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

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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

     

    Glitter Fun

     


    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

     

    Play Dough Dot Fun


    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!

    Magnet Dot Fun

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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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    Tot School ~ Letter Q

    ~Ladybug is currently 38.5 months old~Tot School


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    Here is her desk set-up for letter Q.  I added some letter fun, featuring the letter Q using our Letter Construction set, our alphabet peg set, and Letter Q soup canTot School Letter Q -8439

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

    This week we colored quails together {she wanted them all pink} and then cut them up to play hide and seek!Tot School Letter Q -8400

    First, I hid them, and she went around finding them and yelling out the colors!  Then she hid them for me!Tot School Letter Q -8403

     

    She dot painted the letter Q…Tot School Letter Q -8394

    Gluing her quails on…Tot School Letter Q -8397

    Here she is working on Letter Qq Dot Fun, we used our magnetic pom poms and our cookie sheet.  I used our wooden letters to hold the page in place.  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.Tot School Letter Q -8332

    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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    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!Tot School Letter Q -8327

    We are loving our Candy Construction set, which is a review item from Learning Resources!  Stay tuned for a giveaway coming very soon!

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    She continues to love this puzzle, even after our farm theme week is over!Tot School Letter Q -8414

    We got out our Letter Construction Kit and made people and butterflies…Tot School Letter Q -8419

    Then we made shapes and lined them up.  I yelled them out as she jumped through each one.Tot School Letter Q -8425

    Then, she was the yeller for Krash!Tot School Letter Q -8429


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    Fireworks on the roof was a first for Ladybug and oh did she LOVE IT!  She smiled and clapped a lot!!!IMG_8346

     


    Hanging-ith-the-big-Kids4World geography is kicking back into gear around here! We are focusing on Europe right now, since the Olympics are in London.  I have much more to share about our world geography plans, stay tuned! 

    Ladybug isn’t actually a main part in the geography plan, but she is actually the most interested!  She does this Europe puzzle {got ours in a set at a discount store, the price is HIGH online} at least 2-3 times per day.Tot School Letter Q -8320

    We have a big floor map, and I had just the Europe section out for the boys, but she begged for the whole thing.  So, I said yes, of course! She was jumping with joy when we finished it!Tot School Letter Q -8412


    Insta-Tot4_thumbLadybug’s week on Instagram, since we are using Instagram more, I am switching the Mom’s Favorite category to “Insta-Tot” .  {I am using Printsgram to make the layout for the week!}

    Featuring:   puzzle with Daddy, pool time, Octonauts with Daddy, new froggy baben suit, Golden Corral, pretty braids, night night star, fireworks on the roof, Starfall, 4th of July, and Europe puzzle.image

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  • Tot School ~ Letter P

    ~Ladybug is currently 38.5 months old~Tot School


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    Here is her desk set-up for letter P.  I added some letter fun, featuring the letter P using our Letter Construction set, our alphabet peg set, and letter bean bags.  All of our pigs joined the set up this week also.  As usual, she loved this!Summer Learning Kindergarten (3 of 7)

    I went with a mild farm theme for her shelves, since we have several toys with a farm theme; piggy bank, Farm Puzzle, Farm Maze, Farm Felt Set, Farm Block Puzzle, Who Lives Where? {it had pigs in it}. Summer Learning Kindergarten (4 of 7)

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

    Here are some Letter P and Pig ideas for you…

     

    This week we colored pigs together and then cut them up to play hide and seek!IMG_8239

    First, I hid them, and she went around finding them and yelling out the colors!  Then she hid them for me!

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    It was so much fun, we did the shapes this way too!  She only wanted to do the hiding this time!

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    We “snow painted” the letter P…IMG_8189

    A little shaving cream play break…IMG_8193

    After the paint dried, she glued her piggies on…IMG_8214

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    Here she is working on Letter Pp Dot Fun, we made mini play dough balls and she smooshed them onto 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_8195

    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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    By FAR, the most played with toy, the farm cube puzzle.  We did this thing numerous times per day.  By the end of the week she was doing them on her own!IMG_8247

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    We had a fun  Play Dough day, using our letter P and piggies for some extra fun.IMG_8208

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    This farm puzzle was from Target awhile back.IMG_8225

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    Matching baby/Mommy farm animals {old puzzles of mine}IMG_8229

    Playing with our entire color supply box!IMG_8186

    Magnetic Pattern BlocksSummer Learning Kindergarten (1 of 7)


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    Ladybug attended her first VBS!  She wasn’t technically “allowed” to go, but I stayed with her so she could sing and see the puppets for the first part.  Since we are at an inner-city missionary staffed church, we have visiting groups lead VBS all summer, this was the first of the summer!

      


    Hanging ith the big KidsI don’t normally buy workbooks, since I make my own printables.  But, Ladybug was wanting to have a workbook of her own, similar to the big boys, so I picked one up for her at Costco!  I got her the Gakken Let’s Get Ready {ridiculous price on Amazon, I got it for $6.79 at Costco}, and she loves it!  She did about 15 pages the first day!

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    Ladybug loves our Readeez videos!  Here she was watching the Nursery Rhyme Collection, be sure to enter to win the full set if you haven’t yet!

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


    Insta-Tot4Ladybug’s week on Instagram, since we are using Instagram more, I am switching the Mom’s Favorite category to “Insta-Tot” .  {I am using Printsgram to make the layout for the week!}

    Featuring: her 1st VBS, bed jumping, BIG veggie garden, pet firefly, “sprinkles,” Rolie Polie Olie, “I wanna go sweepovah, Loving Stella, snakes in shaving cream, P is for Pig, petting a bunny, flowers, silly girl, Mommy’s bday, adorable robe.  We are 1plus1plus1, follow us or see all of our photos here!

    Ladybug's Instagram Week


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