Sunday, October 18, 2009

Tot School: Farm Theme

Tot School
E is 21 months

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.

Field Trip:
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!

Learning Toys:
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!

Alphabet:

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.

Reading Basket:
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.

Favorite Photo:
E kissing her pumpkin

7 comments:

The Activity Mom said...

What a fun week! Love the picture of her kissing her pumpking! =)

Rebecca said...

What a smart little girl she is! I cant believe she already knows some of her letters! I should try color sorting with my little girl :)

Our Country Road said...

You got a lot done for a 'short' week! I really like the sorting, good idea having just 2 colors. Hope you are all feeling better soon.

Giggly Girls said...

Love the pumpkin! She had a great week!

We did a sensory tub with fake leaves this week. Now I'm afraid to try rice thanks to big sis. LOL

MoziEsmé said...

Looks like a fun farm trip! And way to go on the color sorting... I love the fingerpainting - I couldn't get Esme to try it at that age, but she's more into it now that she's older.

Musical Mama said...

Thanks! We did have a fun week! Most of our tot school ends up getting done on Monday and Tuesday, so it didn't make too much of a difference that we were sick later in the week. The only thing we really missed out on was the farmstand playdate a friend of mine was hosting. I was a little disappointed about that!

melaniet42 said...

What a fun week! I can't wait to make our own rainbow rice tub! I didn't get around to a post for last week.