Tot School

~Krash is currently 40 months old~

** links to all toys and books are at the bottom of the post

Learning Toys…

Krash was finally interested in these great wooden word puzzles. We have had them for awhile now and I could barely get him to do them, but this day he did one after another and really seemed to enjoy them! I LOVE these because they use lowercase letters, something you rarely find in this type of toy for this age group.
He asked me if he could play with our Monkey Math toy-which wasn’t on his trays, and I got it down for him~I’m flexible like that.
This simple $1 store Cars puzzle is and has been a hit for a long time with both boys. This week they made car ramps out of it, numerous times. They practiced their new word “hypothesis” (thanks Dinosaur Train), as they tried to create different ramps and see if the car would go over them hill they made.
See, different clothes…he played with this a lot!
The cheap-o Oreo shape toys came out and this time he made tall towers.


We made a Pp this week, for piano, inspired from No Time For Flashcards!After making the Pp, and playing with some P stuff, we of course had to play our piano!


I am very flexible when it comes to plans for Tot School. I had an entirely different plan for the week, but Target had cute monster stuff in their dollar section, so I bought a few items and made it monster week at our house! We got out our cute monster books and read them each day and did a different monster activity each day! It was so much fun, we’re extending our monster theme through this next week and I made him a new Tot Book/Pack!!! Stay tuned, I promise to share the files this week!

We created monsters with stickers…
Afterwards, K just wanted to read his book again, how sweet is that? ;) We colored a velvet poster together, this was a fabulous opportunity for Pac Man to learn some life skills. It was a group project and I coached him through accepting his brother’s 3 year old artwork. Krash colored all over Pac Man’s monster and at first Pac was upset but I used it to teach patience, and by the end Pac was extremely encouraging to his little brother and we were proud of our group creation!!!
The HIT was this puzzle. We began by introducing it to K one day as a group activity after reading one day. He was instantly drawn in and did a good job with it…
I added it to his trays and he went back to it every day. He did this puzzle probably at least 20 times. He got so good at it, and I really enjoyed watching his skills progress as he did it again and again. We worked on lots of language development as he worked through it, I was blown away by the end of the week listening to him describe things as he was trying to work it.

Photo Learning Book…Colors!

We completed these colors this week and had a blast!!!

Recess/Life School…

Recess this week was outside mostly with the highlight being our fuzzy friend they boys found one day…

Just in case you think I am engaging my children in meaningful activities all day long, I present you with this amazing shot…
Yup, they’re all watching Baby Newton, learning shapes, while I clean the kitchen. I am so blessed that my 7 yr old still enjoys these movies too ;).

A little roller blading in his boxers ;)…
Daddy and K played guitar together one night and it was the cutest thing. Here K is belting out one of his VBS songs (“You’re Powerful” for anyone who did Crocodile Dock)

Mommy’s Favorites…

Seriously, how could these not be my favorites.
Melt my heart these 2. Drive me nutso, and melt my heart. Love them.

If you have a tot (approximately ages 1-3) at home, join in the fun and share what you’re doing with your tot! Here’s how to get started if you’re new… If you’ve never read this: Go HERE 1st for more details- please do!!! Then if you have any ideas you’d like to share, link up your exact post to MckLinky (if you have questions about how to do that, let me know in a comment or email-links to homepages will automatically be deleted).

Raising Rocks Stars

It’s official, I have decided to make my *vision* a new weekly feature here on 1+1+1=1. I have been talking it over with my husband and sharing my thoughts with him. I was sharing with him about the blog and that if I started a weekly feature, it would hold me accountable to preparing these things for our kiddos each week. Just knowing I am going to share here with other moms makes me a better mom! I love that about my blog–I am such a better mom because of this blog.

We had already started a weekly family Bible time and family morning prayer, so it seems God might have been preparing me for this!

I want to raise my own ROCK STARS, and I want to do a good job of planning for this each week, so… I am going to begin sharing each week! We actually already started, so I am going to try and have my week 1 post up this week, and I will decide on a weekly posting day.

I even made a snazzy notebook, which I will share also, in case any of you are interested in joining us! Stay tuned for another post soon with details about how you can join in! For now, I will share my basic plans of what I will be sharing each week.

Our Raising Rock Stars Plans

  • Weekly Bible Theme focused on Krash (simple themes, starting with Creation), I am involving Pac Man too.
  • Weekly Bible Verse (all ages) starting with Songs for Saplings ABCs CD verses.
  • Weekly Family Bible Time…Sunday nights with Daddy we will read a Bible story all together (based on our weekly tot theme), and do a family activity (or a few).
  • Daily Family Prayer…praying together as an entire family each morning before Daddy leaves for work, also keeping a prayer journal.

Each week I will share what we did the week prior, and share links to any resources we used. I will also post my plans for the upcoming week. I will also post a tentative monthly schedule ahead of time so you can see where we are headed.

Tot School ~ 1st Week of SCHOOL!

~Krash is currently 40 months old~

It was our first official week in school this past week and boy did we have fun! We started a new schedule and it went really well. Krash now begins his day with calendar time, which he is loving. I plan to do a post all about that soon. After calendar time we all head into the school room and Krash begins his Tot School work for the day!

**This week I am trying something new, instead of adding Amazon links throughout the post, I am putting a carousel at the bottom of the post with links to all products I mention in the post-let me know if you prefer it this way or the other way!

Learning Toys/Trays

Fridge Food ABCs (got this cheap-o I think it’s discontinued now). K had a blast naming the foods and putting them in the mini fridge.Aquadoodle…the goal of the brothers…cover the entire mat with water to make it blue and then leave it to see how long it takes to turn back to white. It took awhile!
K is still loving to play with our Zoobs
I made letters for him this day…
What started as a simple pom pom/bottle tray
…quickly turned into what the boys have named “fun ball” ;) What fun is homeschooling if you can’t have a little fun?
Fun ball got quite creative!!!
Krash worked on these Creation puzzles, which we did for our family Bible time earlier in the week. He reviewed with them again.
These are Discovery Toys puzzles, I put the 3 pieces you see in for him and then let him do the last 3. He loves puzzles!
More puzzles…
Still loves his Brainy Baby 3 piece animal puzzles
We had fun with counting bears. I added in a little foam die I got at a teacher store, we rolled it and found the colors. Then we lined things up and counted…
Another cheap-o toy we have that K loves!!!We got the bigger version of the peg set and both boys LOVE this toy! K is only playing with a small part of it in this photo…
We enjoyed a game of Puppy Pals Bingo, Krash actually took turns and played!!!Some shape matching fun…


Before we went on vacation Krash did the letter Nn, I just never posted it so I am adding it in this post! He glued tiny numbers (I made them in Publisher very simply) on his Nns…This past week he made an Oo ~ Octopus. I got the idea for the octupus Oo here. We painted each O a different color, whil Pac Man cut strips of paper and folded them for us.K really enjoyed his tray of Oos this day, he isn’t always interested in all of the letters I put out, but he really was into them this day!
He really liked the big O (from the foam floor puzzle set). He put it on his head and told me he was a prince, like Jesus with a crown. ;) Then he was just cute…
He really impressed himself by balancing the O on his face ;)…
We had a blast using our big foam letters this week too, here he is jumping on the letter I called out…

…and the highlight of the week, letter ball. I help up a letter, he told me what it was and I tossed it to him so he could hit it with his raquet (from a paddle ball set we have). He LOVED this!!!
Photo Learning Book…

I started something new with the boys, an idea I have seen on some blogs in the past. I am choosing a theme and we’re creating a photo learning book together. We are starting with colors and doing a different color each day. After calendar time, the boys go on the color hunt. After colors, I plan to do numbers, and then the alphabet. I know these books will be fun for them and treasures to remember through the years.

edited to add ~ see how we made this here!

Here’s the colors we did this week…

Itty Bitty Bookworm

For our book this week, we read Is Your Mama a Llama, everyday! The boys really love this book, and both enjoyed the activity I chose for them. One day they sponge painted the papers with the animals stuck to them…Then the next day I surprised them with the silhouette matching game. They loved seeing their paintings end up like this, we had tons of fun!!!

Recess occurs at our hosue at 10:15am, right after our daily juicing snack. Recess in the schedule is so important. They need time to just be BOYS and I need a little break to get the kitchen cleaned up from the morning!!! Because we live in the inner city, my boys keep their scooters and riding toys inside the house. Pac Man’s bike is now too big to do this, but everything else is inside! It’s crazy but I am used to it now!

The 2 popular items for recess this week were by FAR his new Strider bike…and our new Plasma car!!!Both of these cool toys will be featured in the grand finale of our 1000 Subscribers Celebration and they will both be giveaways!!! Stay tuned for the full reviews and giveaways coming!!!

Mommy’s Favorite…

I just love how Krash loves Ladybug. He is the wildest child, yet when he is loving on his sissy, he is so gentle. I absolutely love seeing them together!!!


My Little Rock Stars…

Raising Little Rock StarsI was sitting in the chair, getting ready to read, “Is Your Mama a Llama?” to my kiddos for our daily reading time. They all sat down together and I looked out and was hit with the realization that this is my class. You see, I used to teach public school Kindergarten and this time each year I was getting to know my new class. My class was VERY important to me, I took teaching very seriously and did everything to the absolute best of my ability. As I looked beneath my feet and saw these adorable faces ~ Pac Man, Krash, and Ladybug, I realized that though there are only 3, they are equally as important as any large school class.

Thankfully my camera just happened to be sitting right next to me (imagine that?) and I quick snapped what I saw before me. Later in the day when I sat down and looked at my photos the words “Rock Stars” just hit me out of the blue. I giggled it off and didn’t think much of it at first. But then, God got all into my head and I realized that thought I had of them being my little Rock Stars was from Him!

As I thought about our goals for homeschooling…why we do it, how we do it, what we hope to teach them in these precious years with us, I realized that teaching them to be Rock Stars is IT! Now, before I lose you, keep reading… NO I do not want my children to be your typical Rock Stars, I don’t want them to be typical anything for that matter! I want them to learn to stand firm on the foundation of Jesus Christ-the SOLID ROCK and shine for the world like BRIGHT STARS for HIM!!!!

I pray for my little Rock Stars, that they will be the most amazing Rock Stars throughout their lives. I pray to use my homeschooling time with them to teach them many, many things, the absolute most important being the truth and hope found in a relationship with Jesus. I pray these verses over them…

Matthew 7: 24-27
4″Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the
rock. 25The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

Psalm 18:2
2 The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

Philippians 2:15
15so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you
shine like stars in the universe

Daniel 12:3
3 Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.

Matthew 5:16
16In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

Thank you Father for allowing me to be the teacher of this most precious class.

 From this Raising Rock Stars vision several things have stemmed…

Here’s our main Raising Rock Stars page {sharing our family Bible time}

Raising Rock Stars Preschool and Kindergarten are here!


Certainly Not Idle

Proverbs 31 27
This is screaming at me right now. Idleness does not exist for me any longer ;) . We are only 3 days into school and already I am seeing how much work it is to truly watch over the affairs of my household with 2 in school and a baby. After being sick all last year and not operating on any type of a schedule, this new busy schedule is a lot. I love it, I know it’s what God desires for me. I am at peace, not stressed, or anything negative. I am just completely aware, now more than ever what it truly means to not eat the bread of idleness!I actually wish I even had more time to write this post, but I do not—back to planning for tomorrow!

Proverbs 31:27
She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.