Raising Rock Stars Preschool ~ Introduction & Unit 1


Raising Rock Stars Preschool

Preschool. Whoa. It seemed so far away and yet now here we are, our first official preschool post!

In my normal fashion, I had to reinvent the wheel so it would turn the exact way I desired it to for my little guy, so I have something brand spankin’ new to share with you…

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Yup, it’s a whole new preschool program for Krash {and for anyone else who wants to tag along}. I have spent months preparing it not only for Krash but also for you, as you will see from the website. The website itself will explain the many basics, which I will highlight here briefly. You can start here if you are interested in reading more about what it is, why I did it and so on. I also started a FAQ page here, which I began by answering some basic ?s I know I am sure to receive.

Why did I need to reinvent the wheel? In a nutshell, I had certain goals in mind for preschool in my home. I wanted something simple to pull out each week, while also being sure to expose the basics, with a strong Biblical foundation. I wanted our program focused not only on preschool skills but on Christian character values and God’s Word. I wanted music as a integral part, Christian music! I wanted to highlight Christian character qualities every single day, not just as a side note. I wanted our books to be focused on this idea rather than a general theme {like I had been doing}. I brought these together in the best way I knew how and this is what God brought out of my many thinking and brainstorming sessions!

Each week I will share the unit we are on, and also make the printables available for you, free of charge. I am also almost done with a members only section of my website which will offer interactive Power Point shows to go along with these units. I am not done with this part yet, so even though it talks about that on the site-the links are not available yet as I iron out some last minute details. I promise more to come on that soon!

We completed the first unit of our program about a month ago as I wanted a test-run before I worked on upcoming units. I ironed out kinks and added what I wanted. I am finally pleased with the format!

Unit 1…

This is the main board, which will be changed out for each unit. I needed something simple to mesh well with my teaching style as well as K’s learning style. I explain each component of the board in DETAIL here on the Sample Lesson Page, which is based on this particular unit. I am also working on getting some videos uploaded to show different parts in action, for you visual/auditory learners!

RRSP Board

Krash jumped right into preschool-mode and knocked my socks off with his pre-writing skills…image

He did well with his mini book, reading it to me every day. Some days he wanted me to be more involved, which was fine. He didn’t quite grasp the concept of his sight word {see} but that’s completely fine. He DID thoroughly enjoy reading on his own though and has since had a heightened interest in learning to read.image

He colored his verse… image

He cut most of the beginning sound cards out himself {again knocking my socks off}… image

He worked on a few L’s each day…image

He loved cutting his long verse out…image

and using TAPE by himself… image

We measured the verse next to him! image

I cut out the cut, color & glue craft and he colored it.image

We stuck it on together. image


Krash DID memorize the entire verse, which actually shocked me. I figured I was expecting too much, but apparently I had my expectations a tad too low.

After we finished our unit, put it all into our RRSP notebook {photos of this coming soon} and K enjoyed looking through it all together. It took us about 2 weeks to complete the unit, I imagine that will change from week to week depending on his attitude ;-) and our family schedule. I am going to be flexible with this.

In addition to RRSP, we will be using many preschool learning tools, including store bought toys and also printables. I hope to plan for a theme each week {like the types of themes we have been doing}, but who knows-I am not putting pressure on myself in that area. If we have a theme great, if not…oh well! I am making new preschool printables but mine are focused on concept rather than a theme so they can be used over and over again at any time {also reducing the need to print and laminate new items each week}. We will still do some theme printables, I am sure, but not as many as we had been doing.

Starting next week I will share about our preschool workboxes also, along with our RRSP unit!

If you find something wrong on any of the new preschool webpages, please let me know. I tried to proof everything one last time, but I just know I probably left something unlinked or spelled wrong! There were so many pages to create and I have been working on them for months!

More Preschool Links…

Be sure to visit Preschool Corner to see all of the other amazing home-preschool moms!

Tot School ~ The Grand Finale for Krash!

~Krash is currently 47.5 months old~

~Ladybug is currently 12.5 months old~

After years of being the Tot School STAR, the reason it all began in the first place, Krash will be retiring from his usual starring role in the Tot School posts and handing the role over to his little sister officially!  This is the last post for Krash as a Tot Schooler, he moves to Preschool Corner next week!

This was a transition week for us BIG time as we returned from vacation and I got myself ready for the official transition.  I didn’t do too much school-wise with either of my tots, but we had an awesome week together…that’s what really matters!

Learning Toys

We played Leapfrog Bingo several times this week, helping Krash work on game skills and his numbers.  He did really well!IMG_6283

My mom found this awesome number train puzzle at a consignment sale, we LOVE it! I always snag giant puzzles at thrift stores and used sales, the kids love them but I think they are way too much to buy new ;-).IMG_6291 copy

Krash had fun stringing beads this week too.  I tried really hard to get him to count with me, but he just wanted to string them ;-). IMG_6298 copy

Tiny Tot SchoolLadybug is still very fond of the whole in-and-out thing so I gave her two containers and some beads and she went at it for awhile. IMG_6306 copy

We also got out the bottle shakersIMG_6416 copy

I added in a metal mixing bowl, which actually freaked her out at first!  She warmed up to it soon, and had fun banging them in and out for a long time!IMG_6453 copy

Pac Man taught her how to spin, using his Uno Spin board…IMG_6440 copy

She is all over the place now!  She is finally completely mobile and into everything!  IMG_6424 copy


Life School

Krash inherited Pac Man’s old baseball glove and was super excited for Daddy to teach him baseball skills too ;-).IMG_6341 copy

Social skills in action…Krash enjoyed a play date with his good buddy Daniel!   They were fighting pirates for most of the afternoon.IMG_6531 copy 2



Moms Favorite

Krash LOVES how interactive and playful Ladybug has become and he is showering her with love often.  She doesn’t quite know what to make of all his energy but she adores him too {even if she looks totally annoyed}.IMG_6374 copy

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. This Weeks Tools

Raising Rock Stars ~ Daily Bible Reading

Family Bible Reading

I am taking a break from posting about our weekly family Bible time to share with you what we do each weekday morning.

Each morning {for many months now}, we sit together in our living room promptly at 8:30am.  We begin with Daddy reading from the Bible to us, and end with family prayer time.  Although it rarely takes more than 10-20 minutes, I am so thankful for this time together and that I have a husband leading us like this.  Yes it is wonderful, yes it is amazing, and yes it is difficult.  I must be honest and keep it real, sharing with you the difficulties of doing this, while also sharing the great rewards.

If you notice in the shot below, you will see a few things…

  1. K’s less-than-enthusiastic face
  2. the boys sitting on pillows beneath Daddy’s feet.


These things are part of what I want to share with you.  You see, keeping a daily Bible reading time with young children is HARD.  I think the enemy sets out to just destroy this time {or at least drive us parents whacko in the process}.  We have determined to not let the enemy win and remove this time, but oh it is tempting to just give up sometimes as it can be such a battle and often looks nothing like the dreamy picture I like to envision in my mind.

The pillows are there because of two highly distractible boys, especially in the morning, especially when being read to with no pictures to look at out of a big person book ;-).  After many weeks of naughty morning behavior I began daily afternoon training with the boys to train them how to behave during our family reading time.  During this training time, I had them sit on pillows {to give them a clearly defined space of their own}.  They must criss-cross their legs and keep their hands on their lap.  I set a visual timer {we have that exact one and I love it} for 5 minutes and they SIT.  Each time they move drastically or make a noise, I move the timer back one minute.  I made sure to do this right before lunch, snack, recess or some other thing they really wanted to ensure that the moving backward would be painful for them ;-).  Within a few days it worked and they were able to sit still MUCH better.

For training time, I also read to them from Proverbs for 5 minutes too.  We are still trying our best to remember to do this every day-I have yet to make this a concrete habit, although I am trying.  When we began, we did 5 minutes sitting silently and then 5 minutes paying attention to me even if they had no clue what I was reading ;-).  I also did lots of teaching and explaining to them about why this is all important.  I certainly didn’t just do the training!

Morning Bible reading time has improved greatly but is still a struggle sometimes.  Daddy does a good job of keeping the stories real for the boys, like he is doing here showing Krash how Moses lifted his arms up.  He was sharing the part about how they would begin losing the war when Moses put his arms down.


Even below, you can see that Pac Man was a little done with all of this arm raising stuff.


Me having the camera out on this morning certainly did not help any.  I did it so I could share with you here, but I will not be letting the camera distract this time again.

We know there will soon come a day when we all sit around the living room for morning devotion/prayer time and everyone is behaving, because they are older.  We will  remember these chaotic times with a smile-I am sure of it.  We are trying our best to enjoy the moments each and every day-even the imperfect ones.

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

Tot School ~ Easter

~Krash is currently 46.5 months old~

~Ladybug is currently 11.5 months old~

Better late than never!  I think this just might be the very first time I posted Tot School this late!  I was too busy celebrating yesterday and too busy cleaning up and hanging out with the kids in the sunshine today!  

Learning Toys

Krash asked to get out his Leapfrog magnet sets, and he wanted both of them! IMG_3554 copy

He used his big pointer finger to pound in his letters this time… IMG_3577 copy

Working on numbers with these feet puzzles {consignment sale find} IMG_3582 copy

He made an airplane using his bristle blocks! IMG_3690 copyHe did some lacingIMG_3743 copyWe played ABC & 123 Jingo for the first time!  He really enjoyed it and did great! IMG_3757 copyI made our box filled with ping pong balls this week and added in some tubes.  He had GREAT fun exploring with this! IMG_3584 copyWe added Erin’s awesome shapes to our daily calendar routine.  He chooses a shape of the day and walks around the schoolroom looking through his little shape window and finds something to match the shape!  I LOVE these things, so does he! IMG_3726 copy



We continue to explore our Easter theme, completing our last few activities focused on Easter.  He dot painted his He is Risen sheet…IMG_3557 copy

We put our numbers in order and then he practiced counting 1:1 several times with his big pointer. IMG_3567 copy

He made his butterfly cut and glue craftIMG_3574 copy IMG_3580 copy

He completed his Jelly Bean Prayer book, one day coloring at the big table with Pac, it was so cute!IMG_3687 copy

Post SubTitles ABC

H is for house!  We read Tumble Bumble, which he LOVED! IMG_3704 copy


Tiny Tot SchoolLadybug had tons of fun exploring STRING this week!  I cut longs strands of yarn and bunched it all together in a ball and gave it to her.  She was SO funny to watch as she pulled it all apart and worked to get it untangled! IMG_3590 copyShe also loved it when Pac Man dangled it in front of her…serious eye-hand coordination going on here! ;-)IMG_3864 copy 2

She still loves to read and we recently found this old book of Pac Man’s and she LOVES it!IMG_3816 copy

She is very into the Itty Bitty I Spy Bag too!IMG_3789 copyShe played with our Ikea cups a lot this week! IMG_3766 copy Pac Man built her a spinny thing with the bristle blocks and showed her how to spin it, she loved this!IMG_3849 copyShe is up on all 4s now!  She still mainly scoots on her belly, but she can get on all 4 and she can also sit herself up now!IMG_3833 copy


Life School

I saw a neat experiment in my Family Fun magazine, so we tried it!  Oil-water-food coloring and an Alka Seltzer Antacid tablet {except I missed the word “antacid” and used a cold Alka Seltzer, it sorta worked}. We got a few green bubbles to come up…IMG_3885 copyKrash enjoyed when I told him to shake as hard as he could! IMG_3903 copy


Moms Favorite

Um, yeah—melted my heart.  Krash is “showing” Ladybug how to play the Leapster. IMG_3671 copy


This Weeks Tools

He is Risen!!!!

Tot School will be posted tomorrow!

Here’s a few pics of my Easter Celebratin’ cuties…

Krash had his singing-at-church debut today.  He was a riot {as usual}.IMG_4027 copy

I was in 1 picture from the entire day {as usual}.IMG_4131 copy

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