Preschool Printables ~ How Many?

Identifying numbers is something we are really working on here!  I made these simple preschool math printables for Krash to help with this.

Preschool Math Printables Clothespin Clip Counting Cards

I printed on cardstock, and laminated them so he can use them over an over!  We are using mini clothespins but you could also have your child use a dry erase marked to circle the correct number, or just point! The clothespins, while sometimes frustrating for young children, are great for fine motor skills! Have your child count the objects and then choose the correct number. I purposely did not create these with a specific theme so they could be used over and over again.  If you are looking for preschool printables with a specific theme, we have those too!

Preschool Math Printables Clothespin Clip Counting Cards

You can download these here!

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Raising Rock Stars ~ In It, Not Of It

In It, Not Of It

We weren’t able to have our normal family night this past Sunday because our church hosted it’s annual block party-witnessing to our inner-city neighbors! We shut down several blocks of the main road here in our neighborhood and host the largest block party I have ever seen! Inflatables, free food, carnival games, playground, puppet shows, Gospel presentations, live music, free JESUS t-shirts…the list goes on-it is truly amazing! This is our 5th year of hosting this and every year it gets bigger and better! IMG_1292 copy

It is always an amazing reminder of where we are raising our kids and what we do NOT want for them. It is also a reminder of Christ’s love for ALL-no matter how different {and far from God} they may seem.IMG_9518

As most of you know, we live right where we serve…which is not a desirable place to live by the world’s standards. We are in the heart of the inner city, just a few blocks from the church we serve with. We live in the area most go out of their way to avoid.

We are raising our kids here. Why? Because we feel led by God to be here.

Do we sacrifice to live here? YES, a lot {but we GAIN a lot also}.

Is it worth it? YES!!!!!

We believe in raising our kids God’s way, and to many we are NUTS. If you’ve ever read my little paragraph under my family photo on the sidebar, you already know this! Does this mean I think you should all become missionaries or move to the inner city? NO!!! I believe we are each called to a unique path, and it is our job to listen to the Holy Spirit and follow the best we can. We are doing our best to raise our children to do this too.

We want our kids to live sold-out for Jesus. Do I fear them actually doing that and moving overseas or doing something dangerous in the name of Christ? Yes, but I still want that. They are not mine-they are HIS. I am just raising them for HIM.

So, we live IN the world. We live near violence, drugs, prostitution, immodesty to the MAX, profanity, child abuse/neglect, poverty, addiction and more. We hear sirens constantly and helicopters hovering with a spotlight overhead is completely normal. My kids stood under my feet as I witnessed a drug related murder right after the shots fired ~ right across the street. We can’t walk to the car just feet from our house without hearing profanity and fighting.

But, we are not OF the world. We are obviously different. Our home is different, our family is different. For many people in our neighborhood, we {and the other missionary families we work with who all live here too} are the only Godly {yet still imperfect} family they will ever see.

So, we did not have our normal family Bible time, but that’s OK. We dove right into the world and made it obvious that we are not OF it. Jesus was everywhere and it was beautiful!!!

John 17:14-16

14 I have given them your word. And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 15 I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. 16 They do not belong to this world any more than I do.

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

Tot School

~Ladybug is currently 13.5 months old~

Tot TraysLadybug’s 3 Tot Trays this week…

  1. Stacking Peg Board {with just 5 pegs}
  2. Small bucket of bells and a scoop
  3. Clear plastic bottle with colored stirring sticks {from Target}





This is how she puts the sticks “in” the bottle, every time! She balances them on top! I think it is so cute. We are working on how to get them inside. ;-)IMG_9303

Learning Toys

She adores our child-sized guitar. Pac Man taught her how to strum!IMG_9344

We got out K’s old Leapfrog walker for her and she likes it a lot {we have it in flat position for now as she isn’t even pulling up yet”} IMG_9178

Bubble Wrap! She had a blast exploring bubble wrap this week!!! IMG_9331

Life School

She’s a poop-in-the-potty pro! She has successfully pooped on the potty the last 7 times!!! I am honestly shocked as the boys never did this! One day I noticed her pushing and she was struggling so I put her on to see if it would help…it did! I have taken her to the potty when I notice “the look” and she has went every time! This is really saving the cloth diapers!!! Plus she looks so incredibly cute sitting there and we just talk to each other-it’s girl time. IMG_9014



Moms Favorite



I just couldn’t pick only one this week ;-)

Preschool Printables ~ Pom Pom Numbers

Pom Pom Number Printables

Yesterday you got a sneak peek of my latest printable, Pom Pom Number Printables.  I made these to help Krash with number ID, counting 1:1, and fine motor practice.

IMG_8678 Print on Cardstock, laminate, put tiny velcro pieces on the cards and stick the other side to a small pom pom.  I matched mine by color, but you certainly don’t have to, I am just anal like that. I also made a set with colored dots, in case you just wanted to use the cards without using any velcro or pom poms.  Your child could practice counting the dots to help with number ID.

If your child is younger make sure you don’t give them all at once, I only gave Krash 1-5 his first time.

I order my velcro dots in major BULK here, and I am set for my homeschooling life I believe.  I was sick of spending too much per dot on Amazon and bit the bullet and bought a ton at once {plus they are smaller so I like them better}.  Specifically I got the 3/8” white dots, in case you’re wondering!

 Download the Pom Pom Number Cards here!

See more Number Printables here!Number Printables

Tot School Zone

Tot School Zones

A common email I receive concerns the set-up of the Tot School “zone”.  I got one recently and it occurred to me that although I would love to offer insight, it would be better if I could connect us all in sharing-mode to gather ideas and insight.

So, I am opening up a linky for anyone to link up a specific post showing their Tot School set-up.  We personally have a schoolroom, but I know many of my readers do not.  I know some of you use your dining room, playroom, child’s bedroom, basement, and even more!  I’d love for you to write a post sometime within the next 2 weeks, come back here and link it up so we can all share.

In you post please include any or all of the following…

  • PHOTOS!!!!
  • Basic description of the location of your Tot School Zone
  • How you organize tools not currently in use
  • Whether or not you allow your tot to play with Tot School items outside of Tot School time
  • What you like/dislike about your current set-up
  • Any advice you think could help a mom who is just starting out {if you have been tot-schooling for awhile}

Here is our current Tot School Zone.  Ladybug is almost 14 months.  I use our 9×9 square shelf {from Target} but only have 3 trays out for her at a time, on the bottom.  IMG_8478It is in our schoolroom, you can see various posts about our schoolroom here { although it is not arranged that way right now}.  We are actually switching locations of the schoolroom for next fall, so I will be rearranging again, and will be sure to post when it’s all done!

You can see all of our Tot School Zones in our “Where to Begin with Tot School” ebook!  Subscribe here to grab the eBook for free!

Where to Begin with Tot School eBook

I am putting in a thumbnail linky, so you can attach an image to your link ;-)  I thought this would be a fun way to try out this new linky tool.  If you link up, all I ask is that you provide a link-back to THIS POST somewhere in your post, in order to share ideas!  You are welcome to link up and old post with pictures of your Tot School Zone, but be sure to go back in and add a link here.