Raising Rock Stars ~ In It, Not Of It

In It, Not Of It

We weren’t able to have our normal family night this past Sunday because our church hosted it’s annual block party-witnessing to our inner-city neighbors! We shut down several blocks of the main road here in our neighborhood and host the largest block party I have ever seen! Inflatables, free food, carnival games, playground, puppet shows, Gospel presentations, live music, free JESUS t-shirts…the list goes on-it is truly amazing! This is our 5th year of hosting this and every year it gets bigger and better! IMG_1292 copy

It is always an amazing reminder of where we are raising our kids and what we do NOT want for them. It is also a reminder of Christ’s love for ALL-no matter how different {and far from God} they may seem.IMG_9518

As most of you know, we live right where we serve…which is not a desirable place to live by the world’s standards. We are in the heart of the inner city, just a few blocks from the church we serve with. We live in the area most go out of their way to avoid.

We are raising our kids here. Why? Because we feel led by God to be here.

Do we sacrifice to live here? YES, a lot {but we GAIN a lot also}.

Is it worth it? YES!!!!!

We believe in raising our kids God’s way, and to many we are NUTS. If you’ve ever read my little paragraph under my family photo on the sidebar, you already know this! Does this mean I think you should all become missionaries or move to the inner city? NO!!! I believe we are each called to a unique path, and it is our job to listen to the Holy Spirit and follow the best we can. We are doing our best to raise our children to do this too.

We want our kids to live sold-out for Jesus. Do I fear them actually doing that and moving overseas or doing something dangerous in the name of Christ? Yes, but I still want that. They are not mine-they are HIS. I am just raising them for HIM.

So, we live IN the world. We live near violence, drugs, prostitution, immodesty to the MAX, profanity, child abuse/neglect, poverty, addiction and more. We hear sirens constantly and helicopters hovering with a spotlight overhead is completely normal. My kids stood under my feet as I witnessed a drug related murder right after the shots fired ~ right across the street. We can’t walk to the car just feet from our house without hearing profanity and fighting.

But, we are not OF the world. We are obviously different. Our home is different, our family is different. For many people in our neighborhood, we {and the other missionary families we work with who all live here too} are the only Godly {yet still imperfect} family they will ever see.

So, we did not have our normal family Bible time, but that’s OK. We dove right into the world and made it obvious that we are not OF it. Jesus was everywhere and it was beautiful!!!

John 17:14-16

14 I have given them your word. And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 15 I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. 16 They do not belong to this world any more than I do.

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

Tot School

~Ladybug is currently 13.5 months old~

Tot TraysLadybug’s 3 Tot Trays this week…

  1. Stacking Peg Board {with just 5 pegs}
  2. Small bucket of bells and a scoop
  3. Clear plastic bottle with colored stirring sticks {from Target}





This is how she puts the sticks “in” the bottle, every time! She balances them on top! I think it is so cute. We are working on how to get them inside. 😉IMG_9303

Learning Toys

She adores our child-sized guitar. Pac Man taught her how to strum!IMG_9344

We got out K’s old Leapfrog walker for her and she likes it a lot {we have it in flat position for now as she isn’t even pulling up yet”} IMG_9178

Bubble Wrap! She had a blast exploring bubble wrap this week!!! IMG_9331

Life School

She’s a poop-in-the-potty pro! She has successfully pooped on the potty the last 7 times!!! I am honestly shocked as the boys never did this! One day I noticed her pushing and she was struggling so I put her on to see if it would help…it did! I have taken her to the potty when I notice “the look” and she has went every time! This is really saving the cloth diapers!!! Plus she looks so incredibly cute sitting there and we just talk to each other-it’s girl time. IMG_9014



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I just couldn’t pick only one this week 😉

Thank You ~ May 2010

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

From my Google Analytics report ~ May 2010

Top 10 Referring Sites {not including my own website}

  1. Homeschool Creations
  2. Confessions of a Homeschooler
  3. Totally Tots
  4. Home Grown Hearts
  5. Counting Coconuts
  6. The Ramblings of a Crazy Woman
  7. Mama Jen
  8. Preschool Playbook
  9. Walking Therein
  10. Mama to 3 Blessings

Top 10 Visited Posts on 1+1+1=1/May 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 ~ Preschool Workboxes
  3. Preschool Printables ~ Color Matching
  4. Raising Rock Stars Week 1
  5. New Tot School Forms
  6. Preschool Printables ~ Color Puzzles #2
  7. Behind the Scenes ~ Tot Trays
  8. Behind the Scenes ~ Routines, Scheduling & Planning
  9. Raising Rock Stars Preschool ~ Letter Hh
  10. Members Only is Open!

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

Preschool Printables ~ Pom Pom Numbers

Pom Pom Number Printables

Yesterday you got a sneak peek of my latest printable, Pom Pom Number Printables.  I made these to help Krash with number ID, counting 1:1, and fine motor practice.

IMG_8678 Print on Cardstock, laminate, put tiny velcro pieces on the cards and stick the other side to a small pom pom.  I matched mine by color, but you certainly don’t have to, I am just anal like that. I also made a set with colored dots, in case you just wanted to use the cards without using any velcro or pom poms.  Your child could practice counting the dots to help with number ID.

If your child is younger make sure you don’t give them all at once, I only gave Krash 1-5 his first time.

I order my velcro dots in major BULK here, and I am set for my homeschooling life I believe.  I was sick of spending too much per dot on Amazon and bit the bullet and bought a ton at once {plus they are smaller so I like them better}.  Specifically I got the 3/8” white dots, in case you’re wondering!

 Download the Pom Pom Number Cards here!

See more Number Printables here!Number Printables

Raising Rocks Stars Preschool ~ Letter Ff…John 3:16

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 was Ff, our verse: For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16

Cutting his vocabulary cards… IMG_8446Working on his straight lines… IMG_8596

Working on his letter F page…IMG_9035

Taping his long verse together with me…IMG_2213

Measuring his verse, he loves this part!!!



I love these photos of Krash, which were actually taken on two separate days {yes he opted to go shirtless 2 days in a row, I think it’s his new summer look}. Notice his lips in both photos, I think he was irritated with me, you think? I don’t remember the painting one, but I do remember him not being his super-cheery self when I took his photo with the finished product. He liked it and talked about how fancy his heart was, he just didn’t want to stand still for me ;-).



We had extra fun with our PowerPoint lessons this week, getting out our shape viewers to match up to the slides! IMG_8694 IMG_8705You can see a video here showing a PowerPoint lesson. You can learn more about the Members Only section here.

You can download the entire letter Ff unit here.

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

We did a few fun letter of the week activities. He sorted upper and lower case…IMG_8393Dot painted F is for Fish…IMG_9274

We found adorable road letters from Making Learning Fun. He loved making the letter with cars and then driving on the F. IMG_8735

Also from MLF, F is for FiremanIMG_8600

He worked on his pom pom counting cardsIMG_8612

star boxes

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

He always has fun exploring with the Blokus board…IMG_8419

Also in Star Boxes this week…Magneatos, and Cutting Food.

game time

This week, our game was Pengaloo, a new favorite for us all! Krash got this game for his birthday, we just hadn’t played it until now! IMG_8633

Skills we focused on while playing…

  • Counting 1-6…the little strip that the collected penguins sit on had the #s 1-6


  • Color ID…Krash had to roll the dice, identify both colors and then try to find either color hiding under the penguins.



  • Memory skills…if he didn’t get a match, he covered it back up and tried to remember in case he rolled that color next time.


This game is ADORABLE and so simple. All of the pieces are wooden and well made. You could also easily just play memory with it, especially if your tot is a bit younger. My 8 year old loved this game too!

I play alone with Krash on day 1, with the boys together on day 2, and then they play alone {with me supervising close by} after that. See more of our favorite preschool games here.

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

We enjoyed a wonderful time with our neighbors and friends on Memorial Day! Krash had an especially great time with his friend ;-). They were adorable together and it was wonderful to just sit back, watch and giggle!!!


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More Preschool Links…

Be sure to visit Preschool Corner to see all of the other amazing home-preschool moms!

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~any non-RRSP Letter Ff posts will be deleted.