Raising Rocks Stars KINDERGARTEN ~ Introduction and Details

Raising Rock Stars Kindergarten



I had no plans of expanding Raising Rock Stars Preschool {RRSP}, but really didn’t want Krash to be done with the program.  I prayed about expanding it for his Kindergarten needs, and came up with a few sample activities many months ago.  It sat on my computer and I didn’t feel led to dive into development until recently and now I am so excited to announce that Raising Rock Stars KINDERGARTEN is a reality!

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This post will share details about each activity included in the sets and how I recommend using them.  This post is also linked up on the main sheet of each printable unit so you can easily refer back to it!

The idea behind RRSK is not to be a complete Kindergarten program, it is to be able to pull in the Bible verses again with the option of adding in a few Kindergarten level activities.  We use a full Kindergarten program-Calvert and also use You Can Read, as well as many themes {using Preschool Packs and Kindergarten Printables}.

For Krash I wanted to bring back the Bible verses, and for other families I thought this would offer a nice way to group older and younger children together. You can easily use a combo of RRSP and RRSK with multiple children of different ages.  Your Kindergartener can even repeat activities s/he enjoyed from the RRSP units too. Some of you who are using RRSP currently may find that your preschooler would enjoy some of these additional activities also!

There is no set of rules on how to use these units-just do what works for your family and your child!Below I will share the printables and what I was thinking when they were created, but know that you could use many of them in a variety of ways!

We are going to do the units in ABC order {since learning to write the letters is not a factor as it is in RRSP, which is why they are presented out of order} just for simplicity, but you could do these in any order and even match the letter to what your preschooler is doing if you are trying to unit kiddos.

Each unit will have the same intro sheet with links to the main page and other helpful posts {this post being one of them}, including troubleshooting tips for PDF files..

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The 2nd sheet will be specific to the letter, providing a direct link to RRSP printables that I recommend pulling in as supplements.

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We are personally pulling in the following RRSP printables each week {this may change}…

Aa Bible verse  Aa application  Aa song  Aa easy reader

 

I am also in the process of creating a set of printables with the Bible verses set to familiar tunes.

RRSP Verse TunesThese are in the bundle as one file or available as a single download on the letter page for RRSP.  For example the printable for verse tune Aa is located here on the Letter Aa RRSP webpage.

 

The specific RRSK printables…

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Trace the Verse…Have your child work on saying the verse while tracing it, use the dry erase activity center, or slip it in a sheet protector if you want to.  If you want a keepsake then have your child trace directly on the page!

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Cut and Glue the Verse…there are a few options of how you could use this based on your child.  Personally I will be precutting the words of the solid set on the right and having Krash glue the words on to the traceable set to start with.  We will work towards using the blanks page to glue onto as he develops more.  Cutting sometimes frustrates him now so I don’t plan to make him cut.  He also would not enjoy tracing the words again so I won’t make him do that, but I know some kids would so I included both!  DO what works for your child!

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What Beings With __?…this is a simple page provided as a way for you and your child to think of 4 words that start with that letter.  You can write the words, draw the words, cut them out of magazines…whatever your child would enjoy! It is also a good visual introduction to webs and graphic organizers which will be presented in later years of schooling.

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Sight Word Practice…each RRSP unit has a sight word taken from the Bible verse itself.  This page is a simple way to emphasize the word.  You could use the top word for coloring, painting, or even glittering if you are brave!  The bottom word is for tracing as is the word in trace font within the verse.  You can leave this page whole or cut it apart to work with separately.

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*remember each sight word from RRSP has a color by # printable here!


Vocabulary Development…I chose 2 words from the verse to work with.  One will always be the sight word and one will be a vocabulary word.  The idea is to help you child understand what a sentence is and also develop vocabulary.  Modeling neat handwriting and proper spacing is also a part of this activity as your child watches you write what s/he has said.Slide9


Sign Language… Each page will have a portion at the top that you could cut off and laminate to make a set of flashcards.  The bottom is a simple circle the correct sign activity for reinforcement.Slide10


Listening and Following Directions…One of the things young children can struggle with {Krash does a lot} is listening and following specific instructions.  This activity is to work on that.  Read the numbers with directions 1 at a time and try not to give your child any hints.  If s/he is confused, at this age it is most likely due to not listening to the directions! {of course unless there is a special need present}  This activity encourages listening skills and also reviews shapes and colors!Slide11


Math Fun…The math portion of RRSK will change each week.  I took 26 Kindergarten math skills and each week will emphasize a new one!  For your child it may be a review, or it may be an introduction.  If it is an unknown skill, your child can watch as you model the answers!Slide12


Phonics Fun…each week there will be an activity like this, using the images from the RRSP Vocabulary cards.

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Story Dictating…Telling stories is such a fun part of Kindergarten and something I often forget to emphasize.  This is why I included this activity.  Have your child dictate a story to you about the image.  You model good writing as you write his/her words down.

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RRSK units A-P are available for FREE here so you can get a good feel if this is something your family could use.  If it is, you can see purchase options for the bundle here!

Weekly Homeschool Planner Sale!

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If you’ve read my blog for even a short amount of time, you probably know I am friends with Jolanthe from Homeschool Creations.  So, yes I am a bit biased …I admit it.

She gives most of what she creates away for free, like I do.  But she does currently sell one awesome product, her Weekly Homeschool Planner!  I personally create my own planners-very similar to hers, but I have reviewed her planner extensively and know it rocks.  Here’s what’s inside…image

You can also see a sample and more on her webpage.  If you have ANY questions, scroll to the bottom and read her fine print where it says she’d be glad to answer them for you before you purchase and you can also see a sample and you can even try out a few editable pages to see if it is right for you.

Today is the last day to grab this puppy for just $12 {regularly $20}, using the code BACK2SCHOOL.

Hurry Hurry!

Pond Theme Printables and More!

 

Pond Life Theme

In this post, I will direct you to the page where the file is hosted on my website, since they are in various places! I hope this helps you find things within themes! I will try to gather anything I have done, created, or posted about surrounding this theme!

Pond Life Clip and Learn {Beginning Sounds}

Clip and Learn Pond Beginning Sounds

Pond Life Montessori Match Up

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Pond Life Montessori Nomenclature Cards

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Pond Life Word Cards

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Pond Songs

Pond Songs Frog Pond Songs

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Pond Life Sensory Binimage


The Frog & The Fly Pocket Chart Printablesimage

Pond Theme Letter Crafts {click on images to see directions and details}

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Pond Mural

The idea was from Totally Tots, you can see the posts with details here: post 1, post 2, post 3, post 4, post 5

Click on the photos to see our specific posts when Krash made his mural!

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Color by # F is for FrogColor by Number...Ff is fr frog

Pond Life Theme in Action on the Blog

Pond Life Theme Kindergarten  Pond Life Theme Tot School

Pond Life Preschool Pack {Jolanthe made this one}

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Pond Life Books & More…image

Are you on Pinterest?

Pond Life Pinterest Board

You can check out my Pond Themed Finds here!

I will be adding any new ideas or pond printables I create to this post!

Will you leave links to your POND themed printables or ideas in the comments section? I’d love to check your ideas out too!

 

Tot School ~ Letter Nn…part 2

~Ladybug is currently 26.5 months old~

We have had a very low key school week, without any sort of schedule.  Ladybug insists on school daily though so we did do some things!

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Tot School Printables N is for Net

Letter: Nn

Object: Net

Vocabulary Development Theme: Bugs

You can find the printables for this unit here on the Tot School Printables webpage.

See Part 1 of Letter N here!

 

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I was getting the “stop taking my picture” look while she was coloring her vocabulary cards…IMG_0023

Gluing her colored nets…IMG_0081

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She insisted on using her Boca Beth puppet to color her bugs and put her markers away,  She loves this thing!

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We have a mission team here serving and they brought their kids.  They are all old friends of ours from our hometown and enjoyed having them over one day,  Ladybug loved the school time attention from these 2 ladies…

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Letter Nn printables here!

Fun Books & Toys for this unit here!

 

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The set-up for her shelves this week is the same as last week, I just left the info in case you missed it…

  • top shelf: ladybug Easter basket {filled with some small bugs}, bug hats {Target}, bug flashcards {Target}
  • top left shelf: bug library books
  • top middle shelf: bug board books
  • top right shelf: mini containers with bug flashcards and bug printables from Montessori Print Shop
  • bottom left: sorting colored bugs into cups
  • bottom middle: plastic chopsticks and mini ladybug & Butterfly erasers {Oriental Trading I think}
  • bottom right: Bee Hive game
  • far right: buggy fleece {to use with sensory bin and for play-she LOVES blankees!}

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This week I set up both sides with the bug theme, I won’t always do this-especially for smaller themes.  Bugs was the theme for Krash and PacMan too, so it took over homeschool {and still is!}

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She found our Do U Know? cards and we played for a really long time together.  We named the Bible characters and then she matched them all up…IMG_9996

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We had fun counting them too…

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I fed her love of magazines, getting out a few of Pac Man’s old Big Backyard magazines, she loved it!!!

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We have a mission team here serving with us this week and it is made up of some really awesome friends from our hometown.  They brought their kids to serve also and it is wonderful.  We went out on Friday night to tour our city and while out a big rainstorm hit!  It was  such fun to watch the kids enjoy the cool rain on such a hot summer evening! Ladybug was loving it, eyeing the big kids… IMG_0194

Then finally heading out herself and dancing until it stopped, entertaining us all!

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Sometimes I just want to put her cuteness in a bottle and drink it all up. I will miss this adorable stage of her life when it is done.  I am soaking up every cute 2 year old moment now!!!IMG_0162

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More Tot School Links…

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Please put your tot’s age (in months) after it, like this: 1+1+1=1 (41 mos)

 

Bugs Theme Printables & More

Bug Theme Collection

In this post, I will direct you to the page where the file is hosted on my website, since they are in various places! I hope this helps you find things within themes! I will try to gather anything I have done, created, or posted about surrounding this theme! 

 

Calendar Connections ~ Bugs

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Let’s Explore Bugs Bundle {1.50}

Let's Explore Bugs Button


Nn is for Net

{Bugs Theme} ~ Tot School Printables

Letter Nn Printable for Toddlers


Bug Cutting PracticeBug Cutting Strip {printable links are under Letter Nn}


Bugs Montessori Match Up

Montessori Match Up Bugs a  Montessori Match Up Bugs


Bugs Accordion BookBugs Accordian Book {printable links are under Letter Nn}


Bug Coloring/Word Cards

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{printable links are under Letter Nn, see Read & Write the Room post also}


Bugs Sensory Bin

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See videos of this bin in action!


Very Hungry Caterpillar Printables

Very Hungry Caterpillar Printables


Butterfly/Caterpillar Play Dough Page

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Lapbooks…

many of these are several years old so I apologize if links within posts don’t work.

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Bee Lapbookimage

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Bug Letter Crafts {click on images to see directions and details}

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Bible Verses {printable sets from Totally Tots}

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Tot Trays with Bug Theme

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Pretty Bugs & Creatures Preschool Pack

Free Preschool Printables


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Bug Themed School Tools here…

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Are you on Pinterest?

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You can check out my Bug Themed Finds here!

 

I will be adding any new ideas or bug printables I create to this post!

Will you leave links to your bug themed printables or ideas in the comments section? I’d love to check your ideas out too!