Sunday, May 23, 2010

Tot School Week 3 (39 & 18 Months)

Tot School

We didn't do a ton "school" related this week. I am struggling trying to keep all of the ideas organized and then actually following through with them. I also am struggling with balance between structure and non-structure. So, it is a work in progress. We did focus on the letter Pp, mostly.
-Braedon did the cut and paste activity for Pp from Homeschool Creations.
-Braedon and Kaley both played with do a dot markers.
-We again completed our weather chart and days of the week chart everyday this week. That has become a normal in our morning routine and the kids love it.
-Braedon worked more on recognizing and spelling his name.
Here are a few more of our highlights from the week:
Our painting experiences up until now have consisted of Braedon mixing up all the colors with both of his hands and being ready to go wash them about 2 minutes into it. I have been unsuccessful at getting him to use a brush until this week. I think he has finally figured out that if he uses a brush then he won't get his hands all messy. So, now painting is his favorite thing to do and it takes up a little more time than just 2 or 3 minutes. I gave him a dot marker page, printed from Confessions Of A Homeschooler, and showed him how to paint inside the circles.

It was very cloudy and rainy here on Friday and I ran across this super-neat cloud activity at No Time for Flash Cards and had to give it a try.

After we were finished using the cotton balls, Braedon wanted to use his paintbrush.

For the most part, Kaley just wanted to sit in a big chair at the table and watch her brother. When she saw I had the camera out she started looking at me smiling like she was ready to get her picture taken.

She did try a little transferring activity with cotton balls but ended up just batting them around and watching them scatter to the floor.

I also did the shaving cream in a bag for both Kaley and Braedon. I originally saw this at Confessions of a Homeschooler but have seen it elsewhere in blogland too just can't remember where all. Both of them really just liked squeezing it and pressing hand prints into it.

Mama's Favorite:
Lately, my favorite thing to do each afternoon is to lay down on the couch with Braedon and read books. After we are finished reading, we snuggle up and take a nap together. This started as simply a way for me to get off of my feet in the middle of the day because of placenta previa but has been such a treat to cuddle with Braedon since he is mostly all go, no stop.

See what other moms are doing with their tots at Tot School.


Victoria said...

We use q-tips for paint brushes because that way we don't have to have a bowl of water to rinse the brushes off in between colors. I think the small tips are also easier for the girls. I got a big box of cheap q-tips at the dollar store. Just an idea.

Fiona said...

Cool activities! We use the dot stamper sheets from confessions of a Homeschooler too

Carisa said...

Your daughter smiling for the camera is so cute, and I sure remember the *squeeze time in off feet* portion of my life well!

Jacque said...

Oh my! That little guy with the red hair - just stinkin' adorable! And I love how you said Kaley wanted to watch big brother - I have 2 similar in ages and the little one is always watching to see what big brother is doing so he can copy it! They are so funny!
You guys did some cool stuff. I may be using some of these ideas! Thanks a bunch for sharing. I am now following you - look forward to more!

Hope you have a great day!