For April, Little Laplinks is doing a lapbook all about rainbows and we are excited to get started!
We had a fun tot school week, with our tot school activities falling at strange times of the day. We try to “do” official tot school every morning but last week the schedule was all thrown off by various things so we intermingled tot school throughout the week, here are a few highlights from our week…
We also played with our great Melissa and Doug Cutting Food Box, where K is learning the names of different foods and how to “cut-it” as he calls it. He loves practicing his cutting skills!
Then, it was finally not bitter cold and we escaped outside for some chalk time. I had no idea how much he would LOVE chalk, he played for a long time with it, it was awesome! He was in all sorts of weird positions as he drew with his “colors.” Here he is on the top step, he is quite the daring little guy…
I have also created a *Tot School* portion to my website (Lapbooks from 1+1+1=1), to highlight different things about tot school that aren’t as easy to put on the blog. I am keeping a record of all who participate in Tot School over there too, so if you’ve participated, jump over and see yourself linked up! If you’d like to participate, I welcome you to join us anytime and share what you’re doing with your tot! Please don’t feel like it has to be an entire week’s worth, even if you just have one simple entry about something you did with your tot, that’s great!
If you’re new to Tot School, here’s a few tips to get you started…What are you doing for Tot School lately? Let’s define a “tot” as an 1-3 year old. I would say anything before a formal Pre-K curriculum. You know, the stuff we do with our little ones to provide opportunities to develop their love of learning and maybe teach them a few things. If you have any ideas you’d like to share, link up your exact post to Mr Linky (if you have questions about how to do that, let me know in a comment or email). Provide a link back somewhere in your post to this post so your readers can see other ideas too!
Click here to see past Tot School Posts and ideas from others!
We’re starting something new here at 1+1+1=1, I am really excited to give a little bit and hope you will be excited too! You may or may not know about my mom, Sandi, if you don’t I want to tell you about her and if you do maybe you will learn something new about her from this.
We have been working on our Bible lapbook for awhile now and will continue to do so as it is becoming a simple but great resource that we keep coming back to and building upon. I imagine it won’t be officially “finished” for weeks as I have developed new goals for P recently.
The original inspiration to do this lapbook came from Valerie and her Bible lapbook from Lapbook Lessons (thanks Valerie!). I then decided to add to it and searched and searched for what I was looking for exactly and couldn’t find it, so I made it myself. I am still in the process of making the entire thing but we have already started using them.I created cards for each book of the Bible, one card has the name of the book and the other card lists the author, key characters, and some key stories from that book. After his successful memorization of the Old Testament Books (saying them out loud), I was inspired to teach him to put them in order with these cards and also to learn more facts about each book.
Eventually I hope to cut these cards apart and play a memory game with him, matching the name of the book with the facts of the book, but we aren’t there yet! I printed each sheet of 5 books on different colors to help him with the sorting and memory game down the road.
Tot school was done sick-style for us this week. Poor K was puking and running a fever shortly after this first shot was taken…P had selected their miniblocks and K enjoyed it and then “it” hit him and he slowly became miserable. Soon both boys were cuddled up in my bed watching Baby Einstein in my bed for Tot School! He is really loving Baby Einstein – Baby Van Gogh – World of Colors right now, which is mainly about colors!K finally perked up when we dyed Easter eggs and he really loved us naming the colors for him! That counts as our main Tot School for the week! And, my dad got to participate in some Tot School as he taught K the animal names while playing with our Noah’s Ark Shape Sorter. This is a favorite toy around here! There was also lots of reading as the sick boy cuddled…K seems to be feeling better now, I look forward to the upcoming week of Tot School, maybe we can even get outside this week!
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