Tot School

When I get to the weekly reports I am honestly amazed as I reflect back on the week. I so often feel that I don’t do enough for my tot and I love doing these weekly reports to see all that he has done. I also love that many of the things included in the weekly tot school reports weren’t even planned. Natural learning, just happening. I like that.

Here’s what K did this week, beginning with one of his favorite tot school toys (meaning that it is kept put away), our Melissa and Doug Bead Sequencing Set.We tried to include him on music afternoon with Daddy but he wasn’t into it nearly as much as P was!

He did enjoy practicing his cartwheels though, He found this old game we have, Barnyard Bingo, and began playing with it. I joined in and used his interest as an opportunity to focus in on the colors and animal names. He was VERY interested in this (since he had chosen it in the first place probably), we did this for a long time. He finally named yellow on his own, several times correctly!Then P and I built him little sorting boxes out of the legos, K had fun matching the colors up.Then, I let P get out the marble track for the first time with K around, I watched super closely, as I was so nervous about K eating a marble :). K had SO much fun with this and has asked to get it out several times since.
We even had some extra social time this week with a visit from our great friend Daniel! This just might be my new favorite shot of them, playing Ring Around the Rosy…And, we went to a fabulous park, that has this awesome wooden slide. We have been several times since K was a baby but this is the very first time I let P take K up on the slide alone. I even *tested* him 3 times before I let them do it, going with them and watching how P managed K. Then, I let him go and it figures, he is falling in this shot, and got a big goose egg on his forehead, poor guy. He’s very tough though!The swings (of all sorts) were a big hit with K.They have an indoor playhouse here too, he loved playing with the train…
and all of their super cool blocks…
Since the weather is so nice, we moved the inside toys…outside.
And we close with a bang…one of K’s favorite activities!!! He actually calls our wooden spoons “bang bangs.”

If you’d like to see more Tot School posts, click here. And, be sure to check out the Tot School webpage for more ideas and links. And if you have a tot 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…

What are you doing for Tot School lately? Let’s define a “tot” as an 1-3 year old. I would say anything before a formal Pre-K curriculum. You know, the stuff we do with our little ones to provide opportunities to develop their love of learning and maybe teach them a few things. 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!

Tot School

This counts as Tot School, right?At the beginning of the week my husband decided to paint the wall that surrounds our mini (inner-city) yard. I decided it counted for Tot School.
The next day we had a more “formal” tot school time with some great ABC puzzles. He actually hooked the letters in this big one all by himself for the first time, when we showed him where it went!

The highlight of this day was definitely this puzzle…(A to Z Capitols Crepe Rubber Puzzle)He played with it for SO long, we had the greatest learning time together, thanks to his natural interest in it. I was blown away when he pointed to the H and made it’s sound (without prompting)…Thanks Leap Frog – Letter Factory!K got to go to the Aquarium this week and loved seeing all of the wonderful animals, here he is with Daddy touching a shark. He’s been to the Aquarium before but this was the first time he was REALLY into it and naming things he saw!We also stopped at the Children’s Gardens and he was thrilled to have a butterfly land on him in the butterfly house! I was thrilled I had my camera ready!The weather was beautiful so there were many opportunities for outside tot school experiences. We enjoyed using the ring toss to play and talk about colors and work on throwing!We had a little bit of water play…And here we are running around our mini yard playing “I’m Gonna Catch You” which is the song off of We are . . . The Laurie Berkner Band. Both of my kids LOVE this!And since it was brother’s bday weekend, he got to do some special things that were unique learning experiences for him, like decorating! This was a great opportunity for learning the colors as he played with the streamers!And, he got to go to the circus!I wish this photo had sound…he was loud and crazy the entire time!
If you’d like to see more Tot School posts, click here. And, be sure to check out the Tot School webpage for more ideas and links. And if you have a tot 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…

What are you doing for Tot School lately? Let’s define a “tot” as an 1-3 year old. I would say anything before a formal Pre-K curriculum. You know, the stuff we do with our little ones to provide opportunities to develop their love of learning and maybe teach them a few things. 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!

Tot School

Tot School began this week with an idea I got from Valerie. I poked holes in a Cheerios box of all different sizes and gave him different types of pasta to push through the holes. He really got into it and it was fun to watch him!We got out the colored mats from our Candy Land DVD Game and used them for a variety of games with K to work on colors….
His favorite was playing “head, shoulders, knees and toes” with them…
And finally, we enjoyed the wonderful weather we had late in the week, in the morning the boys sat by the back door and drew what they saw…
This was not something planned, it just sort of happened, and I LOVED it!
Then we made it outside and had a blast “water painting”
K got a little wet, and then figured out that he was wet…
And spent the rest of the day playing like this…
It was a very spontaneous week, with lots of fun, not a lot of planning. I think the warm weather does that to us! I only hope this week will be as much fun!
If you’d like to see more Tot School posts, click here. And, be sure to check out the Tot School webpage for more ideas and links. And if you have a tot 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…

What are you doing for Tot School lately? Let’s define a “tot” as an 1-3 year old. I would say anything before a formal Pre-K curriculum. You know, the stuff we do with our little ones to provide opportunities to develop their love of learning and maybe teach them a few things. 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!

Tot School ~ Busy week!

It was a great week for tot school at our house! I am so excited about the many things K got to experience this week!

We began our week with Spinmaster Aquadoodle Draw N’ Doodle Mat, which I really thought K would love…Although, he was much more interested in sucking the water out of the pen.So, I got out his Melissa & Doug Pets Sound Puzzle, which he really liked a lot.And, then I caught him reading his current favorite book, Hermie: A Common Caterpillar (A Just Like Jesus Story).It was warm again so we went back outside this week and played with the sidewalk chalk, which he loves…
And, the next day we took out the Do-A-Dot Rainbow Art Set (Set of 6)! I was nervous about this one, but it went really well! K absolutely LOVED it! This is probably one of the best Tot School activities we have done! He was SO into it!He doesn’t really like getting messy but this didn’t seem to phase him, as he counted them!

This week K cooked again, this time helping Kirsten make his very favorite peanut butter balls! He did really well waiting to eat them!Then he finally just dove right in!And the finale of the week was a special art project…painting a birdhouse! I wasn’t so sure he would even be interested, but man he was! He did such a great job and I know it is a treasure I will keep for many years to come!

If you’d like to see more Tot School posts, click here. And, be sure to check out the Tot School webpage for more ideas and links. And if you have a tot 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…

What are you doing for Tot School lately? Let’s define a “tot” as an 1-3 year old. I would say anything before a formal Pre-K curriculum. You know, the stuff we do with our little ones to provide opportunities to develop their love of learning and maybe teach them a few things. 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!

Tot School ~ cooking, cutting & chalk

We had a fun tot school week, with our tot school activities falling at strange times of the day. We try to “do” official tot school every morning but last week the schedule was all thrown off by various things so we intermingled tot school throughout the week, here are a few highlights from our week…

The teen we have living with us loves to cook and cooks often with P. K is just old enough now to join in and they made a cake together, here he is stirring his green frosting. He had so much fun!

We also played with our great Melissa and Doug Cutting Food Box, where K is learning the names of different foods and how to “cut-it” as he calls it. He loves practicing his cutting skills!
Then, it was finally not bitter cold and we escaped outside for some chalk time. I had no idea how much he would LOVE chalk, he played for a long time with it, it was awesome! He was in all sorts of weird positions as he drew with his “colors.” Here he is on the top step, he is quite the daring little guy…
I have also created a *Tot School* portion to my website (Lapbooks from 1+1+1=1), to highlight different things about tot school that aren’t as easy to put on the blog. I am keeping a record of all who participate in Tot School over there too, so if you’ve participated, jump over and see yourself linked up! If you’d like to participate, I welcome you to join us anytime and share what you’re doing with your tot! Please don’t feel like it has to be an entire week’s worth, even if you just have one simple entry about something you did with your tot, that’s great!

If you’re new to Tot School, here’s a few tips to get you started…What are you doing for Tot School lately? Let’s define a “tot” as an 1-3 year old. I would say anything before a formal Pre-K curriculum. You know, the stuff we do with our little ones to provide opportunities to develop their love of learning and maybe teach them a few things. 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!

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