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!

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  • Tot School 2011/2012 Blog Roll 
  • Behind the Scenes ~ Where Do I Begin with Tot School?
  • 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)

  • Farm Theme Printables & More

    Montessori Printables


    Farm Fun Coloring & Matchingimage


    On the Farm Easy Reader

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    Farm Life Match Up and Memory

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    Farm Nomenclature Cards

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    Color By Number Alphabet

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    Tot School Printables: G is for Goat

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    Farm Clip and Learn Beginning Sounds

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    Animal ABCs ~ P is for Pig

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    Farm Books & More…

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    You can check out my Farm Finds here!


    Looking for More?

    Easy Readers for iPads and Tablets

    Easy Readers

    I am beginning to create something new,  Easy Readers that your kids can read on your iPad or other device!  You could also print them, but the main purpose in putting these together is to build up a simple easy reader collection for FREE!  So far I have added the following easy reader books…

    Octonauts Easy Reader  On the Farm Easy Reader  Rainbows Easy Reader

     

    You can download these and any other easy readers I add for FREE here on the Easy Readers Webpage!


    How to download one of my free easy reader books to your device…

    Instructions for iPad, definitely the easiest and most user friendly.  I created the easy readers with my iPad in mind!

    1. Make sure you have downloaded iBooks onto your device.
    2. Open the Easy Readers Webpage, from your device.
    3. Click on the book you want to download.
    4. On my iPad, after the pdf opens there is a little box in the upper right hand corner that says “Open in iBooks” I click that and it brings the book into iBooks and the book stays there! 
    5. Want to read again? Launch iBooks for your child and have fun reading any books you have downloaded!  I made covers for each book with clear graphics so your child can easily see which book s/he would like to choose if you just open your iBooks screen, they appear nicely on the “shelves.”


    Instructions for Kindle Fire, my husband has this so I tested it out-not nearly as simple as an i device.  The PDFs read and scroll fine, but when in landscape mode the page is a bit too large and cannot scroll smaller.  If you turn it to portrait mode, the page is smaller but it show the full page all at once.

    1. Open the Easy Readers Webpage, from your device.
    2. Click on the book you want to download.
    3. After the pdf file downloads, click on the little yellow image shown below, then click on “downloads” {green}IMG_4232
    4. You will then see the file you just downloaded.
    5. In order to have the files STAY on your Fire, you need to follow the instructions to email docs to your kindle email address.  It does not support the graphics on the first page, the pages are just plain. Or you can just go back to your downloads screen, I believe they stay there.

    As for other tablets, I have no clue!  You can experiment to see how PDF files are supported for your particular device.


    Want to Print?

    1. Print at full size and slip the pages into sheet protectors to make your own book.  Tie the sheet protectors through the holes with string, or use a folder with prongs.
    2. Scale down the PDF to make a half or quarter size book.

    I hope to add more easy readers to the collection, Krash and Ladybug are really enjoying the ones we have so far!  Krash has requested Skylanders, Star Wars, and a few more so I better get busy!  These are very easy for him to read, but he loves that.  He is beyond this type of easy reader but it is a nice confidence boost for him.  Ladybug will just be getting into this level of reader soon!

    Farm Fun Printables {free}

    Farm Fun Printables

    I had some cute farm clipart and just had to make something with it!  We will be doing a farm theme in the future, so I am sure there will be more to come!  For now, here is a set of coloring pages that could also be used as play dough mats.  They are featured at full size, but don’t forget you can scale down PDFs to print multiple pages per sheet, so you could make them smaller!

    Included also are matching cards!  You can match the cartoon animal to the real animal for a challenge, or just do straight matching for younger kids.

    Farm Animals

    You can download this Farm Fun Printable Set for FREE over in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop!

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    Tot School ~ Letter Gg

    ~Ladybug is currently 24.5 months old~

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    Tot School Printables G is for Goat

    Letter: Gg

    Object: Goat

    Vocabulary Development Theme: Farm

    You can find the printables for this unit here on the Tot School Printables webpage.

    I set up a farm theme-corner in our schoolroom and she was immediately drawn to it and began exploring. These are toys she has had access to in her room, but just simply moving them and displaying them differently really drew her in.IMG_3165

    She really liked this simple book!IMG_3167

    We played in our theme corner a lot, with all 3 kiddos. One day we got out the vocabulary cards and did some matching…IMG_3396

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    She did a lot more coloring this week and enjoyed using markers.IMG_3240

    I printed some extra Gg/goat printables from other sites, we got this goat page from DLTK here {B&W 2 under goat}.IMG_3245

    We used our homemade play dough to make letters again, she loves this! After I helped her make the letters we got in some fine motor muscle work by making fingerprints around the letters. She got really into this.

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    We also used our wooden letters to stamp into the play dough…IMG_3192

    I colored most of the goats this week, but she did enjoy matching the cubes as we said the colors!IMG_3183 IMG_3541

    She actually did the shadow matching this week!!IMG_3243

    She did a lot of dot painting again, the page below that is not from my site is from MLF here.

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    She hasn’t been enjoying the number cards so I had to get creative to engage her, I brought them out during our sensory bin time. We used the beans to count 1-5IMG_3406

    Then I had her drive Mater {a tiny game piece she loves} while counting with me…stopping on each number to work on 1:1 correspondence.IMG_3413

    Finally, we added in some animals from the bin to match up 1:1 and then remove as we counted 1-5.IMG_3416

    The shapes were the same story, they just weren’t appealing to her. This week I saw a blog using Tot School Printables and she had an awesome idea to cut the shapes out. Ladybug loves scissors, even when it is just watching me cut! I cut them out in front of her and we talked about them, then I helped her use a glue stick to stick it on a purple paper-she LOVED this!IMG_3252

    She actually thought stamping letters was fun this week!!! This was a first-normally she shuts the container and tells me NO!IMG_3544

    Tracing was a big hit too and she actually traced on the lines a lot!!!IMG_3557

    One of my favorite moments of the week was when I saw here admiring her work! I love seeing the joy in a child’s face when they see what they did proudly displayed for all to see! She was all giddy and ran over to me right after this and we talked about her work!IMG_3497

    Letter Gg printables here!

    Fun Books & Toys for this unit here!Tot School Printables Toys and Books Letter G

     

     

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    We enjoy our play dough a lot now that it is SO much better {homemade}. We used our jewels this week and she loved pushing them into the play dough and then taking them back out again.IMG_3186

    I also hid them in the dough for her and she loved opening it to find them!IMG_3273IMG_3276IMG_3278

    We had several farm puzzles out, she did them many times, here was the only photo I had of her with her farm puzzles!IMG_3202

    tub of funI set up a farm sensory bin for her, very simple-but she loved it!

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    She watched a few PowerPoint shows this week, her favorites being: Colors, & Shapes.

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    Ladybug is my Target shopping pal. We get certain groceries at Target and she and I do that together. She is SO well behaved and I love this time with her. Problem with being so well behaved and sweet-mommy is easily suckered into buying cute things for her. She saw the balls and went nuts-in a cute way. She is always fine when I don’t buy things-which is most of the time, but this week I just had to say yes! The boys begged their entire young lives for a ball pit but we never gave in. I finally did and she LOVES it-so do the boys!!!

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