Tot School – Letter L

We spent two weeks on the Letter L!  We focused on leaves and two books: The Grouchy Ladybug and The Little Lamb.

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We focus on a letter every week and do fun activities based on that letter.  I usually set six “Tot Trays” up for my son to play with and learn as the week progresses.  I had a six-tray set-up in the kitchen, with six trays from Oriental Trading.  Promoting the four Montessori principles: Language, Mathematics, Sensory, and Practical Life.

I have decided to only put out one or two trays out at a time. Some children would thrive with all six trays out, as I was doing up until Letter K, but my son needed less in front of him.  My child thrives with less choice and I have found that one or two trays engages him more than six trays.

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At the beginning of the week, I cut out each of the following from our Tot School ABCs curriculum — this makes Tot School time easier for me, when we are “in the moment.”

  • Numbers: for using manipulatives in 1:1 correspondence
  • Colors: coloring with markers or crayons
  • Shapes: gluing onto a piece of paper

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Here is John with his numbers.  He is learning 1:1 correspondence with these adorable bear counters.

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Lauri capital letter peg puzzles.

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I bought four different sized screws and corresponding bolts at the hardware store.  He was very excited about this tray!  He got hard at work with his fine motor pincer grasp skills — it was difficult for him to master, so we will be doing this again!  (I had to keep this one up due to having a crawling baby in the house!)

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I saw this fun magnet stick from Memorizing the Moments and wanted to get one!  It was $2.99 at Amazon!  A fun introduction to magnetism!

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Michelle at Delightful Learning had such a fun idea — to get these links and put them in the holes for lacing cards — John loved this!!

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I made this schedule to organize our Tot School time, according to the Montessori principles: Language, Mathematics, Sensory, and Practical Life.  I didn’t get a picture of mine from Letter L, but this is what the blank one looks like:

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You can read my post about it and download the free Tot School Planning Form here.

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Bible verse of the week:

Man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7

We had a lot of use out of this bible verse this week!

We use the ABC bible verse songs from Songs for Saplings.  These songs are so catchy, beautiful, not “children’s music annoying,” and I find myself singing and learning and memorizing the bible verses along with John.  Carisa at 1plus1plus1equals1 has made coordinating ABC Bible Verses posters which have really helped with his memorization as well.

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We put up our bible verse, a Ll small poster from Tot School, a Ll sign from my Kindergarten teaching days, and these wonderful Montessori sandpaper letters.  We put these up on the wall so he could feel the letter every morning and trace his fingers on the letter.

Letter of the week: Ll

Our curriculum consists of 1plus1plus1equals1‘s Tot School ABC’s.

John has really gotten the hang of tracing!!  We do this with dry erase markers and heavy duty sheet protectors.  Erasing is a handy practical life skill as well!

Check out my recent post about utensil prewriting and letter writing in {Early Literacy Stage 3}.

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Do-A-Dot markers on his L pages.

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Stamping an L on the Leaf!

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For our Leaf shapes, we stamped some leaves on a green sheet of paper and glued our shapes on, while we talked about the shape names!

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Our work for the week on a clothesline in his room:

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And our L magnets and Leap Frog Letter Factory magnets on our refrigerator:

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Book of the week:

We had fun with The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle

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John pulled out this book from his shelf and has fallen in love with it!  The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle has a lot of great life lessons in it.  We have learned about night time versus daytime, telling time with clocks, sharing, learning about the circle of life, learning about large and small animals, and the importance of friendship.

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We colored a picture of a Leaf and colored both the ladybugs and the little aphids.  This was very exciting, as this was the first time John has intentionally colored. {Proud mama moment.}

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We also read The Little Lamb by Phoebe and Judy Dunn — so stay tuned for the post on that fun book later this week!

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Working with his pattern puzzles.
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We went on a leaf hunt around our yard.  He had so much fun discovering big and small and dead and alive leaves!

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We made some ladybugs by cutting a potato in half and doing some good-ol’-fashioned potato stamping!  We then worked with black paint to make all of the ladybugs friendly (“and not grouchy”) because the two ladybugs in the book are friends in the end : )

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Treasure Bin: Yellow Wooden Objects

What is a Treasure Bin?

A small amount (5 to 10) of similar items to put in front of your growing baby and let him/her explore!

Ensure that the items are safe to babies (no choking hazards or sharp edges) and that your baby is supervised at all times!

May loved her all wooden Blue Treasure Bin, so I included all wooden yellow objects thhis week too.  She especially loved the yellow wooden pegs from this Melissa & Doug toy.   I kept her Treasure Bin upstairs and every time I brought her up she got ot play with it.We keep her bin under the couch and I take it out a couple of times a day.  Most of the items included in her bin are from Melissa & Doug wooden toys.

My first post about Treasure Bins is here.

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 And here is my sweet girl with her Treasure Bin.
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Treasure Bin: Blue Wooden Objects

What is a Treasure Bin?

A small amount (5 to 10) of similar items to put in front of your growing baby and let him/her explore!

Ensure that the items are safe to babies (no choking hazards or sharp edges) and that your baby is supervised at all times!

This week, I wanted to include only wooden objects.  May loved all of her blue wooden objects and also loved playing with the bin.  We keep her bin under the couch and I take it out a couple of times a day.  Most of the items included in her bin are from Melissa & Doug wooden toys.

My first post about Treasure Bins is here.

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And here is my sweet girl with her Treasure Bin.

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And finding new objects from her bin to explore!

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Sweet girl loves her little bins.  She is such a big girl!

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Baby sensory board {DIY}

A baby sensory board is a fun, hands-on activity to watch your baby learn and explore the sense of touch and tactile differences!

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I found a some hard and soft items and hot-glued them to some cardboard — I had to find white cardboard because the brown just wasn’t as pretty.  I tried to stick with “girly” too because May doesn’t have enough pink and girly things in the house : ).

Ensure that you are with your baby at all times as some of these items are choke hazards, and though they are glued on, babies can work miracles!

I assembled my supplies.

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And got to gluing!

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And here she is with her boards!  She is very serious!

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She loves them, but again, I am always with her while she is playing, when they are not, they are set out of her reach!

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Treasure Bin: Red Objects

What is a Treasure Bin?

A small amount (5 to 10) of similar items to put in front of your growing baby and let him/her explore!

Of course, ensure that the items are safe to babies (no choking hazards or sharp edges) and that your baby is supervised at all times!

This week, we worked on the color red!  May loved her Treasure Bin this week, just as much as last week.  She especially loved having a little car.  I could tell she felt like a big girl with her car because she sees her brother with cars and trucks all day, every day!

My first post about Treasure Bins is here.

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I included in her bin:

  • soft red frog
  • red wooden ring
  • red ball
  • red link
  • red squishy cube
  • Melissa & Doug red pickup truck
  • red triangle
  • red fire truck
  • red fire hat
  • red cup of soup
  • red hexagon
  • red stacking cup

And here is my sweet girl with her Treasure Bin.

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And finding new objects to explore!

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Treasure Bin: White & Black Animals

I saw the idea for “Treasure Baskets” from Mari-Ann at Counting Coconuts.  The idea is that you put a small amount (5 to 10) of similar items in front of your growing baby and let him/her explore!  (Of course, ensure that the items are safe for babies and your child is supervised at all times!)

Here is Mari-Ann’s first post with details on how she began treasure baskets.  And here is a slideshow on Facebook of all her baskets.  

I started this with my daughter this week and she absolutely loves it!  She is now six and a half months old.  I waited until she became old enough to confidently sit up, so that she could reach at the items with less frustration.

At first, I wanted to have a sweet basket like Mari-Ann’s, but I decided to use what I already have and went with our beloved Ikea Trofast bins.  This has been nice for storage — they go right back on her shelf — as well as making the items more accessible to May — using a lid makes them easier for her to reach.

Her first-ever Treasure Bin consists of items that we already owned.  I will try to make one for her about once a week.  I started out wanting to do black & white, but as I was collecting items I discovered that they were all animals, so it became a White & Black Animal Treasure Bin!

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I included in her bin:

  • soft white teddy bear
  • soft Snoopy
  • Schleich animals: panda & white tiger
  • Little People black puppy
  • Fisher Price cow & sheep
  • Melissa & Doug wooden zebra puzzle piece
  • twisty polar bear

And here is sweet May enjoying her Treasure Bin.  Isn’t she adorable?!  I love to watch her exploring the different textures!

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