Sunday, December 19, 2010

Tot School December post 1

Tot School December Post (1)
(30 Months)

 Shape Sort and Simple Ornament for Toddlers
We had some foam shapes we were planning on using for an ornament.  Little Sweets sorted the shapes  before me we made the ornament.  She then decided to mix all the shapes together again before we made the ornament. 

Simple Ornament for Toddlers
Little Sweets loves art activities.  I thought it would be fun to have her make an ornament as a keepsake.  I took a piece of paper and cut a hole in the middle.  Then I placed a piece of contact paper on one side.  Little Sweets placed foam shapes on top of the contact paper.  ( You could use tissue paper or construction paper instead.)  We talked about the shapes as she put them on the contact paper.  Then I took another piece of contact paper and put it on top of the sticky sided contact paper.  We put a hole through the circle and tied a string through.  Little Sweets placed it on the tree.  It looks pretty when the lights shine through it. 

Homemade Star Puzzle
Little Sweets loves doing puzzles so I thought I would create one with her.  I printed out two star shapes.  Little Sweets and I colored one star and then I cut it out.  Little Sweets placed the pieces of the star on top of the second star shape that I printed out and glued the pieces on.  She needed a little help with the placement of some of the pieces.  Afterwards, she decided the star needed glitter so she painted it with some glitter glue.

Shaving Cream Fun
Little Sweets and I enjoyed  playing with shaving cream.  This is a great sensory activity.  Little Sweets practiced her fine motor skills as she made straight lines and circles in the cream.  She even made a few letters, t, d, and p.  I also wrote letters in the cream and Little Sweets identified them.

Reading with Mommy and Daddy
We spend a lot of time reading. This week Little Sweets picked out  several Karen Katz books.  She is a great author for toddlers and most of her books have you interacting with your child.  Little Sweets loves these books and calls them the baby books because the characters are usually babies. 

Lately I haven't been posting tot school activites.  We are always doing activities and spending time playing together I just haven't been taking a lot of pictures.  I want to keep track of Little Sweets learning as well as keep a portfolio of her activities as a keepsake.  I plan to continue to keep posting in the future, but I am beginning to realize you can't capture everything on camera.  

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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Tot School Letter "G"

"G"is for Gumballs
28 months

Dot Art Gumballs
Little Sweets put gumballs on the gumball a gumball machine I drew.  She used bingo stamps to make the gumballs.

Alphabet Gumball Machine

I drew a gumball machine that had letters on the gumballs.  Little Sweets identified the letters and matched gumball letters.

Gumball Counting Game

Little Sweets used pom poms as gumballs.  She counted the circles on the gumball machines and put the pom poms ontop of the circles.  She also identified the number on the machine.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Tot School- Letter "F"

Letter "F"  Family and Fall

Family "I Spy" Game
Little Sweets has a very large extended family. I thought it would be fun to make an "I Spy" game with family members pictures. She had to point to the picture of the family member I named.

Birthday Cake Counting Book

I made a book with pictures of Little Sweets cousins. Under each child was a birthday cake with candles. Little Sweets had to count the number of candles to figure out how old each cousin was.

Fall Festival
While we were in Ohio we went to a fun fall festival.  Little Sweets went on a hayride, played in hay playground, visited a pumpkin patch, and visited an apple orchard.  She was tired that day, but must have enjoyed it because she asked me the other day if she could go on a hayride again. 

Little Sweets smelling the pretty fall flowers.

Little Sweets on the hayride.  

Here's a picture of the pumpkin patch.  We didn't pick a pumpkin because there was no way pregnant mommy was going to carry it up the hill.  We did get a pumpkin at the store though. 

Painting  a Leaf

I had some leaf cutouts left over from when I taught kindergarten.  Little Sweets had fun painting the cutout in autumn colors. 
Leaf Matching Game

This was also another item from my fall kindergarten tub.  It is a large piece of chart paper with different color leaves glued to it.  When I taught kindergarten I used it for counting, writing down numbers, and graphing the number of different colored leaves.  Little Sweets counted the leaves and matched the leaves by color. 

Leaf Color Game

Little Sweets is still working on identifying colors so I came up with this game to help her.  I  made color mats and hung them on the wall.  Each mat has velcro on it so we can hang pictures from it.  I made fall colored leaf stencils, laminated them, and put velcro on the back.  I gave Little Sweets the  different colored leaves told her the color and had her place it on the correct color chart on the wall.  She did a great job. 

College Football

It wouldn't be fall without college football.  Daddy and Little Sweets are haning out on the couch getting ready to watch the Buckeyes!!!  Little Sweets just loves the Buckeyes.  

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Sunday, October 3, 2010

Blogging Break

I am taking a break from blogging .  I hope to start posting again in a few weeks. 

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Book Review- A Christmas Prayer by Amy Parker

I recently received the book A Christmas Prayer by Amy Parker in the mail courtesy of This is an adorable board book that reminds children that Christmas isn't just about recieving presents.  The charecter in the book is giving thanks for the blessings of Christmas.  This is a great story to read while putting up a Nativity or just to read at Christmas time to remind children what Christmas is about.  I absoluetely love this story and plan on starting a tradition by reading this book each Christmas with my children.

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Review- One Hand, Two Hands by Max Lucado

I recently received the book One Hand, Two Hands by Max Lucado in the mail courtesy of  This is a delightful book that teaches young children that hands are for helping.  The young girl in the book gives examples of how you can help with your hands.  Such examples include; cleaning her room, washing the dishes, and writing a card.  The illustrations are adorable and young children will enjoy looking at them.  The author also uses rhyming text which will draw the attention of young children.  Overall, I would give this book four out of five stars. 

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Tot School Letter "E"

Letter "E"

26 months old

We did lots of egg activities this week for the letter "E."

Color Matching Activity

I colored the bottom of an egg carton.  Little Sweets matched the correct plastic egg with the correct spot in the egg carton. 

Math Activity- Number Matching

I put foam numbers in plastic eggs.  Little Sweets opened the eggs and found the foam number. Then she matched the numbers to the numbers on a number card I made. ( I made the number card by copying the foam numbers on our color copy machine.)

Language Arts Activity-Letter "E" Stencil

I printed a letter "e" stencil from the DLKT website.  Then I had Little Sweets put blocks on the stencil.  I got this idea from Confessions of a Homeschooler.  ( I think she has a stencil you can print out too.

Science- Floating Egg Experiment

I got this idea from the everything preschool website.  We put a hard boiled egg in water and it sank.  Then we put salt into the water and it started to float. 

Science-  Coloring Eggs

Little Sweets helped me color eggs.  This was her first time and she really enjoyed this activity. 

Snack-  Hard boiled Eggs

Little Sweets helped me peel the eggshells off the eggs.  She was fascinated by this.  She kept saying; "oo, wow" as she did it.  We saved the pretty shells for a later art project.  Then she ate some of the egg. 

Art-  Eggshell Collage

We used the broken up eggshells to make a pretty collage.  We got this idea from the Everything Preschool Website. 

Language Arts

We also put up the letter "E" on our wall and read lots of books.  An "E" book we read was An Extraordinary Egg by Leo Lioni.

Other Pictures

I thought this was so cute.  Now that Little Sweets is potty trained so are her dollies.
Little Sweets loves hanging out with daddy.  She really likes to help him water the flowers. 

I didn't have any planned Bible Activities this week  though we talk about Jesus daily and read Bible stories adaily.  We also just started praying with Little Sweets for missionaries.  She loves to do this and always reminds us before bed that we have to pray for the missionary families. 

I actually hadn't planned on doing any of the "E" activities this week.  I was going to wait until next week, but Little Sweets randomly pulled out her eggs and asked to play with them so I just went with it and continued with more egg activities the rest of the day and week.  She had fun so I am glad we did tot school this week. 

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Tot School - Letter "D"

Letter "D"
(26 Months Old)

This week we had a lot of errands so we didn't get much tot school in.  Here are some pictures of some of the letter "D" activities we did.

Math Activity

"D" is for Dora Counting Cards.  I made these Dora cards for Little Sweets.  She used foam numbers to match the numbers on the card.  I wanted her to count the characters on the card, but most of the time she just matched the number without counting.  She loves counting, but I think she got distracted by the foam numbers.   

Dramatic Play

"D" is for dollhouse.  Little Sweets loved playing with her Little People doll house.  She likes to mix all her little people together so if you are wondering that is baby Jesus sleeping in the crib. 

File Folder Game

"D" is for dog.  Little Sweets loves dogs.  I found a matching file folder game at the file folder fun website.  Little Sweets loved matching the pictures of the dogs. 


Little Sweets enjoyed making dot pictures using her bingo dot markers.  She also put dots on a letter "D" stencil that I made. 

Language Arts

We read lots of books together this week.  I picked out some Dr. Seuss books and Little Sweets really enjoyed them.  I didn't have any pictures from last week, but here are some pictures of Little Sweets looking and books from a few weeks ago. 

Bible Activity
This week we didn't do an art activity with our Bible stories.  We did continue to read a Bible story before bed and listened to Bible songs. 

Other Activities

I took Little Sweets to the splash pad near our house.  She loves running through the water.  It was really nice because all of the school aged kids are in school now so I don't have to worry about her getting run over.

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