Tot School

~Krash is currently 36.5 months old~

I didn’t get many action shots of Krash working this week, but we had lots of Tot school fun! I think I am just going to set up the shelves for the week for the summer and then supplement with a few extra activities each week. It is easy for the summer and gives him something to look forward to each week! Here’s what he did this week…

Spooning jewels from his new $1 (Target) bucket, into a paint tray (from AC Moore). He was able to make a pattern with my guidance, it was neat…

He “read” to Pac Man…He loves these Vehicles in a Box Puzzles and did all 4 in the box with my help. I put the corners in for him and then he can usually find the pieces from there…We made the Hh projects that were shared on Totally Tots today, K LOVED this, and was so proud of his work hanging up, we need to do more projects like this!!! Eventually these will be added to his ABC notebook.
Here’s photos of the rest of his trays, I didn’t get action shots of…

Monkey Math–this is a neat addition game, you place the bananas on each side to balance when the numbers are equal. Obviously K is not working on addition, I just put it out for fun and some number ID. I put out Perler Beads to string onto a pipe cleaner…He loved playing with the Connect 4 game. I used it to practice taking turns with him, and also red and black :) Finally, his soft ABC blocksHe had big-brother practice with our sweet ladybug…And here’s my favorite Krash shot of the 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…

If you’ve never read this: Go HERE 1st for more details- please do!!! 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-links to homepages will automatically be deleted).

New: when you add your name(blog name) to Mr. Linky will you put your tot’s age (in months) after it, like this: 1+1+1=1 (36 mos)? I think this will help new readers a lot as they look for ideas for their specific aged tot!

If you are unsure of how to add your direct link to Mr Linky-I added a tutorial with photos here, scroll down to see it!

Summer Plans

As May comes to a close I am anticipating the summer months and wondering exactly what we will do for schooling. We have had such an OFF year and Pac Man has had tons of week long breaks during our many issues this year. Thankfully he was over 1/2 year ahead and is still about 25 lessons ahead (he technically should be entering 2nd grade in the fall and is on lesson 25 (out of 160) right now). Because of this, I never really worried about all of the time we took off from school this year.

We do plan to continue with school this summer, although we did not last summer. I don’t plan to do *real* school, but a very scaled down version. My thoughts are to have 3-6 Workboxes each day for Pac Man, mostly only 3 per day. I only plan to do this when we are home all day, if we are gone I am not going to worry about it. My hope is to complete at least through lesson 40 by the end of the summer.

For Krash, I do plan to continue to set up his trays each week, and change them out throughout the week. He needs the time with me and I need to be focused with him or his behavior will be off the wall. He is so high strung and needs that focused time with me each day.

I did start something new with Pac this week. If he can finish his boxes before K wakes up from his nap, I will spend the rest of nap time playing games with him. That way I can be sure to spend focused time with him each day, AND it motivates him to complete his work in a timely fashion (something he really struggles with).

I also plan to get our Summer Challenge going again, if you weren’t reading with me last year, you can read about it here. I plan to alter it a bit, but stick with the general concept, as it worked really well last summer.

What are your summer plans as far as Tot School and homeschooling your older kids?

Romans 7:18b

This is my husband’s favorite! If you can’t tell, that’s Pac Man when he was about 2! For myself, I had one of these days today. I was all thrown off by getting up late today and by about 10am I was wishing Krash was in a preschool program!!!. Now as I reflect on my day tonight, I realize it was me who was off-not him. I am praying I can carry out what is good tomorrow!

Psalm 141:3

Oh how I pray I can do this today.

Tot School

~Krash is currently 36 months old~

I am happy to say we are slightly falling into a new normal and it feels great. Thanks for the kind words and prayers from my posts this past week. I am feeling so much better and can see the light at the end of the tunnel now!

Krash is still in love with Ladybug, he likes to, “pet him,” yes he calls her a him…it’s so funny!We are enjoying our new deck SOOO much! What a blessing this is to us, living in the inner city. We almost feel like we are on vacation when we are out there! I am trying to bring different toys out there for the boys to play with, they loved having the block table…I snapped some photos this week of just the trays and will probably continue to do this. I don’t ever want to take away from my focused time with K to take photos, and I miss a lot of sharing that way. This tray is a perfect example! I was completely engaged with K as we played “Tot Ball.” He used the bat like a golf club and we rolled the ball back and forth on the ground together. Great for releasing some energy and for coordination! It was a very soft squishy ball, so perfect for inside.
Here’s another tray I put out for Krash. I gave him a bucket with colored ping pong balls and little craft cups with matching colored dots, for him to sortI had him close his eyes as he reached in for a ball, he loved that!!!I also put out counting bears with stacking cups. I only put the matching colors out of the bears so we could sort.He did perfectly with the sorting, and really enjoyed it…Then we worked on stacking, this was the first time he really seemed to get the size sequence. He couldn’t do it on his own but I was able to just talk him through it and not do it for him!
Starfall was a big hit this week, and K is finally learning to use the mouse on his own a bit.
The exploring tray is still up and continues to be a big hit, he is finding new things to do with it every day. He calls the pom poms his gumballs!
We had fun making letters and reading How to Build an A, this is SUCH a great book, I highly recommend buying it if you don’t already have it!!!I brought out his name cards, he only wanted to do Pop Pop!
I loved seeing K do this in the pool, knowing he learned how to use a funnel from his tray work!!!Krash and Pac Man spent TONS of time outside this week too! K learned how to use the super soaker and the boys are so funny to watch together!!!Finally, my favs of K this week, here he is saying “punch me” which he learned from Wii Boxing ;)…And hanging in his car…

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…

If you’ve never read this: Go HERE 1st for more details- please do!!! 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-links to homepages will automatically be deleted).

New: when you add your name(blog name) to Mr. Linky will you put your tot’s age (in months) after it, like this: 1+1+1=1 (36 mos)? I think this will help new readers a lot as they look for ideas for their specific aged tot!

If you are unsure of how to add your direct link to Mr Linky-I added a tutorial with photos here, scroll down to see it!

EDITED: If Mr Linky is not showing up, please leave your link in the comments below. Mr Linky is having major system issues and is not showing up here or on Totally Tots. If it isn’t resolved soon, I will go to listing your links in the post myself so we can all continue to share.