Sunday, November 14, 2010

Tot School

Kayleigh is 33 months old
Tot School

It was a rough week this week.  Both girls were trying my patience a lot.  It's a miracle we all survived.  Despite the misbehaving we did a few things and went on a field trip.  We didn't do any theme or letter activities.  We just played with some toys and did a few montessori-type activities.

Tot Trays

I put out some feathers and a foam block.  Kayleigh enjoyed pushing the feathers into the block.  It took a little muscle on her part so I was surprised with how long she did this.  I saw this over at Shannon's Tot School.  

We attempted some marble tonging that I saw over on My Montessori Journey.  It didn't go exactly as we planned, as we didn't have the right kind of tongs, but she enjoyed using her fingers to place the marbles onto the suction cup pad.

I got out an old color matching game that I had from when I used to teach PS. It's a few years older than my almost ten year old.   Kayleigh did much better than the last time I brought it out.  LOL  She's not as into choosing all the wrong options then she used to be.  

We did a couple more pages in her Kumon Coloring Book.  She really likes that and thinks she a big kid with school work.  Just like Big Sis.

She played with her pounder and her stacking pegs.  That hammer gives her such joy. LOL

We had a surprise skill building activity courtesy of Daddy.  Daddy spoiled her and bought her Baby All Gone.  And boy does getting that spoon in and out of the bowl and into baby's mouth take a lot of fine motor control.  That was a nice surprise.  And does she love that baby.  She's been feeding it non-stop and telling it  "I yuv you Baby All Gone!"

We also went on a field trip to an art museum.  And boy was Kayleigh a piece of work.  LOL

I've been reading her these art books that have a touch and feel aspect for toddlers.  And boy is she good at recognizing the paintings in the book.  We saw a reproduction of Van Gogh's Starry Night at a mall a few weeks ago and she really impressed the store owner by telling her the name of the painting and the artist.  She also asked if she had "Van Goats bedroom"  also in her books.  LOL

She was amusing and horrifying the museum.  Amusing because she'd scream "Mary Cassatt" when she'd see a painting of a woman or a child.  Horrifying because she wanted to touch everything.  Uhhhh, maybe books that encourage touching of art are not such a great idea.  LOL  Thank goodness for strollers.

Here are some of her highlights.  She was fascinated with a statue of a girl and her broken tambourine.  "Why is she happy?  It's broken."

We finally did find a painting actually by Mary Cassatt.   That made everybody happy as Big Sis just studied her.

We heard Kayleigh shouting "na na!"  (Her old term for nursing.) Look what she found.  LOL

Here are a couple of shots that just make me laugh.  

Be sure to see what the other tot's are up too by clicking the Tot School button at the top of the page.


Tracey M. said...

What a nice week! We haven't tried the museum yet, you are brave with 2! I'm not even ready with one. Your little one and mine would do great hammering together. It's so funny what can fire up their interest (lately he's all about building tools). The sad face picture is the best, totally like J's pouty face. (I feel for you with the rough days; today I was pulling my hair out J was such a handful.)

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Great ideas! We have been working on colors too.

Michelle said...

I'm laughing over Kayleigh's reaction at the art museum! Too funny! What a neat experience for her. I'm guessing your art book is a Sonlight book?

Looks like you had a fabulous week! *Ü*

Forest Rose said...

LOL...sounds like a lot of fun:) Have a great week!

Forest Rose

Peterson Party said...

What art book do you use? I'm impressed that she knows the names and artists of the works of art. Awesome work!

sbswtp said...

What a great week!!! :) I love the museum story :)

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

Loving the photos you captured at the museum.

Loving Our Homeschool said...

Kayleigh makes me laugh! LOVE the pics of her by the tamborine girl and the Egyptian looking statue.

The Iowa Farmer's Wife said...

Too fun! I like that color activity! And what a funny museum story!

Proverbs 31 Wife said...

Your marbling activity looks like a big green bow in Tinker Bell's hair!


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