Week five of Tot School is a wrap — and as always, we had so much fun!
This week, we only had a short amount of time to have the littles together — so our lesson was condensed into fewer activities, but allowing more time within those activities for learning. I wanted to focus the entire day on talking about Springtime, but we ended up covering “Spring” at the end of the day, and spending a bit more time on colors and letter recognition. The little ones seemed to be a bit all over the place, and their attention spans were very short — so we had to improvise 😉
Here was the week 5 lesson plan:
We started the day off with a Color Review activity that was super fun — but did require a little bit of prep! I secretly raided Ella’s toys to find a variety of different small toys in all the colors of the rainbow, plus brown, black, and white. I made sure to have at least 3-4 toys of each color, and then mixed them up in a small plastic bin. Then, I gathered all of the matching colors of construction paper, and laid out the paper on the floor in a circle. All of the littles sat on the floor, and I would lift out a toy, and say “What color is this?” Whoever answered correctly first, got the toy — but they had to place the toy on the matching colored paper. It was a bit rough in the beginning, but once they got it — they loved it. Ella particularly loved it — we have now included this game into our daily play. 🙂
After our color review, we moved into the kitchen for fun “Do-A-Dot” activities. Since Week 4 we focused on A, B, and C — this week, we focused on D, E, and F. We dotted the letters by themselves (you can find the templates we used here), and also did the “Spot and Dot” activity we did last week — which was awesome and the kids really enjoyed it (as well as the proud mommas!). You can find the “Spot and Dot” worksheets here. The littles LOVE their Do-A-Dot markers, or as most of them call it “Colors” or “Painting.” Purchasing these markers has been a huge help with our tot school — highly recommended!
After our Do-A-Dots, we did a special painting activity. All of our toddlers know their names and the letter their names start with — so when I was out piddling away at Michaels, I found some chipboard letters in each of their first initials on clearance, and I thought, “TOT SCHOOL!” The only letter they were missing was the letter “E” — of course! 😉 But, instead of doing a letter for Ella, we let her paint a shape that looked like a ticket — that we will then write her full name on.
We used Crayola Washable Paint, and let the kids go to town painting their letters — after we made them say what each one was out loud. It was great practice for them to remember their friends names — as well as practice of letter recognition outside of the repetition of the Alphabet song.
Painting was so much fun — but whew! What a mess 😉 We cleaned up, and our last activity of the day was going to be talking about spring, flowers, and actually putting our hands in dirt to plant our own little pots of daisies. For a snack, I made “dirt cups” with chocolate pudding and crushed oreos — so we decided it was a better idea to eat our dessert AFTER we plant our flowers, to avoid having the kids eating real dirt thinking it was a treat. #momwin
We found these mini pots with seeds at our local Target in the $1 section. Each little one got to plant two pots — one with daisy seeds, one with poppy seeds. They all had fun playing in the dirt, for sure — I think once they are a bit older they will understand what we were actually doing. They are learning, though — and so are we 🙂 I absolutely love the look Ella has on her face in the first picture below — she’s like “Hey man.. whatchu guys doing…..?” LOL
And, of course — everyone’s favorite part of the day was our dessert treat. Even the Mommies enjoyed this one! 😉 At first, the kids were like — eww, we are going to eat dirt?? But, in the end, I think they enjoyed it.
Week Six was supposed to be last week — but scheduling conflicts prevented us Mommies from coordinating on a day together. However, Ella Grey is just so in love with school and learning. There isn’t a day that goes by where she isn’t grabbing my hand to sit with her as I quiz her with flashcards on her numbers and letters. She knows her ABCs, she can count to 25, and is great with her colors and shapes. It’s amazing to watch her grow and learn — seems like everyday there is something new!
I’m planning to expand on our once a week “tot school” lessons with our friends, and include a weekly lesson plan of the activities I’m doing with just Ella — so be on the lookout, friends! The greatest gift you can give your child (aside from love, of course) is an opportunity for growth and learning. And, she’s soaking everything up like a sponge right now — so let’s set goals, let’s continue to learn, and let’s get to it!
Do you have any amazing homeschool, preschool, or “tot school” activities you are doing with your little one? PLEASE SHARE! I’m always on the hunt for “gold” when it comes to new and exciting ways to teach Ella. I’d be so appreciative 🙂