Sunday, December 6, 2009

Tot School

Turbo is 29 months and Sweet Pea is 3 months

Oh what fun we had this week!! It's been a busy posting week for me too. Be sure to check out these other related posts.
Now for other Tot School things:

Circle Time - Turbo LOVES circle time. This week we did a memory verse from the December 2's curriculum from Hubbards Cubbard (free!), then we danced to some happy music. We always read a book or two. This time we're reading our new Bob Books. 
Turbo is dancing to "I've got that Joy, Joy, Joy" song. His joy is just bubbling over!



Train Run - There's something about a loop that makes kids run! Turbo's favorite is the loop around our kitchen island.  He grabs his train whistle and a letter off the fridge (making the sound too) then says "come on Mommy" and we'll run around the island pretending to be a train. Each time we run by the fridge we get a different letter. He'd run all night - I'm good for about 15 laps then I get dizzy!  It's such a fun way to burn off little boy energy and work on a skill at the same time.  Do you have a loop that your kids love to run?


Patterns with Ornaments - He's not been interested in patterns until this day. Baby steps!


Winter Bingo - from Preschool Printables  He LOVED using the drums.


Dried Beans and a Gumball Machine



Glass Gem counting - He decided it was more fun to hand them to Mommy and have me place them. That worked great because it was adding/subtracting practice as he gave me the gems. This idea has been on my list for ages since I saw it at The Adventures of Bear


Color Round up - Orange - Despite his happy face, he's not enjoying these, so we'll try them again next year.


Rhyming Cards - While we read tons of rhyming stories, I've never focused specifically on rhyming. I printed these cards from kidssoup.com (I think).  At first we just reviewed the cards and saying the rhyming words. Then when he asked for the cards, we did this game where he had to pick the card that rhymed.


Button Snake - He asked for this again this week and is doing so great with it. Read how to make your own at the terrific Counting Coconuts blog.


Game Play - We play a lot of games during the week. Lucky Duck is his favorite. Sweet Pea and the dog that Daddy won last weekend, played with us.


Match the letters/numbers with Lines - I was so surprised that he did so well in drawing the lines! I first saw this activity here . I wouldn't have thought to give him something like this yet.



Color Wheel.  On one side of the clothespin is a color and he matches it to the color on the wheel. He's doing it upside down now for added interest.  We first did this months ago and he still enjoys it.  The idea came from here.


Color Stomp and Color Match up - I spread several colors all around the room, then have Turbo shout out a color while we race over to STOMP on it.  After that game, we clean up by matching them to their pair.


Snowman window cling. Fun and good workout for fine motor skills.



We read about the birth of Jesus in several books. I'll update with the titles tomorrow. We're talking about Jesus and the real meaning of Christmas every day.   Hope to get some Christmas crafts in next week!

8 comments:

sbswtp said...

Looks like you had a lot of fun this week :) Really great activities!

Mari-Ann said...

How many times do I see Turbo and think "what a DOLL!" - SO many!! Seriously, just a cutie patootie!!
GREAT week and I love how organized your post is. :) Oh and thanks for the sweet link back, too!
Just sent something out your way this morning... let me know when you get it!

Tarasine said...

So many great ideas! I love how you and your tot have made running around the kitchen into a learning game! My B LOVES running, too--especially around the island--and that sounds like a great way to combine the energy with some fun learning. Thanks!

Lil' Ms. P said...

I love the idea of using the muffin tin and ornaments to create patterns.

Monica said...

I'm so impressed with all of the fun things you are doing, esp. with your youngest only 3 months! My baby is almost 6 months and I don't think I have it all together yet. ;) I like a lot of your ideas, esp. the color wheel.

Susan said...

Thanks for all the comments! We really had a blast this week.

Monica ~ Organized and full weeks are only about every other. That's ok for me. It's just about having fun together anyway. Of course, some household things are left undone and it's worth it!

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

There are so many great activities here - wow! I love the gumball machine - what a great way to use it! You had such a good week!!

Mari-Ann said...

How many times do I see Turbo and think "what a DOLL!" - SO many!! Seriously, just a cutie patootie!!
GREAT week and I love how organized your post is. :) Oh and thanks for the sweet link back, too!
Just sent something out your way this morning... let me know when you get it!