Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Tot School- C is for Car

This week seems like we are re-establishing routines.  Have you ever felt that way, when after a trip or vacation it takes a week or two to get life back to normal?  Anyway, Tot School has continued this week with C is for Car (and Little Guy, whose name starts with C!).  Little Guy is 32 months old.

The first activity was buttoning the letters of his name, which I wrote about here.  Some of the letters were a little bit tricky for him, and I had to line the two pieces of felt up together so he could button them.  I did miss out on photographs of this one.

Little Guy's favorite activity of the week was (by far) the popcorn sensory tub.  I put a bag of un-popped popcorn in a bin with a few C's that I could find (a cookie cutter, a magnetic letter, and a foam letter).  Little Guy loved putting his cars into the popcorn.  At one point in time, I think there were so many cars in the bin that you could no longer see the popcorn underneath!  He used this bin everyday, and after the first two days I required him to do at least one other activity before he could choose this one.
This week we had a variety of printables.  I used some printables from 1+1+1=1 that had the letter C and the dot marker page from School Time Snippets.  By the end of the week, he had not chosen any printables to do (he loved that popcorn bin!) so I had him use the dot markers on the C and then stamp some C's on another sheet.
I love pattern blocks, and was excited to find pattern block cards for the entire alphabet at Confessions of a Homeschooler!  These will make a great addition to our Tot School activities!  As Little Guy was working with the pattern blocks, it was a great time to use specific language with him, such as "orange square" and "blue trapezoid."  It was neat to hear him start to use the same terms (and its pretty cute to hear him say "trapezoid!).
For some cutting practice and to associate words that start with C, I put various pictures of things that start with C on sheet (I used clip art in Microsoft Word).  Little Guy had to cut the pictures apart and then he could glue them onto a big C.  The cutting practice was great, although Little Guy did get a little scissor happy and cut the picture of the crayons into little pieces. 
 This next activity was from a game that Grandma A. got for Little Guy.  There are a series of pictures and you have to link them together in order from smallest to biggest.  The game is self-checking in that only the pieces that match will fit together and each set of three has the same background color.  A few of the pictures were a little tricky (tricycle, bicycle, car), but we were able to work through it.  Little Guy seemed pleased when he completed all three sets that I had gotten out and completed the activity a few times during the week.
 The last activity brought the biggest smile to his face!  I put out some paint and some cars, and his job was to roll the cars in the paint and make tracks on the paper.  We used three different cars to make different tracks on the paper.  Little Guy really seemed to enjoy making the car tracks on the paper.  I was surprised that he only wanted to do this activity once!
What are you up to this week?

We linked up to the Tot School Gathering Place at 1+1+1=1!

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