Tot School ~ CHRISTmas Fun!

~Krash is currently 42.5 months old~
Learning Toys/Trays

It was a pretty normal week around our house, Krash had fun with a variety of toys! He did ALL of these shape puzzles, front and back of each! They are WAY too easy for him now, but he is still working on identifying certain shapes consistently.IMG_6709
He drew on his chalkboard, this was the first time I helped him trace a letter (v)…IMG_6775
He is finally able to stack his nesting blocks in size order with minimal help….IMG_6768
Always a favorite…the peg board set… IMG_6770
He saw these puzzles up on a shelf and asked to get them down, he proceeded to do all 4 puzzles, then asked me to read Wheels on the Bus when he did the bus puzzle! IMG_6673

Theme ~ CHRISTmas
We had fun reading Christmas books to go along with various printables from our Christmas Tot Pack. We read One Shining Star MANY times as we practiced courting the stockings 1-10…IMG_6663
He enjoyed reading Jesus, Me, and My Christmas Tree to himself first, and then had me read it to him before we sorted our trees into cups…IMG_6719 He liked making the little trees slide down the “mommy” trees into the cups…IMG_6722
I put magnets on the back of our ornament ABCs and he helped me put them in order on the dishwasher. He has since went back to them many times and is really getting good at pointing to the actual letter he is saying while singing the ABC song!IMG_6705I put our Veggie Tales Nativity on his shelf and he was so excited and has played with it almost every day! He has also LOVED our book, The Stable That Bob Built and talks about the play set while we read the book!IMG_6668

We got 2 letters in this week! We started with Uu for umbrella… IMG_6714IMG_6716IMG_6717
Vv was next, I snapped a photo of our table top pocket chart which I am now using to display everything I can find for our current letter. He always has fun just looking through the items. Sometimes we play with them, sometimes he’s not interested…I put them up just in case!IMG_6766
He is really enjoying the new dot-paint sheets I am giving him now, I got U and V from Making Learning Fun.IMG_6788 IMG_6792
He wasn’t so into the volcano painting, so I had to finish the middle for him! IMG_6794

iTouch Learning Fun
Krash continue to enjoy my iTouch, Preschool Adventure is another favorite of his. He specifically likes the matching part of this game. He rolls the top, middle and bottom of a character to get them all matched up. When they are correct the character will animate…he loves it! This app also has other preschool skills for your tot! Find this and our other favorite Tot apps here!
Preschool Adventure

Life {FUN} School
Krash learned how cold snow really is! He went out on the deck and wanted back inside within minutes, telling us the snow wasn’t “big enough”…meaning it had not accumulated!! He was NOT interested in being wet and cold without some white stuff to actually play in!IMG_6839
Thankfully I snapped quickly while he was taking it all in within those few minutes!IMG_6837IMG_6840

Mommy’s Favorite
No words are necessary. I am sure every mom out there will understand why this is my favorite shot of my 3 year old boy ;-).


Raising Rock Stars ~ CHRISTmas…Symbols of Christmas

We were all excited to begin a month of CHRISTmas fun for family Bible time each Sunday night! I have planned 3 different themes and am excited to spend this time with our family learning and growing together! This week our focus was on the symbols of Christmas to help the boys understand WHY we decorate the house and why we use certain things to decorate with. We began by reading this awesome book, My Merry Christmas: And the Real Reason for Christmas Joy which explores some of the symbols of Christmas in a very simple and cute way.IMG_6644

I made a few simple Tot games for Krash to add to his Christmas Tot Pack, and we explored 2 of them together! It was fun doing some of his Tot School all together as a family, he loved it! First we matched Christmas Symbols…IMG_6646

Then we sorted Christmas trees…IMG_6653

Finally we went to the table where we all worked on coloring a mini book about the symbols of Christmas (thanks to Valerie for the awesome resources I am using for the entire month!)IMG_6658
You can also see our Little People Nativity set, K insisted on bringing it to the table when we began talking about the baby in the symbols book! He also wanted to color the baby for his contribution to the event!

Resources used this week:

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


Christmas Lists are Starting…

I know I’m not the only one thinking about what we might get the kiddos for Christmas this year (or ask the grandparents to get), and actually I have gotten quite a few emails and comments asking what I would recommend for YOUR kiddos!

So, as a part of my new website, I created a page showcasing our very favorites. They are in no particular order, and not sorted by any certain category. I went through almost every Tot School photo I had, and many other photos to see what I KNOW are the very favorite items we own.

Here’s a link to the new page, What We Love!

I was picky about what I put on the page, trying to choose only the items that are played with repeatedly and usually by both of my boys. I also chose toys that stand the test of time (for the most part), and mostly open ended types of things that allow for tons of creative play. A few things shown are learning toys that we absolutely love and use all the time, many items are just fun toys!

Have fun browsing through our suggestions and leave me a comment of a toy you recommend for my children for Christmas as I start making lists for them! At the bottom of the webpage there is a link to our family wish list *store* where you can see the beginnings of potential Christmas lists!

If you have any questions about anything on the list, or anything that you know we own that didn’t make the list, feel free to ask!

I also get asked a lot how we have so many toys and school items…because this is all we ask for when birthdays and Christmas rolls around and we are blessed with family members who buy these types of things for our kids!

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Christmas Tot Book

The Christmas Tot Book is up and ready for you to share with your tot! I hope you all enjoy it, it was fun making it!  There are additions to the basic Tot Book that were added later.  You;ll find links to all of the free downloads on the same webpage here!Christmas Tot Book

Educational & Spiritual Gifts

We spent Christmas down south visiting our family. It was a fun filled week, and very busy for our family. We have safely arrived back home and I am looking forward to getting back into our routine! Our kids were blessed with some really cool stuff this year, I love it when our kids get cool gifts that can help them in both their spiritual and educational growth! I am posting a widget on my right sidebar (I can’t get it to post in my current post for some reason, oh well.) to share some of these neat things! I always love to see what other kids got for Christmas, especially things to use for homeschooling!

1st, our son who is 5 1/2 right now…
I LOVE the Sansa Shaker MP3 player, which I preloaded with 2G of Christian children’s music. It clips to his belt loop and has an external speaker so he can listen all the time! We are also really excited to put up the space explorer set (which we got at Costco for $29.99!) in his room, our next lapbook is all about space!

And our baby, who is 19 months…praise God for Melissa and Doug toys! The ABC stacking blocks were a HUGE hit with him! He got tons of cool wooden toys, as well as puzzles, and other fun things. I plan to keep most of them put up and use them during school time to keep him entertained with “new” things each day. I also don’t want to lose all of the wonderful pieces to the many wooden items! I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas!!!