Raising Rocks Stars KINDERGARTEN ~ Introduction and Details

Raising Rock Stars Kindergarten

I had no plans of expanding Raising Rock Stars Preschool {RRSP}, but really didn’t want Krash to be done with the program.  I prayed about expanding it for his Kindergarten needs, and came up with a few sample activities many months ago.  It sat on my computer and I didn’t feel led to dive into development until recently and now I am so excited to announce that Raising Rock Stars KINDERGARTEN is a reality!

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This post will share details about each activity included in the sets and how I recommend using them.  This post is also linked up on the main sheet of each printable unit so you can easily refer back to it!

The idea behind RRSK is not to be a complete Kindergarten program, it is to be able to pull in the Bible verses again with the option of adding in a few Kindergarten level activities.  We use a full Kindergarten program-Calvert and also use You Can Read, as well as many themes {using Preschool Packs and Kindergarten Printables}.

For Krash I wanted to bring back the Bible verses, and for other families I thought this would offer a nice way to group older and younger children together. You can easily use a combo of RRSP and RRSK with multiple children of different ages.  Your Kindergartener can even repeat activities s/he enjoyed from the RRSP units too. Some of you who are using RRSP currently may find that your preschooler would enjoy some of these additional activities also!

There is no set of rules on how to use these units-just do what works for your family and your child!Below I will share the printables and what I was thinking when they were created, but know that you could use many of them in a variety of ways!

We are going to do the units in ABC order {since learning to write the letters is not a factor as it is in RRSP, which is why they are presented out of order} just for simplicity, but you could do these in any order and even match the letter to what your preschooler is doing if you are trying to unit kiddos.

Each unit will have the same intro sheet with links to the main page and other helpful posts {this post being one of them}, including troubleshooting tips for PDF files..


The 2nd sheet will be specific to the letter, providing a direct link to RRSP printables that I recommend pulling in as supplements.



We are personally pulling in the following RRSP printables each week {this may change}…

Aa Bible verse  Aa application  Aa song  Aa easy reader


I am also in the process of creating a set of printables with the Bible verses set to familiar tunes.

RRSP Verse TunesThese are in the bundle as one file or available as a single download on the letter page for RRSP.  For example the printable for verse tune Aa is located here on the Letter Aa RRSP webpage.


The specific RRSK printables…

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Trace the Verse…Have your child work on saying the verse while tracing it, use the dry erase activity center, or slip it in a sheet protector if you want to.  If you want a keepsake then have your child trace directly on the page!

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Cut and Glue the Verse…there are a few options of how you could use this based on your child.  Personally I will be precutting the words of the solid set on the right and having Krash glue the words on to the traceable set to start with.  We will work towards using the blanks page to glue onto as he develops more.  Cutting sometimes frustrates him now so I don’t plan to make him cut.  He also would not enjoy tracing the words again so I won’t make him do that, but I know some kids would so I included both!  DO what works for your child!

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What Beings With __?…this is a simple page provided as a way for you and your child to think of 4 words that start with that letter.  You can write the words, draw the words, cut them out of magazines…whatever your child would enjoy! It is also a good visual introduction to webs and graphic organizers which will be presented in later years of schooling.


Sight Word Practice…each RRSP unit has a sight word taken from the Bible verse itself.  This page is a simple way to emphasize the word.  You could use the top word for coloring, painting, or even glittering if you are brave!  The bottom word is for tracing as is the word in trace font within the verse.  You can leave this page whole or cut it apart to work with separately.


*remember each sight word from RRSP has a color by # printable here!

Vocabulary Development…I chose 2 words from the verse to work with.  One will always be the sight word and one will be a vocabulary word.  The idea is to help you child understand what a sentence is and also develop vocabulary.  Modeling neat handwriting and proper spacing is also a part of this activity as your child watches you write what s/he has said.Slide9

Sign Language… Each page will have a portion at the top that you could cut off and laminate to make a set of flashcards.  The bottom is a simple circle the correct sign activity for reinforcement.Slide10

Listening and Following Directions…One of the things young children can struggle with {Krash does a lot} is listening and following specific instructions.  This activity is to work on that.  Read the numbers with directions 1 at a time and try not to give your child any hints.  If s/he is confused, at this age it is most likely due to not listening to the directions! {of course unless there is a special need present}  This activity encourages listening skills and also reviews shapes and colors!Slide11

Math Fun…The math portion of RRSK will change each week.  I took 26 Kindergarten math skills and each week will emphasize a new one!  For your child it may be a review, or it may be an introduction.  If it is an unknown skill, your child can watch as you model the answers!Slide12

Phonics Fun…each week there will be an activity like this, using the images from the RRSP Vocabulary cards.


Story Dictating…Telling stories is such a fun part of Kindergarten and something I often forget to emphasize.  This is why I included this activity.  Have your child dictate a story to you about the image.  You model good writing as you write his/her words down.

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RRSK units A-P are available for FREE here so you can get a good feel if this is something your family could use.  If it is, you can see purchase options for the bundle here!

Kindergarten Printables ~ Pirate Math

I had to open up a new area on my webpage for additional printable sets I am creating…Kindergarten Printables!  I wanted a place where I could host specific printables I am making for Krash and the skills he is working on this year.  Many of these skills are actually included in various Preschool Packs and will be in the future even more. 

Each pack will be different, and address different skills introduced at the Kindergarten level. I am making an intro page like this one to let you know which skills are included in the set…


You will see these in action soon on my blog, but for now here is a sneak peek at the first set of skills I focused on.  I made his first set based around his first theme of this new school year ~ PIRATES!

Using a number line…

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Listening & following direction {while reviewing shapes and colors}…

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Greater than and less than, using the alligator mouth as a visual aid.Slide6

Naming coins…Slide7


I hope many of you can use these new Free Kindergarten Printables and I hope to have more soon!  They are available to download for free!

Kindergarten with Krash ~ Camping Theme


We have spent the remainder of our summer learning through our fun camping theme, which Krash has loved!  He is way ahead with his official school, so I have backed off and set a lesson and start date…just doing fun stuff until we get to Sept 12.

We used the following resources all week long…

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He made words using Jolanthe’s awesome Read! Build! Write! printables.  We have magnetic letters from this kit and he used those to build on our cookie sheet. I keep our tiles on our magnetic hanging chalk board.IMG_1085


The dry erase activity center was used the entire week!  Here he is finding the different object…IMG_1041

Circling the beginning sound…IMG_1094

Matching rhyming words…IMG_1098

They loved the graphing game from 2 Teaching Mommies!  They played a few different times!IMG_1100

He wasn’t a huge fan of getting his hands dirty with our campfire craft, but he did it!IMG_1030

He preferred the pretend play with the finished products!

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Although we haven’t started school officially he has completed his online assessments.  We get free access to the Let’s Go Learn site which includes the DORA and DOMA tests.  Through our cyber school he takes these a few times a year and we get detailed reports back.  IMG_1047

He has played a lot with our new magnetic ring toyIMG_1273


Living up to his nickname Krash.  Poor guy, PacMan thought it would be fun to sling him off of the back of the Plasma Car!IMG_1158


He too enjoyed our camping trip, along with Ladybug.  He has different interests though.  He preferred anything involving movement or hands-on with an animal! Biking and scootering were his definite favorite activities! Thank you Strider Bike-he learned to ride a real bike at age 4 in less than 10 minutes!

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He loved looking at and touching the fish too…

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He obviously did NOT enjoy actually fishing.  Way too much quiet for him.IMG_2030

The frog was the highlight of his trip.  He played with this guy for quite awhile {poor froggy}.IMG_2250

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Woops. {the frog was not harmed.  Scared-probably, but harmed-no.}IMG_2265


A few items we used…


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Kindergarten with Krash


It has been a very eventful summer for us and although Krash has been doing tons of school stuff in his free time, I haven’t gathered it together for a blog post!   He is HIGHLY motivated by the summer challenge and has earned over 80 points! Here he is showing off one of his prizes {Kung Zhu from Target clearance aisle, pets were only $2.50!}IMG_7871

Another fun prize the boys worked together to earn was the Angry Birds game, which is awesome!!!IMG_0066


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We have been working with unit 6 from You Can Read  lately.  I haven’t taken many photos of him at work because he has been flying through his work faster than ever. Here’s a glimpse into the You Can Read work he has done recently…


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Finding words in sentences using our dry erase activity centerIMG_8118

Cutting and gluing words…IMG_9990

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We used our Education Cubes to play with our words.  First I had him take his word cards {laminated and cut versions of his Color by # Sight Words} and lay them around the school room floor.  He also chose a friend to help him.  I rolled the cube for him {or he did if he wanted to}…IMG_0852

He had to read the word and then run to find it as fast as he could.After the turtle found the word, he gave the word to me.  We kept going until all review words were found!


Check out more wonderful Word Play ideas here!


Random Summer Learning Fun …

We have enjoyed our themes this summer, although haven’t done nearly as much as I had hoped to do! I was amazed with how much Krash enjoyed learning the facts from the 4th of July Calendar Connections cards! He also really enjoyed playing the graphing game from the Independence Day Printables set.

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Visiting the actual Liberty Bell was MUCH more exciting for him since he “knew” what it was!!IMG_0114


We had fun with our bug theme, the highlight being the butterfly book the boys worked on TOGETHER! I love how it turned out and the effort they put into it. Yes, I admit they did earn points for the summer challenge-2 a piece, but it was worth it to see the end result!IMG_0062


Lately we have been exploring ponds and having our “updoors” neighbors over a ton. Our living situation is a long story but here’s the basics…my parents own an apartment above the schoolroom and our friends and ministry partners live in it. They are currently caring for 5 nieces and nephews due to major illness in the family. They are a young couple and only married less than 2 years. We have opened up our home to them so they can have more space. A tiny 2 bedroom apartment isn’t exactly perfect for 5 rambunctious children!! Our kids LOVE this arrangement and it has actually been fun having a few more “students” sometimes!

Here’s Krash with L, who I teamed up with him one day to work on his frog life cycle craft.IMG_0756

One day we did a group drawing lesson and all learned to draw a frog…

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Krash particularly likes all of the stuffed friends we add to the schoolroom for any theme we do. They always join him to work. Here he was working on the rhyming words and what’s the difference from the Pond Life Preschool Pack.IMG_0848


He has done tons of outside playing, and yes he got another haircut in the midst of the summer, I love it!

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He learns gobs of social skills when we have his younger friend J over. J is even feistier than Krash and this is a wonderful learning experience for both of them!

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Lots of indoor playing too, on the way too hot days. Building with Guidecraft City Blocks is always a favorite…IMG_6430 

He is also really enjoying our new felt sets from Betty Lukens!IMG_9987


A few items we used…


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Visit Teach Me To Read Thursdays to see more great ideas!

Read and Write the Room {House}

Read and Write the Room Printables

Back when I taught Kindergarten we always had a writing center and a part of that center was the Read & Write the Room activity. I did this with PacMan when he was in Kindergarten and it is now time to begin with Krash! I am working on adding printable sets to go with our different themes, some will be included in new Preschool Packs, others will be grouped in with the Tot School Printables themes since I often base our whole theme for school around Ladybug’s current theme.

The idea is simple and one that can be expanded on in many creative ways-this is just one way to do it.

  • Print the image/word cards and cut apart.
  • Tape these around the schoolroom or school area in your home.
  • Give your child a clipboard, and a pencil and have him/her go around and find the words and record them on either the tracing sheet (younger kids) or on the blank lines (older kids).
  • For fun, allow your child to use funny glasses, a fun word pointer, and a special pen or pencil! You could even slip the recording sheet into the Crayola Dry Erase Center and have your child use that to write on with a dry erase marker!

This past week Krash had his first experience. I made cards to go along with Ladybug’s theme: nature. I hung the 10 cards all over the school room…




I gave Krash a clipboard and his recording sheet and sent him on the hunt.


The goal of Read and Write the Room is to reinforce print awareness. It is not for spelling practice {although it could be for older children}. It is a way to connect pictures with words and practice handwriting in a fun way.

You could expand on this idea to hang up sight words and have your child hunt for them, use just letters or any theme. There are MANY possibilities to this idea!!

You can find word cards to download for free in the Tot School Printables units starting with letter Jj.

You can also see the new Read & Write the Room webpage here for even more free printables!