Sunday, October 18, 2009

Tot School

Tot School

Kayleigh is currently 20 months

This week our big "lesson" was trying to keep Kayleigh quiet while we did our Bible lesson with Big Sis.

The first thing I tried, post-it notes and a fancy pen, worked pretty well. At least until Big Sis took the pen. She remained upset even after the pen was given back.

We also got out the playdough this week. This worked great. And not only was the play dough fun, so was the container. Kayleigh was totally engrossed. Unfortunately so was Mackenzie so it distracted her from her lesson. LOL It's always something.

I finally got into gear and got a tub to use as a sensory tub. I decided to use some fake fall leaves in the tub for our first go as fall is our theme for the month. I had such visions of her digging around in the leaves trying to find the animals I had put in there. Mackenzie was excited too and wanted to demonstrate how to use the tub. So I let her. BIG MISTAKE!

What does that child of mine do? She opens the tub grabs a handful of leaves and starts throwing them up. This is the 8 year old I'm talking about. So what does Kayleigh do? The same. Because she always mimics big sis. What does she do everytime we get out the tub? Throws the leaves all over the house. Who's the most sorry that this "skill" was taught? Not me...that would be Mackenzie, who was given the job of cleaning the leaves everytime we use the tub. Now I'm really afraid to put rice or noodles in there. LOL

I did get her interested in finding the animals once...for about 60 seconds.

Along with the sensory box, we did two other activities with our theme.
First we read Sixteen Runaway Pumpkins and Kayleigh stamped orange triangles on a pumpkin printout.

We also read Ten Apples Up on Top and made the apple counting book that I found here.

Our book only included zero through ten, as Kayleigh can only count to 3. And only if you say the one. She apparently has something against one and refuses to say it. LOL

She was supposed to attach the felt apple stickers that I found in the Target dollar section. However this project was not without difficulty. First, she had trouble getting the stickers off her fingers and onto the paper. Secondly, once she got the stickers on the paper, she wanted to take them back off and try again. Nevermind that I had more stickers for her.

Kayleigh also added in her own, impromptu, project. For ease of viewing I have highlighted the artwork in the second picture. LOL

Be sure to check out the other tot's handiwork over at 1+1+1=1.


Paige said...

How precious your little one is! Tot school seems like lots of fun at your house!

Musical Mama said...

Your little one reminds me a lot of mine, especially how I think she would react to a big sister! When we did the rice tub, I definitely stressed keeping the rice "in the tub" - and there was still a lot of clean up. But, hey, put down a tarp and it isn't too bad!

Carrie said...

Oh, dear! I like all your ideas for tot school - my 22-month-old is the same with stickers - he wants them all for himself & won't stick them on anything without taking them off. :) Thanks for the comment on my blog! :)

Virginia Lee said...

Well, now you have a beautiful mural on your wall. All the other moms will want one too. =)

Rebecca said...

Despite how the sensory tub went, it was a great idea to do the leaves and animals! I was just saying yesterday that i want to buy a 'tub' for a sensory tub :) I love that you said you were scared to rice in it now though!

Loving Our Homeschool said...

I am ROFL at that last picture! I think I've said this before, but your Tot School posts make me ALMOST wish I still had a tot!

melaniet42 said...

What a precious sad picture without her pen! Looks like play-doh was a popular tot school activity last week. I must try it!

Ritsumei said...

You have some adorable pictures in this post! I love the way you've left color in several of them... and that last sad face... priceless.


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