Raising Rock Stars Preschool ~ Review

~ Melody is 4 years old!!! ~
~ Emily is 20 months and 3 week old ~

preschool cornerTot School

Below are only some of the things we do for school. I’m not able to capture too many photos when we’re out and about since I only have so many hands. Don’t know how you moms with more kids than arms do it! The main program we’re following is Raising Rock Stars with Carisa at 1+1+1=1. Using that format to teach the letters, I use Erica at Confessions of a Homeschooler‘s Letter of the Week curriculum. Melody also loves workbooks, so we end up doing a lot of that too. You can read more about how MELODY’S ADVENTURES all started.

Our weekly review of school will now be at the end of the post.

ROCKSTARS/TOT’S LETTER OF THE WEEK

Okay, so I really need a new camera because I don’t like hubby’s big camera. =\

We did a review this week because there are a lot of verses to remember now, but she still remembers them all…except for the references.

CRAFTS

Chinese Drum | Winter Igloo | R is for Rooster | Prodigal Son story at MOPS

LIFE

It was Melody’s birthday on Wednesday, so we have been doing somethings to celebrate with her.

  • Sunday – We had her birthday dinner with our families.
  • Tuesday – We got Rigatoni’s pasta take out because it is one of her favorites (and a MOPS fundraiser that night).
  • Wednesday – We went to the library for the Lunar New Year show – The Red Panda Acrobats. (see photos below) The guy found out it was Melody’s birthday and had us stay after the show to make a flower balloon for her, and Emily got a “kissing birds” balloon.

Not sure what we are doing today, but tomorrow we’re taking a trip up to Sacramento for our friends’ baby’s red egg and ginger party, so that will also be a treat for the girls. Sometime this month we will also be getting her library card (it was supposed to be the past Saturday, but that’s a long story), and we will be going to the Ice Creamery for our usual free birthday sundae for her (it’s a huge sundae, so that makes it a family affair. =p

We stayed home this year for her birthday instead of going out. Melody was so excited that she didn’t nap and was so tired that night. The next morning she said, “It was the best birthday ever.”

Last week at storytime, all the kids sang Happy Birthday to Melody, and the library gave her 2 books.

SISTERS

We told everyone that there was no need for gifts for Melody’s birthday because we got a TON of stuff for Christmas that she hasn’t even really started playing with yet. She did get some stuff, and my MIL made some playdough for her. The girls have been playing with it every single day. Notice that they both take a different approach to playing with it. =p

TOT

Lacing Beads – I got this idea from Carisa at 1+1+1=1 when she had her little one use a stick because it was easier than the string. The girls’ wands were the only thing I could find, but it would probably work better with a skinnier stick.

Book: Banana! by Ed Vere
DVD: Hello Kitty Goes to the Movies

Click on links for more:
~Raising Rock Stars Preschool at 1+1+1=1 with Carisa
~Preschool Corner at Homeschool Creations with Jolante
~Tot School at 1+1+1=1 with Carisa
~Letter of the Week Curriculum at Confessions of a Homeschooler with Erica

MY RAMBLING

A lot went on this week, and it feels like we took another semi-break from school again. Lots of learning happened though. We have been talking more about preschool options for Melody and have an appointment for a tour of one we like (which only has 3 spots open and people line up at 5:30am!) Another huge development over here is “potty training” for Emily. You can read more about that over on our family blog: Stories from Pottyville.

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5 Responses to Raising Rock Stars Preschool ~ Review

  1. Caterina says:

    Hi! Came across your blog as a link on 1+1+1=1. We are doing RRSP as well. I came across it in October so we are not as far along as Melody. The reason I am reaching out to you is because our children are around the same age. My son will be four on April 3rd. By the way Happy Birthday Melody! I was just wondering what materials do you provide for her as more of a challenge. My son has begun writing his name and also has begun reading. I see that you mention that she loves workbooks. Which do you like best? My son will begin preschool in September. I really wanted to send him to a program this past year but just wasn’t feasible at this time for our family. As a former classroom teacher I took it upon myself to prepare him as much as possible and in my search for materials found so many wonderful teaching mommies. Well you are doing a great job and I enjoy reading your blog for ideas and inspiration. Thanks so much.
    (Sorry for the long comment.)

    • joyceandnorm says:

      Caterina, Thanks for stopping by and commenting! No worries about the long comment, I do that all the time. =p

      We do RRSP which I found was too easy for Melody but she shares some of her work with her little sister, and wants to complete it so she will memorize all the verses from the ABC Bible Verse book. LOTW (from Confessions of a Homeschooler) was too easy for her too so that got passed onto Emily as well. I am looking to do Joyful Learning (http://www.hubbardscupboard.org/character.html) with her soon…maybe. A friend of mine is doing Classical Conversations and it sounds like something that Melody would like, but it is a lot of material to memorize, so I’m not sure about taking part in the actual learning day.

      The girls are super into sign language, so we watch Signing Time. (It is fantastic! While I have no idea what they can do with that knowledge besides become an ASL interpreter, it is fun and they have great songs.) They LOVE it! Melody is also interested in the computer, so she also take photos each week to make a LOTW Powerpoint slideshow.

      The workbooks are mostly ones that I have picked up from the dollar stores….shapes, colors, beginning sequencing…They are actually pretty good material, but I have been seeing some of the Kumon workbooks from other blogs that look like something she would like. My sister is a K teacher and sometimes gives us extra copies of workbooks that the school has collected over the years that they don’t need anymore. Other than that, we love to read and probably read about 20 books a day. haha They love crafts and we have been doing a bunch as you have seen from some of my posts.

      I was also a former teacher…PreK. I have found too many good things on the Internet from other moms.

      Not sure if this was too helpful. Have fun in your preschooling adventures.

      • joyceandnorm says:

        Oh, and we are also working on learning the locations of the states as well. I picked up flashcards and a workbook from the Dollar Spot at Target. And from time to time, I try to get the states’ tourist agency to send us free brochures/maps about the state. Melody loves getting mail too. That is another thing we do…writing letters to family, friends, our Compassion child.

        joyceandnorm=melodysadventures if you haven’t figured it out. The family blog is my main account so I have to use it to comment. =p

  2. Caterina says:

    Thanks so much for getting back to me and all your suggestions.
    Caterina

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