Saturday, April 24, 2010

Tot School

Tot School

This was our first week to give Tot School a try! I wanted to wait until I had to time to go all out, plan a theme and make it really good. But, I was anxious to get started so we just went with what we had. Moo-Bear probably won't care about themes and such anyway. So, when I have a little more time we will start doing more things, but for this first week I was pleased with what we did. And more importantly I think moo-Bear had fun with it!
It was really nice out so we took a book outside and had some fun reading!

I bought some sidewalk chalk and we ended up taking that out on the back patio and drawing/writing with it. I would draw shapes or write letters and have Moo-Bear tell me what they were. She would scribble :)

We also learned a little bit about plants. We have tons what Moo-Bear likes to call "blow flowers" so we spent some time collecting them, blowing them, and talking about how we were spreading the seeds all over the backyard. I don't think her daddy really likes us spreading dandelion seeds, but it's all in the name of learning ;)

We also have a lot of "helicopters" in our backyard so we had a lot of fun throwing them in the air and watching them spin to the ground!

This was our first "official" tot school activity. I took some mini clothespins and clipped them onto the container. Moo-Bear was supposed to un-clip them and place them in the container. I think they were a little difficult to pinch open because she was just pulling them off. With some practice I think she will be able to do it!

I bought some finger puppet bunnies from OTC and had Moo-Bear put one in each cup of the muffin tin. She did this one time and then just wanted to play with the bunnies. I got out the basket and asked her to put the blue bunnies in the basket to which she replied, "No, thank-you". At least she's polite about it ;) We will keep trying that one, too.
I had some golf tee and peg board games from when I was a teacher and thought they would make good fine motor skill practice. Moo-Bear liked it ok, but it didn't last too long!For this last one I bought some of those umbrella toothpicks from the Dollar Tree and had Moo-Bear stick them in the holes I poked in the sour cream container. She did great with this one!

All-in-all I think this week went great. Every time I brought something out Moo-Bear would say, "Oooohhhh" in her most excited voice. Granted she didn't always do what I wanted her to or for how long I wanted, but she did enjoy it and I think it will just get better. I am looking forward to being able to spend a little more time planning so I can have some really fun and crafty things for her to do. I have been looking forward to homeschooling for a while so it is nice to be able to do some things with her.


  1. Glad to see that someone else is just getting started in this tot school journey also. I too have been looking at OTC as a chance to add to my stash. Hope next week is great!

  2. Sounds like a great start! My daughter is almost the same age as yours, and I find the same thing with Tot School - she loves getting out the school-mat and is totally excited about the concept, but when it comes to actually doing the activities, it's a bit more hit-and-miss. Oh well, I figure the most important thing is that she's enjoying it!

  3. It looks like her first week was great! Don't worry about what she doesn't do, just focus on what she does. Toddler's are always unpredictable, aren't they?

    My tot is the most uncooperative tot in all of blogland, so don't feel bad. I pretty much blog about all the things she refuses to do. It's going to be great to have all this documentation for when she has kids. LOL There's always a silver lining.

  4. Great Week!! My little one loves playing with helicopters too. I have been doing clothespin activities too and it is a difficult activity for my little girl. I think with time she will build up the strength and fine motor skills to do the activity. I see you have been using golf tee's to build fine motor skills.
    I recently made a counting math tool using golf tee's. It is simple and cheap to make. Here is the url if you want to make this activity for you little one.

  5. What a fun week. My daughter and yours are the same age. I can not wait to see what else you come up with.

  6. Love it! Bailey only wants to play with whatever Dally is working on right now.....I need to get her more of her own things, I guess! Looks like you guys are having a lot of fun!