had fun painting outside this week. It began on paper and ended up on a box…


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He used our number puzzles to work on 1-10…IMG_4573

Gotta love $1 Target puzzles! After he put it together I asked him to point to different parts, both listed and not listed on the puzzle. I realized by doing this that he did not remember shoulders, elbows and chin! We gotta get to work!IMG_4625 copy 2

We played with our nesting blocks, which will be featured later this month on Totally Tots for my Play with Me post. He loved throwing the bean bag in to different boxes!IMG_4960 copy We continue to do our shape of the day and he still loves this!IMG_4599

Pac Man showed him how to make a tiny diamond with his fingers, I love the intensity as he tries to copy his big brother!



K’s star boxes for the week {counting bears with a color die and boxes, stacking cups, lacing beads}. I didn’t get any action shots, but he played with these SO much! I even caught him sorting on his own! He came and got me one day and asked me to help him stack the cups in the correct order, so adorable.IMG_4535


We enjoyed a week celebrating NEW LIFE by focusing on butterflies! We read loads of great butterfly books…IMG_4531 copy

Krash painted his New Creation Bible verseIMG_4526 copy

He read “How Many Butterflies” {from the Very Hungry Caterpillar Tot Pack}IMG_4561 copy He watched me while I made neat things on the butterfly play doh mat. {this is in the Easter printables}IMG_4576 copy

He cut out his own 2 Corinthians 5:17 mini book! This is a first and he insisted on cutting it all by himself {so different than Pac Man who always begged me to do all of his cutting for him when he was younger}IMG_4610 copy

He was very into the watercolor paints this week, which is totally new for us! For so long he hated them! He asked if he could paint his mini book, and boy did he ever paint it!

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Techy TotWe were given a neat new set of apps to review ~ Tickle Tap Apps, and Krash is really enjoying them. I will have a full review in May along with a giveaway, but here’s a sneak peek at one of his favorites in the set, the counting game.IMG_4550

Tiny Tot SchoolLadybug worked on her very first puzzle this week! She loves exploring the pieces right now, we’ll work on putting them where they go down the road. 😉IMG_4591 copy 2

IN and OUT is a very big passion of Ladybug’s right now. This past week she learned to put her little friends in her van. She did this over and over again and was very intense about it as you can see.

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She explored our nesting blocks for the first time. She loved that she could put things in and take them out again! Like I said, big passion of hers now.IMG_5056 copy

Life School

We all need a little movie/blankee break, right? IMG_4639 copy

Little bug enjoys a good movie every now and then too…IMG_4650 copy

The HOT weather hit here this past week, breaking 90 one day! Finally time for outside water play, we had two really happy boys! Daddy was spraying them from our 2nd story deck!IMG_4719crop IMG_4737 copycrop IMG_4749 copycrop

Moms Favorite

Last week it was K showing Ladybug how to play his Leapster, this week it was P showing Krash how to play his Didj. If only it were always like this…{I can dream right?}


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Raising Rock Stars ~ Daily Bible Reading

Family Bible Reading

I am taking a break from posting about our weekly family Bible time to share with you what we do each weekday morning.

Each morning {for many months now}, we sit together in our living room promptly at 8:30am.  We begin with Daddy reading from the Bible to us, and end with family prayer time.  Although it rarely takes more than 10-20 minutes, I am so thankful for this time together and that I have a husband leading us like this.  Yes it is wonderful, yes it is amazing, and yes it is difficult.  I must be honest and keep it real, sharing with you the difficulties of doing this, while also sharing the great rewards.

If you notice in the shot below, you will see a few things…

  1. K’s less-than-enthusiastic face
  2. the boys sitting on pillows beneath Daddy’s feet.


These things are part of what I want to share with you.  You see, keeping a daily Bible reading time with young children is HARD.  I think the enemy sets out to just destroy this time {or at least drive us parents whacko in the process}.  We have determined to not let the enemy win and remove this time, but oh it is tempting to just give up sometimes as it can be such a battle and often looks nothing like the dreamy picture I like to envision in my mind.

The pillows are there because of two highly distractible boys, especially in the morning, especially when being read to with no pictures to look at out of a big person book ;-).  After many weeks of naughty morning behavior I began daily afternoon training with the boys to train them how to behave during our family reading time.  During this training time, I had them sit on pillows {to give them a clearly defined space of their own}.  They must criss-cross their legs and keep their hands on their lap.  I set a visual timer {we have that exact one and I love it} for 5 minutes and they SIT.  Each time they move drastically or make a noise, I move the timer back one minute.  I made sure to do this right before lunch, snack, recess or some other thing they really wanted to ensure that the moving backward would be painful for them ;-).  Within a few days it worked and they were able to sit still MUCH better.

For training time, I also read to them from Proverbs for 5 minutes too.  We are still trying our best to remember to do this every day-I have yet to make this a concrete habit, although I am trying.  When we began, we did 5 minutes sitting silently and then 5 minutes paying attention to me even if they had no clue what I was reading ;-).  I also did lots of teaching and explaining to them about why this is all important.  I certainly didn’t just do the training!

Morning Bible reading time has improved greatly but is still a struggle sometimes.  Daddy does a good job of keeping the stories real for the boys, like he is doing here showing Krash how Moses lifted his arms up.  He was sharing the part about how they would begin losing the war when Moses put his arms down.


Even below, you can see that Pac Man was a little done with all of this arm raising stuff.


Me having the camera out on this morning certainly did not help any.  I did it so I could share with you here, but I will not be letting the camera distract this time again.

We know there will soon come a day when we all sit around the living room for morning devotion/prayer time and everyone is behaving, because they are older.  We will  remember these chaotic times with a smile-I am sure of it.  We are trying our best to enjoy the moments each and every day-even the imperfect ones.

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Tot School ~ Easter

~Krash is currently 46.5 months old~

~Ladybug is currently 11.5 months old~

Better late than never!  I think this just might be the very first time I posted Tot School this late!  I was too busy celebrating yesterday and too busy cleaning up and hanging out with the kids in the sunshine today!  

Learning Toys

Krash asked to get out his Leapfrog magnet sets, and he wanted both of them! IMG_3554 copy

He used his big pointer finger to pound in his letters this time… IMG_3577 copy

Working on numbers with these feet puzzles {consignment sale find} IMG_3582 copy

He made an airplane using his bristle blocks! IMG_3690 copyHe did some lacingIMG_3743 copyWe played ABC & 123 Jingo for the first time!  He really enjoyed it and did great! IMG_3757 copyI made our box filled with ping pong balls this week and added in some tubes.  He had GREAT fun exploring with this! IMG_3584 copyWe added Erin’s awesome shapes to our daily calendar routine.  He chooses a shape of the day and walks around the schoolroom looking through his little shape window and finds something to match the shape!  I LOVE these things, so does he! IMG_3726 copy



We continue to explore our Easter theme, completing our last few activities focused on Easter.  He dot painted his He is Risen sheet…IMG_3557 copy

We put our numbers in order and then he practiced counting 1:1 several times with his big pointer. IMG_3567 copy

He made his butterfly cut and glue craftIMG_3574 copy IMG_3580 copy

He completed his Jelly Bean Prayer book, one day coloring at the big table with Pac, it was so cute!IMG_3687 copy

Post SubTitles ABC

H is for house!  We read Tumble Bumble, which he LOVED! IMG_3704 copy


Tiny Tot SchoolLadybug had tons of fun exploring STRING this week!  I cut longs strands of yarn and bunched it all together in a ball and gave it to her.  She was SO funny to watch as she pulled it all apart and worked to get it untangled! IMG_3590 copyShe also loved it when Pac Man dangled it in front of her…serious eye-hand coordination going on here! 😉IMG_3864 copy 2

She still loves to read and we recently found this old book of Pac Man’s and she LOVES it!IMG_3816 copy

She is very into the Itty Bitty I Spy Bag too!IMG_3789 copyShe played with our Ikea cups a lot this week! IMG_3766 copy Pac Man built her a spinny thing with the bristle blocks and showed her how to spin it, she loved this!IMG_3849 copyShe is up on all 4s now!  She still mainly scoots on her belly, but she can get on all 4 and she can also sit herself up now!IMG_3833 copy


Life School

I saw a neat experiment in my Family Fun magazine, so we tried it!  Oil-water-food coloring and an Alka Seltzer Antacid tablet {except I missed the word “antacid” and used a cold Alka Seltzer, it sorta worked}. We got a few green bubbles to come up…IMG_3885 copyKrash enjoyed when I told him to shake as hard as he could! IMG_3903 copy


Moms Favorite

Um, yeah—melted my heart.  Krash is “showing” Ladybug how to play the Leapster. IMG_3671 copy


This Weeks Tools

He is Risen!!!!

Tot School will be posted tomorrow!

Here’s a few pics of my Easter Celebratin’ cuties…

Krash had his singing-at-church debut today.  He was a riot {as usual}.IMG_4027 copy

I was in 1 picture from the entire day {as usual}.IMG_4131 copy

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Some Linky Love for the following blogs/sites as a THANK YOU for sending loads of traffic my way!

From my Google Analytics report ~ March 2010

Top 10 Referring Sites {not including my own website}

  1. Homeschool Creations
  2. Confessions of a Homeschooler
  3. Totally Tots
  4. Lapbook Lessons
  5. HSBA Post
  6. Home Grown Hearts
  7. Jolly Green Mommy
  8. Preschool Playbook
  9. The Ramblings of a Crazy Woman
  10. The Shafer Family

Top 10 Visited Posts on 1+1+1=1/March 2010…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 ~ Routines, Scheduling & Planning {although much of this info has changed since that post was published!}
  3. New Tot School Forms
  4. Tot School ~ Bears
  5. Behind the Scenes ~ Lapbooking
  6. Behind the Scenes ~ Book Storage
  7. Tot School ~ Easter Fun
  8. Behind the Scenes ~ Tot Trays
  9. 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}
  10. Tools 4 Tots ~ Learning Wheels

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