We had another great week with Tot School this week! Here is a picture of our morning board:
Our verse and song focused on being kind this week, and our story was about the Good Samaritan - I read him the story on Wednesday, and then again on Friday. After I taught his Sunday School class, and witnessed him running around like a little two-year-old hooligan during the lesson, and then asked his assistant teacher, "Is he always like this?" and she answered, "Yes.", I knew it was time to work on sitting still! So we worked on that during our Bible story time each day! Z did very well with his sight words this week, we added 'a' and 'me' to the wall! He struggled a little with his verse this week, and every time Daddy would ask him to say it, he would say, "Be kind. That's all." :) At least he got that out of it! :) I forgot to mention last week, that we really haven't been doing a calendar during morning time, but occasionally (when I remember, that is) we use the 'calendar' game on starfall.com, and sing our 'Months of the Year' (Ten Little Indians) and 'Days of the Week' (Addams Family Theme) songs along with that.
Our letter focus of the week was B, and our unit is still 'vehicles'. We didn't do much with vehicles this week, Natalie had a couple of rough days, and I didn't feel so hot a couple days (once on the same day- be glad you were not here to experience me on THAT cheery day - woo!)...anyhoo... a couple of our activities fell through the cracks this week. But we still managed to learn a lot!
We started out on Tuesday with our letter B collage - we colored in our letter B with brown and blue markers.
Then we placed PLENTY of glue ALL over our B.
PLENTY of glue!
And we added some Buttons!
Here is our finished collage! It did eventually dry. :)
I found this cute page in some kind of early childhood book - I picked up about 8 books like this at a thrift store recently (for free!). The sticker pages were done, but the rest of the pages weren't touched! We're using them throughout the year! I cut out his picture & he helped me glue it on, then we colored the truck with crayons.
We used these clothespin cards this week (we did this with just A last week, too, I just didn't share a picture). Z correctly identified the baby letters on the first try!
Then we used this adorable idea - shape viewers - with the circle this week! I laminated these shapes, and then cut them out, and then taped on a large craft stick with packing tape. We walked around the house searching for circles one morning - it was fun. We found Natalie's doorknob...
a face (of course - is this not the first thing you would do with this? - I know I would (um, did...last week...))
a bottle of Natalie's gripe water stuff...etc. I think this was the grouchy day, so that's all the pictures I have, but we did search all around the house & had a lot of fun with it.
We used our letter B playdough mat again this week - here is the finished product:
Z didn't actually do this on his own, obviously. We made snakes, together, actually I made most of the snakes, and then I asked him where they should go, and he used the pieces I made to build the B's. Then we made more snakes and lots of 'ssssss' sounds were involved. Then Natalie woke up so our playdough fun got cut short. But it was fun. :)
On Friday, we played this animal match game (sorry, no pictures), and this (pictured) muffin cup letter matching game. You can see how long actually matching the uppercase letter magnets to the lowercase muffin cups lasted. By the time I grabbed the camera, Z was eating pretend muffins. :)
In our Book Basket this week:
My Little Word Book (Spanish/English Bilingual) by Roger Priddy
One Duck Stuck by Phyllis Root
Trucks Roll! by George Ella Lyon
Thruway by Anne & Harlow Rockwell
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
Elmo's ABC Book by Sarah Albee
How Will We Get to the Beach? by Brigitte Luciani & Eve Tharlet
A Truck Goes Rattley-Bumpa by Johnathan London
Sesame Street Animal Alphabet by Kara McMahon
Scuffy the Tugboat by Gertrude Crampton
Busy Beavers by Lydia Dabcovich
Maisy Drives the Bus by Lucy Cousins
Maisy's Bedtime by Lucy Cousins
Bugs! by Christopher Nicholas
And to Think that I Saw it on Mulberry Street by Dr. Seuss
Our favorite book of the week was Maisy's Bedtime - he had me read it many, many times. :)
I overheard Z 'reading' a book this week! We have a small board book of "Go Dog Go" by Dr. Seuss, and he was reading some of the words (he knows the word go, so I was practicing reading it with him earlier in the week). I'm sure he just has it memorized but it was pretty neat to overhear him saying the right words while looking at the pages! :)
Z had some pretend play time this week - I was feeding Natalie, and he was in the kitchen saying, "I am making muffins for Daddy. Making muffins. I need some peanut butter for Daddy's muffins. Oops, I spilled the peanut butter. I will get a rag to wipe it up. Spill...wipe, wipe. Spill...wipe, wipe. I am making eggs. I need some tuna for my eggs." :) He is getting to be quite imaginative! This is what I found when I came into the kitchen a minute later:
He wanted to cover up with this blanket while watching Sesame Street this week - super cute! :)
My Two Tots
Here is Zachary pushing Natalie on the swing on our porch! He is so fun with her, and loves to play with her. She was giggling really hard right BEFORE I grabbed my camera, of course. :) Today, on the way home from church, Natalie took a little nap, and Z informed me that she was asleep. A few minutes later, I knew she had woken up when I heard Zachary coo, "Did you have a good nap, sweetie?" :) Cuteness! :)
My Tiny Tot
Natalie is into EVERYTHING - one of my frustrations with her this week (other than teething- aargh!) was her constant fascination with this table!!! She crawls onto the bottom shelf of it. Then she can't get back down, so she cries for help. Or she tries to get down on her own and falls on her head. CONSTANTLY!!! I keep thinking maybe she'll learn not to get up there, but it hasn't happened yet!!! But she is cute...don't you think???
We'll be out of town part of this next week, so I don't plan to do 'school' next week, we'll probably just do some of the activities we missed out on this week after we get home, and I probably won't worry about posting. But you can check out what everybody else is doing and get some great ideas over at 1+1+1=1! :)