Sunday, February 27, 2011

Tot School-Dr. Seuss

TotSchool2 E is 36 months

We worked on Dr. Seuss this week.  Here is a little bit of what we did.  You can find all of this Dr. Seuss Unit at 2 Teaching Mommies, just in time to celebrate Read Across America

Language Arts:
We worked on some rhyming words this week.  E is new to rhymes, and I think that the pictures really helped her.  This is also introducing her to sight words I suppose, but I know we’re not there yet, nor do I want to be there just yet!  We read Hop on Pop to get us into a rhyming mood. 

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Here are all the books we read this week:

We switched up the uses for out clip cards this week.  Instead of cutting them out and clipping on the number of apples, we counted and colored in the number.  Why did we do this?  I didn’t get a chance to cut them out :)  We based this off of Ten Apples Up on Top.

We also used this feet measuring activity to measure furniture and things around the house.  Once we measured, we colored in the feet to match our measurements.  This activity was inspired by The Foot Book.
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Apparently, we were on a Math kick.  We also did this Roll and Graph inspired by Mr. Brown can Moo, can You?   The dice has sounds from the book on it, and we had to match the sound to the object that makes it and graph it.  E LOVED this. 
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For Fun:
For fun we made some zany animals inspired by If I ran the Zoo. 
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That was what we did this week.  Be sure and check out what others did at 1+1+1=1


Sunday, February 13, 2011

Tot School-Valentine’s Day

TotSchool2E is 36 Months 

Alright, so most of you probably worked on Valentine’s Day activities with your kiddo this week, didn’t you?  Well, here is some of what we did this week.  You can see more pictures from this unit with Madonna over A Mommy Talks

Language Arts:
We matched uppercase and lowercase letters.  This also served as a fine motor exercise!  Whoo hoo!


We also worked on beginning writing with this Cupid activity.  E thought Cupid was an angel, and I was forbidden to correct her.  You know how 3 year olds can be. :)

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We had planned on doing this spelling book too, and we probably will but it will wait until tomorrow. :)


We worked on the graphing activity where we graphed conversation hearts. 

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We also intended to use these Cupid Clip Cards.  We didn’t get to it by post time, but we might work on it tomorrow.  We’ve used them before with our Space Unit, and she is really into counting all of sudden. 

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Social Studies, Science, and Extra:
We used our conversation hearts and made some observations about them.  I love introducing scientific thinking to E in simple ways she can grasp.  This observation sheet just worked perfectly.

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I also filled a plastic tub with some Valentine’s Items, so we played in it for a bit and used it as a sensory tub. 

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In addition we made and “delivered” Valentine’s to some of our toy pals around the house. 

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That was our week.  Be sure and check what others were up to at 1+1+1=1.  Also, check our 2 Teaching Mommies for the free plans and printables.


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Get Moving! Ideas for Valentines!

We are making a conscious effort in this house to be more active.  This doesn’t come easy for me.  If you’ve read any of the Chubby Runner entries then you know this.  So, here are some ideas to work in some physical activity. 

Since we, like many of you are at the mercy of the elements right now, these games can be played inside, or outside if you’re blessed enough to have some sun and warmth!

Kissing Cupid Hide-N-Seek:

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P1070460If you happen to have more than one kiddo (we are single tot house for now) then you can always play kissing-cupid tag instead of hide-n-seek.  

Valentine Delivery:


You’ll need to gather some of your kiddos toys for this one, and something they can use as a Valentine to deliver.  Your tot will pretend to be cupid, and they will have some Valentines to deliver.



The first time we delivered the Valentine’s I just let her take her time and figure out what we were doing.  The next couple of times it was a race.  I set our timer and let her deliver her Valentines as quick as she could before the bell on her timer went off. 

So there you go, some ideas to get you up and moving if your stuck in the house!


Monday, February 7, 2011

Tot School-My Feelings

E is 36 months

Here is what we did this week in tot school.  You can see more of what we did this week by checking out A Mommy Talks with Madonna, and hopping over to 2 Teaching Mommies to download all of the lesson plans and printables for FREE!  

Language Arts:
We worked on some beginning spelling this week with this Look, See, Spell chart.  We used our Scrabble tiles, and E was supposed to look at the picture, see the word, and then spell the word with the tiles. 

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E needed some encouragement with this, but she grasped the concept.  It took a while longer than some other activities, but I am ok with that.  She’s learning, and that’s a good thing.

Like Madonna and Lil’ Man, we worked on this color and count with faces. 

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We also worked on these Shape Faces.  E loved this game.  We broke  out the shape faces and the flip cards a couple of times this week.  The purpose is you flip a card and match the shapes on the card to make a face. 

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Social Studies Concepts:
We looked through magazines to find pictures of the emotions we were working with.  We then glued them on construction paper to make a feelings book. 

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We also made some paper plate faces with the shapes from our math game.  We used these and sang some songs with them, like If Your Happy and You Know It  and the girl scout standard There’s  a Smile in my Pocket (which I had never heard of, but threw in for Madonna!) 

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This week we also played a couple of games.  I am trying to work in some physical activity with our lessons.  We used feeling words on the steps and went up and down to spell them.  Happy went up the stairs, and Sad and Mad went down.  :)

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That was our week.  Be sure and check out what others did at 1+1+1=1.