Tot School ~ Dinosaur Week!

~Krash is currently 41 months old~
** links to all toys and books are at the bottom of the post


Learning Toys…

We were sent this awesome toy(Guidecraft Shape Sorter) for review (and upcoming giveaway) and Krash loves it!!! It’s an awesome Tot School tool!

He still loves his sound puzzles, even though they are way too easy for him now! (in the Amazon carousel below I added one that is similar to ours, as I couldn’t find our exact puzzle)

He always loves when the eggs and spoons come out. We have so much fun with these when we play with them!

A little bit of lacing fun…


Theme…Dinosaurs!!!

I have been planning our dino theme for awhile now in honor of our new favorite show, Dinosaur Train. Both boys LOVE it, so it was time to learn a bit more! K was thrilled to see brand new dinosaur puppets on his trays when he came down for Tot School last Monday morning! My mom got them for him at Costco (recently), just for dino week! We also read a Creation book to talk about how God made dinosaurs. We discussed which day God made them, and talked about this more and more throughout the week.

I got him a dino coloring book from the Dollar Tree, he thought that was cool too ;)

Of course we had tons of cool dino books, his favorites form the week are below in the Amazon carousel. Here he is reading his absolute favorite, Dinosaur, Dinosaur. He loved this book!

He also loved this stereo book (also from Costco recently). The written facts are off in the book (as most are in dino books), but we didn’t read those words ;). He loved pushing the numbers to hear sounds, and we learned the names of all of the dinos. It is a book more for older kids (on one page there’s a dino eating a dead dino), but Krash is into stuff like that so he liked it a lot!

Of course I made him a dinosaur Tot Pack, which will be available for you soon ;), he loved these color matching cards…

We put the colors in a row like a train, he had to find the right “seat” for each character. Then he got his own seat (Ladybug’s Bumbo), and hopped on the train!

He loved spelling his name…

We worked on size sequencing, and 1:1 counting as he fed each dino a pom pom ball ;)

A little Heads n Tails matching (they were hungry too)

He loved the dino felt set/book my mom also got for him!!!


Fall Fun!!

We love talking about Jesus being the light inside of us during the month of October. Therefore we have tons of Jack O Lanterns around. We focus entirely on the idea of God scooping out our yuckies and putting His light inside of us to glow for the world to see. We played a few games with one of our pumpkins…

We had fun talking about body parts as we stuffed pom poms in his face!!!


Life School/Mommy’s Favorites ;)

I couldn’t possibly pick a favorite, so all of his life school pics are my favs this week! They were just all so sweet and bring back great memories from the week! Here Pac Man was reading to Ladybug and K walked up to join in. What a precious sight to a momma, huh?!

As if the above wasn’t sweet enough, here he’s reading the Bible to Ladybug…
you know, upside down. My kid is a genius, yes he is.

Below are shots from my fun day alone with Krash, I played and played with my sweet boy. No housework, no computer, no interruptions…just me, my little guy, and a few people…
yup, just a few ;)

Raising Rock Stars ~ Week 3


Bible Story…Adam & Eve ~ The Fall

I found a great Adam and Eve book at Dollar Tree a couple of weeks ago, that’s what Daddy is reading to the kiddos…We then moved in to work on a coloring book featuring the story of The Fall…
Coloring time is great because it allows a lot of time for discussion about the story. Just at week 3 I can see growth in the boys.

Even Ladybug joined in…

Krash was in charge of coloring the “sad picture” when Adam and Eve had to leave the Garden of Eden. He made sure he got it all colored…

Weekly Bible Verse…

Songs for Saplings ~ CcWe began something new this week, having the boys recite their memory verse(s) for Daddy. We are using the Songs for Saplings flashcards I made up to go through all of the verses learned so far. Here they are “performing” A and B for Daddy! I just love the way Krash is looking up to Pac Man in this shot…

Now it’s his turn…
Then a little solo by Pac Man…We work on our verse every day during calendar time, and we also listen to the entire Songs for Saplings CD during recess at least 1-2 days per week!

We have been consistently praying together as a family Monday-Saturday mornings, and keeping our prayer journal. This has been such a wonderful time for our family. I must admit though it was HARD at first with Krash…he was not interested in sitting still, to say the least. But now, weeks into it, he can sit the entire time. Train them up, train them up… Easier said than done-but I am so glad we stuck to the training.

Resources used this week:

Coming Up…

  • Bible Story…Noah’s Ark
  • Memory Verse…Dd ~ Zephaniah 3:17

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 41 months old~

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

It was a fun week at our house, but I forgot to have my camera close by for most of it! I just kept forgetting it, which is very unlike me. But we had fun anyway and I reminded myself what I always tell other moms, the moments are more important than capturing them! Our tots could care less if we have any photos of Tot School, we do that for each other…and for Mommy-memories right? So, I spent most of our week just in the moment with Krash! Here are a few of our captured moments…


Learning Toys

Our Bottle Top Name Cards made an appearance this week. Krash still loves to spell Pop Pop’s name first! He did really well with this, as always…it’s one of his favs!We LOVE our Bloem and Grow Blocks. Krash can spell his name now, and he adores lining the letters up with his special block set. He played with his blocks tons this week, since he just recently learned to spell and recognize his name…he’s so proud and goes around spelling it for us all the time!

We haven’t had our latches board out in awhile, so he loved this! I couldn’t believe how much better he was with it!

Another hand-made favorite is this awesome Itsy Bitsy I Spy bag, which we WON from Baby Love Blankies, back when Itty Bitty Bookworm had their blog celebration! This is an animal bag with letters in it also, and Krash LOVES it!!! He found animals for a really long time!!! I plan to get a few of these as Christmas gifts, they are wonderful!

Lots of packages came this week, providing us with some free Tot School tools…

Krash played with Dominoes a lot, doing many different things with them. They are a great learning tool!

Alphabet

We did Rr for Robots, using some special robots stickers I had bought just for the letter R!

Photo Learning Book

We only got to one color this week, brown. We only have white left and then we will move on to another topic! I am working on printing them all up for the boys now!
Theme…Monsters

Yup, we had one last week of fun monster stuff, honestly because I don’t have our next theme quite ready yet and we had so much fun with monsters!

Matching Shape Monsters to their “Shape House”.
I bought Krash a monster notebook and pencil from the dollar section at Target, it was the best $1 I have ever spent! He LOVED this notebook and “wrote” in it all week!

Recess…

We brought our riding toys up on the deck and had a blast! The Plasmacar continues to be a loved toy by all…even Mom and Dad!
Mommy’s Favorite…

Not that this is the best photo, but I love what it symbolizes. Krash is VERY happy with the lunch I made for him…a concoction I came up with myself (I will share on Lil Ladybug this week). I love that he is happy for lunch and not whining.

Monsters Tot Pack

I began making the Tot Packs in place of the smaller Tot Books back when I was pregnant, but honestly I haven’t even used the ones I made much, as I was making them for readers! BUT, the monster one is made for Krash so I put a ton of trial into it all.

It took me the longest to come up with a storage method I liked, as the Tot Books were no longer working for us. K wasn’t able to go back to them easily, as they were a bit too flimsy. I also wanted something, simple, inexpensive and Tot-proof to a degree (meaning he wouldn’t dump everything out or destroy it in a second).

Here’s what I came up with…

I took a simple clasp folder and a gallon size freezer Ziploc bag. I folded the bag to the right size, so I could 3-hole punch it on the folded part to hook into the clasps, like this…

I then got little Ziploc bags, whatever size was right for the item, and placed each individual item in a baggie by itself, with the cover image facing out so K could easily dig through them if he wanted to. I still need to open and shut the baggies for him, but he can easily sift through the folder without destroying it now.

I added the file folder game I made to the front pocket, as well as the mini book, “Monster Eyes.” The mini book could easily go into a baggie too, I just kept it out for now. The pockets are also great for storing projects that we are partially done with, so I don’t forget about them (if there’s coloring involved or something like that).

When it’s ready for storage, I store the tiny baggies into the bigger bag and seal it. Close the folder and it’s done! Compact, sturdy, cheap, easy. Also, with a storage folder like this, you can easily add other activities you may find on the web. It’s just a great way to store everything for a tot for a particular theme. AND, I like that I can easily take this with us if I want to-like to church, a doc appt, etc. Since it’s all separated, I can grab a folder and go, with pre-made games inside to play with!

If you’d like to make your own Monster Tot Pack, you’ll find all of the printables here on the new site. You’ll also see Pac Man’s monster’s as a part of the Tot Pack! This was also my first time “drawing” my own clip art…I made the monsters myself in Publisher, it was fun!

 

Raising Rock Stars ~ Week 2


Bible Story…Creation, week 2

We studied Creation again, there was just too much for only one week! Daddy read the boys the book, The Seven Days of Creation. The best part was when he made the elephant noise for the boys, and that I captured him in action for the blog. ;)
We then sung 2 songs, He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands, and a new song I found about creation…it was cute!

Then we all sat down to play a little game of Creation Memory together.
Krash lost interest quickly, but Pac Man enjoyed it!

Then we played “Adam Names the Animals” as a family. Pac Man had to read the words to Krash and Krash had ti identify the animal. Great skills at 2 different levels!
I put all of our fun creation stuff into a simple file folder and hooked it all into our notebook!

Weekly Bible Verse…John 6:48
Songs for Saplings ~ Bb

We work on our verse every day during calendar time, and we also listen to the entire Songs for Saplings CD during recess at least 1-2 days per week!

Resources used this week:

Coming Up…

  • Bible Story…Adam & Eve~The Fall
  • Memory Verse…Cc ~ 2 Corinthians 3:18

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