Tot School Week 4 – B & 3

Continuing in Tot School we had the Letter B and Number 3 come to play.

Make Banana Bread – (Artsy Fartsy Mama) She helped peel the bananas, crack the eggs, and sweep the bananas into the beaters. After it came out of the oven, we ate a piece for our snack and blew bubbles in her milk. 15 minutes spent cooking, 10 minutes eating

Printables: – (1+1+1=1) Between Coloring and putting pages in her Dry Erase binder, she spent almost 20 minutes coloring

Butterfly Stamping – (Coloring Pages) I have a lot of butterfly stamps from making my wedding invitations years ago. I don’t have any colored ink pads, so I got out her markers. I tried to let her color the stamps but it was too tricky for her so I would color them and then she’d stamp them on a printable of butterflies. I asked her if she wanted to color the butterflies but she didn’t have any interest after coloring the B printables, so this activity was about 10 min.

Butterfly Painting – I showed Pumpkin how to make a butterfly putting her hands together and crossing her thumbs. We put paint on her hands and pressed them onto paper to make a butterfly. Then she wanted to keep painting, so the butterfly got a little lost in the extra paint so I outlined around it once it was dry. This took about 15 minutes.

Make Boats – (mama.papa.bubba.) We made boats from corks, skewers, foam squares, and rubber bands. I didn’t have the nice silicon bracelets like the tutorial had, so we used regular rubber bands. With those, I think I would have glued the corks together b/c they started to slide in the rubber bands and became a little bit of a mountain instead of a flat boat. But we took them outside and I filled up the kiddie pool and she blew them around. Making them took about 5 minutes and then she played with them for like 2 minutes.

Bubbles – We blew bubbles outside after playing with the boats!

Balls – We threw balls into our pool with the boats. You could aim (or not aim) for the boats 🙂

Group Bears in 3’s – Pumpkin has 12 teddy bears, many of them hand-me-downs from Mom. I had her sort them into families of 3 bears like the story Goldilocks and the 3 Bears.

Towers of 3 – I had 9 blocks on the school tray and had her build towers of just 3 and then she got to knock them down.

Which Number is it? – I had three sets of numbers 1-3 on the school tray and I would rotate between the groups asking her to hand me a different number. We had Melissa and Doug clock pieces, blocks with numbers, and pieces of papers with numbers.

Glue Beans on letter B – (idea at Alphabet Station. Printable from Big Activities) We used a printable letter B and glued some beans to form the letter. This came at the very end so she was losing steam and we only did the Capital B.

B Puzzles (pictures of a Bike, Boat, Bread, Bus) – I had these on the table because she loves puzzles, but she’s done them before. We didn’t do them during school, but later that afternoon Pumpkin took them into the living room and played with them.

Spotify – Tot School B & 3 playlist

ABC – Jackson 5
Zero to Ten – Teacher Kiel
Teddy Bear’s Picnic – Upsy Daisy Players
The Flight of the Bumble Bee – Ida Cernecka
The Bear Went Over the Mountain – Children Music Unlimited
Bumble Bee – Joseph Vincent
Letter B – The Sesame Street Beetles
The B-I-B-L-E – The Christian Children’s Choir
London Bridges – Peter Pan Kids
Take Me Out to the Ball Game – Larry Groce, Disneyland Childern’s Sing Along Chorus
I’m Bringing Home a Baby Bumble Bee – Christian’s Children’s Chorus
Blue – Eiffel 65
Baa Baa Black Sheep – Raffi
The Wheels on the Bus – Ernie, Bert, Kid Chorus
A Bicycle Built for Two – Baby Genius
Three is a Magic Number – The Jellydots
Goldilocks and the Three Bears (story) – Kids – Story
The Three Billy Goats Gruff – Favorite Kids Stories
Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo – Verna Felton

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Tot School Week 2 – P & 1

Week 2 – Pumpkin was definitely more into school this week. Even asked for her school music. I set out a Pink Purse, Pencils, Playdough, Pennies, Panda Bear, Pooh Bear and some “P” books.

She dressed the part and wore Pink Princess Pajamas for school!

P Printables: (1+1+1=1) I printed pages 1, 2, 3, and 7.
I started with page 3 to color with colored pencils. I wrote the names of the “P” words on the paper and had her set tiles/blocks/magnet letters on each picture. We don’t color with colored pencils much so she colored for over 30 minutes!
I put pages 1, 2, 7 in photo sleeves in her binder. She played with this for about 5 minutes.
P. 1 & 2: Dry Erase markers for coloring. I also had purple playdough to roll into snakes and make the letter P!
P. 7: Dry Erase coloring and practice drawing lines from left to right
Hot Potato: (Preschool Express) I filled part of a nylon with uncooked rice and tied it off. I folded back any extra nylon and made a potato! We used Buddy’s activity table which plays really short songs. I tried explaining how you can’t hold on to a hot potato so we need to toss it back and forth. Pumpkin and I made popcorn for a snack and whoever didn’t have the potato at the end got a bite of a snack! She kind of got it, but we still had fun eating the popcorn. About 8 minutes of play.
Penny Activity Letter P: (Tot School)  (3 min 1 time) I put pennies in a bowl and she put them on the bubbles to make the letter P. She only did it once and wanted to move on.
Ping Pong: (Preschool Express) (you could use a purple or pink ball too) We blew ping pong balls across the table. We used 3 and each time she or I finished, we took a bite of popcorn. You can even set up goals with lids or circle cutouts. This lasted about 4 minutes.
Pancakes with sight words: (Playdough to Plato via Pinterest) I brought over our fry pan for her to flip “pancakes” (construction paper circles) with a spatula (works on wrist twisting). I had written sight words on them to practice beginning reading (the, a, it, is, you, in) and have her eat popcorn if she said the correct word after flipping, but she had a hard time flipping and gave up. So we moved on. Later that week I set them on our padded ottoman and found a kiddie spatula in her play kitchen and she could flip them much better. She wasn’t really into repeating the words though; she just liked flipping them.
“P” Books: (didn’t want to read books) Peter Pan, Pig a Pancake, Winnie the Pooh, Polite as a Princess
Number 1 Printable: (Math 4 Children +) She colored the number 1 for about 4 minutes. You could also put it in a protective sleeve for dry erase marker.
Number 1 practice: This was a very short activity, but I had her hand me one of things: pencil, ping pong ball, penny, popcorn, etc
Hop on 1 foot (work on coordination): She didn’t even want to try this so we moved on. I got as far as: “You have 2 feet, can you stand on just one?
Activity – you have 2 feet, can you stand on just one? Can you hop on one? Practice coordination.
Spotify playlist – Tot School P & 1 (the playlist is searchable in Spotify, which has changed since my original intention of updating the list): Pumpkin was much more interested in the songs this week and hearing the P words
ABC – Jackson 5
The Letter P – ABCMouse.com
Zero to Ten – Teacher Kiel
Panda-Mondium – Kids – Female
Bananas in Pajamas – Various Artists (Kids TV Themes)
P – My Favorite Letter P – Anything People
The Pizza Hut Song – Marcia Louis
ABC (The Alphabet Song) – Dora
Popcorn – Popcorn
One – Three Dog Night
The Letter P – Storybots
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe – The Kiboomers
The Purple People Eater – Sheb Wooley
The Princess and the Pea (Story) – Stories for Kids
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Tot School Week 1 – A & 0

Pumpkin isn’t old enough to go to preschool but has displayed a lot of interest in letters and really enjoys her Sunday School class. So I did a little looking into the idea of Tot School. I did a lot of reading on the blog 1+1+1=1. I liked the concept but wanted to modify it for the time I had to devote to it. I committed myself to 26 weeks and will focus on the letters A-Z and numbers 0-25. I take about 60-90 minutes on Friday during their nap to Google ideas and then about 45 minutes on Tuesday night to gather up everything for school on Wednesday. It’s very toddler led. I lay it all out and then she gets to choose what we do next and we move on when she’s done. Once we get to the end of the activities I’ve planned, we’re done. (3 weeks in, they’ve each lasted about 90 minutes).

Week 1 – When I first mentioned school, she did NOT want to go. She was hesitant to even try even after seeing everything laid out on the table. So we started with an activity that didn’t seem like school and it was smooth sailing from there. Visuals I set on the table were an airplane, apples, alligator, and an ABC block with an ant on it.

Spray Chalk A-Ants:  (Toddler Approved) I drew 10 ants on the patio and wrote the letter A on each one. She got to help get rid of our “ant problem” by spraying them with a spray bottle filled with water. This lasted about 10 min. I think with her age, I should’ve made them a little smaller so that they would be completely gone in just a few sprays.

A Printables: (1+1+1=1) I printed only pages 1, 2, 7, 13. I put 3 of the pages in photo protector sleeves so she could use dry erase markers. She LOVED this. She had very little experience with dry erase markers and was fascinated! She colored the pages for 25 minutes.With page 13 I cut the apple puzzle into 6 pieces. She’s good with puzzles but I just gave her the pieces without showing her what they looked like together, so she struggled a little bit. (2 minutes of interest)

The second image on page 13 we used an old school hand held paper punch to practice fine motor skills. She helped slide the paper in and then I helped her squeeze the punch together. She liked seeing us make the holes. This took about 8 minutes to go all the way around.

Music, Story, and Snack: I had made a tot school Spotify list for the letter A and 0. I redo the list each week, so unfortunately I don’t have the list anymore. In addition to music, they have stories on Spotify. I found a story of the Ant & Grasshopper that she listened to while she ate her snack of apple and peanut butter. She wasn’t thrilled with the music at first but when the list started repeating and she was recognizing A words and numbers, she enjoyed it. She listened and ate for almost 30 minutes.

A Alligator Craft: (No time for flash cards) During my Tuesday night prep, I drew the letter A, and cut out 2 white circles (we don’t have googly eyes) and 7 white teeth. She used crayons to color the A and then I cut it out for her. She glued the A, eyes, and teeth on. This took about 8 minutes. She always likes crafts and we hung it on her craft wall when we were finished.A River: I wrote capital and lower case A’s on some pieces of scrap paper and she set them on various squares of our square kitchen tile. She then had to jump across the floor landing only on the A tiles. We did this for about 5 minutes. She liked to fly like an airplane back to the beginning by circling around our kitchen table.

Straw Airplane: (found on Toddler Approved linking to Peapod Labs). On my prep night I cut two strips of white construction paper for the airplane and wrote the word airplane on them. She got to help tape the strips into circles and tape them to the straw. It didn’t fly super far, but she had fun using the tape and throwing it for about 5 minutes.

Zero Printable: (Your Printable PDF) I printed two copies of the number zero and put them in her photo sleeve binder. I drew arrows on them to have her draw a zero going clockwise and counterclockwise. Not interested, so we moved on.

Make Zero: I gathered up 4 different types of objects and had her empty them to “Make zero.” This helped visually understand that zero is “nothing” or “empty”. We used a large bowl filled with her shoes, a bag of building blocks, a bowl of cotton balls (a big hit) and a box of musical instruments. She did this for about 12 minutes mostly playing with the cotton balls.

When we were done, we even had a bonus that an ant had crawled into the house and they watched it crawl around for a while before little Buddy “squished it like a bug!”

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