Tot School this week

 
Tot School
We had a very busy week. I have a 4y9m girl, 2y4m boy. I also care for a 3y3m boy and a 22m old boy during many of our “school” hours. Here is how we occupied some of that time this week.

 

Rainbow in a bag color mixing & sensory activity as described by The Artful Parent.  We created orange, purple, green through color mixing last Friday (failed to snap pics) and on Monday we took the white base and I let them mix the yellow, red, and blue colors into the white base.  This reinforced 4yo’s primary & secondary color understanding, promoted color identification with 2 y.o. and 3 y.o. and was a great sensory experience for everyone.  But we weren’t done there because we used the great cornstarch/sugar substance for fingerpainting later in the week!

Color mixing in a bag

The 6 colors.

Mixing yellow coloring into white base.

Mixing yellow coloring into white base.

Fingerpainting with the Rainbow bag mixture

Fingerpainting with the Rainbow bag mixture

An Earth Day Field Trip to the Childrens Museum.  

Plasma cars on the "street".

Plasma cars on the "street".

 

Bouncing/deflection activity

Bouncing/deflection activity

 

Playing in the dirt & water on the erosion table.

Playing in the dirt & water on the erosion table.

 A few activities that aren’t as adult-directed, too

Musical Instruments

Musical Instruments

Rice + animals in the sandtable

Rice + animals in the sandtable

Potato Heads

Potato Heads

And activities for the 4y9m old that she initiates.  I just follow her lead.
4 y.o.'s obsession with weather reports, maps and graphs of all sorts. Thankful for DVR so we can pause and discuss them on her demand.

4 y.o.'s obsession with weather reports, maps and graphs of all sorts. Thankful for DVR so we can pause and discuss them on her demand.

Dictated book for counting sounds in her home. We used photos. Started as an activity for her music class and quickly became a book.
Dictated book for counting sounds in her home. We used photos. Started as an activity for her music class and quickly became a book.
Using her Estimation Jar w/corks that she saw modeled on Sid the Science Kid
Using her Estimation Jar w/corks that she saw modeled on Sid the Science Kid

We have been doing kind of a “Sid the Science Kid” science curriculum because of her high level of interest/motivation.  Read more in this post.

 

Other activities (no pics):

*Birthday party w/all 4 kids at a local park w/bubbles and playground play
*picking dandelions and collecting rocks in the backyard
*painting (projects that will be completed next week)
*painting on paper for fun and color identification practice
*lunch at the picnic table outside
*making cupcakes w/ 4y9m old ended up turning this activity into a counting sounds book. 
Goals for next week:
*delve back into my Montessori background and create some activities
*finish transportation vehicles we started painting this week w/3y.o. and 4 y.o.
*make some form of a bell for music class assignment
*use charts with 4y.o. per her request
*Spanish body part words w/Potato heads w/4 y.o. per her desire to learn Spanish
*pull out some great books to try starting lapbooks for all ages

To return to 1+1=1 blog and view more Tot School activities from this week posted by others click here.

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8 Comments

  1. Jessica said,

    April 25, 2009 at 3:18 am

    Wow, looks like all the kids had a great time. I just love weather girl picture!

  2. Kathy said,

    April 26, 2009 at 3:32 am

    Wow, why does everyone have a better children’s museum than we do?!?!

  3. Jolanthe said,

    April 27, 2009 at 3:04 am

    Our ring toss game was a lovely yard sale find this fall. 🙂 All for a quarter!! Gotta love it! Although they do look a lot like coat pegs…

    • chasedbyblessings said,

      April 27, 2009 at 3:09 am

      I must, must, must find a way to get out and hit some yard sales this year. We actually call them garage sales up here in the northwest. I have scored wonderful, wonderful items for the kids before! Your set is simply adorable! Mine is plastic and I hate plastic. TFS!

  4. sbmozer said,

    April 27, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    What a great recap of your week! I like the paint activity. I’m filing that idea in my idea box (aka Evernote 🙂 )

    ~Maureen
    http://www.spelloutloud.com

  5. chasedbyblessings said,

    April 27, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    Thank you, Maureen! I have to psych myself up to get paint out with 4 of them. That bag system was mess-free and the fingerpainting was controlled so that helped. This week I want to try some texture painting. I’m scared of the mess, though. Bleh! I think I’ll keep a bucket and rags handy. My walls need some new paint, but not that kind.

  6. Kristiana said,

    May 1, 2009 at 5:54 am

    That looks like a SUPER FUN kids museum!!! Jealous! It looks like you’re going non stop!!!

    • chasedbyblessings said,

      May 1, 2009 at 7:02 am

      Thanks, Kristiana. I’m glad I kept track for a week because it seems like we don’t do very much. That was a particularly busy week, I think. Even this week I felt that I haven’t done much but it seems that I have plenty of pictures to show for what we DID accomplish.


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