Sunday, October 18, 2009
Tot School: Farm Theme
This week of Tot School started off great. But it fizzled pretty fast due to teething and some nasty colds going around our house. We did manage to get some things accomplished at the beginning of the week.
We took a "field trip" on Monday to a local pumpkin patch/farm. I love this farm because along with all the fall festival kind of activities, they also had farm animals to look at and old antique steam tractors, old hay balers, and other farm equipment to look at, and informational signs to help you learn about everything!
Emily played with her Parent's Puzzle Cube this week. She knows all the letters and numbers that go into it, she just has a hard time matching up the shapes to make them slide in!
With the success of the pasta game we played with last week, I picked up a parmesan cheese shaker at the dollar store and we worked with longer pasta and smaller holes this week. Once again, it was a hit!
E practiced sorting colors with some marble stones. We're still working with only two colors, more than that seems to overwhelm her and she looses interest.
I put together a rainbow rice sensory tub for E to practice scooping and pouring. You can see my post about it here.
We worked on finding animal matches with the matching cards in our farm totbook. She's getting so much better at this!
We got some magnetic alphabet letters for the fridge this week. E had so much fun with them! She kept bringing me letters to name for her. She can consistently find A, B, C, E, and M. We're still working on D for Daddy.
Alphabet Books were our theme for this week!
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
Peanut Butter and Jellyfishes: A Very Silly Alphabet Book by Brian P. Cleary
Michael Rosen's ABC
Alphabet Mystery by Audrey Wood
Our favorite book of the week was Peanut Butter and Jellyfishes. If you haven't checked this book out, you have to try it! It has a cute rhyme and awesome illustrations. There is a letter to find on every page and all sorts of things that start with the letter to find as well. The letter E page has evergreens, Elvis, and eleven eggs, just to name a few!
Arts and Crafts:
We did fingerpainting for the first time this week! E had a lot of fun, once she got over the idea that she was going to have to have messy hands.