Tot School

When I get to the weekly reports I am honestly amazed as I reflect back on the week. I so often feel that I don’t do enough for my tot and I love doing these weekly reports to see all that he has done. I also love that many of the things included in the weekly tot school reports weren’t even planned. Natural learning, just happening. I like that.

Here’s what K did this week, beginning with one of his favorite tot school toys (meaning that it is kept put away), our Melissa and Doug Bead Sequencing Set.We tried to include him on music afternoon with Daddy but he wasn’t into it nearly as much as P was!

He did enjoy practicing his cartwheels though, He found this old game we have, Barnyard Bingo, and began playing with it. I joined in and used his interest as an opportunity to focus in on the colors and animal names. He was VERY interested in this (since he had chosen it in the first place probably), we did this for a long time. He finally named yellow on his own, several times correctly!Then P and I built him little sorting boxes out of the legos, K had fun matching the colors up.Then, I let P get out the marble track for the first time with K around, I watched super closely, as I was so nervous about K eating a marble :). K had SO much fun with this and has asked to get it out several times since.
We even had some extra social time this week with a visit from our great friend Daniel! This just might be my new favorite shot of them, playing Ring Around the Rosy…And, we went to a fabulous park, that has this awesome wooden slide. We have been several times since K was a baby but this is the very first time I let P take K up on the slide alone. I even *tested* him 3 times before I let them do it, going with them and watching how P managed K. Then, I let him go and it figures, he is falling in this shot, and got a big goose egg on his forehead, poor guy. He’s very tough though!The swings (of all sorts) were a big hit with K.They have an indoor playhouse here too, he loved playing with the train…
and all of their super cool blocks…
Since the weather is so nice, we moved the inside toys…outside.
And we close with a bang…one of K’s favorite activities!!! He actually calls our wooden spoons “bang bangs.”

If you’d like to see more Tot School posts, click here. And, be sure to check out the Tot School webpage for more ideas and links. And if you have a tot at home, join in the fun and share what you’re doing with your tot! Here’s how to get started if you’re new…

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!


  1. The four little penguins say: says:

    Looks like he had fun!
    I am so jealous of that cool park. That’s one of the major disadvantages of living in a small town, I guess.

  2. You guys were busy this week. Thanks for sharing all the photos it feels as though we were there with you. I love the slide they looked like they had a blast! The learning outside was a great idea and thanks for sharing that it is okay to take inside toys outside. 🙂


  3. SchoolinRHome says:

    WOW! Carisa! That park looks so amazingly wonderful. My kids would want to stay there for a VERY LONG time. I think even I would have fun there. If we ever come to Philly, maybe we can check that out! (and met you all as well!?!!)
    I like Kyler’s hair cut. The bangbang spoons would be a HIT!(get it) and I too love the photo of them playing ring around the rosie! Have another great week with your guys! 🙂 We will have pur Tot school post up by this evening- we are busy here but I am working on it.
    P.S. Thanks for your e-mail– so glad you like it. It wasn’t much but was thinking of you and wanted you to know I appreciate everything you do. It is amazing to think that someone we never met (officially) could make such a positive impact on our daily lives and be such an encouragement. Thanks again!

  4. What a fantastic park! I’m amazed you even left, looks like lots of fun, that slide…man oh man!

    Glad to see it was a beautiful week over there too, we enjoyed some wonderful weather this week too!



  5. How fun and what a cool slide! I take it that TS is posted on Sundays. I wasn’t sure but hopefully, I can join in on the next one. Have a blessed day!

  6. Jolanthe says:

    I’m hoping to join you all in Tot School next year. We’re finishing up with our oldest 3 tomorrow for our current school year and I am going to give myself a nice well-deserved break for a few weeks and then start planning for next year. 🙂


  7. One Little, Two Little says:

    Your boys always have such a great time together. I love seeing how they can both learn and grow from each other. Thanks for sharing. What a wonderful week you all had.

  8. Mama Teaching 2 says:

    I always love my tot school blog posts…I get to see that cutie pie using those smarts of his. 🙂 He is really coming along…WOW!

  9. Lauren says:

    I’m in Philly too… any chance you can PM me with the name of the park you went to? My 3YO twins would LOVE it!

    And SO AWESOME that you are in inner city ministry… i think that is awesome. I work with teen youth groups myself.

    [email protected]

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