Friday, October 9, 2009

Tot School Time

Evan is 39 months old.

This week at Tot School, we played with the
Magnetic Mighty Mind Set. This set starts at a very simple "shape matching" level and goes up to a level that puts my 7 year old to the test.
Evan wanted to get out the marble run game. Putting this together is tricky. So Evan always "assists" me. But we both have a blast watching the marbles fly down their tracks.
We made a shapes angel. We did this as a little lesson on shapes, but also to celebrate the Feast of the Guardian Angels.
Beautiful job, Evan.
We used these cards to match upper and lower case letters. These are so cute and fun because they also make a picture, when matched up correctly.
The weather has been so nice lately. We love to be outside in the cool Autumn air. And Evan loves to play with his sisters on the swingset!
I really wish I could remember where I found this idea. I think it was
at Childcareland. I don't have time right now to weed through the immense amount of wonderful printables and videos that are at her sight. But once you check out, I don't think you'll mind looking all through the many, many fun ideas she has. You print out the template for the strips onto cardstock. Then fill in each square with a circle sticky in different patterns. Next, you provide your child with colored clothespins that match the circles. This activity really works the little muscles in their hands.
Next it was.......Apple Time! Evan made a paper bag apple. He loves to paint, so this was really fun for him.

Then he cut out (with help) and glued some apples to an apple tree. I let him use markers for this. I find that if I mix up the mediums for coloring activities, it helps hold his interest. Lately he is loving markers.
I used
this template
to make some "felt" apples that I colored and cut out for his felt apple tree.
He counted them and stacked them and put them on the tree, then we'd go "apple picking" together. We also did a few apple rhymes as we worked with the feltboard.
More painting...

I punched out some apple shapes for Evan to glue onto a letter A.
He used those shapes again to make apple patterns with me.

We also read some apple books and I'm still trying to get us to the orchard for some real apple picking. Maybe this week.

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Grandma Jo said...

Evan has a GREAT teacher! Did you do all the activities in one day? I don't know how you take pics while teaching at the same time! Great job, Evan and Mom/Teacher! And what great ideas! Love the angel! Have a great day tomorrow (Sunday)! LYAB

Tina said...

Thanks, mom! No, these activities were done over the span of about a week. It's very much led by Evan. When he wants to do "school" we do it, although he sometimes has to wait a little if I'm working with one of his sisters. But I always make sure to have stuff planned for him, so I'm ready when he asks. I just keep the camera handy.

GranolaMom4God said...

Your apple paper bag is such a great idea! Thanks!

Erin said...

Looks like a great week! I really like those uppercase/lowercase cards! Where did you get them?

meredith said...

It looks like you had a great week. I really like all of the apple activities.

Tina said...

Thanks to all of you for your comments! The upper and lowercase cards I purchased from the dollar section at Target. At least I think that's where I got them. I know they were inexpensive. And I picked up a bunch of stuff when Target had the teachers supply stuff out in the dollar section. The company that makes them is called The Clever Factory, but that's all I'm sure of.