Archives for April 2010

ABC-abc…Can you find the baby letter?

As I mentioned in my RRSP intro post, I have begun making Preschool Printable tools for Krash.  I am making these theme-less, so they can be used over and over again to work on a certain concept. I started with a set I had been wanting to make for awhile…

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Krash demonstrates the procedure for you…



Identify the “Mommy letter” and find the “baby letter”  ;-).


You can download these here on our Preschool Printables webpage!

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!

Letter of the Week Preschool Curriculum


If you’d love to have Erica’s {Confessions of a Homeschooler} great preschool curriculum all in one download or on cd, head on over to my giveaway blog to enter to win!

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

Happy Birthday Pac Man!

My biggest baby turned 8 today, which is dangerously close to being a teenager. Could someone please beat him with an ugly stick soon, the girls already love him and I am not too thrilled with that.

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I always wonder what other kids the same age get for their birthdays so I thought I would share in case any of you are like me ;-).

I will also note which things he asked for and which were “surprises” 😉

These are all of the gifts combined from us and others {so far}.

This is what he asked for…

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Paperoni …I really tried to talk him out of this one, but he really wanted it.image

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Hungry, Hungry Hippos {I always wanted this game as a kid} image

This is what he got that we surprised him with…

Guess Who? Extraimage

Fireball YoYoimage

Baseball Glove and 2 baseballs {from his Daddy}IMG_6317 copy

…and to top that all of, he got his big present last week while we were on the cruise, he got to swim with DOLPHINS!!!!

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Happy Birthday Pac Man!