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.


1st Day of School!!!

It’s finally here, our official first day of school!!!! It’s also the first year I took official first day of school photos…

First Day Back to Homeschool

I am surprised to say that our first day went rather well. We had one little “episode” this morning but I handled it very firmly and we had NO problems after that. Compared to the first day of school last year, I am very pleased.

Here is our daily schedule…which is bound to change
You should be able to click it and enlarge. It is personal to us, so I can’t share a template or anything, but I will share that I made it in Excel and it works WELL, since it has all 4 family members on one. Ladybug fits in along with us, she doesn’t need her own row quite yet!

We followed the schedule almost to the minute and it went very well. Now, I am not saying the boys were pleased with the entire schedule, but for the most part they obeyed and had good attitudes. I honestly think they were ready to be back to a scheduled life, after such a long year of living differently almost every day!

We brought daily calendar time back as Krash enters into his transition year of Tot School. Calendar time is SUCH a great daily tool for young kids approximately ages 3-5. All kids can benefit from it, but I think it is most effective for these ages. Here’s what our set-up looks like so far…
I got the calendar from Oriental Trading a few years ago, it’s falling apart some now but still does the job! I made a folding board (got at Target) with the other stuff on it so I can slide it away easily. I will do a detailed post later with what we do and what is on it. Krash also has a special calendar time pointer (got at a teacher store), not quite sure what he was pointing at in this picture though!!! ;)

I am trying to have things to challenge both boys, here is one of P’s items, he writes in what day of school it is with a dry erase marker (it’s laminated), and will fill in the chart below…

We are also starting to create photo-learning books, starting with colors. I hope to stick with this. Today I asked K to choose a color on the board, he chose blue and then we went on a blue hunt around the house. I took a picture and made this 4×6 image in Photoshop to create an “I Spy” color book for them…
The boys haven’t seen it yet, I think they will be excited!!!! I am just going to print them and put them in a simple dollar store plastic album.

I am so thankful for our first day, for our family being well enough to even have a schedule again. After our year last year (for those of you new readers-my husband fought cancer and WON, and I was extremely sick throughout my pregnancy with Ladybug all last school year), a schedule is such a blessing. I am also thankful for my husband bringing back our morning family prayer time. You can see that we have it on our schedule before our day begins. It was nice, we even started a family prayer journal together. God is so good, I am so blessed!


Tot School ~ At the Beach!

~Krash is currently 40 months old~

It was a beach week for Krash and boy did he ever have FUN!!!! Here’s a recap of his fun filled beach week!!!!

He loved finding a little sand digger and holding it…

Loved chasing the seagulls…

We went to an amusement park and his bravery amazed us all!!!!

He rode many big rides, actually everything he was tall enough for…

He enjoyed a nice Japanese dinner and practiced his chopstick skills…

He made a car at Ridemakerz

He never quite overcame his fear of going under ;)

He taught himself how to get into his float like this…

He loved Pop Pop throwing him around like a crazy man!!!!

Daddy tried to teach him to swim without his floaties…

This was his move of the week, the “strong man,” he did this for anyone he met, it was hilarious!

He made friends with EVERY doggy he saw, asking the owner, “sir (or mam) may I pet your doggy please?” Talk about some proud parents ;).
My little plumber ;) practiced drawing shapes and letters in the sand…Oh I could just eat this boy up, he made our week so much fun, he is incredible!!!!We start our official school year tomorrow!!!! Stay tuned for a fun filled Tot School report next week to see what Krash is doing!

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).

When you add your name(blog name) to MckLinky will you put your tot’s age (in months) after it, like this: 1+1+1=1 (36 mos)? I think this will help new readers a lot as they look for ideas for their specific aged tot!

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