Raising Rocks Stars ~ CHRISTmas…Nativity Story


We read the Christmas story from The Anytime Bible, which continues to be one of our favorite Children’s Bibles (my full review is here).  We also used our Fisher Price Nativity to highlight the characters in the story.   IMG_7428It was a good idea in theory, although K was out of sorts this night and all he really cared to do was make the stable sing “du-du-du-du-du” (when you push the top it sings Away in a Manger and he loves it).  It took some real effort to get through the entire story (from the angel to the wise men).


We were blessed to have guests with us for our family time, “Kiki” is our college “daughter” (she lived with us for over 2 years while she was in high school), and a good friend J.  They helped us color our Happy Birthday Jesus coloring book…IMG_7433

Krash also worked on his puzzle from our Christmas Tot PackIMG_7437

He also dot-painted the Happy Birthday Jesus sheet (which he was extremely disturbed about since I created the circles a bit too big for the dot paint)…note to self-make sure the circles are exact to avoid trouble from this particular little guy.  IMG_7440

We also talked about getting a gift for Jesus for HIS birthday.  We talked about what He wants most from us, discussing love and service to others mainly.  We selected an item to give to Jesus from the World Vision Gift Catalog.  We let Pac Man select and he chose a fishing kit and 2 chickens.  We discussed how these gifts would help someone else and why Jesus would want this for Christmas.IMG_7438


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!


Tot School ~ Christmas Break Style

~Krash is currently 43 months old~

Learning Toys/Trays

Get ready to be impressed with our amazing Tot School adventures. All completely well thought out and planned by yours truly…or NOT. Just happened to have the camera sitting around to capture some of K’s Tot School-ish moments that he created on his own just playing in the schoolroom! We haven’t followed ay sort of schedule (see this post if you missed it), and have been winging it and having a bit of fun and a bit of stress ;-).

He cut shapes a lot!IMG_6991

He played with his musical instruments a LOT… IMG_7161

He finally decided he likes drawing on our big wall dry erase board. This is a chomper beetle and K’s fingers are his chompers going around the board eating other bugs. IMG_7183


Theme ~ CHRISTmas

We did do some Christmas Tot School, along with many crafts for Christmas gifts. Here’s a few of the fun things Krash worked with this past week. He made a Christmas sticker scene (got these from OT, although I can’t find them online now)… IMG_6984

He worked with positional words using our Where’s the Present mini bookIMG_7152

He matched up A-E using his upper/lower case candy cane letters.IMG_7156

He did it but did not enjoy it as much as he loves marching around his giant J singing ABCs…IMG_7159


Life School

We caught our own pet!


Now before you go lecturing me about how you can’t keep wild mice as pets, don’t worry, she has already left us. But for a few fun days we had a pet mouse who was oh-so-cute. Those are words I never thought I would ever say.

Pac saw Miss Mouse running around the school room the other day. Daddy bravely caught her in a jar. Instead of disposing of her right then and there he made the mistake of taking a peek at her. He thought she was cute. Then he made the bigger mistake of showing her to me, and I thought she was cute. Of course that led to the boys begging to keep her.

Daddy drug the old lizard cage out of the basement and they set up house for her. We gave her some bread and cheese, watched her drink out of her water dish and bury herself in the construction paper bedding the boys prepared for her. Karsh loved watching the little mouse do her thing for a few days.

Then, her final moments came. She got cold in the schoolroom the other night and she kicked the bucket on her own. Probably for the best since she was scheduled for a little tour of the toilet soon anyhow.

She was fun while she lasted, although I don’t think I will be hoping to find a new pet mouse anytime soon.


Tiny Tot school

Hard to believe in just 4 months this little cutie will be the Tot School TOT in our house! She has begun to hang out with us more and enjoys sitting in her Bumbo and exploring different things we have. She really enjoyed exploring the stacking cups for a long time this past week. She is almost 8 months old now, where has the time gone?IMG_6981


Mommy’s Favorite

Could you just eat him up?

Yeah, me too. Oh how I love my crazy Krash. IMG_7357

Raising Rock Stars ~ CHRISTmas…Candy Canes


We based our entire family night on Candy Canes! We began by reading the book, J Is for Jesus, which teaches about the symbolism of the candy cane.IMG_6926

After Daddy read the book, I had small pipe cleaner candy canes for the boys. If they could recall something the book said about the candy cane, they got to add a candy cane to our tree. Of course this was WAY over Krash’s ability level, so Daddy whispered the answers to him…IMG_6930

…and he excitedly hung up his candy canes! IMG_6937

Afterward I had one of the items I had made for the Christmas Tot Pack, Candy Cane ABCs. We put them in order all together, in the shape of a candy cane (J is for Jesus) on the floor. Krash led us all in running around them while singing our ABCs! ~the ABCs are meant to be cut apart for matching upper/lower case, but we just didn’t cut them yet!IMG_6943

Then it was to the table to color our book about the symbolism of the Candy cane. IMG_6948

Krash was SUPER proud of the page he colored and told me to make sure I saw the ABCs he colored. IMG_6956

Finally, we made a patterned candy cane, Pac glued the green, Krash the white-it was a good lesson in turn-taking!IMG_6951

We hung it up as a J is for Jesus!IMG_6961


We then told the boys it was time for bed, Pac even went up to get his jammies on. When he came back down to give us a kiss, we surprised the boys with a special present! In the box were 2 candy canes, 2 candy cane flavored Hershey Kisses and a new Curious George Christmas movie! We let them stay up late and each eat their mini candy canes and Kisses while we all watched George together. When Pac hugged me goodnight, he kept telling me thank you and that it was one of the best nights ever! It was a really fun family night (although Ladybug was missing since she went to bed early). I am SO thankful for these family times together!



The boys also have a Christmas verse for the next couple of weeks!

Christmas Luke 2
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!


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 ;-).