Sunday, October 10, 2010

Tot School

Kayleigh is 31 months old

Tot School

Since it’s officially fall it was time to starting working in some of those favorite fall themes. So we did apples this week. We also took a break from introducing a new letter.

Literacy Activities

She did these cute little apple puzzles from 2 Teaching Mommies apple unit. We only did letters A-F, as those are the letters we’ve covered so far.

She did really well considering she hadn’t really worked with lowercase letters much. ( My only goal with any letter activities at this point is exposure to the uppercase.) But I told her what the lowercase letter was and she matched it to it’s “mommy” and she got them all correct. That was a nice surprise!

DSC_0259redots DSC_0256redots She made this apple collage, also from 2 Teaching Mommies. There was a lot of gluing involved so she was THRILLED!

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She really likes these bottle cap 1:1 correspondance activities from COAH, so we did the one from her Apple unit.

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As you might of guessed, we read a lot of apple books. Her favorite was Apple-Picking Day (Clifford's Puppy Days) so we read that one a few times. Not enough for me to want to hide it though. LOL

Math & Science Activities

I got out Hi Ho Cherry-Ofor the first time. I thought that’d I’d be able to convince her they were apples but she didn’t even give me a chance. “Oooo cherries!” Oh well!

She liked it a lot. Just not as a counting game. We each took one spin and after that she just wanted me to put all the apples on the trees so she could knock them off. When she tried to sneek it into the living room, I had to put it away. We’d never see those cherries again. LOL


We played an Apple Roll & Count game from 2 Teaching Mommies. She did not want to color the apples after she rolled so we switched to putting on dot stickers instead. She was happy with that.

Our FOAM DICE had dots on them so I covered one of them with numbers so we could work on recognition too.

We played with real apples. This was Kayleigh’s favorite activity of the week. She loved them so much she was willing to count them, sort them, line them up. She drew the line at making a pattern with them though. LOL

She did a great job with this apple shape puzzle from COAH.

DSC_0324redots We worked on visual discrimination with these same/different apple cards from Prekinders. I didn’t demonstrate and just gave her verbal instruction and she did it quickly and correctly. On the ONE card that she was willing to do. LOL I think I’m going to leave this activity out for next week and see if I can’t get her to do some of the more difficult cards that she ignored. It’s a good skill to work on.


We talked about the parts of an apple using this adorable felt activity from 2 Teaching Mommies.

Life Skills and

Other Fun Stuff

She practiced cutting with this cut and paste activity from COAH. I cut the apple pictures into strips and she just had to cut between each apple. Scissors and glue…what more could she ask for?

We have a new sensory bin for the month of October. Black beans, mini-pumpkin erasers, stretchy skeletons, mini-pumpkins, rubber bats, and halloween buckets. Both girls love it!

We did a little cooking this week and made Cutie Pies from My Montessori Journey. They’re just cute, little apple pies. Kayleigh helped with the cutting, the mixing, and the seasoning. Mackenzie did that plus handled the crust.

Be sure to click the Tot School button at the top of the page to see what other tots have been up to this week.


Kattie said...

Wow, you did a lot of great activities! My tot is 26 months and I will be setting up tot school for her very soon. Thanks for the great ideas!

Jen said...

Wow! you did a lot of great activities this week. Too bad 2 Teaching Mommies just put up the apple unit. We did it a few weeks ago and I would have loved some of those! Oh well!

I jut made a Halloween sensory bin and I can't wait to see my DD's face when she sees it :)

Ruthie said...

I love your Halloween sensory bin. I am going to have to make one of those, my boys would be so excited!

Discovering Montessori said...

I really like all of your activities. Nice week! Thank you for sharing.

Kimberly Eddy (Adventures in Mothering) said...

Great post. I enjoyed reading what you're doing with your little one. Seems like forever since mine were that size. It's so much fun to see them excited to learn!

Madonna (Lil' Ms.P) said...

I am glad she liked the apple activities. You found so many great ones from around the web! Would you mind if I share your post on 2 Teaching Mommies Facebook page?

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Drea said...

What a great idea to play with real apples. :)

Forest Rose said...

I love apple activities!!! Thanks for sharing yours:)

Mozer said...

Looks like you had a lot of apple fun! We might have to go back and do some of them even though we've already finished our apple stuff.

Tracey M. said...

What a great variety of activities with apples! Love it. I like that she was able to match the big and little letters. My guy is starting to do better with recognizing words. Fun week!

Laura said...

I love all the apple activities you guys did this week. I may have to steal some of them for our tot school this week :)

Timeless and Treasured, Photography by Heather said...

Wow!! What a lot of fun you are having!


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