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.


This is our current set-up {links to everything on the webpage}…IMG_9460


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

Raising Rock Stars ~ Jonah


We continue to read the Bible daily to the kids each morning and have recently been reading the book of Jonah. We weren’t completely done with the story from the NIV Bible so Daddy read that first, and then read a children’s book about Jonah.IMG_3394

While Daddy was reading from the NIV, here’s a peek at the youngest 2 {who have a really hard time paying attention to the actual Bible-for obvious reasons}…

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~Side note – right after that photo was taken my Canon 40D locked up and is now off in the mail being sent to a repair shop. I was SO bummed and praying just to get through the Bible time so I could figure out how to handle my camera being broken. How Godly is that? I am human and I honestly had such a hard time focusing on not wanting to run to my computer to look up the error code and figure my camera out. But, I grabbed the point and shoot and did my best to focus on what really mattered ;-). Then I learned that my camera had to be sent in, so you’ll be seeing much more of my spectacular point and shoot photography skills here for awhile!

After reading, we went to the table where I had some things for us to do. Ladybug and Krash colored a page I made for them and Pac Man did a crossword puzzle. I can’t say it was the best night, but we spent it together and that counts for a lot!


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Of course we had to watch Jonah


Resources used this week:

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

Something Special ~ Turkey Songs


Turkey Songs

For our weekly music time, we sing many of the same songs each week {which you can find here}, and I am also adding in some special seasonal songs. This week I chose a few TURKEY SONGS from my former Kindergarten teaching days. The kids liked them, and especially enjoyed the colored feathers to put on the nekkid turkey ;-).

Here’s an Instagram video of my daughter singing the song!



Also, I used a craft this week that was one of those package deals from the craft store.  You know the type, the ones that are supposed to be easy-peasy, but rarely are. These fancy little turkeys drove me nuts.  Yes, they turned out cute, but good grief, they were annoying to make.IMG_3136_thumb[1]


Visit the Fall Fun webpage to see the downloads for the Turkey Songs and more!

See more…

Looking for more Thanksgiving fun?  Follow our Thanksgiving Pinterest Board here!Thanksgiving Theme Pinterest Board

Thanksgiving Preschool Pack

Thanksgiving Preschool Pack

We haven’t even printed our Thanksgiving Preschool Pack, but since it is time-sensitive, I wanted to share it ASAP!  Below is a sampling of what is included, you can print it all or just pick and choose the things your tot, preschooler, or even Kindergartner would like!  I hope you enjoy and as always-please let me know if you find any typos!

 Thanksgiving Preschool Pack Play Doh Mat

Thanksgiving Preschool Pack Color by numberThanksgiving Preschool Pack ColoringThanksgiving Preschool Pack Sorting

Thanksgiving Preschool Pack T TracingThanksgiving Preschool Pack TracingThanksgiving Preschool Pack numbers

Again, I photographed our Thanksgiving toys and used those images for a majority of the printables.  I got asked last time by a few people how I do this and as much as I would love to explain-it isn’t an entirely easy thing.  I know how to do these sorts of Photoshop/photography things from back in my days as a pro photographer!  I am sure there are fabulous tutorials online somewhere, I just don’t have the time to write them!

You can download the entire Thanksgiving Preschool Pack here!

See even more Thanksgiving ideas here on my Thanksgiving Theme Pinterest Board!

Christmas Ideas ~ Tots



See our more recent version of Christmas Gift Ideas for Tots here!

Gift Ideas..all I get asked a lot about gift ideas, so I thought it might be helpful to throw a few out there with some of my thoughts on a few of them. We personally own everything I recommend, and I will never recommend something we don’t love! I will also link to any reviews we have done or Play with Me posts where we have featured the item on Totally Tots.

I am also a believer in LESS is MORE, so although I recommend things, please know that things don’t make us happy…they are just a small addition to an already full life in Christ. I don’t in any way believe that Christmas is about stuff. I realize gifts are a natural part {especially from grandparents!}, and I love getting recommendations also, which is why I share with you! I may add to the list as I think of other ideas, so be sure to check back!

This is my list of ideas for tots, which is actually a wide range, gearing towards ages 1-3. I will link to everything where I find the best online price {most of the time it is Amazon}. Most links are affiliate links, some are not {if I am not affiliated with the particular company}. If you purchase anything through an affiliate link, you give back a percentage to our family…thanks!

Gift Ideas..


  • Baby Bible ~ This is the best Bible we have for the really young tots with a short attention span!


Books {just a few of our favorites}




Songs for Saplings (2)


  • Signing Time ~ We have #1 {pictured below} and are hoping for more! Ladybug signs so much more than Krash did and I think it is from this great DVD!
  • Praise Baby ~ even my boys still enjoy these, the praise music is simply beautiful and timeless.
  • Laurie Berkner ~ We LOVE this DVD, all of us!!!!

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Learning Toys

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In case you are visual like I am {all images are linked to Amazon}…

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Little Bits ~ My mom makes these with ALL of the profits coming directly into our missionary account! You can see premade items here on the blog {which are ready to ship immediately}, or custom order your own special Bit through the website. {yes, that is Krash on the home page of the website!!!}120x90 LB image

Ladybug’s current favorites are her blankees {all premades here, custom here}, pillow, color squares, and her ball {premade here, custom here}. As a mom I love her lap bibs ~ they are perfect for messy tots!




Craft/Art Supplies

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The BIG Gift


I will be adding to this list if anything else pops into my mind. I am also working on lists for preschool, boys {similar to Pac Man} and moms! Throughout the season I will keep the buttons over near the top of the sidebar so you can refer back to these posts easily. I hope these lists help you as you purchase gifts for your own children or other children you love!


Looking for gift ideas for kids a bit older, check out Gift Ideas for Preschoolers

Gift Ideas...preschoolers

I also have more gift ideas on my “What We Love” page on my website.