Saturday, March 13, 2010
This was a great week for tot school. The stars must have been aligned correctly, or something, because E has been so cooperatvie and hard working recently! One day she worked for a full hour and a half! That may not sound like much to some of you, but our prior record time was about 48 minutes. I rearranged the shelves again this week and added some brand new activities. Maybe that's what did it. I know I've been holding off on buying new things/making new things, because we're planning on purchasing all our Montessori materials and I don't want to spend a lot of money or time on things that we won't end up using a whole lot.
Tonging pom poms was a favorite this week
Stringing pony beads on pipe cleaners
I kept out our sorting buttons activity from last week, but put it in a new container, and added 2 more colors. This week we worked on blue and green, yellow and white. She's so FAST at color sorting, but doesn't really understand sorting by shape or type of object yet. I think next week's sort will be a shape one.
Matching I-Spy cards, I changed up the cards this week for her to find horses, telephones, and helicopters.
E also had fun this week hiding tigers (only tigers, I don't know why) in her sensory box. Oh, yes, and Little Lamb had to play, too.
We've been playing a lot of I-Spy recently, so I pulled out our I-Spy jar that I made for a long car trip to Kansas. It was fun to shake up and spy new things. To play I-Spy, all you need to do is tell your child "I spy something that starts with /__/." Use the sound of the letter, not the name of the letter. I like to give clues too, since E is just starting to work with this game. I'll say, "E, I spy something yellow that starts with /d/." She will look at the objects, find the correct one and tell me (very triumphantly, by the way) "/d/, /d/, DUCK!"
I am currently in the process of putting together an alphabet drawer with miniature objects for each letter. I spend waaay too much time at Hobby Lobby in the dollhouse section!
We hosted our crafts and stories playdate this week, and made these cute little ducks to go with the story Dawdle Duckling by Toni Buzzeo. Check out THIS post for the play-by-play.
To see what other tots have been working on, visit Carissa's blog, 1+1+1=1.