B’s Birthday Fun

My little guy turned 3 recently. What?! We had an awesome week hanging with family, traveling to Niagara Falls, and a semi-homemade interactive birthday cake.

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IMG_0150Bummed he wasn’t able to play with his cake just yet.

IMG_0154That sweet face when he realized we were all singing Happy Birthday to him.

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IMG_8147His “I just did a good job blowing out that candle” pose.

IMG_8148Finally getting to play with the cake! Excavating the icing.

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IMG_8153Miss C holding Great-Grandma Margaret’s finger. So sweet. 

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Tot School 2014-2015 Overview

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what types of things I would like to do with B this year.  I think I’ve nailed down a few plans that I’m really excited about (and hopefully left lots of time for the unplanned too!) and I think will give us some great quality time playing and learning together.

In addition to our ‘school time’, with the arrival of this sweet little girl, C, her big brother will also be getting some chances to do more independent activities..just discovered the advantages of having “busy bags” on hand…thank you, Pinterest.  Hoping to keep this year sweet, simple, and fun for all of us.

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Here’s an overview of our tot school plans.

Bible Time @ Breakfast

The hope is to read through one short story each morning and chat about it over breakfast.

Big Thoughts for Little People: ABCs To Help You Grow

The Beginner’s Bible for Toddlers

The Jesus Storybook Bible

 

Before Five In A Row

We will read each book as much as B would like throughout the week and do some of the activities while C is sleeping.  It may take us more than one week to get through a row.

We purchased ours here.

I was sold after I downloaded the sample Goodnight Moon lesson.  I think B will love these stories and the activities that go along with them. I’ve also been doing some reading on Charlotte Mason and her thoughts on education.  She has some pretty fascinating ideas that I hope to modernize and adapt to our lives/beliefs.  This book will fit great into the intent of reading lots of “Living Books”.

Edit: We have now decided to start out with Sonlight P3/4 Fiction, Fairy Tales, and Fun for Little Learners because the Before Five In a Row book we ordered from Amazon is backordered.  The P3/4 is another curriculum that is focuses on reading good books together and doing simple activities that encourage discussion and quality play time together.  We’ve started it already and I can tell it is going to be fun for both of us!

Curious George Inspired Nature & Science Activities

This is B’s all-time favorite TV show.  We watch it through Amazon Prime, on the PBS Kids App, or on the PBS TV station. I’ll be planning 2-3 activities and books to go along with one of the episodes each week. I’d also like to take pictures and videos for B to look back at and talk about what we learned…a scrapbook of sorts. Here’s week one which we’ve already started…

Curious George Flies a Kite (Season 1: Episode 1) – Wind Theme

  1. Fly a kite.
  2. Make a windsock and put out a pinwheel (B calls these wind flowers 🙂 )
  3. Take a wind walk and videotape things blowing in the wind.
  4. Read The Complete Adventures of Curious George (Flies a Kite) and Feel the Wind.

 

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The Fitness Fun Busy Book: 365 Creative Games & Activities to Keep Your Child Moving and Learning

Because this sweet toddler of mine loves to be on the move and play, I will be using 2 or 3 activities per week for mornings we are home.  I got the kindle version of this book for free through Amazon, so that’s a double bonus. 🙂

 

Sesame Street Silly Snack: Cooking With Kids

B loves to help in the kitchen when I’m cooking something, and even more so he loves to be the taste-tester. He picked this book to cook through.  I’d like make one recipe from this book each week and include him in the whole process; from making a shopping list to following the directions in a recipe.  Hopefully by the end of this year he will be making us dinner every night…haha…just kidding. 😉

 

Numbers, Letters, and Shapes

We found these books via ABCJesusLovesMe curriculum.  They are pretty adorable and interactive. B loves them, so this will be how we talk about numbers and letters.  Shapes will just be pointed out throughout our day for practice.

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Habits & Routines

There are a few habits and routines I would love to be intentional about this year because I think they’re important.  This will take discipline on my part too. Here are a few we’ll be working on…

  1. Teaching him how to ask for something, instead of demand.
  2. Teaching him how to ask to go somewhere, instead of just going. This will be for his own safety when we’re outside or in public places like a grocery store or mall.
  3. How to let us know he would like our attention without interrupting a conversation with another person.
  4. Morning routine
  5. Night time routine
  6. Potty training…eek!

Well, that’s pretty much it for our school time.  There will probably be some changes along the way as we figure out what works best for us, but I’m looking forward to the adventures we have in store!

Tot School 2014-2015