Tot School- C is for Cat

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Summer is 26 months old.

This week was a turning point with Summer in regards to the Tot School Printables.  Up to this point, she's shown some interest, but hasn't been overly enthusiastic.  The past two weeks, she would say "no" to most pages I introduced and we would then move on to another activity.  Not a big deal, but a little disappointing.  However, this week she was all for them!

I started off by introducing her to the pet cards.  I cut them apart and spread them out.  We worked on finding the animals she knew, then played a few games to learn a few of the ones she didn't know.  She loved this activity and asked to do it again...a lot!

She was also into the shadow matching.  Another activity she asked to do several times.

This week's color focus was blue...which she has down pretty well.  I gave her a blue dot marker to use in locating the cats.  She quickly dabbed them and was ready to move on!

She liked the coloring sheet and had a little help from Abby.

She used her stuffed kittens to find a few shapes.

I didn't prepare any trays for Summer this time around, but she had a lot of fun playing with this zoo playset we were reviewing.

 And, we read The Three Little Kittens book quite a bit this week.

Tot School: B is for Ball

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Summer is 25.5 months.

For our second week of Tot School Printables, we focused on B is for Ball.  I love having an item of focus to help Summer with her growing vocabulary.  She picked up on the weekly word rather quickly again!  However, she wasn't as interested in the printables this time around.  

To build her interest, I looked for new ways to incorporate the printables.  For this particular activity, I thought she might enjoy painting....and she did!


I also cut the coloring sheet apart and she surprised me by coloring each ball in one sitting.


One of her favorite activities was this shape and color sorting activity!


We played several different ways.  At first, she would pick up a shape and I would say for instance,  "Where does the green star go?"  As she became more familiar with the shapes and colors, I would ask her to choose a certain colored shape.  Eventually, she wanted to sort each shape by color and then dump the remaining shapes into the correct space.


She played with playdough...


Looked through her favorite book quite a bit...


And, she finger painted...



She played with several balls I rounded up from around the house.  She loved playing catch, kicking and rolling them.


My favorite part of the whole week was going for a nice walk together on a crisp evening.  


Kaitlyn joined in a few times, as well.  Summer had a bit of fun rolling the ball to her.




Tot School: A is for Apple

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Summer is 25 months old.

We are officially back in school and Summer is beginning Tot School Printables from 1+1+1=1.  Each week, she will be exposed to a letter, color, vocabulary item and theme related to the vocabulary item.  I am really excited to see where this takes us.  We started with letter "a" focusing on the word apple, the color red and fruit as a theme.

She loves puzzles!  This was her favorite activity this week.  We identified different fruits, the colors and some basic shapes. 

We used this sheet to locate some of her favorite fruits.  First, she would point to the fruit I called out. Then, she would point and I would name the fruit she pointed to.

 Transferring pom poms into several different fruit shaped ice cube trays...


We have been working to help build Summer's vocabulary.  She has come a long way in the last few months and picked up on our vocabulary word, apple, surprisingly fast.  We were so proud of her!  Abby, her older sister, loved helping out with the printable activities.  She helped Summer locate the Letter A and also taught her the letter sound. 

I made this cute little felt apple tree for one of her activities.  You can read more about the materials needed and how to make it here.

For this activity, we used foam fruit shapes that were purchased from the dollar store several years ago.   A few shapes (watermelon and strawberry) have small holes to represent seeds.  One day, my oldest daughter was playing and decided to use these plastic stir sticks to make birthday candles.  It was a great idea and a perfect activity for Summer.

We then used the same foam shapes for water play.  She loved this!

She's also been busy doing some modeling on the side for Aunt Meg's shop.

And, her little sister, Kaitlyn, turned 6 months old this week.  She's been busy rolling around and is in the early stages of crawling.  She joins us from time to time during school, but mainly just as an onlooker.

Some Items We Used

Cute & Easy Felt Apple Tree

Friday, September 05, 2014

September is here and that means fall is right around the corner.  Since we are officially back to homeschooling,  I decided to create a very simple craft to go along with Summer's first week of Tot School Printables from 1+1+1=1

This cute Felt Apple Tree can be used in many different ways, not limited to this specific activity.  For Summer, I'm simply using it for transferring and as a way to introduce counting along with her weekly color focus.

Ready to make your own, here's how!

What you will need:

-white crayon
-1 sheet of blue felt ( I used a sky blue)
-1 sheet of brown felt
-1 sheet of green felt
-red pom poms (of course yellow and green would be great to add)


Using a white crayon, freehand a tree canopy on green felt.  This can be as simple or as artistic as you want. Do the same for the trunk using brown felt. Cut out each piece.  Next, cut a strip of green felt to match the width of the blue background.  With scissors, make random fringe to represent grass.  Again, as simple or decorative as you wish.

Add each piece to the blue background, along with your poms poms and that's it!