Saturday, January 16, 2010

Tot School M is for Monkey

Tot School
Charger is 25 months

I can hardly believe that another week has passed! We had a really fun week. There are so many things that you can do with the letter M. We tried hard to squeeze as much into one week as possible.

Sunday's family game night we played Tumbling Monkeys, a new gift from our Aunt Becky-thank you!

Tuesday we did our Montessori trays.

I gave 3 jars and 3 lids to match up and close. I got this idea from The Adventures of Bear, at least I think I did, I cant find it again! It didnt work very well since all the lids were interchangeable. He had a very hard time putting the lids back on the jars but had a great time unscrewing the lids from the jars.

Sorting pom poms-waaay too easy.

Lacing beads onto a pipe cleaner. Charger did very well with this, I was surprised.

Wednesday we read The Mitten by Jan Brett.

We played a very fun mitten toss game that I found on Totally Tots.

We used our new Do a Dot paint markers to color a mitten. I found the worksheet on Making Learning Fun.

Then we made this adorable little mouse you can read about here.

I made a tray for Mustang's preschool and Charger wanted to play. The object was to put pairs of mittens together with clothes pins. He was VERY focused on this.

Thursday we read 5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow

I took the retelling graphics from the 1+1+1=1 Tot Pack and made it into a flannel graph set.

Then we reviewed body parts a very cute part of the tot pack.

I gave Charger these generic Word World characters I found at the dollar store. I am not too pleased with the quality, but Charger loved them. He put the words together for a good hour.

Friday was our fun day!

We read Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel by Virgina Lee Burton. To be honest with you, this was above Charger. I had a hard time keeping him interested. He ran around a lot while I read to Mustang.

I gave him a sensory tub of macaroni and measuring cups. The trucks soon found their way into the tub.

I found old business cards that were two part. I let Charger rip them apart on the perforation. He loved this!

Then we had a Masquerade! I pulled out the dress up box, gave both kids a mask, turned on our Veggie Tails Silly songs DVD, and let them take instruments from our new Melissa & Doug Band in a Box. Great fun.

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Carisa said...

Great week! We did the same Mitten dot paint sheet!

Bonnie said...

Cute stuff! Great ideas.

melaniet42 said...

I really want to try a lacing activity - I like the idea of using a pipe cleaner! What a fun Tot School week!!

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

I gave my niece that Tumbling Monkeys game for Christmas, now I wish I'd gotten one for us too! I saw those word animals at Dollar Tree and *almost* got them. Hm... still considering it - would you recommend them? I didn't like the look of them (quality-wise) either. You are always so creative, I just LOVE the monkey body part activity you put together. M would not be interested (I think) at this point, but he would've loved it when he was Charger's age! I hope you have a great week!! :)

Our Country Road said...

Thanks Nicole. I didnt put the monkey parts together-that was from Carisa. I so wish I could make cool things like that, maybe someday! The word animals were okay. I dont like the G at all-doesnt look like a G. I dont think Charger really got the word part at all, he loved putting together the magnets. For that reason I would say its an okay buy for a dollar.

Our Little Family said...

Gosh, what a GREAT week, filled with so many fabulous activities! My daughter LOVES Word World and would go NUTS for those little toys!

Love the sensory tub, too. Those NEVER get old over here!


Lil' Ms. P said...

My son got the band in a box recently too! Well actually, we are still waiting for his uncle and aunt to mail it to us. I know he is going to love it!

Susan said...

We had M week too this week and did some of the same things. My little always loves playing with the jars too! I saved 3 different type of jars for her though so she matches the correct lid to the jar. She could play with the jars for hours.