Tot School

~Ladybug is currently 37 months old~

We took a week off from Animal ABCs or any theme and Ladybug just played with whatever I had available.  I was busy helping Pac finish up his last 2 weeks of 4th grade and Krash is with the grandparents.  I am busy in prep mode for the summer and next year.  I wanted a week off of planning anything for her!  She had a great week despite my lack of planning!


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I had one thing set out all week long, our big container of jewels.  I didn’t even really think about having these out, but the entertained her every day this past week, in many different ways.  Here she was finishing up a big sorting project.  She had sorted them all by color and was dumping them back into the big container.IMG_6656

A little cup stacking…IMG_6659

Skylanders are school toys right?  She had a whole set up with the Skylanders and the Automoblox cars.IMG_6644

Marbles came out too and also kept her entertained for hours.  At first she was very UNHAPPY with Stella joining her.IMG_6729

We talked about sharing and finally she was sweet.IMG_6742

I made her some magnets for the cookie sheet out of the jewels and she loves them!IMG_6750

She asked me for her Tot Time Notebook and we colored in it together.IMG_6768

Showing me her face she drew…IMG_6785

Massive amounts of cutting, MASSIVE.IMG_6791

I lined up the skyscraper building set for her and showed her how to balance the marbles on top, she loved this!IMG_6793

Then she got creative building things herself!IMG_6800


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  • Tot School 2011/2012 Blog Roll 
  • Behind the Scenes ~ Where Do I Begin with Tot School?
  • Tot School Webpage {including links of all participants}
  • How do I Link up to Tot School? Please be sure to read this BEFORE you link up for the first time!!! If your blog is not linked back here to Tot School {within your post, not just on your sidebar}, and/or your post is not specifically a Tot School post, your link will be deleted to help Tot School surfing moms. If your link was deleted, please email if you don’t know why.
  • Please put your tot’s age (in months) after it, like this: 1+1+1=1 (41 mos)

  • Tot School ~ Letter K

    ~Ladybug is currently 36.5 months old~


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    The items are all available here on the Animal ABCs webpage. {files are released for free when they are posted on the Totally Tots blog for the ABC feature, letter J is not free yet, but it will be once it is posted on Totally Tots!}.

    Here are some Letter K and Koala ideas for you…

    Our Koala week was made fun thanks to a lovely blog friend from Australia who sent Ladybug some fun stickers and other things for our week!  Thanks Bree!

    Ladybug asked for paint almost every day.  She painted her Koalas…IMG_6238

    Painted her coloring sheet…IMG_6240

    Painted her shapes…IMG_6295

     

    Here she is working on Letter Kk Dot Fun, first she colored in all of the dots.  This set is included in the Animal ABC Bundle, or you can purchase the set as a stand alone set for $1.25 on Teacher’s Notebook.IMG_6381

    Then she watched as I traced each letter with glue, then she glittered them!IMG_6384

    She is enjoying her tracing, always choosing a marker.IMG_6392

    Did I happen to mention her love of glitter?IMG_6394

     

    We slipped our Play Dough Mat into our Dry Erase Center, and made the letters together.  After making the letters, she poked them! IMG_6292

    This was the first time she asked to make the animal word with me.IMG_6294

     

    Mr. Koala got a fun shaving cream bath….

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    She worked with me to make the letter craft, which is basically an open ended project that you can do whatever you want with!  This week she wanted to paint it!IMG_6235

    The next day she asked to put glitter {shocker} on it…IMG_6281

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    Special Note: Please read my post about Following the Child’s Lead if you have a tot and need info about this.  All tots are different and what Ladybug is doing may not be appropriate for your child, even if s/he is the same age!


    We are taking our All About Reading Pre Level 1 lessons slowly.  I am not expecting mastery from Ladybug, just using this program as a way to expose her to the Big Five Skills.

    Here she was coloring the Kangaroo sheet..IMG_6374

    Guess what?  She wanted to put glitter on it!IMG_6376


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    Lots of playing, but only 1 picture at the end of the week!  Here she was counting rocks into an ice cube tray!IMG_6241


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    Here she was enjoying the free app, Little Writer.  I programmed in family names with pictures for her and she LOVES it! IMG_6276

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  • Tot School 2011/2012 Blog Roll 
  • Behind the Scenes ~ Where Do I Begin with Tot School?
  • Tot School Webpage {including links of all participants}
  • How do I Link up to Tot School? Please be sure to read this BEFORE you link up for the first time!!! If your blog is not linked back here to Tot School {within your post, not just on your sidebar}, and/or your post is not specifically a Tot School post, your link will be deleted to help Tot School surfing moms. If your link was deleted, please email if you don’t know why.
  • Please put your tot’s age (in months) after it, like this: 1+1+1=1 (41 mos)

  • Tot School ~ Letter J

    ~Ladybug is currently 36.5 months old~


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    The items are all available here on the Animal ABCs webpage. {files are released for free when they are posted on the Totally Tots blog for the ABC feature, letter J is not free yet, but it will be once it is posted on Totally Tots!}.

    Here are some Letter J and Jellyfish ideas for you…

     

    She seems to be over the whole dry erase thing, so we are using markers on paper, which she loves.IMG_6151

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    She also loves glitter, so we are pulling that in a lot {which I don’t love}.IMG_6168

    We changed up the coloring and used paint instead!IMG_6122

    Here she is working on Letter Jj Dot Fun, first she colored in all of the dots.  This set is included in the Animal ABC Bundle, or you can purchase the set as a stand alone set for $1.25 on Teacher’s Notebook.IMG_6154

    Then she watched as I traced each letter with glue, then she glittered them!IMG_6155

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    We slipped our Play Dough Mat into our Dry Erase Center, and made the letters together.  After making the letters, she poked them! IMG_6128

    She worked with me to make the letter craft, which is basically an open ended project that you can do whatever you want with!  This week I let her marble paint the letter sheet before I cut it out, she LOVED this!IMG_6113

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    She cut the jellyfish all on her own this week!IMG_6132

    She also glued them all on her own too, she’s getting so big!IMG_6198

    Special Note: Please read my post about Following the Child’s Lead if you have a tot and need info about this.  All tots are different and what Ladybug is doing may not be appropriate for your child, even if s/he is the same age!


    We are taking our All About Reading Pre Level 1 lessons slowly.  I am not expecting mastery from Ladybug, just using this program as a way to expose her to the Big Five Skills.

    This week we did lesson 10, continuing our work with rhyming words.  No photos of that part this week! 

    Here she was coloring the Jackrabbit sheet..IMG_6215


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    Play Dough faces…

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    Stamping in Play Dough…IMG_6137


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    I tried out the free version of the app, Letter School and fell in LOVE, so I bought it for Ladybug!  Best full price purchase I have made in awhile, if not ever, for our iPad! IMG_6184

    She uses her finger as shown above and also uses our stylus some, she loves both.  This app has become a FAST favorite, she chooses it a LOT and I love it!IMG_6222

    We also love the freebie we got last week, Wee Sing ABC.  This is a $2.99 app and we are so thankful we snagged it for free.  Be sure to follow me on Facebook, I always share these deals when I find them!IMG_6091

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    See all of our iPad app recommendations and other iPad info here!


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  • Tot School 2011/2012 Blog Roll 
  • Behind the Scenes ~ Where Do I Begin with Tot School?
  • Tot School Webpage {including links of all participants}
  • How do I Link up to Tot School? Please be sure to read this BEFORE you link up for the first time!!! If your blog is not linked back here to Tot School {within your post, not just on your sidebar}, and/or your post is not specifically a Tot School post, your link will be deleted to help Tot School surfing moms. If your link was deleted, please email if you don’t know why.

    Please put your tot’s age (in months) after it, like this: 1+1+1=1 (41 mos)

  • Tot School ~ Cats

    ~Ladybug is currently 36 months old~


    In honor of our new kitty, Stella, we had a CAT theme for our school week!  We used resources mostly from my Cats Preschool Pack, and Cc is for Cats from Tot School Printables {reviewing, as she has used these before}.  I also made a Pinterest board with our other fun Cat finds!

    She traced letters, it was her first choice!IMG_5777

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    She played the graphing game for the first time with me and loved it!  She wanted to fill in the whole sheet, so we did! IMG_5918

    She put her easy reader together with me, gluing the colored yarn in the book!  IMG_5914

    She dot painted a kittyIMG_5926

    We also worked together with Krash to make a fun easy reader based on the book, Cookie’s WeekIMG_5857

    IMG_5861Special Note: Please read my post about Following the Child’s Lead if you have a tot and need info about this.  All tots are different and what Ladybug is doing may not be appropriate for your child, even if s/he is the same age!


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    Since we are working with rhyming words in All About Reading, I brought out our rhyming word puzzles.  We did these together with Krash too.

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    She LOVED the book, “How to Build an A” it was the first time I had done it with her in a long time!  I am glad I got it out!

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    This was the first time she worked with my Pom Pom Numbers and she loved them!IMG_5809

    A little Mr Potato Head fun…IMG_5871

    Big girl can now handle having all of the letter puzzles spread out at one time without getting overwhelmed.  She sat and put them all together!IMG_5933

    Free painting, and tons of color mixing!IMG_5865

    Spying letters on her All About Reading ABC chart…IMG_5965


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    We are using the 1st What’s In the Bible DVD right now and we watched it 3 times together last week.  We are using their flashcards and coloring sheets too.  Ladybug LOVES Mike-the little boy at the beginning, and she just giggles and giggles at him!IMG_5937

    Here she was coloring a page from the Adam and Eve story, she ended up coloring the entire thing blue Winking smileIMG_5950

    If you don’t have What’s in the Bible DVDs, you can get them on the What’s in the Bible website here and get free shipping with orders over $15, and use the code ESTHER to get $5 off right now!


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    Please put your tot’s age (in months) after it, like this: 1+1+1=1 (41 mos)

    Tot School ~ Letter Ii

    ~Ladybug is currently 36 months old~


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    Here is her desk set up for letter I…IMG_5683

    The items in the pocket chart are all available here on the Animal ABCs webpage.  I added iguanas on her desk, and her Iguana on Ice book, which she loved! {files are released for free when they are posted on the Totally Tots blog for the ABC feature, letter I is not free yet, but it will be once it is posted on Totally Tots!}.

    Here are some Letter I and Iguana ideas for you…

     

    She hasn’t been into her dry erase notebook set-up lately so I switched things up and let her work on the pages this week.  She enjoyed the change! 

    She traced her shapes with markers and wanted to color them all in too.  Afterwards, it made a perfect “looking scope".”

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    On another day she asked if we could glitter her shapes, so we did!IMG_5656

    We used dot stickers with the number sheet to work on counting 1-20 with 1:1 correspondence.IMG_5651

    The coloring is always a favorite of hers!IMG_5462

     

    Here she is working on Letter I Dot Fun, we used dot stickers this time!  This set is included in the Animal ABC Bundle, or you can purchase the set as a stand alone set for $1.25 on Teacher’s Notebook.IMG_5438

     

    She worked with me to make the letter craft, which is basically an open ended project that you can do whatever you want with!  She painted her letter with “snow paint.”   IMG_5503

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    The iguana heard that the elephant had a trip to the spa, so he wanted a turn too.IMG_5510

    We also added in some finger paint to play with mixing colors!IMG_5535

    Special Note: Please read my post about Following the Child’s Lead if you have a tot and need info about this.  All tots are different and what Ladybug is doing may not be appropriate for your child, even if s/he is the same age!


    We are taking our All About Reading Pre Level 1 lessons slowly.  I am not expecting mastery from Ladybug, just using this program as a way to expose her to the Big Five Skills.

    This week we worked on rhyming in a very fun way, with a mystery bag!  Krash joined us too, so it was tons of giggles!  I found several objects and put them in a bag.  She reached in and grabbed something out and we made up a rhyming word to match {she pulled out a spoon, we said moon}.  At the end we matched up some of the items that rhymed {block/rock}

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    She loved the letter page this week!  She dot painted the I green first {her choice}, the she colored the inch worms and we added their scarves.  I brought out some silver glitter to make the snow sparkle too!IMG_5642


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    Not much toy play this week, not really sure why.  Here she built a spinny sun with our MagneatosIMG_5555

    We played Hullaballoo together, she LOVED it!!!IMG_5735

    She got this Princess “computer” for her birthday and she LOVES it.  She sits beside me and “works” on her computer!IMG_5713


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    The girl loves the iPad!  Here she was playing Teach Me ToddlerIMG_5627

    Playing Junior BINGOIMG_5737

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    On the left she is telling me “no picture Mommy, don’t take a picture of me.”

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    Digging for inchworms!IMG_5729 


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    Please put your tot’s age (in months) after it, like this: 1+1+1=1 (41 mos)