Raising Rock Stars Preschool ~ Letter H

~ Krash is currently 4 years old ~

We had a short week due to my grandmother passing away {she suffered long with Alzheimer’s so we actually lost her long ago, I am thankful she is free in heaven with Jesus now!} I traveled to South Dakota for several days with my mom and Ladybug, so needless to say, school {and blogging} was put on the back burner. Here’s what I managed to capture before I left.

Rock starsThis is the main section of our preschool posts-focusing on what we do for our Raising Rock Stars Preschool Curriculum. I am not sharing photos of each part every week, just what I happen to catch! We do the entire unit even if I don’t show it here in the photos!

Our Letter this week was Hh, our verse: Honor your mother and your father. Exodus 20:12

Here’s our board for the week…IMG_7138

This week we used the pointer a lot, and Krash came up daily to point to various things I asked him to find. Here he is using the pointer to read the verse…IMG_7277-2

He did awesome cutting out each of his vocabulary cards… IMG_7182-2

He love the “Shape Parents” craft. He cut out all of the rectangles and I cut the rest. Then I put the glue on the paper and told him which shape to find. IMG_7453

Again, he was super proud of it!IMG_7473 You can find the entire set of printables for the Hh unit here on the RRSP Hh resource page.

in the box{A few things that were in his preschool workboxes for the week}

We read Very Hungry Caterpillar every day this week and enjoyed a few activities {all from my Tot Pack} with the book. I had hoped to do more, but with a spontaneous trip to my grandma’s funeral, I ran out of time. Here’s what we did do…

We used our size caterpillars to talk about how the caterpillar grew as he ate more and more! IMG_7479

We found the colored foods as we read the story one day, this is P helping K…IMG_7489

He also matched up our upper and lowercase letters one day…IMG_7501

He loved our new color puzzles, and completed them all in one day!IMG_7192

He also reminded me that we needed to get going again on our Crafty ABCs, Ii for iguana was next in line! {we do these completely separate from our RRSP stuff, so no-the letter does not match up}IMG_7891

game time

This week I chose Candyland {we happen to own the Dora version because when Pac was young he was obsessed with Dora-which we gladly poke fun with him about now!!!} IMG_7507

Skills we focused on while playing….

  • Color ID
  • 1:1 counting as K moved his Diego by himself for this game {just last week he needed tons of help}
  • Dealing with defeat-especially when you were almost the winner and then drew a candy cane and had to go all the way near the start!
  • Getting along with siblings. Again, the boys played alone by the 3rd day. This week I played on day 1 with K alone-to teach the rules. Day 2 was the 3 of us together and day 3 and 4-boys alone with me supervising. Pac is learning a lot about how to not be so competitive with someone 4 YEARS YOUNGER…a skill I am hoping he grasps sooner than later!

Life School

Krash celebrated his 4th birthday this past weekend {you can see his gifts here}, right after that I had to fly out of town for the funeral so most of his life school occurred with me gone while he stayed with Daddy and Baba {my dad}. I got home yesterday though and busted out the HUGE set of cookie cutters he got for his bday and we played all together for hours! Krash was very into making airplanes, despite my efforts to aim for letters and numbers ;-). We counted his many airplanes, he loved that!IMG_7883


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Preschool ~ Letter Tt ~ 10 Commandments

~ Krash is currently 4 years old ~

We kicked off our official preschool this past week {not counting the trial week we did so I could test my new curriculum}. Krash gave me a teeny bit of a hard time, I am guessing since we were just recently back from vacation and beginning something new again. He is a limit-tester…but I reminded him that I am indeed the boss – still.

You’ll notice some new labels for my preschool posts…a bit different from the old Tot School labels, new ones are explained in italics.

Rock starsThis will be the main section of our preschool posts-focusing on what we do for our Raising Rock Stars Preschool Curriculum.

Our Letter this week was Tt, our verse: Thou shall not steal…although we focused on the entire 10 commandments for our unit.

K did a good job tracing his straight lines…IMG_6547 copy

He cut out every single vocabulary card by himself! IMG_6550

He wasn’t to thrilled with coloring, but he did it.IMG_6568

This is our Letter Tt Playlist {songs are linked up on the Tt Resource webpage}, having my iPod made singing each day SOOO much easier {thankfully Daddy donated his iPod dock/speaker 😉 } IMG_6671

K used his popsicle stick prop while we sang our theme song…The Perfect 10IMG_6670

We used the book, Hand Commands throughout the week also, and merged the movements in with the song. Another favorite song this week was Trust in the Lord, from an old VBS cd we have {also linked on the Tt webpage}

He enjoyed cutting his big verse out, and we measured it against him and discussed that it was much shorter than he was, we also measured to see how many “verses” tall he was!IMG_6649

He LOVED this craft!!!! The dot paint was all his idea, he made 10 dots on the tablets, then he dot painted each number as we counted together… IMG_6687

I cut the numbers out while he cut the tablets out, then he glued each number on by himself…IMG_6707

He was SO pound of it!!!! IMG_6712 copy

We did our Power Point lesson every day. Some days he was VERY into it and others he seemed burdened ;-)…oh the ever changing moods of a preschooler.IMG_6565I added a video here showing the main board and also the power point lessons. I am still working on getting the Members Only section ready which is where the Power Point lessons will be, so I am sorry they aren’t available yet.

in the box

This will be where I share additional learning toys, games, printables, and more that are in our preschool workboxes for the week.

He has mastered his geo shape sorter, and can get them all in, and in order now…IMG_6591

We played Leapfrog Bingo one more time… IMG_6562 copy

He worked on his spelling boardsIMG_6564 copy

He did a few letter puzzles {from Ross last year}…IMG_6664 copy

He put some color word puzzles together {these are from Costco last year}IMG_6551

game time

I am starting something new with Krash…to help keep me accountable in an area I often ignore-yet know is so beneficial for him…GAMES! We have so many wonderful games that are both educational and FUN. I am hoping to choose one game per week to play each day. Just this week I have seen how valuable this time is, I hope I can stick with it {games aren’t my favorite thing}!

This week I chose The Ladybug Game, which we have had for months. He loved it and we played it at least once each day, sometimes more than once!

Skills we focused on while playing…

  • taking turns, and what was involved in your turn {choosing a card, moving spaces, etc.} IMG_6610
  • counting 1-6 and identifying #s 1-6 {the cards featured these numbers}
  • reading the word “go,” we really focused on this since lots of the cards said “Go Again” IMG_6608
  • dealing with defeat, and how to be a good loser
  • working together with his brother…by the 3rd day I let them play without me and they actually did rather well {I was a bit shocked} IMG_6720

Life School

HOT weather arrived and we busted out the pool and water guns!IMG_7036

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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!

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