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!

 

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!

 

Summer Plans

As May comes to a close I am anticipating the summer months and wondering exactly what we will do for schooling. We have had such an OFF year and Pac Man has had tons of week long breaks during our many issues this year. Thankfully he was over 1/2 year ahead and is still about 25 lessons ahead (he technically should be entering 2nd grade in the fall and is on lesson 25 (out of 160) right now). Because of this, I never really worried about all of the time we took off from school this year.

We do plan to continue with school this summer, although we did not last summer. I don’t plan to do *real* school, but a very scaled down version. My thoughts are to have 3-6 Workboxes each day for Pac Man, mostly only 3 per day. I only plan to do this when we are home all day, if we are gone I am not going to worry about it. My hope is to complete at least through lesson 40 by the end of the summer.

For Krash, I do plan to continue to set up his trays each week, and change them out throughout the week. He needs the time with me and I need to be focused with him or his behavior will be off the wall. He is so high strung and needs that focused time with me each day.

I did start something new with Pac this week. If he can finish his boxes before K wakes up from his nap, I will spend the rest of nap time playing games with him. That way I can be sure to spend focused time with him each day, AND it motivates him to complete his work in a timely fashion (something he really struggles with).

I also plan to get our Summer Challenge going again, if you weren’t reading with me last year, you can read about it here. I plan to alter it a bit, but stick with the general concept, as it worked really well last summer.

What are your summer plans as far as Tot School and homeschooling your older kids?

Cursive?

OK, so I knew it was coming but it has caught me off guard a bit. I have known from the beginning that Calvert introduces cursive (Calvert Script they call it) in 1st grade, but now that we’re here it is a bit emotional! My emotions didn’t really get to me until this was the assignment… He wrote his first word in cursive and did a GREAT job!! He is such a big boy :) I am so proud of him as handwriting has not been something that came easy for him. He has really worked hard at it. Seeing him write in cursive just makes me feel old. I guess it’s because back in the day I didn’t learn it until 3rd grade I think?

2nd Day…

Here’s how we feel about our 2nd day… Yes, we’re all smiling!!! It was one of those *hope for the best* days and it was the best! Literally NO whining, complaining, sighing or anything…Praise God!!!