Tot School ~ Letter Jj

~Ladybug is currently 25 months old~

 See Part 2 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.

Ladybug’s coloring skills have improved dramatically! I am honestly amazed with her fine motor skills.  She chose to color a LOT this week!!!  She wanted to color her shapes this week, so that’s what we did!  I colored some, she colored some-that’s how she likes it!IMG_5908

This purple jellyfish, however, she colored completely on her own.IMG_6151

I cannot believe she did this, neither of my boys colored like this at her age.  She spent a good 30 minutes coloring this!IMG_6164

More coloring…IMG_5732IMG_5734

She did want me to color her jellyfish color cards, then I put them in our mini pocket chart for her to point out the color I called out.IMG_5742

We did shadow matching in the pocket chart too…IMG_5846

Counting too…IMG_5856

I have created a new section on my website entitled Montessori Printables, I am posting printables there that are created in a Montessori fashion.  I am slowly transferring the Tot School Printables vocabulary cards into Match-Up/Memory Boards like this…

IMG_5869Yes-the whale is in the wrong place ;-), she fixed it!

This week I printed the page with the words and left it whole to use to match onto, she however, just wanted to color the animals!IMG_5899

You can see the Free Montessori Printables I have available, each set has an instruction sheet also to help you with how to use them.

Letter Jj printables here!

Fun Books & Toys for this unit here!

Tot School Printables Toys and Books Letter J

Since we were having some ocean fun I brought out a few printables from my Nemo Tot Book and my Ocean Tot Book.


She especially enjoyed coloring the ocean animals.  We did this over a 2 day period. IMG_5858

The second day she caught on and was telling me which color she needed next!IMG_6172

Tot Books & Packs




I tried to think with an ocean theme for her Tot Trays this week.  I gave her “sea anemones” to spoon {a melon baller spoon} into the correct colored cups.IMG_5723

She LOVED this and did it several times this week!IMG_5727


I got out our tiny fish erasers {Oriental Trading} and a paint tray for her to tweeze them into {this particular pair came from a science kit we have, but similar tweezers are here}.  She did this a few times, but definitely preferred the spikey balls!IMG_6092




We had a few days of play dough fun.  Pressing her letters in…IMG_5920

We even cut play dough snakes this week!IMG_5927

Here she was using the little play dough stamps from our Grasshopper Preschool Prep KitIMG_5932



Techy-Tot_thumb2The iPad continues to get a daily workout!! Ladybug LOVES it!  Here she was playing Toca Doctor-a BIG favorite with all 3 of my kids!IMG_5875

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



She read a LOT this week, struggling a bit with a cat who likes to lay on her books when she reads!IMG_5842





Cruising the Ocean Blue ~ Sensory Bin

In honor of our vacation with the grandparents {which is where we are NOW-this post is scheduled!}, I made the kids a Cruising Sensory BinIMG_9244

I hid tons of blue items underneath blue aquarium rocks, and then put the cruise/ocean related toys on the top…

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They LOVED this bin!!!The boys found all of the blue toys and decided to keep these in a separate bin, so they could sail around in the rocks…IMG_9305



Ladybug had a great time with the rocks, and loved transferring them into a metal bowl…IMG_9386Feeding the fish was a big hit too…IMG_9396

This bin was great fun and a great way to share our excitement for our upcoming vacation, I will share all about our trip when we return! IMG_9555

A bit of info on where I got some of the stuff:

  • BLUE aquarium rocks-from the pet store
  • Cruise Ship Toy Set {got on a former cruise}
  • Fish toys {from various places}
  • Sea Shells {collected from past beach trips}
  • BLUE stuff:  unifix cubes, marbles, beads, color squares, bottle tops, straws, cups, buttons, spoons, clothespins
  • Oriental Trading has tons of awesome sensory bin items, just search by theme! We got the mini star erasers from them for sure, and a few other things!


Use this button to jump to all of my Sensory Bin posts anytime. Sensory-Bins62

Whales & Dolphins ~ Lapbook

We had big plans this summer to do a few ocean themed lapbooks…but we only ended up with one. We’re OK with that though because that means we were too busy having fun!!! Pac-Man actually finished this a few weeks ago, I just forgot to blog about it!Inside…
Top Left: Whales (a learning sticker book I got at a hoemschool conference)
Bottom: Toothed/Baleen Whale sorting
Top Right: How Deep do they dive?**

Top Left: How Long are They?
Top Middle (lime green): Dolphin labeling **
Top Right: Vocabulary
Bottom Left: Whale Vocabulary
Bottom: Comparing Whales & Fish

Top: Dolphin Anatomy
Bottom: Different types of dolphins (I laminated and labeled them and we used them throughout the unit) Right Flap Folded In: P wrote a mini book about a dolphin…
The Back… a pocket for our whale info**, decorated with whale/dolphin stickers (Pac labeled them too).
**all info not linked specifically with a ** came from the Sea World Whales Guide, found here. They have various resources which are WONDERFUL for teaching anything about the sea!!

In the Works ~ Ocean Lapbook

P was excited to work on these with me today… I printed them on card stock from here. Together we laminated them (using our wonderful Scotch Thermal Laminator which we got from Costco a few months ago). I wrote the names in pencil on the back so he could familiarize himself with the many different types of dolphins there are.

I got K involved today as we played together with one of his favorite books, Textured Soft Shapes: High Tidewhich happens to be about the ocean! He loves this book and can name the 4 animals in it: sea horse, crab, fish, and starfish!Below P is coloring ocean animals in Spanish. He also completed the labeling for his dolphin anatomy sheet. He is smiling and looking like he is loving it, but don’t be fooled, he wasn’t all that thrilled with ocean learning projects today! All he REALLY wanted to do was the laminating!

In the Works ~ Ocean Lapbook

We are beginning our summer lapbooking project, which P is enjoying since he chose the theme! This summer he chose the ocean, with a specific focus on dolphins, whales, and sharks. We are going to Sea World in September which will be a wonderful finale!

Here he is reading the book, Dolphin’s Big Leap, which we got for about a dollar at a consignment sale…it’s a great book! And he wrote his own “easy reader” about a dolphin. He began writing books awhile back, and is still doing this periodically. He writes longer stories (usually having one illustration and lots of writing), or easy readers (several illustrations with a simple sentence on each). He came up with this on his own, I let the writing be guided by him. Today he felt like making an easy reader!
I am still not entirely sure how I will put the lapbook(s) together. I am trying to be very laid back this summer and not push school type things much. I really want it to be fun and a break for all of us. So far it is going well! I think with this break, we will all be ready to get back to school when it is time (I haven’t exactly decided when that is!).

I got our webpage started for this lapbook theme, although there isn’t much up there yet besides our books!