Tot School

We had a week mostly focused on tot school around here, as we are relaxing and leading into the summer with P’s schooling. Tot school is just everyday life though, so there’s still tons of it!!!

We began our week with a beautiful day to play outside. The boys worked together to develop and use a plant watering system. P invented, and K tested…K got a new We are . . . The Laurie Berkner BandDVD (our old one is lost), and I think we have played it every day this week! Both boys LOVE it, I highly recommend this!! Here they are marching to the Dinosaurs song…We are working on K’s name, now that he can identify the letters, we are working on saying them in order and identifying is name. Here he is using, LeapFrog Word Whammer™ Fridge Phonics® Set and Melissa & Doug Six Block Name Board Puzzle

We are moving along in our ABC notebook, now on the letter Yy He liked our new Hands-On Learning: Match, Trace and Write the Alphabet Mats by Teacher’s Friendand even scribbled all over the Y’s saying “Y” (I drew what you see in the pic…just to show him)Outside that afternoon, I saw P drawing Y’s on the wall for him with chalk and K copying him!
Our Noah’s Ark Shape Sortercomes out almost weekly now, this time we worked on finding the matching animals…He tried Lacing Beads, but didn’t last long, it’s still a bit too difficult for him…I introduced him to Starfall (thanks for the idea Sako!), and he loved the ABC part!!! I put a little sticker on the mouse where he is supposed to click, he’s not very good at it yet, but he’ll get there. He does NOT want my help though, telling me “camera, camera” to get me to go away and pick up my camera so I will stop touching the mouse. It’s funny.Outside, P created a “ball pit” for them to play in…K got a good lesson in turn-taking… (see him throwing a fit when it wasn’t his turn)And, finally, the fun is his…My parents got him these great word puzzles (I can’t find them anywhere on the web, they got them recently at Costco) for his birthday, he had fun playing with them and naming the pictures.We had outdoor science, finding all sorts of great creatures on this dig…K held his first worm!

We ended our week with Dot Paint, since K got more new colors for his bday.He had just as much fun stacking the caps and trying to name the colors as he did painting!

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. Valerie says:


    Your Tot school looks like lots of fun! I didn’t get to take two many pictures this week, but I had a couple to share.

    That ball pit looks like fun!



  2. Mama Teaching 2 says:

    What neat children you have! Isn’t it just the neatest thing to watch brothers together? 🙂

  3. Jennifer says:

    Thanks for the tip on “We are . . . The Laurie Berkner Band” – I’m always on the lookout for “active” DVDs.

  4. One Little, Two Little says:

    Carisa, Ky is too cute! He’s so funny and just cracks me up! What a great idea to use a sticker on the mouse. Love the ball pit idea Pax came up with. Ky is fortunate to have such a cool brother! ~Sako

  5. MAMA BEAR says:

    I have a question for you Carisa.

    I am thinking of starting my Tot on ABC notebooking. I’m concerned that I’d be starting him too soon. I’ve heard that it’s better to slowly work into formal learning with the little ones.
    I started my oldest a bit too early I feel and then at about 3 1/2 he wanted nothing to do with ABC or Numbers etc, till the age of 5. At that time I didn’t know about Mason and other styles, so my approach was probably a bit off. I guess I’ve learned tons since my first one was little. I just don’t want to think I’m gradually introducing it then all of a sudden he reacts negatively. I’m probably thinking way too much on this, and not giving myself enough credit of knowing my little guy’s interests and abilities.

    Do you know a good indicator that a tot might give to be ready to start, based on your educational background knowledge?
    Love the sticker on the mouse idea by the way.

    Thanks M.

  6. My daughter’s favorite Starfall letter page is “T” b/c the tiger roars. I hear it over and over and over and over….she laughs every time.
    By the way, your boys are so lucky. They get to do so many neat things.

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