Monday, February 22, 2010

Tot School

These last two weeks have been busy & crazy, but most of all, FUN! :) Hubby's parents visited, along with a group of men who came to work on a project at camp, so we were busy making meals for them, and of course, hanging out with Hubby's mom, who stayed an extra few days so that Hubby and I could go away (by ourselves!) for a night! It was wonderful, and I came back refreshed and ready to re-commit myself to doing a better job with Z's discipline and Tot School planning.'s what we've been learning the last two weeks:

Here's Zachary making egg casserole for the work group with Grandma: (putting an egg in)

And stirring the mix:

We got this fun matching game for Christmas, and we have played it several times, and got another chance to this week:

Here are the halves of the matches, laying on the floor - Z holds the other half, and has to match them up- he loves the animal pictures & is getting pretty good at matching.

Here he is with one match:

And matching some lions:

Supposed to be showing me his match, but for some reason, we can't see it... :)

The backs of the matching cards make this giant floor puzzle, so I put it together, and then he stepped on the animals that I called out. :) He loved this. :)

Here's Zachary playing with Natalie...

And he is rewarded with a smile!

When Hubby and I were on our little getaway, we stopped by a store called Ollie's up in Buffalo. I've heard there's one in Erie, PA, and I don't know where else, but they had awesome deals on some preschool/tot school books & supplies, and I scored big! Here's everything that I got: (in case you can't see well, there are two sheets of foam bug stamps ($1 each), a 3-pack of kids worship CDs ($3), 4 foam stamps- two flowers, a truck, and a basketball (50 cents each), orange tempera paint (50 cents), an Eric Carle Numbers book ($2), a Wipe-Off Numbers book ($2), and a pack of 3 books that teach letters ($3), for a grand total of $14.50 for all these things!!!

Here is how the Eric Carle book works: You match up the top half of the page, that has the number on it, with the words and pictures of fruit on the bottom - Z doesn't 'get it' yet, but he likes to read it with me, and if I turn to 'six lemons' and tell him to find the 6 on the top page, he can, so we play that way for now. :)

Here's another page:

Here's the inside of the numbers book: For now, Z enjoys reading the book and counting the stuff, we haven't tried writing yet, but I am super excited to use this when we start working on writing, too!

Here is all that was included in the letters activity pack:

This is the coloring book:

This is the activity book, which comes with stickers:

And this is the part I was mostly excited about - the wipe-off letters book. Not as great as the one that goes with the Numbers book I showed above, but it has fun activities nonetheless.

And now I really really want the Letters book that is like the Numbers one...think Ollie's will get it soon??? :) Actually, they have it at Wal-Mart for $9, so that's not too bad. :) Sometime before fall, it will probably find it's way into our house.

Well, I know I promised to talk about the kids CDs we enjoy listening to, but I just haven't had a chance...I hesitate to say this, but...maybe next week??? Well...don't hold your breath! :)


The Sneaky Mommy said...

Wow! Amazing bargains! Glad you got to enjoy a little getaway!

Shanilie said...

Isn't is so much fun getting together with grandparents!

I can't believe SMILES already!!

I remember Jacob LOVED doing the work books. Such a great way to combine learning with fun.

Julie said...

Wow! He seems like a really smart little guy. Good job at working with him so much.

MamaDuck76 said...

Wow, you got yourself a great deal! We have that Eric Carle book, but so far my 2 year old doesn't pay any attention to it.

I like that animal game/floor puzzle...might have to look into that. Thanks for the idea!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the ideas!