Sunday, September 26, 2010

Tot School~ Happy 1st Birthday!

~Smiley is 32 months old~
~Lil' Lovebug is 12 months old~
Tot School
We had a rather short tot school week this week, but here are some pics of the moments I was able to capture :)

Life Skills...
Smiley does an excellent job at pouring. He doesn't spill at all.
He washed his garage :)
He poured water into ice cube trays (baby food trays). I added a teeny bit of paint to the water to make it more fun :) Smiley was really into this activity. I actually put the water in a pitcher, but he insisted on using this bowl instead. Lil' lovebug wanted to be in on the action too ;)

Math Skills...
One of our trays this week had number cards and a bunch of little cloth pins. Smiley had to attach the correct number of pins to the cards. He was really into this and it was a great exercise for both, math skills and fine motor skills :)

Lil' Lovebug practiced some early math skills as well :)
I created a shape sorting activity for the kids. I used an oatmeal container and cut a circular and triangular hole in the lid. I use this with the foam shapes that we got from the dollar section at Target a couple of weeks ago. Both kids had a lot of fun with this. I was quite surprised that the tiny tot was able to do this as well :)
Fun School...
I cannot believe that my baby girl turned one this week (today actually)!!! She's growing up way too fast! We had a little party for her yesterday and had a fantastic time :)

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Tot School~ Letter Ii- Week 2

~Smiley is currently 32 months old~
~Our Lil' Lovebug is currently 11 monhts old~
Tot School
Letter Ii...

We finished up some of the letter Ii activities from our RRSP and Letter of the Week curriculum that we didn't get to last week. I apparently was a very bad photographer and didn't get many shots of our letter activites...
Both kids worked with our Mellisa and Doug word puzzles.
Our little bug loved taking the letters out of the puzzles. Great fine motor activity :)
She also put them into a bottle and took them back out ;)
Writing Skills...
Smiley practiced tracing his letters. I used letter templates that I laminated. Smiley loves tracing them with our markers and I love that the markers wipe off easily and that I can re-use them many many times :)
We also worked on our KUMON Easy Mazes book again and completed several mazes. Smiley does great with this :)
Fine Motor Skills...
I filled a container with wooden play screws for our lil' lovebug and she loved filling and emptying the container many times. Filling and emptying things are amongst her favorite tot school things to do right now :)
Smiley likes his puzzle. Still a bit trickey for him though.
The little bug just enjoyed taking out the pieces :)
Both kids LOVE our Melissa and Doug fruit/veggie cutting set. This has always been one of Smiley's favorite, but it is a BIG hit especially with the litte bug right now!
Pom poms came out again this week. Smiley scooped them with a spoon.
The little tot got them out of the bottle and put them back in :)
She was very interested in our pegs as well. Smiley and I worked on making patterns and the little bug tried to take the pattern apart again :) She's a good helper like that :)
And of course, taking them out of the container and putting them back in. Like I mentioned, she likes to do that right now :)