Sunday, August 21, 2011

Apple Tot School

Tot School
R is 21 months old 
We started school up again this week, and we have officially moved M (3.5) to purely preschool while R (21 months) is our new star of Tot School!  We will have a theme each week, but our theme work will also be interspersed with whatever other activities I find that I feel he needs to work on.

Start of Year Assessment
R is starting off a bit behind where M was when she was his age.  This is partly because he's a second child and has gotten the short end of the stick as far as my attention goes.  Also, he's just a different person than she was.  He is still not talking very much.  He has a few words, but is mostly content to let his sister talk for him all day.  He has a few concepts but still doesn't know colors or shapes very well.  These are all things I work with him on throughout this year.  I won't be focusing too much on letters or numbers until he gets caught up on vocabulary and basic concepts.

Art and Sensory
I punched holes in a strip of paper and R practiced his fine motor skills in finger painting each hole.  Then we added green stems on our little apples.  Source: No Time for Flashcards.

I cut apples in half and R painted with them.  I cut little scores in the sides so it was easier for him to hold.

We bought several different types of apples and enjoyed them as a snack.

We played with apple scented play dough.  Recipe: My Montessori Journey

Tot Trays
Pouring apple cheerios.  -They mostly ended up in his mouth :)
Putting Styrofoam apples into egg tray using fingers to pick up by the stem.

Placing apple stickers onto a sheet of paper.
That's all for this week! To see what other toddlers are learning this week, check out the official Tot School Website!


  1. Wonderful week!!! The cheerios would've ended up in my little one's mouth too. Too tempting. LOL

    Popping in from tot school.

  2. I love the apple theme. I really like the idea of finger painting the holes you punched in the paper. I will definitely be trying that one! Thanks!

  3. Oh no I lost my comment :-{

    I jumped over from Tot School.

    My toddler is just a month or so younger than yours and also not saying much yet- his understanding is quite good though and we are hoping his speech comes along soon. So far his words are all English but we are waiting for a Japanese one to pop out eventually too {he can say "Jiji" which is grandfather but I also say Jiji in English since that is his name so not sure if that counts!}

    Loved the fingerpaint in the hole idea. How did he go with the apple stickers? My boy can`t seem to peel stickers off by himself but we are working on it- he much prefers i hand them to him so he can stick them on his body or his brother than the paper!

  4. What a fun start to your year! My Super Tot wasn't talking much at 21 months, either, but he talks up a storm now!