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!

Click here to see past Tot School Posts and ideas from others!

Tot School ~ Sick Style

Tot school was done sick-style for us this week. Poor K was puking and running a fever shortly after this first shot was taken…P had selected their miniblocks and K enjoyed it and then “it” hit him and he slowly became miserable. Soon both boys were cuddled up in my bed watching Baby Einstein in my bed for Tot School! He is really loving Baby Einstein – Baby Van Gogh – World of Colors right now, which is mainly about colors!K finally perked up when we dyed Easter eggs and he really loved us naming the colors for him! That counts as our main Tot School for the week! And, my dad got to participate in some Tot School as he taught K the animal names while playing with our Noah’s Ark Shape Sorter. This is a favorite toy around here! There was also lots of reading as the sick boy cuddled…K seems to be feeling better now, I look forward to the upcoming week of Tot School, maybe we can even get outside this week!

Official Info on Tot-School, in case you’re just joining us…
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 ~ Paint, Shapes, & Dress Up!

It has been a bit of a slow school time for us, with traveling, sicknesses and lots going on in our ministry life. But, we did manage to have some tot-school fun last week, that I want to be sure to share! I also am LOVING your ideas, thanks so much for sharing!

K isn’t much of a painter, but still I drag it all out for him sometimes. I think this day he lasted all of about 3 minutes…luckily I snapped the photo at the beginning! This was his first water-color paint experience, he wasn’t too impressed!One of our new favorite toys was a recent gift from the grandparents, another wonderful Melissa and Doug toy. This one is fabulous and kept K busy for a long time. He is very into shapes and can successfully name: oval, circle and triangle. We’re working on square and rectangle. The only color he is consistent with is purple, but he’s constantly asking me the colors, so I don’t think he’s far off from knowing many more. This toy is wonderful for both of those things and so much more, I highly recommend it!

Dress up was a BIG hit with both boys last week, I am actually a bit surprised that K likes it so much, but he really does! He lets us dress him up in all sorts of things, and wanders around acting all goofy, it is great! We love our dress up box, full with boy-dress up items. Currently we have: airplane pilot, train conductor, army man, old Halloween costumes, vet, doctor, construction worker, police, fireman, and probably a few more I am forgetting! Most of them we have gotten (as gifts) from Toys R Us.

Official Info on Tot-School, in case you’re just joining us…
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!

Here is a great link explaining how to link to a direct post and not the homepage of your blog, so people can find your tot school post right away. Please remember to add a link back here in your post, so we can hopefully grow our tot school community! Thanks guys for participating, your ideas are wonderful!

Tot School ~ Our Fun Week

We had a fun week with K doing Tot School. I am really loving this purposeful time with him each day and I know he certainly loves it! We began our week by pulling out our peg board. Last time we had it out he wasn’t really interested in trying it himself, but this was a different story, he played with it for a long time and had a great time.

Then, he lost interest and went in and got his fish game to play with P…

The next day we got out our Discovery Toys Busy Bugs and a few small kitchen tools. K enjoyed the kitchen stuff more than the bugs, but P enjoyed practicing his patterning skills with the bugs so it worked out perfectly. K did like stirring the bugs in the bowl :).

Then the kitchen supplies became instruments…And it was bath day so we decided to throw in a little finger painting before the bath…Stickers were a big hit for both of the boys! This was the first time K actually used them and placed them on a paper himself. I love how he purposefully chose stickers that represented things he likes right now (Cars, Nemo, animals…etc)I am so glad I caught this moment…him dumping out ALL of the Mega Blocks!I love when the boys play with any sort of blocks, it teaches so many wonderful skills. They learn so much about how to patient and kind with each other too, especially P when K destroys his tower!K built his own tall tower all on his own, I loved watching his intensity… He remained calm when it began falling, and giggled when it all crashed, I love that about him! He just built it all again!
P chose the activities this day, it was actually Blocks and Balls day, here is the ball area P set up for K!And finally, last night we had chalk time for a late in the day Tot School. Although K was much more interested in seeing if the chalkboard would work as a slide!
Then he decided to become our photographer… What did you do for Tot School this week? If you’d like to share, simply leave a link to your exact post in Mr Linky below. You don’t have to recap your entire week, you can link to any post about what you do to teach your tot. For more info on Tot School and how to link up, see our original Tot School post here. To see other Tot School posts, click here.

Tot School ~ Music Time!

My boys love music, I do too, but honestly sometimes I can’t handle their idea of music (LOUD). But I am a believer in music, I even taught a toddler music class for awhile through my ministry. We have lots of instruments around our house, and often use the kitchen supplies!

For Tot School the other day I brought out one of our boxes of random instruments. K has seen them before but they stay tucked away mostly so when they do come out it is always “new” again. Almost all of the items I use for our Tot School time are things that I keep put away and bring out at special times. That way neither child gets bored with it. Here’s the boys exploring the stuff…

P located the train whistles, and K quickly followed his lead, trying to make his blow!
We sing songs for our music time too and I use these small finger puppets. P took an awesome music class when he was a toddler which is where I got many of my ideas from. Lots of the songs teach basic music concepts (high-low notes, etc.)
And of course, in perfect K style, he finds an alternative use…
And when he’s done, we’re done. He left the music time after about 15 minutes and wandered in to get out the play doh. He seems to be really into Play Doh right now! We got a few cans out and let him play for awhile. It was a great morning.
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!

Edited to add… here is a great link explaining how to link to a direct post and not the homepage of your blog, so people can find your tot school post right away. Please remember to add a link back here in your post, so we can hopefully grow our tot school community! Thanks guys for participating, your ideas are wonderful!