Tot School ~ Letter Ee

~Ladybug is currently 24 months old~

 

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Tot School Printables E is for Egg

Letter: Ee

Object: Eggs

Vocabulary Development Theme: Food/Kitchen {and a continuation of birds}

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

We used our Leapfrog letters again, she was really excited when she realized the letters matched ;-).

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This week we also used our new homemade play dough to make the letters too, she liked this!Foam Letters with Play Dough

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She enjoyed this so much, we did it on a few different days!  After working on our letter, we just played with the play dough!IMG_2334

 

For our vocabulary development theme, I gathered as many kitchen items as I could find to match with her cards.  She really enjoyed this!

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She actually did the shadow matching this week!!IMG_2395

 

I did the puzzle for her a few times, but she got very frustrated when trying to do it herself ;-) IMG_2397

She did a lot of dot painting again,IMG_2197

She loved dot painting the Ee objects!!!IMG_2325

I created the first set of add-ons for the Tot School Printables program, for now these will only be available to download within my blog posts.  Eventually I may create a separate area for the “extras” but for now you can download the first set here, which includes review flashcards {in color or BW} for letters A-H, as shown below…IMG_2342Ladybug really enjoyed these and had a great time finding the letter I asked her to show me!  She is really proud of the letters she knows!!!IMG_2343

Letter Ee printables here!

Tot School Printables Toys and Books Letter E

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Each week we have a focus color, that goes along with our Tot School Printables unit, his week it was orange.  I pulled out our orange drawer of stuff for her to explore and she loved it.IMG_2170

Here she was putting her large beads onto a straw {I shoved something into the end to make them stay}.IMG_2264

She got this adorable game for her birthday from a friend and she LOVES it!

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We are currently reviewing Twisters & Twister Curves from Guidecraft and this is her favorite thing to do with them…IMG_2184

 

Another awesome consignment sale find, the wooden ABC bookIMG_2318

 

An old favorite, the piggy bankIMG_2681

 

We began cutting this week, with her very own pink Koopy scissors.  She is doing really well but still needs my help for the most part.IMG_2400

 

We got out our shape viewers to work on shapes this week instead of using the cards form our Tot School Printables unit.  She really enjoyed these!!!

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She loved playing with our bird sensory bin several time this week, so did Krash!IMG_2381

 

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This week she watched many PowerPoints again!  She is really enjoying the new rhyming words show, even though I actually created it for Krash!.IMG_2469

 

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They are both loving our new Leapfrog movie, Math Adventure to the Moon, of course chilling out in their bean bags.

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Pac Man’s birthday was Friday and she was really digging the whole idea of another cake!!!IMG_2645  IMG_2640IMG_2649  IMG_2652

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Tot School ~ Letter Dd

~Ladybug is currently 24 months old~

 

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Tot School Printables D is for Duck

Letter: Dd

Object: Ducks

Vocabulary Development Theme: Birds

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

I gathered birds in advance, but Ladybug wasn’t as impressed as I was.  She enjoyed some of the birds, the flamingo in particular.  But she doesn’t seem to be a birds type of gal. IMG_1290We did match up our cards anyway, but she wasn’t impressed with that either.IMG_1282

She did like putting the birds night-night in the bean bag though.  Hey, whatever floats your boat!IMG_1284

I accidentally printed an extra set of bird cards and let her find them with dot paint, which she did like!IMG_2137

We used our Leapfrog letters again…IMG_1021

She did a lot of dot painting again, but not nearly as much as last week!IMG_1017

 

She colored a few of her ducks this week, with me coloring most of themIMG_1255

 

She tried her best at the lacing again, but, got frustrated quickly.  She did last a bit longer and really tried to get it through the hole herself!  She did NOT want help!!!IMG_1277

 

She finally did some stamping on her own this week!IMG_2130

She loved dot painting the Dd objects!!!IMG_1153

We added in some Dd printables from other sources this week, mostly because she enjoys dot painting so much!

We used some of Spell Outloud’s Dd is for Ducks printables

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She also did the Dd from Confessions of a HomeschoolerIMG_1266

 This week she did not enjoy several of our items {shapes, numbers, shadow matching, sequencing} which is fine~ so we just glanced at them and then moved on! Next week I plan to try something a bit different to see if I can peak her interest in some of the activities!  I don’t expect her to love everything each week though.

I finally got her bulletin board strips up so I can display her work, which she really liked!  Here is most of her work from this past week…IMG_2161

Letter Dd printables here!

 Tot School Printables Toys and Books Letter D

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She loves our Bee Hive game, great fine motor skill practice with the leaves!  The boys LOVE this game even more than she does!IMG_0933

We put together our ABC floor puzzle and found some letters together!IMG_1052

A very favorite of hers still, our foam blocksIMG_1243

She enjoyed some Play Doh time while Krash worked on his school…IMG_1042

She got this set of Disney Babies books {consignment} and fell immediately in LOVE with them!IMG_1337

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This week she watched many PowerPoints again!  However she did not choose the Counting 1-10 show!  Her favorite was definitely the Colors show, and she also really enjoyed the letter Dd PowerPoint from our Tot School Printables Dd unit.

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We also used www.Starfall.com many times, focusing in on the letters we have done so far {A-D}.

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side note ~ since I haven’t decided if I will create all 26 PowerPoint shows for the Tot School Printables units, I have decided to add the ones I do make to the current Members Only section!

Do you ever wonder what I do with her when I need to work with Krash and she isn’t cooperating?  Here’s a peek…IMG_2139

 

 

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Ladybug turned 2 this past week!!!! We had SOOOO much fun celebrating her life together, her brothers were more excited than she was!!!  Here is a tiny glimpse into her fun {just our family for the “party”}IMG_1374

My mom made her dress, bib, and party hat!

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She got a baby set {purchased at Costco awhile back} and LOVED it!!!!

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She also got a wooden cake,IMG_1508

Froggy Boots in her size!!!

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Also some Farm Puzzle BlocksIMG_1534

We spent the evening outside enjoying the spring weather, she was simply precious!!!IMG_1637 IMG_1859

The next day we took her to our children’s museum, her favorite places being the shopping and the duck pond…

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She found her brother’s old Cars jammies and insisted on wearing them, all the while looking at her shirt like this and showing us the cars!IMG_1299

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Tot School ~ Letter Cc

~Ladybug is currently 23.5 months old~

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Tot School Printables C is for Cat

Letter: Cc

Object: Cats

Vocabulary Development Theme: Pets

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

To prepare for this week, I had the boys go on a cat hunt to find all of our toy and stuffed cats!  Ladybug was excited when they arrived! IMG_0537

I also pulled out our letter C from our foam floor puzzle, which she proceeded to “walk” the cat on…IMG_0530

I also pulled all of our books featuring cats, which she has LOVED {since she loves cats}IMG_0526

This week I gave her the letters at the table before we put them on the dishwasher with the A & B.  She LOVES the Leapfrog set, and plays the song again and again!  The letter C necklace was all her idea.

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Again, she loved her printables and her “cool” {school} time, dot painting being a favorite, such a favorite she dot painted her cat many times…

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Her table high chair is just perfect, she asks to get into it and do “cool” many times throughout the day.  In fact, on our day off-she did more “cool” than she does on a normal school day!  In one sitting she did all of this…I had to keep printing and printing!  She got a good review this day!

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She colored her cats this week for the first time!  Krash and I helped her some, but she actually colored about 3 of them on her own!!!IMG_0768

 

She tried her best at the lacing again, but got frustrated quickly.IMG_0645

 

Finding and coloring the cats on the letter Cc…IMG_0544

 

She amazed me with this, dot painting the actual letters like this completely on her own!!!  All the while saying “c” and then the sound.  The girls loves her letters!IMG_0629

 

Matching the cat cards ~ she did much better with this concept this week!IMG_0648

She liked the size sequencing cats, but they didn’t keep her attention for very long.IMG_0652

 

She did NOT like the stamping again this week, so Krash did it for her!IMG_0661

She loved dot painting the C objects!!!IMG_0642

This week I noticed she wasn’t interested in her vocabulary cards on 1 sheet so I cut them apart and laminated them.  Voila ~ she loved them!  I also got out as many mini pets as I could find to do some matching. IMG_0724 We used our Education Cube {although the small cards slid all around} to roll and find, but she preferred to just look at them all and talk about them together!IMG_0727

This week she did not enjoy the numbers & shapes ~ so we just glanced at them and then moved on!

 Letter Cc printables here!Tot School Printables Toys and Books Letter C

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Working on her favorite pet sounds puzzleIMG_0681

She still loves our gears toyIMG_0685

PacMan got out our ABC mat to work on letters with her.  They focused on ABC and she loved it!IMG_0735

Then she asked to be buried in beanbags!!!

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She still asks for our Counting 1-10 show a LOT.  Here she is telling me that her “cack” {cat} wants to watch the “cool show” {school show}.  So, we did.  We watched the Counting 1-10, the letter Aa PowerPoint from our Tot School Printables Aa unit, and the new Colors show!

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side note ~ since I haven’t decided if I will create all 26 PowerPoint shows for the Tot School Printables units, I have decided to add the ones I do make to the current Members Only section!  I added Bb but haven’t finished Cc yet.  We are using them for review!

 

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She loves to sit at Pac Man’s desk and sort his art supplies.  Thankfully he thinks it is cute and doesn’t mind.IMG_0706

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This purple dress just makes me smile ;-) and she LOVES it!!!

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Tot School ~ 23 Months…Letter Bb

~Ladybug is currently 23 months old~

We had a GREAT week!!!  I am so glad God gave me the idea of the units, she is really loving them!  I have gotten lots of great feedback from many of you also!  I hope our tots continue to enjoy what I create!

 

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Tot School Printables B is for Ball

Letter: Bb

Object: Balls

Vocabulary Development Theme: Outdoor Fun

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

To prepare for this week, I had the boys help me fill a laundry basket with every {indoor} ball we had in our home!  Ladybug LOVED this basket all week long and played many, MANY times with the balls {so did the boys}.

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Her favorite was to sit in the basket with the balls!

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Again, she loved her printables and her “cool” {school} time, dot painting being a favorite…IMG_9326

Her table high chair is just perfect, I am so glad I ordered it on a whim!!!IMG_9335

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She tried her best at the lacing, which was more than she did last week!  She did enjoy watching me do it!IMG_9352

I held the color cards for her as she scribbled a bit…IMG_9354

She really just wanted Krash to color them for her though!IMG_9359

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I took the photos for the ball sequencing photos so she really loved that we had the actual ball in the photos!IMG_9421

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She did NOT like the stamping this week!IMG_9538

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She asked for purple, and spent a VERY long time coloring the Bb objects!!!IMG_9609

I added tiny magnets to our 3 part puzzles and gathered letters from our wooden set, and our Leapfrog set and added them to the dishwasher.  I will continue to add each week!  She LOVED this!IMG_9500

Letter Bb printables here!

Tot School Printables Toys and Books Letter B

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I put her toys in baskets this week, just for a change, she didn’t really seem to care though.  Here she is matching shapesIMG_9372

She loved the alphabet Ladybug puzzlesIMG_9478

Here she was dancing and yelling along to our Laurie Berkner DVDIMG_9377

I made the kids a haphazard squishy letter writing baggie, using things we had that we don’t eat or were expired…deciding on syrup and cornstarch!  The boys had fun digging through the cabinets with me!  It worked well, but the letters disappeared quickly!  Ladybug loved squishing it around!

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A little easel drawing!  She told me this was a star!IMG_9621

 

After she finishes her Tot School printables time, I have been letting her watch aBaby Signing Time DVD while I work with Krash, which she LOVES!IMG_9525

 

 

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She is in LOVE with the Starfall App on my iPod!!!  I can’t believe how good she is with it!

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A little chillin’ with the big brother while he lays his DSi while lounging in our giant bean bag chairIMG_9520She is still an avid reader!IMG_9474

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Our church had a college football mission team here serving and they hosted a football camp for the neighborhood kids.  Ladybug REALLY enjoyed her time on the sidelines with Daddy!

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I am so excited to share my new project with you ~ Tot School Printables!  I am most excited to Tot School Printablesshare because it has been successful with my girl-so far!  She was showing the signs of being ready to begin more table Tot School time and was very interested in what the boys were doing.  In order to stay organized I decided to re-invent the wheel and pull many ideas into one set of printable activities for her {and for you!}.

I must being by telling you that this experience has solidified my belief that ALL KIDS ARE DIFFERENT in a huge way.  She is interested in doing activities that I would have never been able to get Krash to do.  So, I say that to remind you that just because Ladybug likes this type of stuff, don’t be discouraged when your tot refuses it all!  If you have a wild, active child like my Krash, this probably isn’t for you.  Feel free to try, but I wouldn’t go printing everything off just yet!  This will only be for certain types of tots-and my age target is approximately 2 year olds {Ladybug is currently 23 months old}.

Each unit has a focus letter, focus object to emphasize the main letter sound, a focus color and a vocabulary development theme that is based on the object. The focus color isn’t a big focus, I just made some of the letters that color and I am using the color to choose her dry erase marker for the wee {although she asked for purple one day this week so I gave it to her}. Numbers, shapes and other concepts will be as a whole each week.  I mainly did this so that the units can be done in any order.  We are going A-Z, but you certainly don’t have to!

Tot School Printables A is for Apple

This week’s Letter: Aa

This week’s Object: Apple

This week’s Color: Red

This Week’s Vocabulary Development Theme: Fruit

 

I will share each printable and then show you how I am using it. You will also notice what she did each day, based on her clothes!  Some activities that she enjoyed were repeated, but I am not showing them more than once.  Like I said, I probably wouldn’t have been able to get Krash to do much of this, and certainly not for as long as Ladybug interacts.  So far she is going strong for about 10-20 minutes each day.  I was lucky to get 5 from Krash even at 2 1/2!

 

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Main Letter Sheet…this is just a simple letter sheet.  I put it in a sheet protector and let her “trace” the letter as we said it together, emphasizing the sound and the word apple.  She scribbled while I talked to her and she loved it!IMG_8836

 

 

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Find the Apples…Similar concept to the sheet above, but with the emphasis on finding the apples on the Aa…purpose is just another way to talk to her about the letter/sound/object while she has fun scribbling!IMG_8838

 

 

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Apple Shapes…You can cut these apart and laminate-which we may do, but I decided to leave hers in a sheet protector so she can color the shape I call out.  So far she knows star, circle, moon {crescent}and heart every time and loves to find them!  You could also choose to focus on just one shape per week, in that case-choose your shape and cut it out and only use it for the week.IMG_8844

 

 

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Dot Paint the apples!  She loved this and did a really good job with her dot painting!IMG_8851The idea is for her to just paint the apples, but I am well aware that is she is having fun, it will certainly end up like this, and that’s OK!IMG_8859

 

 

Slide6Dot Paint the Letter… She loved this and found every Aa and said A when she dotted it!  I did the first 3 for her, modeling and then I let her go to see what she would do!  Total copy-cat! ;-) IMG_8863

 

 

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Lacing and Puzzle…in each set there will be a simple lacing card as well as a 3 piece puzzle.  Ladybug is not ready for the lacing yet-but I am doing it with her sitting in my lap {thus no photo yet}-eventually she will do it herself!  We focused on top-middle-bottom while working with this puzzle.IMG_8902

 

 

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Vocabulary Development…with each unit I am using the main object to spring into a vocabulary development theme.  I am sure some weeks I will go nuts and do an all out theme, but some I will just work on some simple vocabulary development.  I plan to include a sheet with objects on it, and I also plan to try to gather as many objects from around my home for her to go along with this theme.  For the A-Apple unit, the theme is fruit, so I gathered much of the fruit from her play food..IMG_8922

After she explored awhile, I gave her the sheet and she colored items as I named them!  We will do this a lot in one week, to learn the names of many fruits!  I plan to cut these up at the end of the week, and then will bring the cards back out in following weeks for review {I plan to laminate them also}IMG_8928

 

 

Slide7Connect the Apples…Although the idea of this looks a lot like tracing-it is actually more to reinforce the concept of left to right.  I stood behind Ladybug and modeled, holding her hand in mine as I started on the upper case A and modeled drawing left-to right while saying the letter and sound.  She did attempt to copy me when she was independently working. Eventually she will trace the lines, but the idea is more for modeling at this early stage.  IMG_8937

 

 

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Stamp the Letter…I bought her a new set of Alphabet Stamps, and stood behind her as we did all of the stamping together.  She was a bit freaked out by the ink, as this was the first time she has seen stamps.  I worked behind her the entire time, except the moment I stepped away to snap a photo!  Eventually she will stamp on her own, but much assistance will be needed for awhile unless I would love an ink-covered tot!IMG_8938

 

 

Slide10Colored Apples…I cut these apart {printed on cardstock} and worked with Ladybug on coloring them.  She scribbled a bit and then wanted me to color them, which is totally fine.  Krash saw us working and asked if her could help-OF COURSE!!!  I love how she is looking at him in this shot!IMG_8945After we had them all colored, I gave her a set of small objects to match to each card as we practiced colors!IMG_8951I also gave her a tray to put them in and out of…IMG_8959

 

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Numbers 1-10…You could cut these apart, but we are leaving them in a sheet protector and Ladybug finds numbers and counts with me as she scribbles!IMG_9051

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What Starts with Aa?…Ladybug loves dry erase markers so for now she is coloring like this!  Eventually I hope she will like crayons as much so I can have some keepsakes!  In this photo you can see her making the ahhhh sound as she colors, because I was in the background talking to her and making the sound!

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Slide11Sequencing…Each unit will have a simple 3 part sequencing activity.  Ladybug really loved the 2nd apple and pretended to eat it each time we did these!

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Shadow Matching…I made the shadows lighter to save on ink and also to make it easier for younger tots.IMG_9080

 

Need some book and toy ideas?  Visit my Tot School Printables Store to see ideas for Letter Aa here!

Tot School Printables Toys and Books Letter A

You’ll be seeing more each week in my Tot School posts, and you can see future unit plans and some already linked up for you here on the Tot School Printables webpage.

There’s More…

  • Tot School Printables Store…I created an Amazon store to sort out ideas for toys and books to go along with each unit.  Many of these toys wouldn’t need to be purchased, but might give you ideas for what you could find in your own home! I also made a “Helpful Basics” section for materials that would be used week after week.

Please leave any questions related to this post here in the comments so I can answer them in the comments for all to see!  I truly hope many of your tots enjoy this!