Saturday, March 6, 2010

TOT SCHOOL - WEEK SEVENTEEN - 34 MONTHS

Tot School

We started our week with Musical Monday...had the girls over Tuesday and Wednesday for school...did a stART project with sea salt...did two letters of the week...lots of baking...many projects...had Art group...and finished it with Dance. I also introduced the felt board to Ryleigh...huge hit... :)

For Valentine's Day...From the Target Dollar Spot I bought two little plants (with the pots included)... one is strawberries and one is forget me knots.... Ryleigh had lots of fun planting the seeds...hopefully they grow and we can watch their progress....

Ryleigh dumping the dry soil into water (like magic...it expands...)
Scooping the soil into the pots...
Braeden...the gnome.... no relevance to school...
Ryleigh working on her water color and sea salt stART project...

On Tuesday I had three "pupils" ... plus the 3 babies...who should be doing tot school by the fall...anyway...our first project was baking ...what I like to call...and I kid you not... "Yummy Yums..." Seriously..that is what I named it.... they are kind of like flaky cinnamon rolls...

The girls spreading a cinnamon and sugar mixture on the dough...
Juliette and Braeden...watching the girls bake...
Next the girls worked on the Letter L...I had them make L is for Lion...First they used scissors and cut up green construction paper for "grass"...then we used orange and brown felt for the mane and head... and added a pom pom for the tail... I was really pleased with the way the project turned out... I can't always be sure how they will actually look when I come up with them:)

Working on the grass...

The finished project...
As we were setting up for the next project..I glanced into the living room and this is what I saw... Juliette is UNDER the jumperoo...Anna in on the gym...and Braeden in the bouncer...crying...I think because Juliette left him and went exploring...
Next, we had the girls use dot painters and paint L is for Ladybug...which I printed from Confessions of a Homeschooler...The girls used Markers to trace the Upper and Lower case Ll's.
Also from Confessions of a Homeschooler- I printed off these great alphabet activity sheets. I had laminated them for repeat use. The girls took colored glass stones from Michaels and placed them in the missing spots on each sheet.
For Wednesday's class I had 4 girls...plus the 3 babies...and we started with baking some corn muffins...
We also did the Letter M is for Mountain...which I got from No Time For Flashcards. To add some texture into the project, I had the girls use white felt for the snowcaps and the clouds.

We did some pattern work (also printed from Confessions of a Homeschooler)
Next, we did some patterns with M&M's....
I think the favorite part was the eating of the candies...

We finished off Wednesday's class with water transfers...I had them use a pipet to transfer water from a plastic cup to the suction cup part of those suction bath grip things....
Recently I made a felt board for Ryleigh to use...this was the first time she saw it...and liked it right away...I think she played with it for a good 45 minutes....

Ryleigh using the board and doing some sequencing...
We also did a lot of pattern work....
At this point Ryleigh knows all her letters and the sounds they make (Thank you Letter Factory!)...So to help reinforce them...and because I thought they would be handy in so many activities...I got scrapbooking letter stickers from the Target Dollar Spot. I got two packs of the same stickers..then I put backs on them to create disks....

Here Ryleigh is playing Match the Alphabet...
and saying which sound the letter makes as she goes....
Braeden watching Big Sister do her Alphabet Tray...
Both kids playing side by side...my favorite picture of the week!

To see what others are doing in their Tot Schools go to 1+1+1=1.

10 comments:

Michelle said...

Great week, I should just link my TOTSchool post to your week...hahahha...I think I have almost all the same pictures just from different angles!! I love the picture of the 3 babies together. I can't believe how big they are all getting. I also love the last picture of Braeden and Ryleigh together. Oh yeah the Yummy Yums were pure yummyness (sp??) We should probably make them again next week too, I am sure the girls wouldn't mind :0)

melanie. said...

i've been wanting to make a new feltboard for awhile (i had one but somehow got lost in transit from my old job to the house!) you just inspired me!

Giggly Girls said...

You have had a busy week. I really need to get some of those bathtub grips. I've seen so many uses for them and you've just added another one.

Lynn said...

What a great and busy week!! Love all your ideas!!

TheRockerMom said...

What a great week! We found shamrocks to grow in the $1 spot at Target this week, lol. Thanks for sharing!

Theresa said...

love all of your activities & LOVE your group Tot School! That has got to be so much fun! :)

Char said...

What a fun week. I think I might have to make a felt board myself. There are so many fun things you can do with it.

Lindsay said...

What a wonderful week! Love the name you came up with. The picture of the two kids playing together is so cute!

Shelly said...

I love all the activities you did! LOVE LOVE LOVE the homemade felt board!

Carrie said...

Wow, what a neat little class you have! And all those little babies, too - so fun! :) I bet it's a busy time. :)