Tot School

This was P’s first week with official school off, we all are really enjoying the break. With 1st grade taking a break, everyday Tot School is even more fun! We all are enjoying our time together, here are some highlights from our week…

The boys continue to enjoy our We are . . . The Laurie Berkner Band DVD on an almost daily basis, we have now gotten the instruments involved…

K learned how to wash the dog…
We worked on a bit of throwing with our cool dart ball game (we got ours a few years back from Lilly’s Kids, but I found one like it…Dart Ball)
Both of my boys always love when this cool toy comes down. We got it for about $1 at a consignment sale and it has provided years of entertainment (here’s one similar to ours…Mini Roller Coaster)

And, who says Cuisenaire Rods are only for older kids? We had a great time counting and talking about colors. I just had to make sure he didn’t eat the white ones!!!
We finally played with our new Color Mats
K actually did better than I thought he would with them.
My mother in law saved my husband’s old cars and accessories, and both boys love this particular mini race track thing. Here K is counting the cars, we also used them to work on colors that day!
And *The King* was a great way to teach “Too Big” he wouldn’t fit through the little opening!

We still love our ABC floor puzzles, K is getting much better now at helping to put them together.
By far my favorite activity of the week was playing with our wonderful Magtastik set (they are recalled but Magneatos are still available and almost exactly the same). K plays with these on his own a lot, they are a toy I don’t keep put away like many of our other Tot School toys. This day he was playing and I jumped in with him and we made things together. Here’s a letter V…
And he asked me to make an E…
I made him a square and he thought it should be a hat…
He helped me make an X (at his request)…Here’s our triangle…And finally, I made a B for him (also his request). This was super fun to do and we played for quite awhile!

And finally, our week ended with a thrilling evening for all of the men in my home. Daddy got a new TV (he’s been waiting about 10 years) and the boys enjoyed the bubble wrap… And here’s a lesson in *dog-ear-biting* just in case you’d like your kids to try this too…Ha ha! Hope you all had a great week!

If you have a tot (approximately ages 1-3) 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…

You can read this post for more details if you’d like, or 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. One Little, Two Little says:

    What a fun week you all had! Tot school in your home always is! I love those Magtastiks and the color mats – a great idea for Mai’s upcoming 3rd birthday. Thanks for sharing!

  2. MAMA BEAR says:

    Bubble wrap is a fun play thing in this house too, my husband often brings it home from work for the boys. What a wake up call, when my boys get a hold of it in the morning before I crawl out of bed.

  3. schoolinrhome says:

    So-o-o cute! I love those color mats! They are great. Who doesn’t like bubble wrap- it’s stress relief, too! 🙂
    Looks like a fun week. I will work on my post! We did musical instruments too this past week!
    Have a great week!
    P.S. Let me know if you post any ocean lapbook things. We will hopefuly start some of the worksheets this week.

  4. Valerie says:

    Those color mats look like a blast! Thanks for keeping up with Tot school every week, it really reminds me to post more often about our fun days!



  5. Mama Teaching 2 says:

    As always…CUTE, Neat, and fun! 🙂

  6. The four little penguins say: says:

    My kids were drooling over your floor puzzle, and we all laughed at the ear biting. What a patient dog! 🙂

  7. Just found your blog – love it. Looking forward to learning from you & others. Lately we have been focusing on a letter a week, and I left a link to a post where you can download my ideas for each week.

  8. I’m moving to your house! You guys have so much fun!!

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