Raising Rock Stars Preschool ~ Letter Ww

Raising Rock Stars Preschool Letter W

 

Rock stars 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 ~ Ww, our verse: We love Him because He first loved us.Ww

This was the first mini book that had coloring in it and he enjoyed it!  After he colored it, we stapled it together to practice reading.IMG_3117

Cutting out his vocabulary cards…IMG_3118

Taping his verse together and then measuring with it!

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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 Ww unit here.

RRSP Ww lesson plan is also on the same webpage!Ww 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!

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

We had a good time working with our Education Cubes, using the Letter of the Week printables to find and match beginning sounds

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I got out a wooden alphabet bead set and we created a name necklace.  I planned on only doing hi name but he wanted to add everyone in our family!

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We had loads of fun working on sight words.  I got out the 1st 6 words from our RRSP review set and scattered them around the room on the floor.  First we jumped from word to word yelling it out.  Krash is not solid in his words yet and is just beginning to really remember a few, so there is a LOT of encouraging during the whole process!

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After jumping for a bit, we invited Pac Man over to be a “word snatcher”.  Krash had to get to the word before the word snatcher came and got it.  Trick is the word snatcher had to go really slow—to give K time to figure it out. If Krash was clueless-I wrote the word on the dry erase board to give him a clue.  My goal is to keep all beginning reading activities fun and stress free.  Krash is just now showing a major interest in learning to read and we are going at it at HIS pace.

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He loves his new BOY magnetic dolls!IMG_3102

 

Here he was sorting our mini foam letter puzzles by color {got these at Walmart last summer for $1}IMG_6309

Moms favOh how this sight makes me smile.  We have brought back daily reading time into our schedule and Krash loves to sit in his bean bag while reading. ;-)

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Tot School

~Ladybug is currently 20.5 months old~

Well, Tot School posts sure are easier to put together when I accidentally delete 3 days worth of photos, most of which were of Ladybug.  I went to edit the photos for this post and realized I deleted my card before downloading 3 days worth and I thought I already had.  I even remember the moment I hit delete, and thinking to myself that I had already saved them all.  I only found 1 day’s worth of photos, and that day I barely took any!

EDITED TO ADD…I did a quick online search for free recovery software and I found one and it worked!  So, I went back in and added the “lost” photos to the post!!!  I am honestly shocked that it was so easy!  It took about 2 hours to work through it all but it found the images!

I set out some of her rotated toys, and found her working like this on her own.  She was placing the shapes correctly in the lid on the floor.

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Later that same day I was working with Krash on our ABC clothespin matching, and had the printables box next to me.  Ladybug dug into the box and found the color wheel and asked me to open it.  I never even thought to get this out for her before, but she did really well and was VERY naturally interested in it!  She brought it to me several times in the week and asked me to help her.

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Her favorite of the entire week was definitely Wedgits.  She played with these for hours and hours.  I HIGHLY recommend this toy if you don’t already have it. i00277 I brought out our color squares to do some color matching with her also… i00293She is quite the stacker!i00300

 

We had a fun time with our Pop Beads also, although these can’t come out as much as I would like due to the teeny-tiny ones.  We usually play all together with these {me and all three kids}IMG_4691She is really into stacking, even unique items!IMG_4699

 

She is also still very into whatever is in Krash’s workboxes!  She goes digging quite often and loves what she finds, like this fishing ABC game {which I cannot find online}IMG_4713

 

Krash got an intense Bug book for Christmas {I think it is from Costco} and it has become Ladybug’s passion.  She reads it everyday and for really longs periods of time. It is full of real life {and sometimes gross} photos of bugs and all sorts of bug related things.  I can’t believe she loves this book. IMG_4749

 

She is also really enjoying our winter books.  I have them in all different spots in the schoolroom and she regularly explores them all!  She is my little reader-for sure!

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I am so glad I was able to recover the lost photos if only for these!

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Her first real ponytail!!

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Winter Fun Plans

I am not going all out for winter like I did for Christmas, but I have been browsing around a bit to gather some special ideas to make the snowy season fun for my children.  There won’t be any fancy lesson plans or anything, so I thought I would share a few places I have found some great ideas online so far.  I am going to minimize how much I print/laminate to keep things simple, since we really need to be focused on our main curriculum starting next week.  I do plan to add a few fun winter activities in throughout the season!

Here are my favorite finds for WINTER FUN, including a few of my own so I don’t forget that I already have stuff!  It’s amazing how I can forget my own stuff from year to year!

Confessions of a Homeschooler’s letter S unit features snowmen!image

 

Spell Out Loud has an awesome Snowman Trinity Squidoo Lens filled with great ideas…image

 

Totally Tots did a winter theme last year and has blog posts featuring all sorts of fun winter ideas.

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I have a Winter Fun Tot Pack

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Do you have fun winter themed ideas for tots, preschoolers or young elementary aged children on your blog/website?  If so, please leave a link in a comment below!

Tot School

~Ladybug is currently 19 months old~

I must admit, I was a total slacker this week and didn’t even change out her toys or trays.  I also was a MAJOR slacker with pictures since my Canon 40D is off being repaired and I struggle even picking my point and shoot up to take pictures {I know, I should be thankful I even have that}.  So, here’s what I did capture of our totally non-eventful week.

Learning Toys

Her 3 “SAME AS LAST WEEK” learning toys {Pet Sounds Puzzle, Shape Sorter, Honey Bee Tree Game}, she loved her toys AGAIN this week.

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Tot-Trays61Her Tot Trays stayed the same too and although she played with many of them, this was the only picture I took of her action!  She was transferring pm poms into a paint tray.IMG_6301

 

Life School

She still loves to read, and I often find her like this…IMG_6371

When I need to work and she is clingy, she like to sit up on my desk with me and scribble Winking smileIMG_6345

She loves her new Baby Signing Time DVDimageWe got #3 and have #2 on the way.  I don’t care for #3 as much as #1, but she seems to love it!  She goes up to the tv and signs “baby” to ask us to put it in!!!

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Point and shoot camera and all, I LOVE this picture of my bug!  Check out her for-real piggy tails!!!!! IMG_6357

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Calendar Time…Part 2

Calendar Time Ideas and Printables



Here I will share a bit more about our calendar set-up for 2010/2011.  You can see even more, and download the printables here on my website. We use some things from our first year, and I have changed several things up.  I now have 2 calendar webpages, you can see last year’s here ~ Calendar…Part 1, and the new printables are hosted on this page ~ Calendar…Part 2.

 

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Top Left…Our Seeds Family Worship verse of the week {sometimes is only changed out every other week depending on our Raising Rock Stars family time}IMG_1150

 

Top Right…Books of the Bible.  I am using my very own printables from Pac Man’s Bible Lapbook to review the books of the Bible daily with the boys.  On the right is the little song book {which I laminated} and on the right are the bigger book cards.  I am putting 3 up at a time and challenging the boys {K mainly as Pac already knows it} to be able to say/sing up to that point.  I am amazed at how well he is doing! You can see videos of us singing the songs on the webpage!IMG_0104

 

Bottom left…I shrunk down our daily items and made new printables, as well as using a couple that I found online {How to Scale PDF Files Down}.IMG_0095

 

Bottom Middle…I added “What’s the Season” under “What’s the Weather”  and used the same “Make the Date” from our old calendar board.  I did change to using real coins with velcro on them, rather than printables.IMG_0101

Bottom Right…I added in this wonderful chart from my good pal Jolanthe.IMG_0745I had trouble at first with all of the little numbers and not being able to find them quickly.  I then printed/laminated a second copy and velcro-ed everything together!  I found a folder pouch thing at Target and voila-problem solved!IMG_3376

 

Up at the top I have little blue pails from Ikea which slide perfectly onto our white photo ledge/bookshelf.  I can take them down easily for the kids to choose a “_____ of the day”IMG_0114

 

The only thing that is different but not pictured specifically is our little pouch {which I snagged form an old phonics set I had}.  I shrunk down all of our songs to approx. 3 1/2×5” and printed them that way.  I keep them all individually in this little plastic envelope attached to the board.  The smaller versions of the songs are included in the PDF file for the “_______ of the Day” printables.

 

I LOVE our new set-up, it has solved many of my calendar frustrations from last year ;-).

We do things in a different order each day, mostly depending on my mood!  Sometimes Pac Man will lead the entire time too, just to change things up…he loves this!  Krash has just started leading also.  Leading is a GREAT way for a child to learn, I just don’t always remember that!

You can download everything and see more information {including links to all supplies mentioned here} here on our Calendar..Part 2 webpage!

See our Calendar Notebook here!

Daily Calendar Notebook