Tot School 2014 – Week 3

We spread this week’s plans out over the span of two weeks because we had some very special people come to visit – Grandpa & Grandma Black.  Such a wonderful time for all of us and I am sitting here feeling so grateful for family that spends their time and money to come see us – it takes so much sacrifice to travel our way and I’m really appreciative of that generosity and love.  And you’d think we’d give them a vacation 🙂 but they spent a lot of their time helping us corral two little ones, cooking, and doing dishes!…couldn’t be more thankful for those two.

Well, after a few weeks of planned activities, observing how little B reacts to the books/activities, and too much time reading blogs, I am tweaking a couple things.  Starting with Week 4, we will be using the Sonlight P3/4 Fiction, Fairy Tales, and Fun for Little Learners curriculum for some guidance in what to read and to make things easier planning-wise for me.  This guide is mainly just a big checklist of classic stories and fairy tales to read aloud to B with easy activities (pretend play, cooking, etc.) that encourage quality time and a love for learning about the world around him.

I still would like to do the Before Five in a Row book that I talked about here; however, it has been backordered on Amazon a long time…so we decided to go a different route.

I was a little leery to buy the huge package of books that comes with the Songlight P3/4 curriculum, so I just purchased the companion guide for now.  We visit the library almost weekly, and I was able to see through the online catalog that our interlibrary loan will have all the books we need. We checked out the first book already, Harper Collins Treasury, and have started reading through the stories.  B is loving the stories and has asked to read a couple of them twice.  I love watching his enthusiasm for reading grow and look forward to the simple (and already planned out) activities that go along with the stories.

We will also be dropping the Fitness Fun Busy Book.  I feel like there is enough structure for B with the other activities.  I’d like him to have some time to decide what to do on his own when we go outside.

The Plans – Week 3

  • Bible/Devotional book
    • The Beginner’s Bible for Toddlers
  • Habit
    • Morning routine – Dressed, brush teeth, make bed
  • Living Book – Paddington
    • Make a suitcase (from a cereal box), scrapbook, and orange marmalade (orange playdoh in a jar)
    • Have tea (milk) with cakes or toast/jam – use little teacups
  • Independent Activity
    • Binoculars
    • Poker chips
    • Fall sensory bin
  • Curious George – Home for Pigeons (S1:E2)
    • Feed the birds and use binoculars to watch them
    • Examine bird seed to see what birds eat, sensory bin
    • Make a home for birds or bird feeder

Books…

beginnersbible

duckling gets a cookie

harpercollinstreasury

pigeon finds a hotdog

pigeon takes a bath

paddington

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BigThoughts

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 What we loved…

  1. A special trip to the store to buy binoculars and using them to look for birds
  2. Drinking about 10 cups of milk out of a tiny cup while Mommy tensed every time B picked it up…these were my tea cups from Italy (only ones I had)…yes, I’m nuts to let my toddler use them.
  3. Mo Willems books…Pigeon Needs a Bath was probably the fave.
  4. A wonderful visit from Grandma and Grandpa. 🙂
  5. …and the camera. Can you guess which photos are B’s?

 

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Tot School 2014-2015

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4 thoughts on “Tot School 2014 – Week 3

  1. Oh, how fun to visit with your grandparents!! I know they enjoyed it almost as much, if not more, than you all. Looks like B is having lots of fun learning! Such great ideas!!

    • Thanks, Zenda! We really did have a wonderful time. Have you been to Lancaster County, PA before? If not, I’m thinking it would be right up your alley! It really is a beautiful place to live and visit. If you ever come out our way, please let me know and we can meet up. 🙂

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