Raising Rock Stars ~ Week 1

Our basic outline so far:

  • Sunday night-introduce new Bible theme for Family Bible Time
  • Daddy reads 1 book based on the theme
  • We do activities together as a family (coloring, crafts, puzzles, etc.)
  • Boys “preform” the previous week’s memory verse for Daddy
  • Throughout the week we work on the new memory verse, listen to our Songs for Saplings CD, and do other things to review our Bible story, including reading every book we have about it

Week One ~

Bible Story…Creation

We studied Creation, starting off with our Sunday night Bible time. Daddy read the boys this book…

Then we worked on a family coloring book featuring the 7 days of creation. It was fun to work together, we even shared the coloring on many of the pages.During the coloring we reviewed the many details of the story, and enjoyed each other tremendously! I loved seeing Krash color along with us, he’s so silly and fun to be around!
Finally we moved onto working on some simple puzzles to reinforce what we had learned. I made them easier for Krash with only one cut in most of them…I cut up a few of them for Pac Man to be a bit more challenging!We used the puzzles throughout the week also, reviewing the Creation story.

Weekly Bible Verse…Psalm 17:8
Songs for Saplings ~ Aa

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…Creation week 2
  • Memory Verse…Bb ~ John 6:48

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

Raising Rock Stars Notebook Pages

I think I finally have everything together for you to join in with me! I wanted to prepare some neat things to help keep me inspired…I really like cute things, so I knew I just had to make an entire notebook and some cute forms and such. I decided that just in case anyone else wanted them, I would go ahead and make a set that could be downloaded! Here’s our notebook, which is a 1″ now, but I am sure will graduate to a larger one soon!

This is the cover, their names are blocked out, and on the general cover I obviously left a pic of my kiddos off-cuz that might make your kids feel a little weird ;).

There are section pages for the 3 main sections (Bible Stories, Memory Verses, Prayer Journal). I put each of my title pages in a sheet protector.I am not following any set plan for ideas, just finding what I like and adding it in for the weekly theme. Some items I will probably make on my own, others I will find on the web.

This is the back, where I made a sheet with all of the Bible verses I mentioned in this post. I wanted to always be reminded of my goal in all of this and have the verses close to me and to be able to share repeatedly with them as they grow. You can also see the spine, I made a title, one for this size of a notebook and one for the next size ;).

Here’s the webpage I set up to house all of this, you can download your own notebook files there. You’ll also find forms for planning, prayer journal forms, and buttons for your blog!

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!!!