Tot School ~ 21 1/2 Months

~Ladybug is currently 21.5 months old~



I tried something new this week with Ladybug.  I hid Ladybug’s rotated Tot School toys in her princess tent. She seemed to really like playing in there with her “new” toys for the week.IMG_6267

She is very into her puzzles lately and is really good at doing them!  She loves the chunky puzzles, here she is working on the farm puzzle, & stacking the pieces!

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The pet sounds puzzle is a big hit too, she loves the sounds!IMG_6200


This week I worked on throwing with her.  She needs work on gross motor skills and her balance is a big issue.  I used a laundry basket and some soft indoor balls.  She threw them into the basket-requiring tons of balance!  Then she squatted to get them out.  She really enjoyed this game, but the balance aspect was really difficult and challenging for her {which is a GOOD thing}.IMG_6252


She continues to play with our Wedgits almost daily!IMG_6236

My mom made her these little stars {because she is obsessed with stars}, they are similar to her color squares.  She spent loads of time stuffing them into this container and then pouring them out again.

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She still digs through K’s star boxes, really loving when these fishing ABCs are inside!  Her favorite thing is to line them up like this!!IMG_6225



She LOVES straws and LOVES this container, it’s a perfect match!  IMG_6280



I added these heart sticks  {got them at Dollar Tree last year}to our Valentine’s Day Bin and she loved them!!!  She spent loads of time practicing her beading skills.  Solid sticks like this are great for beginning beading practice {rather than a flimsy string}.IMG_6369




Krash did letter Bb for his RRSP lesson this past week and one of the new activities we did was searching through our sticker bin to find items that start with B.  Ladybug joined us and LOVED the stickers.  She had fun with them all week too, taking them on and off of the chart!  She has the b-b-b-b sound down now too!IMG_6399


Playing with Play Doh while K did his play doh letter B…IMG_6404


Practicing balance skills on our jumpy ring {this is from Target a few years back from their summer section}IMG_6450

Oh my little bookworm.  This girls LOVES books.  I never even knew a child could love books as much as she does.  The boys liked books but not like this!  Here are a few of her reading moments I captured this past week…

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She especially loves our new Valentines Day book collection and any book featuring Lightening McQueen.

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Once again, many reading moments take place in our awesome bean bag chairs !


Moms Favorite

These are K’s old boots, boots he was OSESSED with, now she is too!!!

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 More Tot School Links…

Tot School Ideas   tottraybutton   TotSchool150   Totbookbutton150

Tot School Ideas by Ages

For years people have asked me if I had my Tot School posts sorted by ages somewhere and I have always had to say no, until now!Tot School Ideas


I finally created a page on my website, with direct links to all of my Tot School posts, organized by age!  I have only completed through 23 months but am in the process of going all the way to K’s very last Tot School posts around age 47 months. There is a link to this page from the homepage of my website and also a button in my sidebar here on the blog.  I am working on getting additional links on my sites-it’s hard to keep up!

The page looks like this, starting with my Tiny Tot posts…image


I include a few favorite Tot School toys for that specific age group in an Amazon widget too, in case you are looking for age specific toy ideas.image


Krash began “Tot School” when he was about the age Ladybug is now, so you will see double posts beginning then, like this…image


I hope this page helps many of you, I am working on the older ages and hope to have those done soon.  I will link them up at the bottom when they are complete!


Raising Rock Stars Preschool ~ Letter Pp

Raising Rock Stars Preschool Letter P

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 ~ Pp, our verse: Praise the Lord!  For it is good to sing praises to our God!Pp

As he cut out each vocab card this week, I had him insert it into the cube.  We then used the cube to teach Ladybug the words!IMG_5511

Practicing his P…IMG_5694

Working hard on his craft.  First I had him choose 3 colors and color the music notes.  Then I cut them out and had him sort them by color,IMG_5698We made a few patterns together and then glued one onto the strip.IMG_5702

Ladybug joined him as he worked on his PowerPoint lesson.  His favorite portion is still the counting section.  He is really excited to get to 20!


Here’s the photo of his work from the week before I cleared it off {links to the non-RRSP sheets are below}!IMG_6106

{top left: penguin dot paint, top right: penguin color by number}


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 Pp unit here.

 RRSP Pp lesson plan is also on the same webpage!

Pp Lesson Plan  Included is our exact plan {although I stray from my plan often}, with links to everything we used. Page 2 is blank in case you don’t do exactly what we do!

in the box

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

He worked on his P is for Popcorn Play Doh pageIMG_5804

Colored his P is for penguin color-by-number page.  I am sharing the webpage for these even though it is incomplete.  You can see the ones I have available currently here.IMG_5618

We made a P is for Penguin alphabet craftIMG_6074

We practiced writing BIG letters on our easel {it’s from Ikea}IMG_5621

He asked for his Batman Preschool Pack one day so we dug it out and had fun reviewing many of the materials!IMG_5514

We worked with his Alphabet Box again {thanks Counting Coconuts}, using 2 new sounds. I made a HUGE mistake and didn’t think at all about the ending sounds and really confused him with words like: soaP, and souP.  Poor guy was so confused when he sounded them out!  Isolating beginning and/or ending sounds is hard for him at this stage, so I wish I would have made it less frustrating for him at this point.  But we laughed it off and I helped him.  I have a video of him working on this coming soon!IMG_6060

The flash cards are from the preschool program {Little Lincoln} he uses through our cyber school {although I don’t write about it because I am not very fond of it and am really doing my own thing as you can tell}.  The flash cards are great though and we love using those.  When I find time, I will share why I am not entirely fond of the program, I just don’t have time for an in depth post about it now.


He doesn’t often choose blocks on his own; he prefers heroes, swords and such.  I “assigned” him Rainbow Blocks  time one day and he had a great time building! This was a rocket.IMG_5627



Moms favThe boys are taking Karate with a local homeschool group and LOVING it!!!  I love his little tongue in his cheek, every time he kicks! 😉IMG_5905


More Preschool Links…

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

Do you have a blog post featuring this unit-RRSP Letter Pp? Link your exact post below, choose a thumbnail showing the program in action for your link!

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

Tot School ~ 21 Months Old

~Ladybug is currently 21.5 months old~



Ladybug is quite the little block builder and is really enjoying our foam blocks.



The boys love when I let them play along with her!IMG_5677

On another day, rolling in the blocks was her activity of choice.IMG_5762


She amazes me with this shape sorter.  We have had this thing since Pac was  a baby and it has no brand name on it.  All 3 of my kids have loved it, I wish I knew if it was still around! EDITED TO ADD-a kind reader in the comments below shared the name and found it on Amazon here!!!  It is a really tough sorter because 3 shapes are on one side and 3 on the other.  Ladybug has figured out this concept way earlier than either of my boys did!  In this photo she is looking at Daddy and saying “noooo” as she jokingly puts the red shape into the purple hole.IMG_5712She then flips the thing over {something I never really taught her but she figured out} and finds where the red one goes IMG_5713…and puts it in with ease.  My girl may have been a slow walker, but she’s got this spatial reasoning thing figured out!  ha ha!IMG_5716


She loves our Noah’s Ark shape sorter, mostly lining the animals up on the top like this…IMG_5776


These awesome tiny toys were given to us by a former teacher and she LOVES them.  We keep them in the pencil containers and she loves to just dump them all out onto her lap as illustrated below!IMG_5815


Ladybug really loved the square version of this toy too!IMG_5732

This puzzle is too easy for her now, I let her explore it one more time before passing it down to a friend who has a baby 9 months younger than Ladybug.




tub of funLadybug enjoyed the winter sensory bin a bit more before I switched it over to our Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin in the middle of the week.  She really grew to love the tinsel which was surprising since she hated it the first time she touched it!



The Valentine’s Day Bin was a hit the 2nd day too, she especially enjoyed the addition of the parmesan cheese container to put the sticks into.IMG_6080

The heart shaped ice cube tray was a hit too.  She practiced spooning jewels into the hearts.

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I caught her lining up jewels and “counting” them on her own!IMG_6087




Ladybug has gotten to the point now where she likes to join in with some of K’s school lessons.  She sat with him while he watched the PowerPoint show for his RRSP lesson.IMG_6048

I am trying to be better about including her in things he does, now that she understands a bit more, it is much easier, although still a challenge to manage them both!  Krash was working on his Play Doh letter P for his RRSP unit and I sat Ladybug at a table near him and just let her play…IMG_5800She was mostly interested in “drinking” the PlayDoh…IMG_5798and putting K’s crayons into the container!IMG_5808


Once again reading with her brother.  She has a new favorite book now, another odd choice, “How Are You Peeling?”  Funny how the reading almost always occurs in or near one of our bean bag chairs !    IMG_5688


Another new favorite of hers is when her brother lets her use his DSi to “draw” using the drawing feature it has.IMG_6027


Sometimes the best school isn’t planned by Mommy.  She dug out this puzzle {from the $ store} and asked me to put it together for her.  Then she proceeded to roll her ball down the “slide”.”IMG_6098


I was working one night while the boys were gone and she was playing near me…I looked over to see this…IMG_6122She had dumped out the crayon box and was practicing her spatial skills all on her own, using the Wii tennis racquet!IMG_6127


Moms Favorite

A little morning cuddling with Daddy before he gets ready for work, watching her new favorite show-Bubble Guppies







Thank You ~ December 2010

So, I realize this is WAY late…but these posts are important to me to say thank you!  Many of my top referrers on on my top 10 list for the first time!

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

From my Google Analytics report ~ December 2010

Top 10 Referring Sites

  1. Homeschool Creations
  2. Confessions of a Homeschooler
  3. Totally Tots
  4. Counting Coconuts
  5. Living with 3 Boys
  6. Spell Outloud
  7. The Good Deal Gal
  8. Delightful Learning
  9. 10 Million Miles

Top 10 Visited Posts on 1+1+1=1/December 2010…in case you’re curious where other readers spend their time on this blog {I always love looking at these stats}

  1. Christmas Learning Plans
  2. Nativity Preschool Pack
  3. Behind the Scenes ~ Tot School, Where Do I Begin?
  4. Christmas Learning ~ Day 1
  5. Christmas Gift Ideas for Preschoolers
  6. Raising Rock Stars ~ Christmas Nativity
  7. Christmas Learning Fun ~ Day 2
  8. Welcome to 1+1+1=1!
  9. Raising Rock Stars ~ Christmas Symbols
  10. Christmas Learning Fun ~ Day 3


Finally, a BIG Thank You to our current blog sponsors and/or upcoming giveaway sponsors…