Sunday, August 23, 2009

Tot School

~Smiley is currently 19 months old~

Tot School

Ocean Theme...

We continued to work on our ocean theme this week. We particularly focused on art projects this week and made this huge collage for Smiley's room. I am impressed by how much he loves art and how well he does with the different projects. He actually sits still and doesn't try to eat anything :)

He did extremely well putting the different foam shapes on our fish. He even put the glue on himself (with some of mommy's help).

What started like this...

Turned into this... :)

The Itty-Bitty Bookworm...

We started the Itty-Bitty Bookworm curriculum this week. I already got the September curriculum, since I will be due the end of September and we will likely have a few interruptions to our tot school routine :)

This and next week, we're working with the book "More, more more said the baby". Smiley really enjoys this book. So far I quite like the curriculum, but I need a few more weeks to really be able to evaluate it. This month, the focus will be on the color red and the shape circle. It would be nice to have a number as part of the monthly theme as well. I think this might be included in the curriculum for year 2. I will have to look into that... Let me know if you've used the curriculum and what you think of it!

Working on one of the coloring sheets for the week.

Fine Motor Skills/Color Recognition...

Those are two great skills to combine.

We played a bunch with this stacking toy, which Smiley loves. We worked on the different colors and shapes at the same time...

Smiley always finds new ways of how to improve mommy's tot school games. Here he is balancing the stacker toys on a stirring stick :)

We still enjoy this shape sorter boat. What great fun! Smiley loved hiding his cheerios between two shapes.


Smiley has gotten really really good at recognizing the numbers 0-10. We use the flash cards I blogged about last week, this number puzzle and a number dvd. He's really into numbers these days and loves to show off his new skill. He names and recognizes the numbers 0-10 very easily now :)

Here he is working on his number puzzle. It's great for recognizing numbers and practicing fine motor skills at the same time :)

What is he looking at so intently? His Numbers DVD.

Smiley loves this Number dvd. He asks for it a lot. I think it has really helped him identify the numbers 0-10.

This week, we spent one of our mornings at the zoo. Smiley is a big animal lover and enjoys seeing all the different animals :)

We really enjoyed the seals. What fun animals!

Fascinated, looking at all the animals at the zoo :)

Smiley had fun touching a snake.

Looking at the goats and sheep...

The gorillas were great fun of course.

Just silly...

This picture is so Smiley :) He's trying to stick his foot through the little people school bus door and drive it aroun like that ;)

If you would like to read what other mommy's and their tots did for tot school this week, check out Carisa's blog at 1plus1plus1equals1.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Tot School

~Smiley is currently 19 months old~

Tot School

Ocean Theme...

We continued to work on our ocean theme this week. I focused on integrating fine motor skills, number recognition and vocabulary as part of our theme. It went really well and Smiley had a blast. We even managed to make it to the beach one day this week (unfortunately, I didn't bring the camera). It was a very windy day, and Smiley had fun jumping the waves with daddy :)

I bought Smiley a ocean creature puzzle from Melissa and Doug, which he loved. We worked on fine motor skills with this, as well as on learning some new vocabulary- sea star, crab, shark, dolphin, and seahorse (he already knows squid, whale, fish, turtle).

I found those fun number cards at the Learning store, which also work perfectly with our ocean theme. They have numbers on one side and sea creatures on the other. Smiley is getting pretty good recognizing the numbers 0-10. He particularly has the numbers 0, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, and 10 down. We still need to practice them a bit more though :)

We played a lot with ocean theme stickers this week, again focusing on vocabulary while we were sticking them on paper.

We are going to make a big ocean collage for his room. I will probably hang it up some time next week, so stay tuned :) This week, we made a sea star and a fish for our collage. Smiley had a blast coloring the sea star and gluing the foam shapes on the sea star and fish.

Our finished projects :)

In addition to practicing numbers with our ocean theme cards, we also played with this new toy. It's a cookie jar from the Learning Store. This toy is a huge hit with Smiley right now :)

We also watched his number DVD a couple of times this week and played with his number puzzle a few times this week.
Smiley is in love with animals. I saw these fun flashcards at Costco a couple of weeks ago and got them for tot school. Smiley really likes them and already knows most of the animals. I can highly recommend them and they sell quite a few different ones at Costco right now.

When he sees one of the animals that we have in some other form around the house, he often goes and gets it while we look at the flashcard. Here, he brought me his Little People zebra when he saw the zebra flashcard. I love how he makes the connection :) Great learning buddy ;)

Fine Motor Skills...
We practiced our fine motor skills quite a bit this week again. Smiley is still a hug fan of his mega blocks.
I got this really awesome toy a few weeks back. It's called Baby Connects and I got it from the Learning Store. It looks like little atoms that you can connect. Smiley LOVES this toy and it is great for fine motor skills, as well as learning colors and problem-solving! I highly recommend it. It is also another great toy to bring with you to restaurants, doctor visits etc. as it provides a great distraction! Smiley can play with this toy for quite a long time.

We tried lacing beads this week for the first time. Smiley liked them, but I think it is still a little bit difficult for him. He was more into picking up the lacing beads that looked like cars and trucks and driving them around the floor, saying 'vroom' ;)

More blocks... We focus on recognizing colors a lot too, when we work with blocks. Right now, we're focusing on yellow, red, blue and green.
Playing with straws...
Life School...
We went to Smiley's cousin's 5th Birthday party yesterday and had tons of fun.
Smiley loved hitting the pinata.

He adores his grandparent's two German Shepherds. They are always a highlight of our visits with his grandparents. He kept saying "eye, eye" and sticking his finger in the poor dog's eyes.

He blew many many kisses for the two dogs.

And gave them big hugs...

If you would like to see more tot school posts, please visit Carisa's blog at: 1plus1plus1equals1.