We have had an odd couple of weeks. Two weeks ago I suddenly felt burned out and apparently M was too – we were both kind of blah all week and did almost no tot school. It was a rough week, so I didn’t bother to post even the few things we did manage to do.
This past week M has had a pretty bad cold and we were home every. single. day. all. day. long. On top of cabin fever I also had 3 very short nights in a row because M would start coughing so badly, and I’d get up to try to help, but mostly just held him and comforted him. It’s sweet, isn’t it, how big boys turn back into cuddly babies in the middle of the night? :) But 4 hours of sleep a night had me beat. Thankfully I’ve had some free time this weekend and I’m feeling human again. :)
Not that this is about me… but just to forewarn you that this post may be, I don’t know, a bit nutty. :)
We did our ABC train in the pocket chart:
We matched fur to animals with this file folder game:
Played with this bear dress up puzzle from the Target dollar spot:
He did some Bob the Builder truck name puzzles with flat glass marbles (definitely the hit of the week):
M worked with his build-a-letter homemade set, and was much more into it this time than he was originally. It may have helped that I only set out a few letters.
We pulled out our counting mats and he counted with some skittles that were left over from his Halloween stash:
I found some very inexpensive plastic canvas stars at Walmart and M “sewed” it with a length of yarn and a plastic needle. He really liked this activity! It seems fine motor skill activities are always favorites around here. :)
I gave him a cardboard tube with numbers written on it randomly and some number stickers and he matched them up. We did this once before with letters; for some reason he loved doing it with letters, but wasn’t that interested in the number tube.
The Target dollar spot also had these enormous blocks. M is totally into blocks lately and I knew he would love these!
(See the t-shirt on the floor there? They make awesome soft hankies for sore little noses that won’t stop running!)
We have been talking about animals in autumn, mainly raccoons, squirrels, chipmunks, owls, and bats. We checked out several good books from the library, and I found a Your Big Backyard magazine on the sale cart there for 10 cents, from October of 2008. It was full of great information about animals. On top of talking about squirrels and owls, it had a section that talked about how some animals have fur and skin that helps them hide. M was totally interested in that part: It also had a cute mini-book to make that had M decide what animal would be on the next page by looking at a small part of the animal on the page before: It also had mazes, games, great fact pages… I could go on and on. I have heard of Your Big Backyard, but I had no idea it was such an awesome magazine. We loved it!
M also did a raccoon craft using shapes: He did a great job with it and had a lot of fun sorting the shapes out first. Anything with googley eyes and/or glue is sure to be fun. :)
Last year, pre-blog, I made these stick puppets for M: I brought them out again and he had fun learning this cute rhyme:
One little owl when the moon was new,
Along came another owl and then there were two!
Two little owls perched high in a tree,
Along came another owl and then there were three!
Three little owls flew to the barn door,
Along came another owl and then there were four!
Four little owls lined up side by side,
Along came another owl and then there were five!
Five little owls called “Hoo, hoo, hoo”, then they
flapped their wings and away they flew!
I can’t remember where I first found this poem, sorry! M loves it and we did this several times.
He really liked it so much (he’s very into poems lately, and loves having visuals for them), I made some squirrel stick puppets and we learned another poem. The clip art for the squirrels was taken from classroomclipart.com, a new site for me. I love free clipart!
5 Little Squirrels
The first little squirrel said, “I want to play!”
The second little squirrel said, “Let’s find nuts today!”
The third little squirrel said, “Yes, nuts are good!”
The fourth little squirrel said, “They’re my favorite food!”
The fifth little squirrel said, “Let’s climb this tree,
and crack our nuts… one, two three!” (CLAP 3 TIMES)
We played our autumn matching game several times:
We also played a fun game that was came in our High Five magazine October issue. It’s called Gathering Nuts and I turned it into a file folder game (just laminated it onto a file folder). It’s a basic counting game, and M had a lot of fun with this one. He and Daddy played it every chance they got.
I also pulled out another game I made last year (also pre-blog) with squirrels and acorns. M matched the acorn numbers to the squirrels. I’m sure there are other things we could do with these; I need to think about that some more. Suggestions?
M played a pinecone race game. I intended to set a timer for this, but forgot, so it wasn’t much of a race really, but M enjoyed it enough that he did it on his own several other times throughout the week. First I had him carry pinecones in a ladle from one end of the living room to the other and dump them in a basket. This was much too easy, so we switched to a large spoon:
Lots of fun was had! :)
And, this is super-duper late, but I have to show you him in his Halloween costume: Complete with winter hat and winter coat on underneath everything.
Is it just me, or is he really cute? ;) Maybe it’s just that mustache, hee hee. :)
Sorry I was all over the place in this post! I’m going to try organizing our activities by skills for our tot school posts. Obviously I’m not starting that today, but I do plan to start doing it soon! :)
For more tot school posts go here!
Have a beautiful week! :)