Tot School ~ Letter O

~Ladybug is currently 38 months old~Tot School


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I have been forgetting to take pictures of her desk set-up, but I remembered this week!  I added some letter fun also, featuring the letter O using our Letter Construction set, our alphabet peg set, our foam floor puzzle alphabet, and letter bean bags.  She loved this!

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

Letter O Week

Here are some Letter O and Octopus ideas for you…

 

She did tons of her octopus stuff, I only have 1 picture to show for it!  Here she is coloring…

Octopus Coloring

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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Octonauts Tot Pack

O week seemed perfect for an Octonauts theme!

I put magnets on the back of the heads and tails matching and had them with our cookie sheet, she loved this!Octonauts Matching

3 part cards in the mini pocket chart, she did this several times, minus the word matching-I helped or she ignored it for the most part!Octonauts Matching

Octonauts graphing with dot paint!Octonauts Graphing

I cut, she chose, glued and counted!

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Play Dough in the dry erase center!Octonauts Play Dough

ABC tracing…Octonauts Alphabet Tracing

I said, “Who is in the crescent?” she loved yelling out their names!Octonauts Tracing Shapes

She wanted to color the insides of the O’s on her maze!Octonauts Letter Maze


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I brought out our ocean sensory bin for the week, she loved it!  We haven’t had sensory bins as much, so they are special when they appear!Ocean Sensory Bin

Ocean Sensory Bin

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Play Dough with the boys…play dough busy box

Big brother letting her use his spin art…spin art


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We have a herd of caterpillars around here, collected by my sons from the backyard.  Pac is keeping his stash in our butterfly house, and they are doing well.  Ladybug has her own set in a glass jar and carries the poor things around with her everywhere!  Here, she was observing one of them as it played outside of it’s cage.

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Only one photo of my bug and her iPad this week, from Instagram, as she was doing her 3 letters before bed.  She will ask if she can do just 3 letters before we read books!Letter School App

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Insta TotLadybug’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 last night in her crib, new big girl bed, snuggles with Mommy, swimming with Daddy, fancy hair, and more!  We are 1plus1plus1, follow us or see all of our photos here!

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  • Please put your tot’s age (in months) after it, like this: 1+1+1=1 (41 mos)

  • Tot School ~ Letter N

    ~Ladybug is currently 37.5 months old~


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

    Here are some Letter N and Newt ideas for you…

     

    She requested finger paint again, wanting her newt to be blue…IMG_7533

     

    We also used finger paint for the dot fun page, I squirted a tiny bit on each circle and she swirled it around as we yelled out the letters! 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_7527

     

    We slipped our Play Dough Mat into our Dry Erase Center, she helped me roll snakes to make her letters…IMG_7540

     

    She worked with me to make the letter craft, which is basically an open ended project that you can do whatever you want with!  This week I gave her a small sponge and let her choose a color of paint.  She was a bit confused at first but once she got the hang of it, she LOVED sponge painting!IMG_7520

    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!


    We are taking our All About Reading Pre Level 1 lessons slowly.  I am not expecting mastery from Ladybug, just using this program as a way to expose her to the Big Five Skills.

    She hasn’t wanted to work on her All About Reading letter sheets the past 2 weeks, which is fine by me-I don’t force her to do anything at this point.  This week she loved the “Nanny Goat” probably because her grandma is called “Nanee.”  She used finger paint to color the nanny goat…IMG_7531

    This week we used Ziggy to work on compound words, saying them in 2 parts out loud and then saying the whole word out loud!  She did it with me a few times, but wasn’t too interested.  She loved playing with Ziggy!IMG_7546


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    We used our new Letter Construction set to make our letter Nn…IMG_7549

    She loves these!IMG_7542

    We played Honey Bee Tree a LOT…IMG_7557

    She played with her magnets for hours one day!  Specifically, her pattern block magnets and her abc magnets.  The shot on the right is her whining about me taking her picture.

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    We got a new letter peg set from Lakeshore Learning to review, and she is in LOVE!  I am too!IMG_7371

    She had to really work hard to get the pegs in and at first wanted to give up, but she persevered and can do it now!  She shows me her strong muscles!IMG_7406


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    We got a new swimming pool, and have been outside a lot!  Even amidst the miles of concrete, nature finds us.  She found a tiny black bug in the pool and kept him as her pet for over an hour.  Cuddling him, petting him, talking to him.

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    She even kept him alive the entire hour and then put him on a flower and said good bye!IMG_0334

    Then, her brother found her a butterfly!  This girl LOVES bugs.IMG_0365


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    The iPad comes in VERY handy when she gets up before I am ready.  I give it to her and sleep a bit more.  One morning she was playing ABCs of God and loved it!  She hadn’t played it in awhile, I think she forgot about it!IMG_0235

    Watching a bit of Netflix using her new princess floaty as a set…genius!IMG_0039

    A few apps she has played a lot this past week…

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  • Please put your tot’s age (in months) after it, like this: 1+1+1=1 (41 mos)

  • Tot School ~ Letter M

    ~Ladybug is currently 37.5 months old~


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

    Here are some Letter M and Mouse ideas for you…

     

    She requested finger paint again…IMG_7211

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    After painting, she requested glitterIMG_7216

    Then she asked for colored paint…IMG_7223

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    She worked with me to make the letter craft, which is basically an open ended project that you can do whatever you want with!  This week I gave her big and little Mm stamps, and she LOVED stamping with me-we took turns!IMG_7197

    She tried to cut her letter out by herself!  She eventually gave it to me to finish, but I was thrilled with her determination and desire!IMG_7201

    She glues everything by herself now, however she wants!IMG_7208

    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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    Mickey Mouse Printables

    In honor of M is for Mouse week, I made her a Mickey Mouse Printable Pack! I gathered all of her Mickey toys & books and brought them to the schoolroom too!  Notice the kitty hidden in the picture. Winking smile  Silly Stella.IMG_7192

    She loved the Mickey Mouse stuff and dove right in and started coloring as soon as she found her notebook! {her purple tray is here, but get it at Michaels if you can, it’s only 4.99 or less with a coupon!}IMG_7108

    She loves the graphing game and totally gets it now!IMG_7109

    She wanted to color her shapes…IMG_7111

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    Working on the letter maze…IMG_7240

    Tracing…IMG_7242

    Tracing letters…IMG_7261


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    Stacking and nesting cylindersIMG_7119

    She told me the skinny ones were her candles and that I needed to sing Happy Birthday to her, so I did.IMG_7126

    She played with Perfection multiple times {with the timer off, it scares her!}…IMG_7232

    She used the cards from our Design and Drill and laid the screws upside down to make the patterns on the cards.  I was amazed with her patience, she did this a few different times!IMG_7251

    Playing with the marble tracks {these are called Frigits, I couldn’t find the set we have on Amazon} her brothers made for her…IMG_7258

    Sorting gems in our Mancala game…IMG_7253


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    We had a few hot days and enjoyed our {last-summer, popped and a bit dirty} pool! She LOVES to swim and could have cared less about the pool imperfections or the chilly water!IMG_7166

    Remember the popsicle she snagged from her biggest brother? She hit her Daddy up too and got over half of his!  Little stinker!IMG_7081  IMG_7085


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    Here she was playing Alpha Tots-one of our all time favorites.IMG_7239

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  • Tot School ~ Letter L

    ~Ladybug is currently 37 months old~


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

    Here are some Letter L and Llama ideas for you…

     

    I brought finger paint out and she LOVED it…IMG_6877

    Really, really loved it.IMG_6881

    She spent some time tracing with a regular marker too,IMG_6952

    Screaming at me to stop taking her picture {2 seconds later she was asking me to see her picture}IMG_6953

     

    Here she is working on Letter Ll Dot Fun, first she colored in all of 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. Then she watched as I traced each letter with glue, then she glittered them!IMG_6962

    More glitter…IMG_6965

     

    We slipped our Play Dough Mat into our Dry Erase Center, and made the letters together.  After making the letters, she poked them! IMG_6882

     

    She worked with me to make the letter craft, which is basically an open ended project that you can do whatever you want with!  This week I gave her letter L stickers to put on it and then she finger painted it.

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    Afterwards, we put the llamas on!IMG_6873

     

    Our llama book for the week was Is Your Mama a Llama, I got out an old idea I had done with Krash years ago, she loved it!IMG_6858

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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 asks for her big Animal ABCs often, she loves to lay them out on the floor.IMG_6846

    I gave her our foam letters too and she matched them all up!IMG_6848

     

    My dad enjoyed playing her version of Scrabble Alphabet SoupIMG_6852

     

    I finally got new paper for our easel and she’s back to drawing again!IMG_6854

     

    Play dough fun with marblesIMG_6885

    I added in her building set pieces too…IMG_6894

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    Matching beginning sounds with me using our ABC felt setIMG_6913

     

    She put most of the 3 letter word puzzles together herself and loved them.IMG_6914

     

    We worked on reading family names and Stella was a big help!IMG_6928

    She also drew herself…IMG_6932

    We used our magnetic gems to make letters…IMG_6934

     

    Block building…IMG_6939

     

    We made ABAB patterns with Zoobs and this was her dramatic way of showing me what color came next…IMG_6942

    She loved standing it up to measure…IMG_6944

    Using it as a weight lifting bar was fun too…

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    Shaving cream & finger paint play…

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    Favorite toy of the week by far, our new Letter Construction set which we are reviewing for Learning Resources.  I figured she would like these, but she LOVES them.IMG_6986

    We made shapes and jumped into the shape I called out…IMG_6995

    We also made tons of letters and jumped to those too!IMG_7006

     

    She looks angry in this picture but really she was reading to herself and being extremely dramatic!  It was so funny!IMG_7012


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    We made Origami animals along with our stop in Japan with Little Passports.  Ladybug chose to make a kitty with us, well ~ she chose for me to make a kitty for her!IMG_6919


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    We are currently reviewing Readeez and Ladybug is in love.  I will be sharing more soon, but here she is watching the counting song! IMG_6843

    She loves the Nursery Rhymes bundle and here is watching London Bridge.IMG_6844

    Of course, iPad time!  Favorite apps this week have been; Letter School, Little Writer, Pluto Piano {she is playing in the photo}IMG_7017

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


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  • Tot School 2011/2012 Blog Roll 
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  • Tot School Webpage {including links of all participants}
  • How do I Link up to Tot School? Please be sure to read this BEFORE you link up for the first time!!! If your blog is not linked back here to Tot School {within your post, not just on your sidebar}, and/or your post is not specifically a Tot School post, your link will be deleted to help Tot School surfing moms. If your link was deleted, please email if you don’t know why.
  • Please put your tot’s age (in months) after it, like this: 1+1+1=1 (41 mos)

  • Tot School ~ Letter Ii

    ~Ladybug is currently 36 months old~


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    Here is her desk set up for letter I…IMG_5683

    The items in the pocket chart are all available here on the Animal ABCs webpage.  I added iguanas on her desk, and her Iguana on Ice book, which she loved! {files are released for free when they are posted on the Totally Tots blog for the ABC feature, letter I is not free yet, but it will be once it is posted on Totally Tots!}.

    Here are some Letter I and Iguana ideas for you…

     

    She hasn’t been into her dry erase notebook set-up lately so I switched things up and let her work on the pages this week.  She enjoyed the change! 

    She traced her shapes with markers and wanted to color them all in too.  Afterwards, it made a perfect “looking scope".”

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    On another day she asked if we could glitter her shapes, so we did!IMG_5656

    We used dot stickers with the number sheet to work on counting 1-20 with 1:1 correspondence.IMG_5651

    The coloring is always a favorite of hers!IMG_5462

     

    Here she is working on Letter I Dot Fun, we used dot stickers this time!  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_5438

     

    She worked with me to make the letter craft, which is basically an open ended project that you can do whatever you want with!  She painted her letter with “snow paint.”   IMG_5503

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    The iguana heard that the elephant had a trip to the spa, so he wanted a turn too.IMG_5510

    We also added in some finger paint to play with mixing colors!IMG_5535

    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!


    We are taking our All About Reading Pre Level 1 lessons slowly.  I am not expecting mastery from Ladybug, just using this program as a way to expose her to the Big Five Skills.

    This week we worked on rhyming in a very fun way, with a mystery bag!  Krash joined us too, so it was tons of giggles!  I found several objects and put them in a bag.  She reached in and grabbed something out and we made up a rhyming word to match {she pulled out a spoon, we said moon}.  At the end we matched up some of the items that rhymed {block/rock}

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    She loved the letter page this week!  She dot painted the I green first {her choice}, the she colored the inch worms and we added their scarves.  I brought out some silver glitter to make the snow sparkle too!IMG_5642


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    Not much toy play this week, not really sure why.  Here she built a spinny sun with our MagneatosIMG_5555

    We played Hullaballoo together, she LOVED it!!!IMG_5735

    She got this Princess “computer” for her birthday and she LOVES it.  She sits beside me and “works” on her computer!IMG_5713


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    The girl loves the iPad!  Here she was playing Teach Me ToddlerIMG_5627

    Playing Junior BINGOIMG_5737

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


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    On the left she is telling me “no picture Mommy, don’t take a picture of me.”

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    Digging for inchworms!IMG_5729 


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    Please put your tot’s age (in months) after it, like this: 1+1+1=1 (41 mos)