Sunday, August 22, 2010

Tot School-The Ocean

TotSchool2E is 31 months 

We had a lot of fun this week learning about the oceans.  E really got a kick out of this unit.  So far, out of all the units we have done this was by far her favorite.  Its such a joy to see her having fun learning. 

These are just some of the things we did this week.  You see more pictures and learn more about what we did from Madonna at A Mommy Talks

Language Arts Concepts:
This week we worked on an activity inspired by the letter creations you can find at No Time for Flashcards.  We created this O for Octopus.  We used the letter O for a template and glued on 8 paper legs.  We glued on cheerios to represent ‘suckers’ on the tentacles.  E loved making her octopus and proudly dubbed it ‘Ozzy’, after our tub spout cover, which is also “Ozzy the octopus”.

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We practiced beginning writing skills with this writing bag.  Its a ziploc bag filled with tempra paint, but you could also use tinted shaving cream or tinted pudding.  100_1051
We also read lots of books.  Here were some of our favorites. 


Math Concepts:
We used goldfish and this goldfish measure game to practice measuring.  E liked it and didn’t eat a single goldfish.  She practiced more restraint than her mommy.  :)   


In addition to measuring we made counting urchins.  We rolled play-dough into balls and used counting cards to place the right number of toothpicks in the play-dough.   

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Science Concepts:
I filled a small plastic shoe box with tap water and let E test some toys to see if they would sink or float in fresh water.  Afterwards we put in some sea salt (a lot of sea salt) and tested the objects again.  Some of them floated, others sank.  E just really liked playing in the water.  This was by far her favorite of the week.


We used this Ocean Power-point to go on a virtual field trip for family night

Mommy’s favorite:

Here is my favorite pic from the week.  For all this weeks lesson plans and printables, all for FREE, you can visit 2 Teaching Mommies.

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As always, be sure you stop by 1+1+1=1 to see what others did this week!  



  1. I love your blog and all of the great things at 2 Teaching Mommies. We just did B is for Body last week and in a couple weeks will be using your ideas for the Ocean theme. Thanks so much for all of the great ideas!

  2. I think the math activities are my favorites. Awesome week!

  3. Such cute ideas! I plan to do the paint in ziploc baggies this week too. It is the first art project I have in his "learning boxes" system that we are starting tomorrow. I keep wondering if he will love it or just want to open the bags. Will be fun to find out! This is my first week linking up to Preschool Corner. It's such a wealth of great ideas! (So far, I'm not using themes, but I am impressed when everything is tied together like your ocean theme. Maybe we will try a theme sometime too).