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!

8 comments:

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

    Popping in from tot school.

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  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!

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  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!

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  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!

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