Tot School ~ Love

~Krash is currently 45 months old~

{all links to toys are in the Amazon widget at the end of the post}

Learning Toys

The boys got to open a new toy this week from our family gift basket, they chose these awesome beads! I found them on clearance at Target and was THRILLED! They are wonderful and NOT only for girls! My boys have made PRINCE crowns, bracelet “shooters” and all sorts of manly items with these! The creativity has been amazing, probably one of the best toys we’ve brought into our home in a long time!IMG_0493

Mr. puzzle-man. He can now put these together all by himself and goes to them often on his own (they are from Discovery Toys). IMG_0576

Tot TraysWe were light on tray work this week ;-) but K did use his clothespins and shapes. We took turns “eating” the shapes!

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Theme

In honor of LOVE, we have enjoyed many heart themed activities this week. The first few pictured are from our Love Tot Pack. Krash had fun matching up the couples…IMG_0597 He colored 2 pages per day in his “Many Colored Hearts” mini book…IMG_0498He had to put the missing letters in the correct place as we read through the alphabet together… IMG_0547

He sequenced the hearts by size…IMG_0566

We all enjoyed the “Build a Valentine” game from Confessions of a Homeschooler (heart sizes above are from the same post too)!IMG_0584

Post SubTitles ABC

We started our new crafty alphabet series and will be doing the crafts Jolanthe is sharing on Totally Tots! Aa is for Alligator…chomp, chomp! We read The Lady with the Alligator Purse and made our alligator. We won’t always be reading the same books, so I will share our book with each letter also. This week we did have the book she shared and K loved it!IMG_0503

Rock Star Tot

Krash is learning more about God’s love this week as we learn 1 Corinthians 13 each day. He is really enjoying this and loves choosing his heart each day and adding it to the vase. You can also see our weekly Bible memory verse in the background, also focused on God’s amazing love!IMG_0562

We played a great file folder game focused on God’s love also!IMG_0599

Getting ReadyThis is a new section, which will be focused on the activities that K is doing that are more “pre-K-ish” He is showing many readiness signs and I plan to officially “switch” him to Preschool soon. I am actually writing my own program for him {which, yes I do plan to share!}, so he has to wait just a little bit at least. He won’t be 4 until May, but he is showing me that he is ready so we are slowly adding in more skills to our school time.

His favorite new big-boy thing is definitely his new Kumon: My First Book of Cutting workbook. I ordered it on a whim, and didn’t think he was ready, boy was I WRONG. He LOVES this book. He has faithfully cut one of the pages each day and has 5 done already. He is now using regular children’s scissors and holding them correctly. This is totally different than my experience with Pac Man…he HATED cutting, still doesn’t love it. I am truly amazed with K’s cutting skills and his determination to do it well and complete an activity!IMG_0496

Can you tell he likes his new shelf {it’s from Ikea}? I am using this shelf as a part of his transition. He is moving over to the Workbox system and right now he has to complete the top 3 drawers. He can choose the order, but he must choose from those before he can move on to his Tot School “play” shelves.

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His first true reward from his cutting efforts…on day 5 he created a train! He cut all of the pieces and then we taped it together. He loved this SOOOO much!

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He is finally drawing with purpose, on his own!!! This is the first real picture he drew on his own and showed it to me and told me what it was! It is a basketball!

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Later in the week I caught him drawing people for the first time on his own!! You can see his picture labeled below, I wish it would have been on paper so I could have kept it, but at least I have a photo of it! IMG_0702

 

Tiny Tot SchoolLadybug is 10 months now and is so close to being the STAR of Tot School ;-). That is SO hard for me to believe! She enjoys joining us more and more, and is interacting more now! Pac Man just LOVES working with her. He is so gentle and sweet…it melts my heart! He built towers for her (all while teaching her the colors of the blocks)…IMG_0529 Cause and Effect in ACTION…IMG_0530

She loves this little toy. They all come apart too, and have little things inside of them. IMG_0671

She loves her Praise Baby DVDs…I love that her ears are filled with sweet Godly music while watching them. I am not against tv or movies, but she usually only watches 1 per day-if any at all. They are few and far between for us. She gets all excited when they come on though! She also enjoys big-boy tv too. ;-) IMG_0572

 

Life School

We had the biggest snowfall yet! Dad was a champ and taught the boys many things during the hours and hours they played out in the “blizzard”.IMG00144

 

Moms Favorite

I love this shot of Krash showing me his prince crown and his wrist-shooter. My little NUT.IMG_0486

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