Tot School ~ Animal ABCs ~ Letter B

~Ladybug is currently 32.5 months old~

It was a full week for us, despite some sickness floating around.  Mostly for me, Krash and Ladybug towards the end of the week.  We carried on with school amidst coughing and snot.  Hopefully we will mend soon!


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Here is her desk set up for letter B. IMG_9587We have the Scholastic Alpha Tales book set, which is where the letter Bb book you see is from.  I wasn’t sure if she would like these books but she really does!  A reader shared that you can find this book set cheaper on a different website, I have never ordered from there but the price IS much lower! 

The items in the pocket chart are all available for free here on the Animal ABCs webpage.  I added a stuffed bear on her desk, and also several other bears over on her Tot Tray shelf.  I included polar bears and panda bears too, she loved that!

We also had several bear books off to the side in her pink basket. IMG_9592

The books were by FAR her favorite part of this week, we read and read and read!!!!IMG_9593

Here are some bear ideas for you…

 

As you will see, my tot LOVES to write.  She honestly blows me away with her desire to trace, color, draw, and write.  Neither of my boys were like this.  The “extras” were developed because of her intense love of writing and tracing.  Because her Tot Time Notebook was such a hit, I decided to go with a similar plan for her Animal ABC work.  The pages for the current unit are all in a 1/2” 3 ring binder, inside of sheet protectors.  She uses her click markers and eraser to work through her pages whenever she wants to!   

Here are a few action shots…

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My favorite “no picher” face. Gotta get those while they last!IMG_9615

I snapped some finished project shots since I don’t have papers to keep for her since they are all dry erase.  I want to be able to show her when she is older!

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The discussion sheet is fun when I can get her talking to me.  At first she didn’t want to but then when she noticed the baby bears she was into it and chatted with me for awhile. We are using this sheet as a way to develop vocabulary and observation skills.IMG_9632

 

The coloring page is pulled out and we worked on a few bears per day.  She usually likes to do this as team work, which is fine!IMG_9596I have noticed that her grip has consistently went from “correct” to this 3 fingered thing.  I will not be pushing her at this point-I don’t want to frustrate her and she is easily frustrated when told what to do.  I want school to be fun at this stage and let her guide her learning.  I hope to get the grip corrected slowly over the next year, we’ll see! Here’s an article from an OT about pencil grip if you have more questions.

She worked with me to make the letter craft, which is basically an open ended project that you can do whatever you want with!  We chose to paint the letter B, and then glue down the bears.  She wasn’t interested in cutting at all this week, so I trimmed the bears while she painted. IMG_9712

The next day she chose red paper and we glued the B and the bears down.IMG_9726

She immediately wanted to hang it up and stood admiring her letter A and letter B work!IMG_9727

Special Note: I know I said this last week, but I will probably repeat it every week just in case someone new comes along, I really think it is that important!  PLEASE remember that most tots will not enjoy this type of work.  Ladybug is unique in her desire to do these types of things.  When Krash was this age, he would barely sit at a table for a few minutes, let alone do tracing worksheets!  I only do this type of thing with Ladybug because she practically begs for it.  It is “her thing” and I just follow her lead.  All children are different, just have fun and follow your child’s lead at this stage!


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We worked on a few parts of the Brown Bear Printable Pack, which she LOVED!IMG_9639

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She roped Daddy into reading bear books to her whenever she had the chance.  You can barely see her little head behind the book!IMG_9585


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 is a bit too young for the program and Krash is a bit too old, so that’s why we are using it together. IMG_9664

This week we did lesson 2, which focused on letter B and also rhyming words. With Ladybug I do tons of modeling, you can see us using the rhyming cards below.  She loved me putting the duck into the truck and being all goofy about it.

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Pac was taking pictures {it’s his new favorite thing to do}, I am so glad he moved around and captured her face while we were doing this.  She was giggling hysterically!IMG_9649

As for Ziggy, she seemed a bit nervous around him this week, not even wanting to have him be a part of the lessons.  Instead she chose her new favorite, Sunshine Bear {who came out of basement hiding for bear week}.IMG_9655

Ziggy read with me, but she wanted him gone after that.IMG_9659

We used blue dot paint for blueberries…IMG_9672

and she asked if she could trace the lines on the bees.IMG_9675

The letter pages are simple and require little prep or planning, we just sit down and do it!  I am allowing her to choose if she wants to complete it or just watch me.

We are repeating the same lesson a few times during the week, since she is so young.  This was a different day {yes she is wearing the same jammies-she loves them}.  Here we used her Scrabble Alphabet Soup game to work on letter ID with Ziggy-she liked him this day!  We also worked with the rhyming cards from lesson 2 again.  I was amazed with how much she actually learned from the first lesson!IMG_9729

 


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The Busy Hands Box has some new sparkly white play dough and some blue!  She is sitting on a splat mat that my mom made for her, it used to be under her high chair.IMG_9676

We made a letter B!IMG_9682

Another puzzle {dollar spot Target} that she loves and did several times even though it is such a challenge for her and she needs help!IMG_9716

Our ball pit {Target} came out for some fun indoor gross motor play!IMG_9748

Markers and paper are a common thing for her.  This day she drew tons of little faces and told me who they all were and how they were feeling!IMG_9744


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She loved watching Leapfrog Phonics Farm {which she calls “purple doggy movie”} a few times thanks to Netflix and the iPad!.  The hoys liked it too!IMG_9724

In these shots she was playing The ABC’s of God. See more iPad apps we love here, iPad apps part 2 is here!!

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I love this shot of her bouncing in the bounce house at a friend’s birthday party!  She was scared of it at first but when it emptied out, she went in for a try and loved it!IMG_9913


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Brown Bear, Brown Bear Printables ~ Updated!

Brown Bear Brown bear Printables

I am so excited to share a brand new updated Brown Bear Printable Pack with you!  All clipart has been updated thanks to the adorable set I purchased from KPM Doodles.  I also added in some real animal photographs to the set.

All original files have been updated with the new clipart.

I also added several new printables to the set…

  • 3 Part Cards ~ both book characters and real photographs
  • 1-10 Puzzle
  • Read & Write the Room Cards
  • Color By Word
  • Graphing
  • Tracing

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Brown Bear Printables

You can download the updated FREE Brown Bear Printables here!


More Bear Fun here on my Pinterest Board!

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Tot School ~ Bears

~Krash is currently 45.5 months old~

Learning Toys

I am honestly amazed with how much Krash loves this Flip Along Fun book. He asks to read it often, and loves to look at it by himself! IMG_1442

Tot TraysA little button sorting, or “feed the cars their favorite color of food” play time ;-).

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tub of funThis is something new for us but not new for many of you. I have gleaned many wonderful sensory ideas form many of your blogs and have finally decided to make this a part of our time! It has been on my to-do list for over a year…talk about procrastination! I plan to have a new tub each week.

This week I filled it with our jewels (they are those colored glass jewels you can get at Michael’s or Dollar Tree). I added in some bears, a few neat spoons, a cup and a tube. K is only allowed to play with this after he finishes his other school work for the day, and then only at that time. This kept it fresh and exciting and he enjoyed playing with it every day!IMG_1281

Theme

Lately Krash has been loving the book Brown Bear, Brown Bear, so it was finally time to explore our own Tot Pack. I made this pack last year while pregnant {and sick}, for my readers, but we have never actually used it until now! We had a week full of bear books, and Brown Bear printables! You can find all links to the printables shared here on our Brown, Bear Brown Bear Tot Pack page.

Each day we began by reading Brown Bear, Brown Bear, and using our “Clink Can” {an awesome idea I got from Making Learning Fun}. I LOVE this, and so did Krash. It is a great way to easily make a story interactive, I definitely thin we will be doing this more often!IMG_1264

Each day he worked with a different character, in a few different ways. He made the color word with Play Doh {he used to refuse to make letters with Play Doh so I was shocked that he willingly participated!!!} IMG_1271

He Dot-Painted…IMG_1277

He counted his number cards and practiced recognizing the numbers for the character of the day, and also practiced putting the numbers back in order.IMG_1453

Each day he enjoyed some free Play Doh time with the color of the day. He invented this game and we played each day! I make him balls, and we take turns rolling the balls around playing keep-away while the other person tries to trap the ball with the Play Doh ca and feed the balls to the animal. Giggles galore…he loved this!IMG_1425

A little size sequencing practice…IMG_1272

He enjoyed making some silly matches and giggling ;-) IMG_1569We played a real game of memory with the cards a few times also. IMG_1571

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When we got to the end of the week, I decided to pull out everything we had left to do and we had one big Brown Bear party together! Krash enjoyed Pac Man helping him finish up his dot-paint sheets, and all of us working with the Play Doh mats together.IMG_1709I was blown away with Krash when I looked over and saw what he had been working on while I was preparing snack. He had made this entire word by himself! This is the first week we have done this and he was mostly relying on me to help a lot with it. He did this on his own and I was so proud . ;-) IMG_1715

These are the bear books we personally read {over and over again} this week, with The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear being the favorite-funny it doesn’t even actually show a bear!

 

 

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We made our D is for Dinosaur, and read one of K’s favorite books Dinosaur Dinosaur!IMG_1614

 

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We revisited our 10 Plagues lesson after the bad attitudes we had for family Bible time. The 2nd go around was much better and more fun!

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Tiny Tot SchoolLadybug loves her books! I LOVE that she loves her books {the boys didn’t nearly as much as babies}. This is one of her favorites, That’s Not My FairyIMG_1321

A few of her other very favorites right now…Fisher-Price: How Big?: A Sooo Big Book, and Baby Faces. I just LOVE that she loves books! Reading to the boys when they were babies was a bit of a chore as they only ever wanted to play with and eat the books!

I am trying to give Ladybug unique {non-baby} items to explore under my close supervision. This week I decided to try bells. She loved them! She only tried to lick them a few times, but responded well when I stopped her. Plus I think the metal tastes nasty! She went wild a few times shaking the bells, putting her whole body into it!

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Pac Man had the idea to tie a string to one of the bells and this created a whole new twist. It was neat to see her explore in a whole new way with the string attached.

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IMG_1516Finally on this day, we added a metal mailbox {from our Valentine’s Day stuff} and put the bells inside for her to get out. She was HILARIOUS with this. They were loud inside of the can, and she was banging them all around. She couldn’t get her hand into the box at first and it was so cute watching her try, try again. She finally figured it out and got them all out…we did this several times!IMG_1531Another day I put the bells in the yellow basket for her. She had fun figuring out how to get them out of the basket! I had fun watching her ;-).IMG_1619She was still enthralled with the bell on the string. IMG_1637We also added a paper towel tube and rolled them down it together. IMG_1650Daddy got in the action another day, using the bell as encouragement for her to actual scoot forward… IMG_1682To our shock, IT WORKED!!!!! She scooted for the very first time when I snapped this photo!!! IMG_1683 IMG_1684Later Daddy set up a little course for the ping pong ball to roll through, He was playing with Pac Man but Pac was gone for awhile, so Dad built a track for L-bug to watch, she was SO into it!

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She was a lovely helper-readjusting parts of the course at every opportunity she could find! IMG_1700

 

Life School

We have had a lot of snow lately and I just can’t muster the energy to get them all dressed, and undressed in snow gear to go outside every day. This has made for a bit of cabin fever and a bit of energy overload for Krash. Knowing he needs some intense physical activity each day, I popped in our Kick to Get Fit Jr. – For Kids and wore him out! He loved it and was adorable to watch!

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Moms Favorite

My fav just had to be of Ladybug this week….Piggy Tails!!!!!IMG_1335 copyfb

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