Tot School ~ Letter Y

~ Ladybug is 43.5 Months Old ~Tot-School_thumb3_thumb_thumb_thumb


Y is for Yak! She loves digging through it her letter basket!Tot School Letter Y-4900

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Alphabet Soup set, ABC peg set, Magnetic Letters, Ladybug Alphabet Puzzle, and more!Tot School Letter Y-4933

See more about letter baskets here!

The printable items shown below are all available here on the Animal ABCs webpage. {files are released for free when they are posted on the Totally Tots blog for the ABC feature, letter Y is not free yet, but it will be}

Coloring yaks…Tot School Letter Y-4705

I have started sitting these 2 together most of the time, when I need to work with them both at the same time.  They enjoy watching each other!Tot School Letter Y-4709

Coloring shapes….Tot School Letter Y-4710

Cutting out her shapes so we can hide them!Tot School Letter Y-4711

She chose water color for her letter craft this week!Tot School Letter Y-4724

She always loves the letter books, and spends lots of time just looking at them! This one was super funny since it is about a yak who says yuk to foods she hasn’t even tried yet!  Ladybug is a very picky eater so she really liked this one!Tot School Letter Y-4704

Here she was sticker-ing her letter Y Dot Fun, see more dot fun ideas here! This set is included in the Animal ABC Bundle, or you can purchase the set as a stand alone set for $1.25 on Teacher’s Notebook.Tot School Letter Y-4929


Here’s my Pinterest boards that might be helpful, Yak Theme, and Y is for… 

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We are back to doing All About Reading Pre Level 1 once a week. I am not expecting mastery from Ladybug, just using this program as a way to expose her to the Big Five Skills.

She loved the letter Y page!!!

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Decorating for Christmas was a big hit with Ladybug!  She really got into it this year!  Pulling all of the Christmas books was definitely a highlight for her!Christmas Fun-4761

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The BEST, was the last event of decorating day.  We were all admiring the decorated house and tree and listening to Christmas music on pandora when suddenly the dancing began.  Daddy spun his girl around for several songs, with her giggling and begging for more.  It was one of those moments you know will be etched in your mind forever.Christmas Fun-4883


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Tot School ~ Letter Yy

~Ladybug is currently 31.5 months old~



Tot School Printables Y is for Yo Yo

Letter: Yy

Object: Yo-yo

Vocabulary Development Theme: Toys

You can find the printables for this unit here on the Tot School Printables webpage.

We are almost done, only letter Zz and our Tot School Printables units are complete!  Sadly, I only remembered to take photos of her Yy work on one day this past week!  She did a lot more, but this is all I have to show for it!



Letter Yy printables here!

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We had a low key Christmas week.  Compared to our intense Christmas fun last year, this week was mostly a bunch of nothing!  We had a few issues in ministry come up that needed our attention and we adjusted. The main issue occurred on Sunday night last week which is my main planning night and it just threw the whole week off.  Hopefully next week will be filled with Christmas learning fun all week long!

She LOVED the Story props for the book, One Baby Jesus.IMG_7802

Her Christmas Fun Notebook gets a multiple daily workout…IMG_7720


She matched cookiesIMG_7941

Craft time for Truth in the Tinsel is fun for her, she likes it most when it’s all done and she can hold it.  Here’s Mary…IMG_7732

Here she was helping make the cd ornament to represent Mary’s song…IMG_7820

tub of funOur Christmas Sensory Bin is a daily hit with Ladybug…

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Learning ToysShe loves PacMan’s Glow Station board,


we played for a long time together in the dark!  Here’s one of her faces…IMG_7778

Techy TotOur iPad is BACK from the repair shop!  I got a snazzy new case to protect it and we all love it so far.  Ladybug is loving our new Hair Salon Santa gameIMG_7743

She also enjoys the trial version of Space Boards.  These apps are so neat, but SO expensive, the boards in the free trial are enough for now!IMG_7816


Raising Rock Stars Preschool ~ Letter Yy

Raising Rock Stars Preschool Letter Y

Rock stars This 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 ~ Yy, our verse: You are my friends if you do whatever I command you. IMG_5940


Krash colors his verse, this is one of the first time he intentionally colored for a while with thought.  He used different colors and really tried to stay in the lines!IMG_5948

After he cuts out his vocabulary cards, we put them in his RRSP Notebook together.  He likes to use the pointer to find words I call out!  Sometimes we review past letters too!IMG_5944


Measuring his verse…IMG_6522


We used the gel tracing pack {included in the Grasshopper ABC kit} to practice before writing this week …IMG_6529


Making his Bible craft…IMG_6534


We brought out our foam ABCs to work on our sight word: you.  I also used our dry erase board.  After doing a bit of word work, we read the easy reader and he found the word on each page.  He is just on the edge of really grasping words, but not quite there yet.  He still looks at me like I am a bit nuts when I ask him “what word is that?”  😉  it’s pretty funny!IMG_6508






Krash loves the counting portion of the RRSP PowerPoint shows.  Learning to make each number with his hands is always fun for him! IMG_6478


The Power Point lessons are located in the Members Only section. You can see a video here showing a PowerPoint lesson. You can learn more about the Members Only section here. The entire printable unit {everything else you see pictured above} is available for FREE on the main RRSP page…

You can download the entire letter Yy unit here.

NEW for RRSP…lessons plans!  Included is our exact plan, with links to everything we used.  Page 2 is blank in case you don’t do exactly what we do! Yy Lesson PlanYou can download the PDF file on the Yy page!


in the box {A few things that were in his preschool workboxes for the week, not all activities are pictured}

He did one drawing an orange from his Kumon Drawing book this week. My favorite part of this activity is definitely his dictated stories!  I know I will love this collection of drawings and stories when it is complete!  I highly recommend doing this with your preschooler {going through this book or something similar and keeping them all together in 1 notebook}.IMG_5311


We worked with our Pom Pom Numbers again, but this time a bit differently.  I used them more for fine motor practice.  First he pulled off all of the dots, and put them on the tray.  Then I showed him a number and told him what color pom pom to “eat” with Mr. Crunch from our Grasshopper Preschool Prep Kit.  He LOVED this!!!!  After Mr. Crunch ate them, he “spit them out” onto the number and Krash used his fingers to place them on the velrco dots.



Yy’s on a Play Doh mat…    IMG_6493


We did a few fun letter of the week activities. Here he is doing the Y color-by-number!IMG_6526


We combined the Grasshopper ABC kit letter building Y card along with our foam shapes form the book, How to Build an A.  Krash made a Y…IMG_6538

We are continuing our ABC Crafts, here is his Y is for Yak…IMG_6047


My mom bought us this cute shape magnet book from Costco.  Krash enjoyed finding the correct shapes to put on the farm scenes as we read the book!



More Grasshopper Preschool Prep Kit work, making “split pea soup.”  He really enjoyed this {much more than I actually thought he would to be honest}.  He worked really hard to make tons of peas for his soup.  This is actually the first time he successfully rolled balls like this using dough.  He usually can only make snakes!IMG_6499


A bit of Kumon cutting….IMG_6045



star boxes This is where I share the 3 special open-ended toys that were in our Star Boxes for the week.

Our 3 STAR boxes for the week: Foam ABCs, Stacking Pegs, and Felt Food.  Believe it or not, I don’t have any Star Box time photos!  I do have a Felt Food giveaway for you though! 😉




game timeOur game this week was Qwirkle.  This is a game for older kids but we modified the rules and we all had tons of fun with it, this is a great game!  I was actually very surprised with how well Krash did, even when it got a bit tricky as we got going.IMG_5076 He also enjoyed just playing with the tiles…IMG_4889  See more of our favorite preschool games here.

Life School This is where I share games, toys, and life experiences that occur outside of our planned preschool time.

The boys asked to get out Perler beads one day and it kept them busy for a long time!IMG_6079

Of course there’s always a bit of playing with Ladybug’s Tot Trays ;-p, He was very interested in her magnetic dress up doll.  He turned her into a super hero, complete with shoes on her shoulders {I am sure they were probably guns of some sort knowing him}.IMG_6483



Moms fav While on our staff retreat we got to swim!!!  I adore this boy in his goggles!!!!!  IMG_6228





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~Krash is currently 44 months old~

Learning Toys

I only managed to snap one photo of the many learning toys Krash played with this past week! Here he is playing with his Brainy Baby 3 piece animal puzzles, yes sitting in the Bumbo…isn’t that where your 3 1/2 year old sits? IMG_9800



In honor of our winter theme, I put together a fun basket of “snow” for Krash to dig through and find all of the ABCs for his puzzle. {thanks Tot Play for the idea!}IMG_9785

My well-planned activity soon turned into a fun “snowball” fight. There was “snow” all over and stuck in the rug afterward…lovely.IMG_9792

We played a counting game, using a snowman board with 10 circles on it. He drew a card {same as we used last week}, then had to count out that many colored chips on the card {again thanks Tot Play for the idea}IMG_9806

A few non-action shots, both items from our Winter Tot Pack. The first is the Snowflakes in Shapes mini book, although I left the pages separate as I introduced it to K.IMG_0195This sheet is the blank page I provided with the snowman set. I am working with K on identifying lowercase letters so I wrote them on the blank grid and had him find them with his colored chips. You can see through those chips so it was cool, he can put it right on top of the letter and still see it. IMG_0192



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We are almost done! Yy is for yellow, and I made it very simple 😉 I found yellow smiley sticker and let him go at it. We then glued the Y to yellow paper!IMG_9897

He played with his various letter Y items in the basket, here he is matching the magnetic Y to our Alphabet poster (got ours at Dollar Tree, but here’s a neat set online)…IMG_9902

We haven’t been using Leapfrog Letter Factory as much, so I brought it back out for K this past week. Lil Ladybug sat in on it too ;-).IMG_9867


Tiny Tot SchoolLadybug is almost 9 1/2 months old now and is very interested in what we are doing. I have been intentionally sitting her in with us and giving her items to explore that she otherwise wouldn’t have. The main goal in exposing Ladybug at this young age is mostly to different textures, sounds, and other sensory experiences. Cause and effect is a big thing too, as she learns what happens when she does things.

She loved playing with the cotton balls…IMG_9786

I piled all of our bean bags on her lap just to see what she would do. She had fun for a long time, feeling them, throwing them around and yelling with them! IMG_9825

She wasn’t too fond of the abacus. I sat with her while she explored how it felt and it seemed to freak her out a little bit! IMG_9875

She loved the musical instruments and sat and explored these two for quite awhile! IMG_9882


Life School

A little “war”…IMG_9804A little Wii {teamwork at it’s finest-rock climbing on Outdoor Challenge} IMG_9889Some friendly competition… IMG_9894


Moms Favorite

Snuggling with Daddy watching Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs {a current FAVORITE around here}.IMG_0187


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