Tot School

~”Krash” is currently 32 months old~

We had a wonderful surprise early in our week which made our entire week great! My mom, “Nanee” flew up at the spur of the moment to just give us a week of help and support. It was pure joy when she arrived around 8:45 am on Tuesday morning. Unfortunately she is gone now, but we enjoyed many fun Tot-School moments with her! She cooked with them… We are finalizing potty training, so you’ll see some unique outfits and some strategically placed circles, and camera angles :).
Krash enjoyed some time with his Aquadoodle

I finally opened this new Geometric Stacker, which he loves. I got him the Parents brand one from Target, but I like the colors (primary) better in the one I linked to-I wish I had ordered that one instead.

He worked on Beginner Pattern Blocks Puzzles for awhile…

He continues to love using chalk on his Chalk board.We had a bit of fun playing “Bean Bag Monster” if you haven’t seen the video of K playing this game, you can see it here.We finally got our membership renewed to a great children’s play-museum here in our city. Krash had never been there and Pac-Man hadn’t been in years. It was recently renovated and was SOOO incredible, here’s a few shots of K playing there… I was so proud of his food selection from the “grocery shopping area”And, here’s a current pic of the fam, showing my large 26 week prego belly-my belly is much bigger this time, maybe cuz she’s a she, who knows, but it hurts already!
Finally, last night Krash drug this book, I Can Spell (got it CHEAP at a consignment sale, I couldn’t find it online), off of our bookshelf and sat down and began playing, yelling out to me, “where’s the F Mommy?” and many other requests. It was neat to see him do this entirely on his own!!!

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  • Tools for Tots HERE

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…

Go HERE 1st for more details, then 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!

Behind the Scenes ~ Lapbooking

Behind the Scenes ~ Lapbooking

I am by no means a super-lapbooker, there are many out there and I have learned a TON from them! But I do get a lot of questions regarding lapbooking so I thought I would do my best to put what I have learned all into one post for anyone who is interested!

How do you incorporate, choose, plan, and prepare?

  • We use lapbooking as a supplemental part of our learning.
  • We began lapbooking at the beginning of Pac Man’s K year.
  • We focus our lapbooking topics mostly around science, social studies, and special holidays.
  • Pac Man (currently age 6 1/2) chooses his own lapbook topic about 99% of the time, that way I can be sure he will be interested in it!
  • I search for a free lapbook first, and then if I can’t find one already pre-made , then I search online at different printable sites for pieces to incorporate into the lapbook. If I can’t find exactly what I am looking for, I will make my own templates, using Microsoft Publisher. If I make anything, I always share it in PDF form, on our lapbooking webpage.
  • We usually only have one lapbook going at a time now. When he was in K, we usually had 2 going at one time because his core work was so easy for him. Now that regular schooling is at his level, we usually only work on one supplemental lapbook at a time.
  • We *do* the lapbook in various ways, but mostly Pac will complete one mini item for the lapbook each day and then when we have exhausted the topic, we will put it all together as a summary. There are many ways of thinking about this though.

Where do you find free lapbooks, helpful tutorials, or other bloggers who show their labooks?

What supplies do you keep on hand to make lapbookng easier to manage?

That about covers the basic questions I have received. If you have any others, leave them in the comments below and I will add the answers (if I know) there so others can see them too. If I personally think of anything else, I will edit the original post and add to it! A huge thanks to those who have shared and taught me along the way!

i heart faces ~ Week 3…JOY

This week’s theme is JOY. This photo automatically came to my memory! That’s my son, Pac-Man in the middle of *his ladies.* The girls surrounding him are the daughters of my best friends from down in NC where we used to live (where he was born). We all had these kids within 3 months of each other and have taken their photos together every year like this! This is from our most recent session and it just screams JOY to me!

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(tech info: f 4/320, Canon 40D, Canon 28-105mm lens, ISO 400)

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Tot School

~”Krash” is currently 32 months old~
We had a very fun start to our week, getting to go on a staff retreat with our church staff family. Krash particularly enjoyed getting to swim!!!!This week while home, our Tot school times were much shorter and more sporadic. I wasn’t good at keeping to a routine and Tot School suffered a bit because of that. But even sporadically, we still had many Tot School moments! We had a great time playing with ABC nesting blocksKrash worked on his Pets Sound PuzzleHe knows all of his states. HA HA just kidding! Pac-Man did this for geography one day and K joined in helping him put the pieces in!He had fun building with mini blocksLacing Beads again this week… The highlight was our many different play times with the *step* Here they are body surfing…Now it’s a boat, singing our version of Row, Row, Your Boat…“Into the water you go….”This was one of those moments that made us laugh and say wow. K held up his fork with a scraggly bite of pizza hanging off of it and said, “look, a jellyfish.” At first I couldn’t remember him ever being exposed to a jellyfish, in a book, me telling him or anything. Then I remembered the Brainy Baby – Animals video we watch in the car sometimes, and in it J is for Jellyfish! Both boys love this video and obviously it’s teaching him something!More step activities! I wanted to give K more physical opportunities so I created a mini course for him…Her preferred to turn it into a bed, announcing his favorite request these days…”cova yaup (cover you up).”Finally we switched to play with our dog for physical time, this went much better as tons of energy was released by all involved, including the hefty dog who needs a workout!
  • Want to see more Tot School posts? Click HERE!
  • Visit our Tot School Webpage HERE
  • Visit our Tot School Tools store HERE
  • See our Tot School Squidoo Lens HERE
  • Tools for Tots HERE

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…

Go HERE 1st for more details, then 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!

Big Machines ~ Tot Book

The Big Machines Tot Book is up and ready for download if you have a tot who is into Big Machines like mine is!!!Hope you enjoy and be sure to let me know if your child makes it and you blog about it so I can link it up to the web page!