Tot School ~ Letter D

~Ladybug is currently 33.5 months old~


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Here is her desk set up for letter D…

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The items in the pocket chart are all available here on the Animal ABCs webpage.  I added dolphins on her desk, and also a little basket with shells and mini wooden dolphins we had. {files are released for free when they are posted on the Totally Tots blog for the ABC feature, letter D is not free yet, but it will be once it is posted on Totally Tots!}.

We also had several dolphin books off to the side in her pink basket. Our Betty Lukens Ocean Felt Set was displayed for her also.IMG_0506

Here are some Letter D and Dolphin ideas for you…

 

On our other shelf I put our water beads tub and showed her that she could add the shells and dolphins into it.  She LOVED it.  Hours of play have taken place with this bin!IMG_0509IMG_0514 IMG_0516

 

She finally wanted to color her flashcards, she asked for them specifically and wanted me to color one and she wanted to color this one…    IMG_0523

She worked in her notebook a lot, but not as much as Letter A and Letter B week!IMG_0530

She really enjoys the coloring each week, here she was coloring her dolphins and had set up her dolphin puppet to watch her!IMG_0533

 

I created a new activity for her, which I have added to the Animal ABC purchase page for now {if you have already purchased, just log back in and download the Dot Fun set, if you purchase now, it is included with the rest of the set!}.  I might offer these one by one for free in the future but I am short on time for now, so the set is only available in the bundle option.  Here she is working on Letter D Dot Fun, she chose to use stickers.  I offered her the option of using pom pom magnets, dot paint, or stickers and she chose stickers!IMG_0651

 

She worked with me to make the letter craft, which is basically an open ended project that you can do whatever you want with!  I offered her blue “snow paint” which obviously we called “ocean paint” for this activity!  She painted her letter D, IMG_0654

Then we stuck her dolphins right in the paint, since it has glue in the mixture, this worked perfectly!IMG_0659

After crafting, she played!  We added her mini dolphin toys to the fun and she was in HEAVEN!IMG_0676

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

This week we did lesson 4, again, working on rhyming words.

She chose to color her letter D page by herself this week, wanting the entire thing dark blue…IMG_0524


Learning-Toys_thumb2_thumb_thumb_thuSorting counting bears by color, in our colored bowls {a Discovery Toys toy-feeling hats, I think}…IMG_0527

Playing Fish ABCs with me, finding the letters on the board and matching the fish…IMG_0537

4 piece puzzles in a tiny ocean book we have…IMG_0542

Playing with her ocean felt setIMG_0546

 

One day I was feeling brave so we made snowmen together.  We used “snow paint.”  I had each child choose a color too, Ladybug chose purple.  I cut out her snowman circles for her and then she went at it!IMG_0565

 

After the painting was done, we played with the shaving cream alone!  I cannot believe I waited so long to let her do this, she LOVED, LOVED, LOVED it!IMG_0593

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The next day we designed our snowmen, here is Ladybug’s sad man…IMG_0694


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Curls and giggles!

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Silly, silly girl…

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Ocean Life ~ August ~ Calendar Connections Cards

Ocean Theme Calendar Conncections



I have been brainstorming with my good friend Shannon since the idea of Calendar Connections came to me.  We have decided to move forward as a team.  She is a fellow inner city missionary with me and also a homeschooler {and former school teacher}.  She has 4 kiddos ages 1, 6, 12, and 14.  She wrote the facts for this set and I created the final file, it was a total team effort!  In order to help support their missionary family, all ocean life books linked in the file and in the Amazon widgets are linked to her account.  If you make a purchase through those links you will be supporting their family!!!

We chose an Ocean Life theme for August.  The facts are written at a 3-6th grade level but you will be able to water them down for younger kids.  It’s a great way to involve your entire family in exploring a particular theme.

NOTE: these do NOT print front to back, only the premium design does. These are the original cards, which we still offer for free. You can see an example of the bundled set here!

Ocean Calendar Card Facts

The cards fit my particular pocket chart calendar.  I print my numbers on cardstock and laminate them before cutting them apart.

Calendar Connections Supplies

You can download these for FREE here!

You can use most of our Calendar Connections cards for any month! We now have 15 sets to choose from, and we will still be adding more too!

Calendar Connections Set 1

 



In the Sea ~ Free Preschool Pack

Once again, I was drawn into the adorable and very cute ocean images from Stockberry Studio. I hope many of your own children will enjoy this special ocean themed pack just for them! This pack can be used for older tots, preschoolers, and many Kindergartners!

Here’s a glimpse of what is included {all free} in this In the  Sea Preschool Pack

Free In the Sea Printable Pack



Focus Skills

  • Letter Oo
  • Find the Difference
  • Graphing
  • Patterning
  • Sorting
  • Colors
  • Easy Reading
  • Shapes
  • Counting 1-20
  • Basic Addition
  • Song
  • Bible Verse
  • Labeling
  • Tracing

You can download the entire

In the Sea Preschool Pack here on my website for FREE!

Be sure to check out even more Ocean Themed Printables here!Ocean Theme Printables Collection

Our Ocean Theme Pinterest Board…

Follow {1plus1plus1} Carisa’s board Ocean Theme on Pinterest.

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Tot School ~ Letter Jj and Ocean Theme

Ladybug is currently 25.5 months old~

 

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See Part 1 of Letter J here!

Tot School Printables J is for Jellyfish

Letter: Jj

Object: Jellyfish

Vocabulary Development Theme: Ocean Animals

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

We continued on with our letter Jj week, partly because I wanted to extend our ocean activities and also because of laziness on my part-not wanting to plan and prepare the next unit! Ladybug did not mind at all!IMG_6200

She colored her vocabulary sheet at least 5 different times with her dry erase markers like this!!!IMG_6235

She LOVES her new Crayola Dry Erase Activity Board, and I love that I can slip the sheets in so easily now!IMG_6388

She LOVED the accordion book from the Ocean Animals Tot Book, so I made her another one!IMG_6204

She “played” with them a lot and really enjoyed coloring them with me!IMG_6215

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I made her some Ocean Animals Cutting Strips, and she really struggled with these. I plan to add these in each week to give her more cutting practice!IMG_6224

I made ocean word cards for her to color also, she really liked that Baba colored with her {my dad}.IMG_6243

Letter Jj printables here!

Fun Books & Toys for this unit here!

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This section cracks me up. I promise it was not planned at ALL, but every single toy I have a photo of is from Guidecraft! Yes, I review for them and we love their toys, but I promise I didn’t even realize that’s what she played with all week until I pulled the photos together! I wasn’t intentional with planning this week and many of the toys were just laying around in our {very} messy schoolroom.

So, Guidecraft, this one’s for you…thank for all for the amazing toys that my daughter obviously LOVES!

The balancing shape sorter is a favorite these days, both with Ladybug and Krash.IMG_6306

Another favorite with all 3 kids right now is our City Blocks set. These blocks are simply gorgeous and the kids are all drawn to them. I was building with Ladybug and then she began counting the pieces on her own! She can count to 11 now consistently!IMG_6415

The Sky Scraper Building set is not a favorite with the boys, but Ladybug LOVES it! Funny how they don’t all love the same thing and I thought the boys would really like this one. That’s my Dad ~ Baba, playing with her!

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You can see her saying “green” as she puts the shape on!!IMG_6438

She loves the Sound Box, even if it is way to hard for her to find the matches. The sounds are very similar, I need to take the concept and make our own that will be easier for her!IMG_6328

She played a lot with our Fraction Board and is already so much better with it!IMG_6423

She had fun sticking dot stickers on her paper. I purposely placed them all around her to encourage different fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.IMG_6399She wandered over to Baba and had him join her a bit too!IMG_6404

Techy-Tot_thumb2_thumbThe iPad continues to get a daily workout!! Ladybug LOVES it! Here she is a Montessori based game that both she and Krash really enjoy ~ Montessori Crosswords.IMG_6217

She has many more favorites, I am working on a post to share educational apps we love!

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Easel time with big brother…

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Learning to share with her younger friend Drew!IMG_6364

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Ocean Theme Printables & More

 

Ocean Theme Printables Collection



Below you will find our growing collection of ocean theme printables and more!  Enjoy!

Ocean Life Calendar Connections Cards

OCean Life Calendar Connections

Jj is for Jellyfish ~ Tot School PrintablesIMG_5734


Ocean Cutting PracticeIn the Ocean Cutting Strip{printable links are under Letter Jj}


Ocean Montessori Match UpIMG_5869


Ocean Accordion BookIn the Ocean Accordian Book{printable links are under Letter Jj}


Ocean Word Cards

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{printable links are under Letter Jj}

Ocean Counting 1-20 Boards

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{printable links are under Letter Jj}


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Ocean Sensory Binimage


Whales & Dolphins Lapbookimage


Ocean Letter Crafts {click on images to see directions and details}

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Fine Motor Skills {Tot Trays} with Ocean Theme

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Color by # O is for Octopusimage

Under the {girly} Sea Preschool PackUnder the Sea Preschool Girly Pack

Ocean Preschool Pack {from Jolanthe}

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Are you on Pinterest?

You can check out my Ocean Themed Finds here!

Follow {1plus1plus1} Carisa’s board Ocean Theme on Pinterest.