We had another slow week in Tot School as we finished up our letter T activities. We were in a bit of a recoup & regroup mode as we got over being sick, spent some quality time together as a family, and I worked on getting a bit better organized with my tot school planning. We also let tot school take a back seat to outdoor play as the weather here is now absolutely fabulous! Hopefully I can find more ways to take school outside in the coming weeks.
You can view our first week of letter T activities here.
We spent quite a bit of time playing on our homemade balance beam this week. I'll try to share some more game ideas for this in a future post. But for now we're mostly just playing simple stepping games as in the picture above.
Dude did an upper/lowercase letter T sort from COAH. I printed the mat from there and then just drew the Ts on scraps of paper so we'd have a few more and to save on ink.
He also did his letter builders. Once we're finished with these, my plan is to put all of these sheets into a notebook for him to play with freely.
Our coloring sheet from last week became a phonics collage when Dude glued on pictures of things that start with letter T. I got the pictures from here and printed them at 50% of normal size.
To try something different I let Dude attempt his first color by number. This one was of a train and is from Making Learning Fun. I think he did pretty well considering.
He covered the letter Ts with erasers on this letter hunt page.
We did a train measuring activity I found at 2 Teaching Mommies. I asked him how long the train was, which numbers it was driving on, & where it started & ended. I'm pretty sure this mostly went right over Dude's head, but I was glad to have introduced the concept and now we have the materials to repeat it again later.
We did this transportation sorting activity that I found at Printable Share. I printed it all at 50% of normal size to save on materials. It's now the perfect size to make into a file folder game, so I plan to do that soon.
We made a number train from Homeschool Creations. After he put the train cars in order (with lots of help) we moved the train forward. I had him move the engine car forward and then slide each number car in behind it as he said the numbers. We did this to help work on 1 to 1 correspondence. Dude still verbally counts faster than he points sometimes when he gets excited.
Dude got some cutting and sequencing practice doing this tree craft. You can see the full instructions with more pictures and a free printable on my Tree- Cut & Sequence Craft post.
We also got some wiggles and giggles out indoors playing a Tickle game. We used the Wheel of Tickles printable I found here. I made mine into a spinner using a brad, a scrap piece of plastic and a soda pull tab, but the link describes another method of doing it with some string and a plastic spoon. Just use whatever you've got I say ;)
We made this into a learning experience with the addition of the die. We played by having the Tickler both roll the die and spin the spinner. He then had to start at the far wall and take as many steps as he'd rolled on the die toward the Ticklee. When the steps were complete he could then run to the Ticklee to tickle them on the correct part of the body. My son prefered to be the Tickler, which worked out perfectly. As the Ticklee I also held up my fingers to help remind him of the number of steps we needed to count out. Dude LOVED this game and we played quite a few times! I breifly considered pulling Spudder in to be the Ticklee, but decided I wasn't that brave yet. I'm sure we'll be pulling this one out for some rainy day fun in the future!