Tot School: Ee for Eggs (Food Theme)

~Lawson is 19.5 months old.~

Curriculum:
Each week… We’re using the Tot School Printables from 1+1+1=1 as well as anything else I have in my stash that goes along with our theme. We also begin each day with what’s called “Bible Class“. This is the interactive curriculum for babies and toddlers that I stumbled upon on Pinterest, and we use in our church nursery. I’ve adapted it to fit our Tot School because It’s great to begin our day with a little worship time!

Planning:
Before the week begins, I’m pulling all of the resources I plan to use with Lawson including books, activities, toys, etc. I try to make sure things are mostly age-appropriate and on his developmental level, but I’m also not afraid to challenge him a little bit. I think children learn best when they are challenged slightly – not so much that they become frustrated, but just enough that they are eager to figure out whatever it is that is set before them. I make a list of all of these things so that I don’t forget the things that I’ve chosen for the week. I’m a natural list-maker, and I have lots of resources so my lists can be VERY LONG! If I don’t get to all of the things on the list during the week, it’s totally fine. We can save it for our review week or for another day in the future. I highlight through the items as we complete them, and it’s just one list for the entire week – not individual days. This keeps it simple for me, as I don’t want to overwhelm myself with the planning process.

This Past Week’s Focus: 
letter – Ee
object – egg
theme – Food
color – red
number – 2
shape – heart

This Past Week’s List of Plans:
*Main letter sheet with dry erase marker
*Vocabulary Development Page – This week they are cut out and laminated to stick on our board.
*Shapes Page with our Melissa & Doug Shapes Puzzle
*Numbers Page with our Foam Numbers & Magnetic Numbers
*Dot paint the number 2
*Dot paint a heart
*Trace left to right from E to e (We do this together, but I also let him try it alone.)
*Sequencing Page
*Colors Page – matching with marker tops; also use with dry-erase marker ex.”Find the red eggs.”
*Colors Page to color with crayons and glue to paper
*Size sorting activity with eggs
*Dot paint the eggs; trace the letter page.
*What starts with Ee page
*Shadow Matching
*Flashcards
*Trace and color a heart
*Paint with hearts.
*Egg-shell painting on the letter Ee
*Play-doh with letter E stamp
*Play-doh with food-related toys (pot, utensils, etc.)
*Learning Resources Letter Construction
*Basket of plastic Easter eggs
*Puzzles: 3 part puzzle
*Stringing/Lacing Practice
*Wooden Blocks (The blocks we have are “Foundations” by Kid O City and Country, purchased at TJ Maxx.)
*Bible Class (daily or as often as possible)

Photo Dump from the Week:

We explored plastic Easter eggs this week. Lawson loved taking them apart, and I would put them back together for him. We did this many, many times!

We explored plastic Easter eggs this week. Lawson loved taking them apart, and I would put them back together for him. We did this many, many times!

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We used painter's tape to attach our laminated vocabulary development cards to our chalk board. This made it into a fun game where we could remove the ones he could identify and keep working on the ones that were new to him.

We used painter’s tape to attach our laminated vocabulary development cards to our chalk board. This made it into a fun game where we could remove the ones he could identify and keep working on the ones that were new to him.

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We "cooked" with our Play-doh this week. Lawson really loved this activity, and he kept saying "Fun!"

We “cooked” with our Play-doh this week. Lawson really loved this activity, and he kept saying “Fun!”

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Lawson is learning simple skills like holding the container with one hand while he uses the spoon to feed himself with the other. He’s such a big boy!

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Lawson has also fully mastered using an open cup now!

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Of course we did the Pinterest idea of using a toilet paper roll to make hearts this week. I wasn’t real impresed as the toilet paper rolls didn’t hold the shape very well. We ended up using a heart from our puzzle instead.

He still tries to taste paint and Play-doh every single time we do it and then gags because he doesn't like the taste. One day he'll learn, but this is why he looks like a clown in a lot of his pictures. :)

He still tries to taste paint and Play-doh every single time we do it and then gags because he doesn’t like the taste. One day he’ll learn, but this is why he looks like a clown in a lot of his pictures. 🙂

Next week we’ll be learning all about the letter Ff for Foot with a Body Parts Theme! (Maybe I’ll use this week to focus a little more on potty training… we’ll see!) 

Linking up at Gathering Place 

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