Tot School

~Krash is currently 45 months old~

Learning Toys

We have had this Diego 123 game for months and I kept forgetting to bring it out {I got it on MAJOR sale at Ross}.  It finally made it’s appearance and Krash loved it!  We didn’t play the real way yet, just worked on matching the numbers for now.IMG_1147 A little Aquadoodle scribbling.  He still loves his mat but rarely uses it for any actual writing!IMG_1154

We were sent this adorable Flip Along Fun book to review {our giveaway will be posted soon} and Krash loved it!  IMG_1080

 

Theme

We continued with our LOVE theme, and finished up a few of the other activities I had for Krash.  He loved the love-bug matchingIMG_1114

And was adorable counting and matching his hearts {this is from COAH-Erica}. IMG_1116 IMG_1118

 

Post SubTitles ABCWe did 2 letters this week and Krash really enjoyed them!  First for B we made a bee and read the book, Busy, Buzzy Bee, which he LOVED.  It was fun to explore a random topic, I love that about these projects-as they don’t fit in with our other ongoing themes but give him something random and fun in the middle of something else. I let him use a Sharpie to color on his bee {aren’t I brave?}

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IMG_1104He was super proud of his bee!IMG_1108He asked to read the book over and over again for the next couple of days so we expanded on the “bee theme” a bit more.  Here he is drinking nectar from the “flower”.  We worked on colors and I had him buzz around and “sting” the correct color, or “drink nectar” from the correct color.  It was a fun way to get out energy and work on colors and listening skills. {the mats are from our Candy Land DVD Game…which we don’t play at all now but LOVE the mats for various activities}IMG_1140

We also made our C for crab and read A House for a Hermit Crab.  He enjoyed this too, and really enjoyed pinching people with the crab’s pinchers ;-)IMG_1173

 

Getting Ready

This week I added a few activities to our morning calendar routine.  I was inspired by an old blogging buddy, Jennefer from Smooth Stones Academy.  One thing we added was a USA map and a set of flashcards {I don’t have a photo of this}.  Each day one of the boys chooses a card and we color in that state.

The other thing I added is a set of time flashcards and a little mini clock.  Each day we will make the time together.  Pac Man already knows how to make and tell time fully, but this will be a fun way to expose Krash early.  He is very interested in time, so he really enjoyed this!IMG_1131

He is continuing to love his Kumon cutting workbook and is a super star cutter ;-).IMG_1164

 

Tiny Tot SchoolLadybug is not the most mobile child, to say the least.  She is just like PacMan, who didn’t crawl until 11 1/2 mos or walk until 16 1/2 mos.  We are working with her though and she is super funny when we walk with her!  She won’t move her feet at all and when we help her, she just giggles.IMG_1210She is finally figuring out that she can move.  I think she is just a few weeks form crawling, but we’ll see!  We put her toys out of reach and she is hilarious reaching for them! IMG_1235

Pac Man still loves to play with her, the ring stacker has been a fav this week.  He is trying to teach her how to put them on! IMG_1242She is VERY into books now and I am loving it.  I can give her a book and she will flip through the pages and really look at the pictures for awhile, it’s so cute!  Krash would never sit and listen to a book at this age, so I am enjoying our reading time together! She really loves this book {Tails} and loves all of her touchy-feely books.IMG_1160

 

 

 

Life School

We had a fun family night on Friday and had Family Game Olympics.  We chose many different games and made teams to compete for Gold and Silver medals.  Pac Man was my partner and K was with Daddy.  Here’s some shots from our fun night, which Krash LOVED!!!!IMG_1182

They won this round! IMG_1183 IMG_1189I loved seeing Pac encourage and Help Krash, even though they weren’t on the same team. IMG_1194

The “Pickle Boys” in action {Krash named them}. IMG_1220Krash beat Pac Man in Wii Resort sword fighting!!!!! IMG_1227

 

Moms Favorite

What can I say?  When I looked over from feeding Ladybug dinner and caught this view I just had to grab the camera.  Little man had removed his shirt and was just chillin with his dad watching him play Pac Man.IMG_1198

 

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LOVE…

So, to be really honest, I wasn’t planning on a LOVE lesson this week, but I wasn’t feeling well and didn’t have my 10 plagues stuff together, so I defaulted to LOVE. BUT, the cool part is that God knew the lesson we needed and it was great!

We began by showing Daddy our Love bouquet that we have been working on. After reciting the verses to him, each boy selected a new heart to add…and those became the impromptu focus of our evening!IMG_1060Krash selected “always trusts” so we did the ever-popular trust fall with the boys! It was hard at first for them to trust that Daddy would catch them, K kept looking backwards at first!

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Finally he gave in and trusted Daddy and loved it!IMG_1068

Pac Man was a bit harder for Daddy to catch, but he managed!

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Pac Man’s heart said, “is not self seeking” OH HOW GOD KNEW WE NEEDED A LESSON ON SELFISHNESS. uh-um. I quickly glanced at a small box of Valentine’s chocolates that I knew had 3 pieces in it. I handed it to K and asked him if he wanted them all. Gee, I wonder what he said. We role-played being selfish with them and took turns, he really seemed to grasp the meaning much more this way, I need to remember role playing even more than I already do-it is so effective!

After role playing for awhile I gave him a choice to be selfLESS or selfish. In my heart I knew I had to let him choose (even if it meant he didn’t share and at the candy himself…oh how I was praying). Thankfully he chose to bless Daddy and Pac Man with his selfLESSness and gave them each a piece and he had one too. This boy LOVES candy (probably since he hardly ever gets it), so this was big for him.IMG_1073

Finally, the boys recited their special love memory verse for Daddy ;-).

IMG_1075This week was another reminder of how important it is to just let God lead. I may love to have the grandest plans, but I have to be OK when we just have to wing it. DOING IT is the most important part. I didn’t feel like doing it last night, neither did Daddy (he’s a bit sick too), but we did and God blessed our time with the boys.

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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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We Did It! A-Z…

ABCs K

I am so excited to have a project for each letter of the alphabet to remember K’s Tot School time!  We had SO much fun with these and are already enjoying our next set {A is already done!}.  Krash still remembers many of the letters we made and will tell is “__ is for__” quite often.  They were displayed in our kitchen while we worked on them, and now are in sheet protectors in a 3 ring binder. Most of the letter ideas came from our first series of Now I Know my ABCs on Totally Tots, although some of them came from other places I gathered ideas from on great blogs!

Our next set will be inspired by Now I Know My ABCs over at Totally Tots. Jolanthe is writing this series and is making a foam craft for each letter!  A is for Alligator was a big hit with Krash and is now proudly displayed in our kitchen, just waiting for the rest of his letter friends!

Colored pattern with letters of alphabet

Alphabet Idea Collection