Saturday, March 27, 2010

Tot School ~ Letter K and more

Turbo is 33 months
Sweet Pea is 7 months

What a fun week we had! It was such lovely weather, so we spent more time outside and less time on Tot School this week again. But there's rain-a-comin' so we wanted to enjoy the sun while it was here.

I'm getting better having my camera handy!! YEA! So we actually have some pictures this week. 

SENSORY TUB:  Turbo's favorite activity by far this week!  I hid a bunch of keys - luggage, old house keys and toy keys. I also put in some key chains for fun.  The one you can see is an adorable keychain from Tupperware that's a replica shape sorter.


Letter Art: We used an idea from notimeforflashcards.com for our K letter art.  Turbo thought this was tons of fun. However, I realized this was the first time I actually cut up his art. I've cut around his art before, but never actually cut it up.  He saw me cut it and got his feelings hurt when I crumpled the extra and put it in the recycle. Mommy felt SOOOO bad!!!  All was forgiven when he saw he got to glue the pieces.


Easter Egg hunts - He loved this! I would hid them in difficult places and give him hints to reinforce 'over, under, behind, above, beside, around, near, closer, too far etc.'    He knows these pretty well, but I learned he gets 'behind' and 'in front' mixed up sometimes.


Household Life:  Turbo has a couple routine jobs he does around the house. He removes the lint from the dryer while I'm folding the loads and he helps me unload the dishwasher. He surprised me by asking to take pictures after we unloaded the dishwasher. Awww!


Practical Life:  We've been working on independent dressing/undressing a lot this week. I didn't get any pictures of our TotSchool time on this, but here's Turbo doing some 'independent study'. HA!
Another 'independent study' was when he started pouring water back and forth from my very large cup into his small cup. I was very impressed that he stopped at the right time when pouring into the smaller cup. He stopped the water right at the little inside line. Guess all that previous water pouring work really helped!
Letter Activities ~ This week was letter K and we did a bunch of the pre-made activities from Confessions of a Homeschooler. Aren't they just adorable! We didn't do as many as I'd hoped because I didn't have a laminator and the thin, flimsy pieces of paper weren't working for us.  So I ordered a laminator WOOHOOO!! I can't wait to do our Letter Activities next week.

Awwww, such as sweet big brother.

Art Projects:  In addition to our Collage Box, we did our new Do-A-Dot makers. These are a huge hit around here.  Turbo's favorite part is working on color blending. He loves to stamp red, then cover all the red with yellow. He shouts ORANGE Mommy - I made ORANGE!

Fine Motor Skills:  We worked with Playdough this week. One of the Moms in our Moms Club gave us this awesome toy. It seriously keeps him busy for close to an hour.

Music ~ As usual, we played the guitar, sang and played the keyboard all week.  I'm seriously considering some violin lessons for him when he turns 3. They don't do guitar until 5.  My hesitation is that I don't want to smother his passion with structure if he's not ready. However, I want to follow and expand on his interests..... 

Science ~ Sink and float. We mostly did this last week, but he asked for it again on Monday. 

Other Activities this week:
Check out the evolving Collage Box Art


~ ~ ~ Tiny Tot School ~ ~ ~
Ok, not really, but isn't she getting so cute!  I love that she's a part of our story and play times. She's so easy going and mellow.  Her latest thing is shaking her head no. Turbo and I laugh like crazy when she gets going. The two kids are very sweet together. Turbo is really gentle and tender with her. He brings her all his soft toys and makes sure that all the hard toys are out of her reach. He got worried and 'corrected' me the first time I gave her his wooden blocks. Yep, that's a protective big brother!  We haven't seen much jealously from either of them about time, attention or toys. Hopefully that will continue as Sweet Pea gets more mobile!





Next week is Farms & Animals; Letter A  _ OK, I've changed it already. My playgroup is going to the zoo on Monday, so we're swapping weeks.  Next week will be zoo instead!  I can't wait!

6 comments:

throughtheeyesofchildren said...

waht a great week! love the colorful sensory tub

Cindy said...

Love the sensory tub too. We went kite flying this last week. Brr it was cold.

Lisa said...

What a fun week!

Theresa said...

What a fun week! I love your sensory tub, and would love to know what the toy is that is keeping your son busy for an hour.. I need to get one ASAP! :)

Susan said...

Thanks for your comments! I'm so happy to be back to Totschool after such a long break. Now that Sweet Pea's in such a great routine, life has become easier!

Here's the link to the playdough toy, but I imagine any of the playdough sets would be just as effective! We love playdough these days!!

http://www.amazon.com/Play-Doh-Magic-Swirl-Cream-Shoppe/dp/B00160HTYI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=toys-and-games&qid=1269924023&sr=8-1

Here are a couple resources I use to get inexpensive/free toys.
1. Freecycle.org - if you haven't heard of it, let me know and I can give you the quick details
2. my local Moms Club. Do you have one in your area? It has been a God-send for me for playgroups, outings, support, friendship, and more
3. craigslist.org

Susan said...

Thanks for your comments! I'm so happy to be back to Totschool after such a long break. Now that Sweet Pea's in such a great routine, life has become easier!

Here's the link to the playdough toy, but I imagine any of the playdough sets would be just as effective! We love playdough these days!!

http://www.amazon.com/Play-Doh-Magic-Swirl-Cream-Shoppe/dp/B00160HTYI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=toys-and-games&qid=1269924023&sr=8-1

Here are a couple resources I use to get inexpensive/free toys.
1. Freecycle.org - if you haven't heard of it, let me know and I can give you the quick details
2. my local Moms Club. Do you have one in your area? It has been a God-send for me for playgroups, outings, support, friendship, and more
3. craigslist.org