Tot School- Letter P, Q and R

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Abby is 41 months old.

I have had good intentions to post, but the last few weeks have been off.  In the spirit of trying to get back on track, I'll simplify this and just combine into one long post.

At the beginning of the month, Abby began studying letter P.  The theme was Peter Pan.  She really enjoyed the week.  I did not have many print outs for her, but we read the several books we had and watched the Disney movie.  She is still infatuated with the crocodile song. :-)

Abby asks "to do school" on a daily basis.  Some days are short, some days she wants to do activities for hours.  On those short days, I put together a little notebook (idea and printouts here) for her to grab and work on independently and I also have her sight word activities that we can work on cuddled up on the couch together.

She worked on tracing...

She wanted to trace more, so we worked on her sight words.  She read the words first to me, then traced.

She used different colors to find the word I called out.

Connect the dots to make a word shape..

And a new favorite..drawing.  Here she decided to draw her Aunt, Uncle and two cousins.

She enjoyed some creative play with her foam blocks.  She loves them, as they are a daily favorite from morning until bedtime.

She also got an easel for Christmas, that she really loves.  She is practicing writing Letter Q and she began drawing a picture of Mommy, Daddy and Abby.

Abby used her dot marker to locate the big and little Qq's.  We used these printables.

She requested to color.


My mother-in-law got Abby these really cute activity books.  She wanted to practice cutting, so she picked a page from her new book.

After she was done cutting the picture, she wanted to glue the pieces.

She wanted to trace some more.  She used both crayons and dot markers.

I wanted her to get some more practice writing her name.  

This was one of those days that she just kept wanting to do more and more.  I thought we would catch up and do some letter R activities.

She likes Little Einstein's so, R for Rocket seemed to be pretty fantastic.  She found her Rocket toy and it watched as she completed her activities.

We reviewed shapes and she worked more on coloring.

And, she colored her mini book and read it back to me.

Tools Used

Tot School- Letter O and The Birth of Jesus

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Abby is 40.5 months old.

Tot School

I have been meaning to post a few (very few) pictures of Abby's last school week before we took a nice Christmas break, but have been busy and scheduling/events around our house has put a little damper on things.  With that said, I think we are ready to introduce some new things Abby has been working on that I haven't posted about.  I'll get to that towards the end.

Abby is maturing on a level to which I can give her activities to work on independently.  I'm still there, of course, but this particular night I was making dinner.  I gave her a few activities and she knew what to do without any instruction.  While completing the activities, she was verbally giving me an account of what she was doing and wanted my approval when finished. :-)

She worked on shadow matching...

Sequencing, large to small and small to large..

Together, we worked on identifying numbers and placing them in order from 1-10.

She was very excited with the finished puzzle.

Abby's great aunt, Becky, is very crafty and put together a cute Christmas tree door hanger craft.  We worked to complete it and the end product was super cute!

She played dress up...

Captured moments from Christmas..

Now, for some of our new work.  Again, I haven't taken many pictures because I was just curious what Abby would do with the information.  During the break, I gave Abby a few assessments to see where we were and areas we need to improve upon.  One area I've noticed increased interest in, is reading.  Abby is very good with letter recognition, she is very interested in what words start with (ex.  She was eating lunch with a fork one day and asked what "fork" started with.  I said what does "fork" sound like, she answered like "fan."  I said ok, what does "fan" start with and she answered quickly with, "letter F."), she is very good at comprehending movies, books, and life in general.  She asks plenty of questions looking for answers and we always try to give her a detailed answer, if possible.  Plus, she loves being read to and reading to her baby dolls and animals.  She loves recognizing our names on mail, ornaments, written or on shirts, especially her name.

 On 1+1+1=1, she has a program called You Can Read, for young readers.  It is based on high frequency sight words and is broken down into small units, full of activities and many games children can play while learning at the same time.  We haven't fully attacked Unit 1, this was just a brief introduction to even see if she was interested. 

Unit One Words: a, and, see, the

Within a few days, she had 3 out of 4 memorized. Randomly, throughout the day, I would write a word or show her a flashcard and she thought it was so exciting to read the word.  Now back from break, I plan to fill our school time with more activities and games including these sight words.  I'm in no hurry with these and when I feel like she has tackled them then we will move on to Unit 2.

Abby also got a set of Bob books for Christmas.  The set is full of very easy readers that start with beginning sounds and she loves reading them!  Next week, I'll have more information and pictures with our new adventure!!

Here is an example of You Can Read activities we have worked on over the break.

Color By Sight Word: I layed out 4 crayons (red, blue, yellow, green) which were linked to each word.  She actually begged me to color!!  My kid that hates it, so that was exciting.  She picked the words in order of what she knew and had to look at the beginning letter of the color to figure out what and where to color.