Sunday, March 14, 2010

Tot School – March 14, 2010

image M is 41 months old.
I’ve been giving this some thought, and in the ongoing struggle to find balance, I’ve decided to limit my tot school posts to every other week, or two per month. We’ll see how it goes… bear with me!
We’ve been taking it very easy on “school” stuff lately. We’ve had beautiful weather and have just been enjoying the magic of being 3 years old. :) Here’s a bit of what we have done…
blog pictures 001 M just loves cutting pages, so I created some quick shape ones for him. He cuts out the shapes then finds the same sized “blank” spot on the second page. To add a bit of excitement this time I had him use tape instead of a glue stick. He LOVED it! He definitely needs more practice with the tape, so we’ll be doing more of these!
blog pictures 009A backpack of lacing buttons, animal shapes, spools, and little discs, from our toy lending library (still loving that we have one of these!).
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Placing marbles on the suction cups of the back of a dinosaur-shaped bath-gripper-thingy.
blog pictures 007Playing in the jump-o-lene with cousin S. Do you like his cheesy smile?
blog pictures 014A great find at Dollar Tree – a target game with sticky balls so we can work on our aim.
foam mapA huge foam USA map mat (the kind that has foam squares that lock together). He stands on Minnesota and jumps to Florida a lot because that’s where Grandma and Grandpa currently are. :)
blog pictures 035I set up M’s ABC train cards in the pocket chart, leaving a few out. We went through the ABCs until we came to a blank spot. Then he decided which letter was missing and found it in the pile on the floor. He did great with this, and it was fun to switch the game up a little bit from what we normally do!
SENSORY: blog pictures 018The sensory bin has been full of very hard and very soft things. You can mainly see the soft things in the picture – cotton balls and pom poms. There are also small and large glass pebbles, glass marbles, and some plastic crystals, along with a scoop and a couple of small containers.
We found this cute book at the library:image
Bird Talk, by Ann Jonas. Basically it tells a little bird story using only “memory phrases”. These phrases are what people who study birds use to remember the various sounds that birds make. For example, a chickadee says “chick a dee dee dee”. A robin says, “cheerily cheer-up, cheerily cheer-up”, etc. It’s a cute book and we have a lot of birds around, so we’ve really enjoyed it. I found this fantastic website,, and we were able to look up and listen to the actual bird sounds… it was a lot of fun and we were surprised at how accurate some of the memory phrases were, and a little bewildered about how they came up with some others. ;) I really need to spend some time exploring that site, it looks like a great resource!!
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Have a beautiful day! :)


  1. So many great ideas! I especially love the train pocket chart. Glad you are having better weather and getting in lots of play time. That's really what it's all about!

  2. That sensory bucket looks like a lot of fun!

  3. Looks like you guys had a lot of fun too! We also did a lot more outside play this week too! I love your hard and soft sensory bin!

  4. lacing buttons? how cool is that, does it say by any chance what brand it is?

  5. I have been an on and off poster to Tot school too. I am not going to stress about getting a post ready. Love the hard and soft bin so cute. Glad you guys are having nice weather. I was just in the cities this past Sat-Wed. prom dress shopping at the M of A. We went to see Mamma Mia too. It was awesome. I do have to say that I am happy we aren't fighting the flood in the Red River Valley this yr. They are asking for sandbaggers tomorrow. UGH.

  6. Oh, I would love to find this at a Dollar Tree, so we can practice throwing. I also quite like the idea of matching shapes to outlines. And Anna always begs for scotch tape - perhaps I should break down and let her try some.

  7. Your cutting shapes activity is inspired! BTW, I am now following you....not sure why I did not before I have missed some great stuff! Thanks!

  8. What a great week! I love the variety of activities - what fun!

  9. Great ideas. I like the suction dinosaur cup idea. I will have to look for one.


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