Tot School

Our week started off sorta slow this week, I was a bit off my rocker in the Mommy department. I wasn’t feeling as motivated to be a great mom until about Wednesday! Sometimes I wonder if any of you feel that way and if you realize I am that way. I think sometimes blogs can make us “appear” better than we are, or as if we have it ALL together. Just in case there was ever any question, I do NOT have it ALL together, not even a large part of it! Ha ha, I just don’t write much about that part and I certainly don’t have any photos to share of me losing it with my precious angels.

Anyhow, I finally got going with the be a good mom part and began to offer wonderful opportunities to my children ;) Here’s K writing with our popular Cars book (a great deal from TJ Maxx or somewhere like that). He told me he drew a circle, I was pretty excited because it sort of looks like a circle!
Then I was busy doing dishes or something and I hear a racket in the schoolroom. I went in and found this…
He had opened one of our cabinets and gotten out the tot-school supplies he needed. He opened every little box stored in there and was entertaining himself for the longest time. Then we played bowling together…
I loved it when he stuck all of the cubes on his fingers and began to count (you know-1, 4, 8, 10…)We went to work on our ABC notebook and I gave him his next page and he demanded that he be given the page with “Liam” on it. We did this page last week, but he wanted to color Liam some more, so we did…Then we worked on Ll one last time with our Hands-On Learning: Match, Trace and Write the Alphabet MatsI love this photo, he was going CRAZY scribbling with the pen.And it wouldn’t be a tot-school week for us without this favorite toy coming down…I got real in “good mom” gear on this day, bringing them outside for some outdoor tot school. First with blocks…And then a bit of picnic reading…While outside K found his first rock–you know the special rock, the one you just have to put in your pocket and show to everyone. Of course his new Cars Tot-Book was a big part of our week too. If you haven’t seen my post about the Tot-Books, you can read that here.

Our final tot-school activity was playing with straws/stirring sticks/popsicle sticks and water bottles.
Again, he goes for the toes…

And I know this isn’t really tot-school but I had to share his 2 yr portraits that I finally took! For any of you that don’t know, I was a children’s photographer for 3 years before moving to Philly, but taking photos of this little guy is my worst nightmare! I was SOOO excited to get these…

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!


  • The four little penguins say:

    So THAT’S why your pictures are always so good! You have no idea how jealous I’ve been of your pics! (among other things lol) What kind of camera do you use?
    I was also kinda relieved to hear that you don’t always have it together, either. :) But it looks like you had a mostly fun week anyway. ;)
    My boys are rock-crazy! The kind where they stop in parking lots to try to pick rocks out of the asphalt.

  • One Little, Two Little

    I’ve often wondered if I’m the only mom who doesn’t have it all together at times. I don’t feel alone anymore. Great pics. Love the toes! ~Sako

  • Brenda

    The portraits came out great!!! Wish you could come take some of my kids!

    And I just have one question…what are you planning to do in the winter when he has socks and shoes on his little feet. His learning will be stifled!!! :)

  • SchoolinRHome

    Hi Carisa! Thanks for all the great ideas with Tot School and the encouragement. We all have off days- times and it is reassuring that even those moms we admire and like have the same trials and flaws from time to time. The Lord , however made us all special and made us moms for the wonderful blessing we receieve(d).
    I love the photographs of Ky. They are so cute and real.
    I hope to get my post up soon. I had two sick kiddos this week so we did less planned activities.
    Have a great week! I hope to do some lapbooking now that my little ones feel a bit better and swimming lessons are over!!
    SchoolinRhome

  • Homeschool Madness

    I most definitely have days like that! I’m glad I’m not the only one!

  • mamabliss

    I totally know what you are saying about losing it as a mom… I am most of the time not as collected as a mom too… it’s just one of those things that happened along the way in motherhood…we all have been there done that ;)

    I simply love the two portraits of Kyle… it’s so beautifully taken… kudos!!!

  • Carisa

    To answer your question (four little penguins), I use a Canon 40D. Thanks for the compliment!

    And to all of you, thanks for letting me know in your comments that you aren’t *perfect* either ;)

    Blessings, Carisa

  • Mama Teaching 2

    Okay! I loved the picnic reading! And your boy is just a beautiful subject to photograph! My hubby is a photographer…I love how you capture your children. And now I know why!