Tot school ~ Letter V

~ Ladybug is 41 Months Old ~Tot-School_thumb3


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V is for Vulture, but I sure don’t have any stuffed vultures for her to play with!  Since we are doing letter baskets now I don’t have a fancy desk set up to share, but here is her Letter V basket…Animal ABC Letter V-2274

She enjoys digging through it, especially to find the puzzle pieces and then magnets.Animal ABC Letter V-2266

Here she was putting all of the magnets on her Letter Vv Dot Fun. 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.Animal ABC Letter V-2269

After it was all out, I arranged it and snapped a pic so you could see what was in it! Alphabet Soup set, ABC peg set, Magnetic Letters, Ladybug Alphabet Puzzle, and more!Animal ABC Letter V-2271

The printable items shown below 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 V is not free yet, but it will be

She was thrilled to do her cutting, and did it with ease!Animal ABC Letter V-2230

We dot painted her letter V…Animal ABC Letter V-2225

Gluing her vultures down…Animal ABC Letter V-2247

She colored all of her vultures and then Krash hid the for her to find…

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She colored and worked on all of her other Letter V extras, I just forgot to take any pics!


We are back to doing All About Reading Pre Level 1 once a week.  I am not expecting mastery from Ladybug, just using this program as a way to expose her to the Big Five Skills.

She totally shocked me this week.  The lesson was sorting 1, 2, and 3 syllable words.All About Reading Syllable Sort-2264

I thought certainly this would be a model and follow lesson.  Oh was I ever wrong.  I showed her one time and she did them all.  After a few cards in I quickly grabbed my phone to take a video!


Learning-Toys_thumbShe is very into making letter with whatever she has.  Here she was showing me the T she made with our Measuring Motors roads…Homeschool-2186

“Wook Mommy, wettah L!”Homeschool-2187

Seeing how much fun she was having, I got out our How to Build an A book and supplies, she loved it!Homeschool-2194

Wedgits building…Homeschool-2204

We made long patterns with learning links. She was unhooking the chains for me so we could use certain colors in our pattern.Homeschool-2206

Our new Color Cubes from Learning Resources were her favorite activity this week!  She sat with me for so long and would have continued if we would have had more time! 

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I am working on a more organized way to manage the apps we use for school time.  An idea I am testing out right now is printables, cut into cards to show the apps I want her working on.  You can see the sleeve of choices to the right on the table.  I DO plan to share this full idea and our feedback as soon as I can.  I will also share the printables and a how-to-make-your-own! Already she was reminded of a beloved app I think she had recently forgotten about, The ABC’s of God.  She saw the image in her choices and picked it first!Homeschool iPad Apps-2256

After sitting at my desk for awhile, she moved to the bean bag! {her purple tray is here, but get it at Michaels if you can, it’s only 4.99 or less with a coupon!} Homeschool iPad Apps-2259

She also loves BINGO Junior and had asked k for a bit of help here…Homeschool-2208

Another iPad favorite is our Readeez videos.  She loves these so much, so do I! {she has the iPad propped up in an old photo frame stand}Homeschool-2215

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    My girl is gonna learn to read simply by sitting in on her brother’s All About Reading and Spelling lessons!  Anytime she sees me doing them with him, she scoots herself close by and just soaks it in.  It really is crazy how drawn she is to this.All About Spelling-2284


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    Ladybug’s week on Instagram {I am using Printsgram to make the layout for the week!}

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    Friday is our day off and this past one I spent the day CLEANING massively while Daddy hung out with kiddos!  At one point I walked down and saw this…homeschool-2300


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  • Tot School ~ Letter T

    ~Ladybug is currently 40.5 months old~Tot School


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    The printable items are 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 T is not free yet, but it will be once it is posted on Totally Tots!}.

    More Letter T/Tiger Fun…

     

    One evening, after dinner, she sat down at her desk and told me she was going to do her schoolwork.  That she did!  She worked for awhile as you will see below…Homeschool Tot School-1406

    After coloring and tracing a bit, she asked to glue her shapes on purple paper.

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    This week we used letter T stickers to decorate the letter…Homeschool Tot School-1440

    She cut her own tigers too!Homeschool Tot School-1444

     

    Here she is working on Letter Tt Dot Fun, we used magnetic gems. 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.Homeschool Tot School-1431

    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!


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    I tried something new this week, a letter bin, and she loved it!  I did something similar with Krash years ago, and thought she might enjoy it.  It takes a bit of work to gather it all, but it really helps emphasize the letter and the sounds.  I grabbed many items that begin with T and letters too.  Then when the week began, I challenged Krash to find little things that also began with T, as a review for him. {he added a Transformer, train, tape, and pretend tomato}.Letter T Bin-1275

    We explored the letter T box almost daily!Homeschool Tot School-1422

     

    We love our Alphabet Soup set! Here we were going over the letter T items as she dropped them in the can.Homeschool Tot School-1427

    By far, the MOST played with toy this week ~ Interlox. We share some of our toys in a bin rotation system with friends and these have been “gone” for awhile.  When the bin returned, I added them to her shelf and she was immediately drawn to them.  Here’s her airplane…Homeschool Tot School-1278

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    She told me this was a platypus {yes, she is a Phineas and Ferb fan thanks to her brothers}.Homeschool Tot School-1393

     

    We played Connect 4 Launchers, tot style {no rules} a few times this week!Homeschool Tot School-1333

    A toy that was passed down to us was a big hit.  She had fun making the Word World words with me! {it’s here on Amazon, but the price is outrageous-totally NOT worth that!}Homeschool Tot School-1341

    Sorting wooden shapesHomeschool Tot School-1397

    She only played with the screw block once, not her favorite toy.Homeschool Tot School-1401


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    Ladybug continues to love her games on the iPad, here she was playing a favorite, Tally Tots.Homeschool Tot School-1310

     


    Insta-Tot4_thumbLadybug’s week on Instagram {I am using Printsgram to make the layout for the week!}

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  • Tot School ~ Letter S

    ~Ladybug is currently 40 months old~Tot School


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    Here is her desk set-up for letter S. I added her squirrel, and some letter fun, featuring the letter S using our Letter Construction set, our alphabet peg set, and our Alphabet Soup S Can. Homeschool Tot School Letter S

    The printable 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 S is not free yet, but it will be once it is posted on Totally Tots!}.

    Here are some Letter S and Squirrel ideas for you…

     

    This week we colored shapes together and then cut them up to play hide and seek!Homeschool Tot School -0881

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    We take turns hiding them, until I force us to stop.  I do believe she would play this game all day long.Homeschool Tot School -0888

     

    She chose finger paint for her letter craft this week…Homeschool Tot School-1097

    She cut her own squirrels!Homeschool Tot School-1100

    Tracing…Homeschool Tot School-1106

    Finger painting the squirrel…Homeschool Tot School-1108

    She finger painted the ones we had finger paint for, and then we switched to brushes for the rest.Homeschool Tot School-1109

     

    Here she is working on Letter Ss Dot Fun, we she used our gem magnets. 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.Homeschool Tot School -1013

    Ideas for Using Dot Fun Printables

    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!


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    These blocks are still a major favorite with all 3 kids.Homeschool Tot School -0876

    She finally tried to lace by herself after years of me presenting it to her!Homeschool Tot School -0895

    Playing with the candy car we made together,Homeschool Tot School -0997

    She loves putting the tiny things in the curves and pull them out,Homeschool Tot School -1003

    Letter S Alphabet SoupHomeschool Tot School -1009

    Building a lizard with her Magnetic Pattern BlocksHomeschool Tot School -1014

    Got out our pattern block pattern cards and she loved them!Homeschool Tot School -1019

    Playing Cookies on a PlateHomeschool Tot School-1092

    We had lots of fun with our ABC peg set.Homeschool Tot School-1125

    We got out our box of small animals and matched tons of them up with their beginning sound!Homeschool Tot School-1127

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    Reading, reading, reading…Homeschool Tot School-1145


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  • Tot School ~ Letter R

    ~Ladybug is currently 39.5 months old~Tot School


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    Here is her desk set-up for letter R. I added some letter fun, featuring the letter R using our Letter Construction set, our alphabet peg set, magnetic R and fishing rod, Rosie’s Red Radish {these are at Costco right now I have heard, for a great price!}, and Letter R soup can.

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    The printable items are 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 R is not free yet, but it will be once it is posted on Totally Tots!}.

    More Letter R/Raccoon Fun…

     

    She chose to finger paint her letter R…Homeschool Tot School Letter Rr-9328

    She cut all of her raccoons by herself!Homeschool Tot School Letter Rr-9330

    She glued her raccoons down on another day…Homeschool Tot School Letter R -9596

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    We used play dough to make the letter Rr…Homeschool Tot School Letter R -9587

    Here she is working on Letter Rr Dot Fun, we used magnetic gems one day, and then went back to it with finger paints. 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.Homeschool Tot School Letter R -8531

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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!


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    She loves the Froggy Feeding Fun game.  Personally I think the frogs are a bit too tough for little kids, but that doesn’t seem to hinder her interest at all.  She just gets me to squeeze the frog while she feeds him…Homeschool Tot School-9540

    Or, she uses 2 hands and gets me to feed him…

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    Foam block fun…Homeschool Tot School-9556

    Playing catch…

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    I got her some new Aquadoodle tools in the Target toy clearance last week and it renewed her interest, BIG time!Homeschool Tot School-9573

    She still loves to play with the Design and Drill like this…Homeschool Tot School-9319

    We played lots of Connect Four, tot style {no rules}.Homeschool Tot School-9340

     

    Magnetic pattern blocksHomeschool Tot School-9344

    Sorting our Measuring Motors by size…Learning Resources Measuring Motors-9326

    Creating with the Busy Hands Play Dough Box

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    Play dough puzzles using our wooden shapes from this toy.Homeschool Tot School Letter R -9613

    We recently got this Alphabet Soup set and I LOVE it! I am planning to pull the cans down one at a time as we work through letters this time, and then again when she does RRSP. As she advances, we will use them for sound sorting!Homeschool Tot School Letter R -8521

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    We had our annual church picnic and it poured down rain right before we arrived, leaving awesome puddles to jump in…

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    One of our friends had just picked up their chickens and were holding them in the back of their truck while at the picnic, Ladybug LOVED petting one!IMG_9719

    She went on the swing all by herself for the first time! Usually she is scared and wants to sit with us!IMG_9856

    The bigger kids had a sack race and she desperately wanted to join them!  Daddy helped her hop after they were all done!

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    Ladybug continues to love her games on the iPad, here she was snuggled in our bean bag, playing Starfall.Homeschool Tot School-9350

    We got a new free app {it was free for a limited time} called ABC Wildlife, she really enjoyed it!

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    Insta-Tot4_thumbLadybug’s week on Instagram {I am using Printsgram to make the layout for the week!}

    Featuring: Time with our Mommy’s helper Sarah, iPad time, snack with Krash, down the drain fear, mommy I found your hair, froggy time, baking cookies, swimming, puddle jumping, chicken petting, swimming, tether ball, climbing, and with Mommy!Ladybug on Instagram 8.12

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  • Ideas for Using ~ Dot Fun Printables

    I get questions frequently about certain printables I offer, from moms wanting to know what they are intended to be used for.  In honor of these questions, I am doing a series of blog posts, based on the printables I get the most questions about! If there is a printable included in a Preschool Pack, Tot Pack, or others,  that you have wondered about, let me know in the comments and I will add it to my list of future posts!

    First up, dot fun printables!

    Ideas for Using Dot Fun Printables

    I am certainly not the only one to offer these, they have been around for years.  I offer dot fun printables in a few locations on my site.

    Animal ABC {this is mostly what you see in the post since we are currently using these.  These are a part of the Animal ABC Bundle, or can be purchase by themselves at Teacher’s Notebook here.Animal ABC Dot Fun

     

    Facebook Fan Freebie ~ this is an additional set of dot fun animals {not a complete a-z set, just extra animals for the letters that had them}Animal ABC Dot Fun Extra Animals

     

    Tot/Preschool Packs that have dot fun: Dora, Little Einsteins, Baby Animals, Octonauts, {there may be more, those are the ones I could remember!}

    You can also find TONS of dot fun activities on Making Learning Fun {look under letter M they call them magnet pages}, Homeschool Creations, and more. Here’s a great post from Simply Montessori with a great collection of dot printables she has found online! People call them different things, but they are all the pages with the blank dots on them!

    Here are a few of my ideas of how to use these printable in a variety of ways! If you have more ideas, leave them in the comments!


    The most obvious is usually dot paint!  This is fun, and a one use item.  Once it’s painted on, it’s usually done.Dot Paint Fun


    Another one use item is small stickers.  Stickers work on many fine motor skills and are really good for tots to explore.  When my tots are young, I line the stickers up as shown on the left, to allow as much independence as possible.

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    Markers are another way to use dot fun pages.  My daughter likes to color in the circles, which is great fine motor work also.  If  you’ve ever seen the Kumon Let’s Color workbook, you’ll notice the similarities.

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    If you are brave, get out the glitter for your tot and let him/her shake it on the glue you put on the letters!Glitter Fun

     

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    Finger Paint is another fun use.  It takes great concentration, as you can see!  She really loved this!Finger Paint


    Want to use your dot fun multiple times?  Slip it into a sheet protector or a dry erase center, then get out your play dough! Roll balls with your tot, then find a small object for your tot to smoosh into the balls for extra fine motor work!Play Dough Dot Fun

     

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    Grab a cookie sheet and use small home made magnets to put on the dots.  You can buy magnets, or you can make your own.  We have pom pom magnets and gem magnets.  I made both with a glue gun, mini magnets, and that’s it!

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    Helpful Dot Fun Items…

    Remember ~ when using small objects with young children, they need constant supervision.  Many of the items suggested are choking hazards and should never be in the hands of a young child who isn’t properly supervised.

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