The Me, Me, Me Epidemic ~ Book Giveaway

Me, Me, Me Epidemic Book Giveaway ends 9.12.15

We had the privilege of reviewing Amy McCready’s new book, The “Me, Me, Me” Epidemic, and now get to host a giveaway so one of you can have this awesome book. You can read our original review here!


What are some key signs that a parent might have an entitlement problem in their household?

You might have a entitlement problem if your child:

  • Expects bribes or rewards for good behavior
  • Rarely lifts a finger to help
  • Is more concerned about himself than others
  • Passes blame when things go wrong
  • Can’t handle disappointment
  • Needs a treat to get through the store
  • Expects to be rescued from his mistakes
  • Feels like the rules don’t apply
  • Constantly wants more…more…MORE!!!

Sound like a child you know? In truth, there’s not a child alive who doesn’t exhibit some of these symptoms from time to time. Whether you’ve got a big entitlement outbreak at your house or only a minor case, the tools in The “Me, Me, Me” Epidemic will help you move your kids toward greater independence, responsibility and contentment.

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Tot School Gathering Place Week 139

Welcome to Tot School™ Gathering Place! Gather together here, gather ideas from other blogs, share your own ideas on your own blog. Browse around at the other posts linked up, leave a few comments if you have time, and be sure to check back to see if your blog was featured!

Each week we will feature photo{s} and ideas from blogs who link up. Remember, provide a link back to Tot School Gathering Place within your post that you link up, so you can be considered for the feature!


The last (unofficial) weekend of the summer! What plans do you have with your Tot? A last trip to the beach? Up to the mountains? Camping? Whatever your plans were for this long weekend I hope you made wonderful memories with your Tot. Don’t forget to link up to the Gathering Place to share all those wonderful ideas you’ve put together to help your Tot learn about the world around them. You just may inspire another Mama with your creativity!

Mama Lindsay from You Are the Roots took the summer off with her Tot Ethan, but is now ready to get back into the swing of things! Check out what she and Tot Ethan discovered in their first week back!

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Are you looking for a construction themed unit? Take a look at what GrandMama Nancy put together for her GrandTot Tahoe! Some of her ideas may be of interest to your construction loving Tot!

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Are you just starting the Tot School journey? Head on over to Tot Tot Goose to see how Mama Meghan is prepping her Tot Savanna to begin their journey!

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Were you featured? You are welcome to a button but you certainly don’t have to use it! Totally optional! Tot School Feature

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See the Tot School webpage here!

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 Are you NEW or have never been featured? Read this! Basics: write a specific post about what you did with your tot, link up the permalink from your post, link back to Tot School within that post, put your tot’s age in months in ( ) like this: (43 months).

Bible Verse Printables Letter V

RLRS Letter V 1 Corinthians 15 Bible Verse Printables

Our Raising Lil’ Rock Stars Bible Verse Printables for the Letter V are available to download for free! V is for VICTORY! This set is based on 1 Corinthians 15:57, “But thanks be to God !  He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Here’s a peek at the work she did at home.

Coloring ~  I love coloring time because it gives such a great opportunity for discussion.  While she colors I read her the story about the verse {included in the printable pack} and we discuss the meaning.

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Cut and Glue the Verse ~ this is a great word work activity for her, identifying words and sounds she knows, as well as the Bible verse as a whole. She uses the printable that has the light gray matching words on it.

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The verse tune printables are only available in the bundle but you can hear her singing along in the video. The tune is “Happy Birthday.”

The free version is ONLY for home use.  If you will be using these printables in a church setting, private group, co-op, preschool or other group you will need to purchase the group bundle here.

Download your free Letter V printables here!

Raising Lil' Rock Stars Letter V for Victory

 Scroll down until you see the graphic for letter V and click on it to download the PDF file.

Download or printing trouble? See tips here!

These printables are from Raising Lil’ Rock Stars!



See other letters in action by clicking the graphics below!

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Fall Leaf Colors Q-Tip Painting Printables

Fall Leaf Colors Qtip Painting Free Printables

Fall is right around the corner for those of us on my side of the world! I am always trying to think of new ideas for timeless themes, especially those centered around seasons and holidays.  Recently I created a new Fall Leaf Color Q-Tip Painting printable pack for you!

This set features many different options, in both black & white and color.

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Download your free Fall Leaf Colors Q-tip Painting Printables here!

Fall Leaf Q Tip Painting

Fabulous Fall Books for Kids

See more Fall ideas here on our Pinterest board!

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WHY use Q-Tip Painting Printables?

The big answer is fine motor skills! You’ll notice how we focus on not only the tiny dots, but also using small items in painting or adding to the dots. All of this works on hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills

The letter identification is a secondary bonus!

See ideas for using these here!


Looking for all of our Q-Tip Painting Printables? Click on the images to see the free printables for each theme shown below! I am always adding more, so be sure to subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss new themes!

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Thanksgiving Q-tip Printables Slide4 Jack and the Beanstalk Q-tip Printables

Despicable Me Q-tip Printables Lalaloopsy Q-tip Printables Tinkerbell Q-tip Printables

Sofia Q-tip Printables Noah's Ark Q-tip Printables Mouse Paint Q-tip Printables

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Daily Work Grid ~ A Visual Schoolwork Plan for Homeschoolers

Daily Work Grid Schoolwork Plan for Homeschoolers VIDEO Tutorial included in post!


This idea has been brewing in my mind for years, I just never took the time to create it until now.  It is similar to methods we have used in the past and resembles methods other homeschoolers use.  It isn’t a totally new idea, just a new twist on methods I have both used and seen, adapted to suit our current needs.

Many of you saw my photo on Instagram several months ago when I created the cards and grid. There were tons of questions about it and I promised a blog post!

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It did take some time to set up and I explain how I did it in the video below…

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Many have asked about our Daily Work Grid that I am using with our 1st grader and I finally got a video together for you! See how we use it and a tutorial for how I made the grid and the subject cards in PowerPoint.Blog post coming soon!**See more VIDEOS on our YOUTUBE Channel ~**SUBSCRIBE to our blog posts ~

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I shared this photo the night before we began 1st grade, which shows our Lessontrek plan and our Daily Work Grid ready to go for her first day of school.

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We have now been using this method for over 3 week and it is working very well for us!  She loves the visual choices she has, and also seeing how much she has left each day.

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Having a visual daily grid like this for a young child helps us in many ways. The biggest help for us is the fact that expectations for the homeschool day are crystal clear.  There are many ways to do this, a simple list on the board or in a notebook works well for many families. 

For our 1st grader, this is a visual intro to following a daily homeschool plan. For us Kindergarten and below is much more play-based and child-led so the lesson plans are really only for me up until now.  With an end goal of more independence in homeschooling, this visual daily grid eases her into this.

By showing her clearly what is to be done that day, she knows what to expect.  The cards coming off give her a feeling of accomplishment and also help squash the “how much more do I have to do today” questions {and sometimes attitude problems}.

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Using a daily work grid like this may be beneficial for you if you…

  • have a child who likes to know what is expected each day.
  • have a child who needs a visual rather than written version.
  • have a child who whines or complains about how much is left to do.
  • have a young child who is easing into following a daily homeschool routine {usually beginning in K-2}.
  • like creating things on your own and have the time {this takes time to prepare}.

I would not recommend this method if you…

  • have an older child who can easily read a written list and doesn’t really need visuals. No need to go backwards.
  • have many children and would struggle to keep up with the consistent routine of this.
  • don’t have time to even put this together.
  • have a young tot or preschooler who is more play-based and child-led, they don’t necessarily need a grid like this.  I don’t recommend being this planned out in the early years.  Having freedom to go with the flow during those early years is more important that following the daily plan.  This is exactly why I never give lesson plans for any of my tot programs {Tot School Printables, Animal ABCs, etc.}  I believe in a more flexible plan during those years. Every child is different and the pressure of a daily plan doesn’t allow for this as much. I personally would not have used something like this until Kindergarten.  It would have been great last year I just didn’t have time to create it.

Here’s the video sharing how we use our daily grid and how I created the grids and subject cards in PowerPoint.  I am sorry fi you don’t have PP, this is just what I use mostly to create my printables and I can only share how I do it.  Many aspects will be similar in another program, hopefully you can get the general idea!