Sunday, October 18, 2009

Tot School – October 18, 2009


M is 37 months old

Well, this week M was recovering from having a horrible cold (I guess that’s all it was, but it was a bad one) and I was trying to not get sick, and hard at work keeping a migraine at bay for the first half of the week.  We are both feeling better now!  Whew!  But, unfortunately not many pictures were taken.  M did a lot of school on his own, with me lying on the couch, opening one eye now and then to make sure he was ok. :)  I’ve taken pictures of the shelf activities he did, but not many of them were taken when M was actually doing them.  Anyway…. here we go…

First, some apple activities… (excuse M’s half-dressed state, dressing was not a priority this week, sigh).  He sorted small and large apples into baskets with tongs:blog pics 018He loves any activity that includes tongs! 

An apple counting book that I downloaded from Childcareland :oct 18 (2) blog pics 024 He did this on his own one day when I was napping (Daddy was home) – I couldn’t believe it.  He sat and put apples on all the pages from 1 to 10.  I will leave it out for next week so we can do it together and actually count. :)

Same / Different cards from prekinders with apples:oct 18I laminated these and put them in a container with a dry erase marker.  M must’ve done these 5 times this week and I didn’t get a single picture.  Some of these were difficult, but he did great!

Some fall-themed lacing cards:oct 18 (3)


An apple file folder game where he had to match up the combination of apples on the front of the pockets, from homeschoolshare:oct 18 (6)This is a great file folder game – M loved putting the apples in the pockets.

Pockets are apparently a big hit, because he loves this color-sorting file folder game too:oct 18 (7)I printed this from Homeschool Creations, and made pockets in a file folder with the color name cards.  There are several pictures of objects in various colors that are sorted into the pockets.  I made this a long time ago and M has definitely gotten his use out of it!

We did a fun counting activity with this printout.  I have discovered that adding a clipboard to any activity makes it a ton of fun. ;)  Here’s M taking off with the clipboard in hand to go count the windows in the kitchen:blog pics 027(Still in his jammies at noon, yes he is.)  We had a lot of fun walking around counting items in our home.  M colored over the pictures, then I helped him write the numbers in.  Here he is very seriously making a notation with his little pink crayon, hee hee:blog pics 028


I gathered up M’s foam uppercase letters, and some wooden lowercase letters, as well as some clipart from our ABC lapbooks.  M matched the lower and upper case letters, then we sorted the images by beginning sound.  M did great with this; I have to say I was pretty proud of him!  It helped that we only had 3 letters and sounds to work with.  I think he really enjoyed this and I plan to do it in the future as we add more letters to our lapbook collection.oct 18 (1)


M has been making up a lot of rhymes lately, he is really into it.  So we did this rhyming card activity:oct 18 (5) These can be printed from here.  There are several to choose from and I will be making more of these.  This was  a fun activity for M and he did very well.  I wrote the words on the back (mainly for my reference so I could give M the right words – bug, not beetle for example) and put red stars on one set and blue on the other so he can sort them out first.  The red group rhymes with cards from the blue group.oct 18 (4)


M also helped gather in the last of our carrot crop (goodness, there were a lot):oct 18 (8) And yes, he needed to be bundled up like that – it’s been snowing on and off all week, and in the 20’s. 

We also saw more of these guys:oct 18 (10) oct 18 (9) Gobble Gobble!

Hope you all had a fabulous week and are warmer than we are here!  Go here to see more Tot School posts!

Have a beautiful week! :)


  1. Looks like you guys had a great week, despite being sick. I am glad that is it not that cold here but we would love to get some snow. Have a great weekend!

  2. Looks like a lot of fun and learning despite not feeling well! =) Great job. I let Dora take over if we aren't feeling well. =)

  3. It looks like you had a great sick week! I really like your little work area mat - does M like it? I'm looking for a way to keep our activities from wandering all over the house :)

  4. My kids are often in jammies till noon too ;)

    You've got tons of great ideas in this post, don't you love the internet, I love so many of those sites you mentioned that you got your stuff from!!!

    ;) Carisa

  5. You guys had a great looking week. I really like the pocket folders. Jordan also loves putting things in and out of pockets. I will be using those in the future.

  6. Thanks for the apple ideas and links. Our theme this week is going to be apples. Looks like you had a fun week!

  7. I love all the apple activities. I will have to check that site out!

  8. what a fantastic week of fun stuff! thanks for sharing the links to your printables!!! and do you just use shoe laces for the lacing cards???

  9. Wow you have a lot of great stuff this week (as always). The same different cards are a fun idea. I need a laminator so badly (come on Christmas!). We have the apple game and really like it too. That IS a lot of carrots. Hope you all like them!

  10. What a fun and busy week you had - especially considering M was sick! I can't wait to check out some of the sites you linked to - thanks for sharing!

  11. Glad your all feeling ok! I absolutely LOVE those fall lacing cards and have to know where you got them!! lol

  12. I know about the half-dressed state - we did that today! It's a little harder when we've got to be off to daycare in the mornings, but weekends often end up that way...

    I love the fall theme you've got going on. I need to integrate more fall stuff here.

  13. Jeepers you guys had the best week, I think. I bookmarked everything you had links to. I foresee a trip to the store for more ink. Thanks

  14. Wow! There is so much on here that I want to use. Thanks for sharing. Your family sure keeps busy when you're sick!

  15. Looks like you did a lot this week! So many ideas! Thanks for sharing and hope you both are feeling better!

  16. Wow! I can't believe you did all that while dealing with sickness!

    I love all your ideas!! I think I just bookmarked every link in your post!

  17. Glad you are all feeling better!
    Love the links. Thanks! We have that apples-in-the-pockets file folder game too, but Bear didn't take to it - got bored quite quickly.

    Bear is in a t-shirt and underwear most of the day. And sometimes even just in underwear. She does have a closet full of clothes though.

    Tried to printout the rhyme cards, but my printer decided to act up. Guess I'll have to try Bear at rhyme matching later.

  18. Hi Nicole

    What awesome activities. Thank you so much for kindly sharing the links. I love learning about new activities and sites. Some of the ones you mentioned are favourites of mine already.

    The letter templates that you provided are amazing. Thank you for all of the hard work that you obviously put into this. You are very generous to share these.

  19. Thanks for posting the links! These are great! My 3 year old is going to love them.

  20. I love the tong activity and your lacing cards too. Great file folder game too.

    You always do great, fun learning activities!!

  21. I can't believe how much you got done on your "down week". All your hard work in creating games for Matthew is definitely paying off in his ability to appreciate and enjoy them. Those rhyming games are really great.

  22. I am so sorry to hear y'all didn't feel good but I am glad everyone is better. I love the fall themed lacing cards!

  23. Glad you and M are feeling better. Looks like an AWESOME week!!! I am loving so many of the activities that you all did this week!!!


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