Sunday, May 16, 2010

Tot School: Birds

Tot School
E is 28 months old

Another week of Tot School to post!  This week was rather busy, and we didn't get to many of the activities I had planned.  Instead, we worked more on the activities on the shelves.  But no worries, because we're going to keep our bird theme for the next couple of weeks, and I have lots of things planned - I just have to print out my materials!

On the shelves this week:
 were some old-but-good activities.  We worked on making a pattern with lacing beads in blue and green.  E could figure out the pattern with prompting, when left on her own she put on whatever bead she wanted.

She did a little sorting this week, with the spoools, cubes, and spheres.  I tried to introduce the blindfold to her this week, but she wasn't having it.

E had so much fun this week with her new pattern blocks!

We have been working hard on counting - specifically one-to-one counting, haveing E touch the things she is counting so her numbers don't get ahead of the objects.  She likes to tell me she has 3 feet.

What's different?  A printable from Montessori for Everyone.  E needed a lot of help to do this one.  Like the lacing beads, she'd rather put that X wherever she wanted, even if she did know where it was supposed to go.

Button snake!  I've put this out every couple of weeks, and this week is the first time she pulled it off the shelf.  I had given E a presentation about a month ago, so we did a refresher, and I left her to it.  She did great and put probably 3/4 of the felt squares on the button, naming all the colors as she went.

E worked on spelling her name with this activity from 1+1+1=1.  I think I will do another set with lowercase letters as well.  I found some upper and lower case matching pages and made a little alphabet book.  We don't have any dot markers, so I gave her a highlighter and had her color the letter that was the same.  So far we've done A, B, C, and D - we'll be continuing this work in the next week or so.

I mentioned in an earlier post that I found these great Planet Earth bird cards at our library sale.  E has had a lot of fun going through them and asking what each bird or animal was.  (There are some bats and insects in the cards, as well)  I put the cards and the few plastic bird figurines that we have in a bowl for her to look at when she pleases.  I hope to get a few more bird figures for her to look at soon.

We made a bird feeder with a pinecone, peanut butter, and birdseed.  Don't tell E, but a couple of hours after we hung it on the tree, a squirrel came by, chewed the string off, and took the pinecone!  I put the extra birdseed out back on our patio, and we have been watching the birds eat that instead.  (And the squirrels, too)  Yesterday we saw a mama and papa house finch, two robins, and the aforementioned squirrel!

Books about Birds:
We found several good bird books at our library!  E's favorite is the bird alphabet book.  I'm just warning you now, letter B is for Blue Footed Booby.  You will have to decide for yourself if you want your child asking for the "booby book" or not!! 

The Bird Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta
About Birds: A Guide for Children by Cathryn Sill
Crinkleroot's 25 Birds Every Child Should Know by Jim Arnosky
The Robins in Your Backyard by Nancy Carol Willis
Feathers for Lunch by Lois Ehlert

To see what more tots are doing, check out Carissa's Tot School site!


Our Country Road said...

Oldies but goodies-you are so right. I need to put some of these out. I love the button snake, and I forgot about that game from Montessori for Everyone. Great week!

kewkew said...

Looks like a great week! I need to make one of those button snakes. When I can find some time. Haha. Like the idea of using a highlighter to color the letters.

Fiona said...

wow lovely ideas! I like the button snakes. Your little girl looks to be doing very well. My son is this age but will not sit down and do anything.

Susan said...

Thank you for the bird book suggestions. My daugher has been into birds lately and I just reserved a handful of books at the library. None of them were books on your list, so I have added a few more for us to check out.

Char said...

Fun week. I liked the what's different activity.

Laura said...

What a fun week. You guys still got a lot done. Smiley is the same with the patterns, he'll get it with much prompting, but when left alone he prefers to make his own pattern :)

Musical Mama said...

Fiona - Sometimes she will sit and work, and sometimes she won't. Our school time ranges anywhere from 20 minutes to 1 1/2 hour at a time. :)

kewkew - I have a million projects lined up for whenever I get a spare moment, too. Ha!

Giggly Girls said...

I had to LOL at E choosing the wrong answer even when she knew the correct one. My tot is notorious for doing that. She'll choose every answer EXCEPT the correct one. Little stinker.

Love the button snake. So cool. I'm going to have to try and figure that out. It looks simple enough even for someone like me. LOL

K-tribe said...

Hi! Thanks for the Montessori for Everyone link! I hadn't seen that one.

Dawn said...

I'm impressed that she could figure out the color pattern! My little guy (same age) doesn't seem to care in the slightest. Isn't it funny how every child is so different?

YOu did a lot of neat activities - love the Montessori connections!

Lil' Ms. P - Madonna said...

My son is the same way with the beads. Of course, he rather just play with the laces.