Raising Rock Stars ~ Snowflakes

We began our evening with Daddy reading The Tiny Snowflake to the kids.  Ladybug was really into the story and was grabbing at the book the whole time!  Thankfully Krash had heard the story before because he wasn’t having any of it.  It was an evening of discipline training for him-he was a bit out of control (which led to me feeling way out of control by the time all was said and done).  ;-)IMG_9760

The purpose of our time was to emphasize that God made snowflakes just like he made people and that we are special to God and also very unique.  We used an awesome lesson from Danielle’s Place to illustrate what it feels like to be blown around just like a snowflake and to know that God is always with us no matter where we may blow. 

 

After the story and the lesson I surprised Krash with a special mini book made in honor of the book, The Tiny SnowflakeSnowflakes are Special2He really enjoyed the last page! ;-)Winter33

 

After the book, we moved on to a snowflake matching activity I made.  I made a simple colored version for K and a black and white version for Pac Man.  Pac happily completed his and K gave us a bit of attitude which you can see clearly displayed on his lovely face below. IMG_9764

 

Finally we moved on to our craft, which was a poem also found on Danielle’s Place.  We made our own snowflakes to glue to the poem.IMG_9773

I helped Krash with his, and he loved it!IMG_9771

He loved cutting up the sample snowflake even more though.IMG_9775

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I must admit, when this evening was over I was so thankful.  Krash was a handful to say the least.  Even Ladybug was out of sorts and spent her time “yelling” loudly.  She was mostly happy, just way louder than she normally is!!  I had spent much of Sunday planning for our evening (as I usually do), and I found myself feeling very discouraged.  My husband was great and he built me up and gave me wonderful words of encouragement.  I also reflected, prayed, and remembered that even if the kids hate the activities, or it seems a waste of time, what we are really doing is Raising Rock Stars! The simple routine of doing this every Sunday night speaks volumes into their little hearts.  It’s not about the lesson, it’s not about the crafts, it’s about Mommy and Daddy showing the kiddos that God comes first and HE deserves family time focused on HIM.  So, after much prayer and reflection, I realized that even though the night seemed like a failure to me, it was a success to HIM and that’s what matters most!

Resources used this week:

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

Tot School

~Krash is currently 44.5 months old~

We were gone from Sunday-Tuesday and then unpacking and resettling again on Wednesday, so we had very little time to do Tot School at home. We made the most of the time we had though and are looking forward to many full weeks ahead with no other vacations planned in the next few months!

Learning Toys

Krash played with a lot of learning toys in our 2 days at home, I just didn’t have the camera out ;-)/ Here are the 2 moments I did capture, his favorite puzzles (this is his dino set). IMG_9640

I am so glad I caught this sweet moment of P helping K working on his lower case letter puzzle…IMG_9646

 

Post SubTitles ABC

We got 2 letters done as we look forward to finishing up this series and moving on with new letter projects and plans! First Krash made Ww for wagon(idea from Ramblings of a Crazy Woman) …IMG_9661

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Then we worked with Xx. I usually put all of the letter items on display for him but decided to try something new this week and I like it this way much better and he did too. I collected everything and put it in a little basket (got these for $1 at Target last week).IMG_9682

I then had him pull the various items (flashcards, magnets, bean bags, puzzles) out…IMG_9685

Of course he asked for a xylophone!IMG_9687

Then he dot-painted his Xylophone X, which was also great color work!IMG_9690

Then he put together his own Xylophone X (idea from No Time for Flashcards)!IMG_9694

 

 

Life School

Krash got to swim TONS while away on our annual winter staff retreat. We stay in a retreat center with our entire church staff family, which is wonderful. There are tons of kids and Krash just LOVES it all!IMG_9514

 

Moms Favorite

The day he grows out of these froggy boots will be a very sad one.IMG_9649 copy

This Weeks Tools

All About Spelling ~ Level 2!

We began Level 2-finally! We LOVE All About Spelling!!! IMG_9664

We are doing this in addition to the spelling words he has in his Calvert program, I personally didn’t feel like Calvert’s spelling program was enough. Thankfully we found AAS and we both absolutely love it and it is working! Even I am learning spelling rules I never knew were actual rules!

We completed Lesson 1 and already can see that this level will be filled with much more for Pac Man! As his teacher I am thrilled…he isn’t so thrilled with more writing but still loves the program!

If you are looking for a great program I highly recommend it (and yes I do get an affiliate fee if you order through my link-but you know I would never recommend something unless we really love it!).

Raising Rock Stars ~ Joseph Part 2

We had a VERY simple family night, didn’t even do any reading! Daddy has been reading the story of Joseph each morning to the boys straight from the Bible, so we have now incorporated our weekly theme into our morning time also.

This week we extended the story of Joseph and learned more about his life using an awesome mini book that we all colored together!IMG_8995 IMG_8994

Resources used this week:

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

Tot School ~ Winter!

~Krash is currently 44 months old~

Learning Toys/Trays

We finally had a pretty normal school week! Krash got a “new” desk for school! This was Pac Man’s little desk (it is from Ikea), he has had it since he was 3. It used to be upstairs and then it dawned on me that K really needed his own work space so I moved it downstairs! IMG_9220

We worked on drawing people… IMG_9226

He played a lot with his peg set, I gave him some colored straws to match up to the correct peg holes. He really liked this! IMG_9262

Got him a new shape/color puzzle form the dollar section at Target (last week)… IMG_9002

He played several days with his Automoblox… IMG_9104

He did all of these, this is the first time he has completed these-usually he complains! IMG_9134

 


Theme ~ Winter

We had fun doing some various winter activities. I was inspired from Jolanthe’s post on Totally Tots to read The Mitten and do some activities with Krash. He really liked reenacting the story by putting each animal into the mitten(links for the patterns are on TT)…IMG_9159 He dot-painted this M is for Mitten sheet…IMG_9127

I made him a snowman board with different shaped buttons to put on the snowman. We took turns closing our eyes and putting different amounts and shapes on. He had to count them for me, tell me the color and the shape. (This will be a part of the new Winter Tot Pack coming soon!).IMG_9231

We used Erica’s great snowman number cards for counting and number id practice. One day we just lined them up one at a time, counting one further each time we laid a new one down. IMG_9135

Then one day we played with just 1-5 and did various physical activities with them. Here he is going to get the number I called out to him.IMG_9233This is the first time I ever asked him to do pre-writing practice and he did GREAT, I was blown away! We will certainly be doing more of this! We used Erica’s cards (laminated them to do again and again).IMG_9139

 

 

 

 

Life {FUN} School

Krash is quite the little Daddy to Ladybug’s baby doll! IMG_9089

Ladybug also got this adorable stroller walker and Krash really likes it! IMG_9092

Krash helped me sort Ladybug’s cloth wipesIMG_9071

 


Mommy’s Favorites

This is how K looked a majority of the week. He wore it all day, slept in it, and even wore it out to dinner with Daddy on Friday night. ;-) He said he needed to wear it because he “needed to save all the peoples.”IMG_9172

Swamp Smoothie Face ;-) IMG_9154