Tot School: Ocean Theme

Ryce Man is 12.5 months old & Lil G is 13 months old.  🙂
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This week we are learning about the ocean and the beach. Ryce Man’s “Auncy” (his grandmother) has a thing for sharks so we borrowed some of her collection for the week. I also created a new Ocean Floor Sensory Bin, that I was pretty proud of at the beginning of the week. I took the time to dye the rice blue and shop for things to go in the bin. I added water because an ocean is full of water, right? Then, we started to notice a foul smell, so I had to dump the rice and wash the ocean items and begin again. No one told me you couldn’t add water to the rice bin 🙂

I organize our weekly plans with work boxes. I got my inspiration from Monica at Happy and Blessed Home. I don’t worry about filling every work box in our cart each week, but here are some of the things we have in our boxes this week…

Character – We’re reading a short bible story every day from First Bible Stories for Boys. I have a few other children’s bibles we’ll read from when we finish this, and then we’ll begin a character or bible study lesson geared towards toddlers when I feel they are ready for it. I would like to start introducing vocabulary from the Fruits of the Spirit like “Let’s be kind.”
Language – I’m always making sure to name foods, toys, and the things around us to expose the little ones to different vocabulary. I also want to expose them to written words. I’ve used flashcards of common words we use daily, and I’ve added those flashcards to a photo album to flip through. We’ve also got a word wall for our review time each morning and throughout the day. Ryce Man has a lot of eye-level wall space in his room for this. I also introduced Montessori Nomenclature this week.
An Article on Helping Children Develop a Good Vocabulary
Movement & Music – Start a Beginners’ Walking Program for Toddlers based on some research I’ve done with Glenn Doman’s Physical Intelligence theory.
Small Objects – Ice Tray & Spikey Rubber Balls (Transferring Sea Urchins), Nesting Cups, Baby Food Jar Lids and Empty Wipes Container (Homemade for Fine Motor Skills)
Spatial: Melissa & Doug’s Fishbowl Puzzle, Triangle Puzzle from a set we have, Pasting “shark teeth” (triangles) onto a collage, Melissa & Doug 3 Peg Shape Stacker
Senses – Sensory Sand Box (Moon Sand, Shells, Small Pail, Drink Umbrellas, and a Toy Crab); Ocean Floor Sensory Bin (Blue Rice, Sponges from Arts & Craft Section at Wal-Mart, Spikey Rubber Balls (Sea Urchins), and an Ocean Creatures Set from the Dollar Store)
Writing/Art- Daily Writing Journals (Free Art & Creative Expression), Paper Plate Seahorse, Paper Plate Jellyfish, Hand and Footprint Lobster
Math – Sorting Colors Activities
Reading – My goal is to read at least 3 books to the children each day. It’s a small, attainable goal. We point to pictures in the books we read, and this week we’ll especially be on the lookout for things we see that are circles or the color red.
Books We’re Reading this week-
Little Cloud, Brown Bear Brown Bear, What do you See?, What is Black & White?, This Little Baby, Is this a House for Hermit Crab?, Mr. Shaw’s Shipshape Shoe Shop, Underwater Life, The Marvelous Catch of Old Hanninbal, Boats
Order – Fold blankets after nap; Clean up after play; Wipe the tray after meals and snack.
Toileting – Hand washing after meals & diaper changes.


Love how he sticks his tongue out when he’s concentrating! He was trying to figure out how to work these, but I think he’s still a little young for them right now.


Transferring Sea Urchins (A Theme-based Montessori Practical Life Activity)


Ryce Man has an awesome pincher grasp!


Checking out the Ocean Floor Sensory Bin



I introduced Montessori Ocean Nomenclature this week, but the boys didn’t really know what to do with this yet.


Lil G looked at me when he put that one on like “Did you see me do that?” They always look to me for approval. 🙂


There’s that tongue again 😉





Yes, he still puts things in his mouth.


New favorite toy… if only he knew how to use it!




Next week is our Off Week for Tot School, as I am practicing Sabbath Schooling with this little tots (Six weeks on, 1 week off). I may post some pictures and a recap of what we do, but I’ve made absolutely no plans!

I’m linking up at Tot School Gathering Place.


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