I never got to post Tot School last week and this week was a short week as we were at the beach, so I’ve combined the two weeks in this post.
Bear’s strong point is letters and letter sounds. She can tell you pretty much what letter/sound any word starts with and can sort objects according to letter sound (when she feels like it). Consequently, I have been putting much more emphasis on numbers lately.
Number puzzles to work on number recognition and one to one correspondence when counting.
Bear had to color sort the pompoms and then count the pompoms and put the number tile into the correct pile of pompoms. She managed 0 through 3 but needed help with 4 and 5.
Some other things we did for math:
Number sequencing on the number line. She loves her foam puzzles.
Making shapes. I got this idea on Chasing Cheerios, but recently saw it again on the Shafer Family. I had tried this with Bear without the control mats when she was 18 months, but it was too challenging. The control mats made it much easier. She chose this activity a lot.
Adn even deviated to create her own letter making activity (she loves to make up her own activities). “Look Mommy, an ‘H'” she announced to me.
Bear did quite a bit of size sorting with her tree crafts, but when I was cleaning up her school room, I found the Montessori red and blue rods I had printed out and she decided to size sequence those too.
Except, as usual, she got cored of it and didn’t quite finish.
As usual, we wrote a few stories. She sticks stickers to a page in her notebook and then tells me stories about them and I write them down for her. I’ve decided to focus more on storytelling for the next few weeks, as opposed to the alphabet. That said, Bear adores doing her Dora alphabet puzzle.
And we did play a game (briefly – this girl will never survive in school with this attention span!) in which she used her alphabet drawers to sort the pictures by color so she kind of worked on beginning sounds doing that.
She knows all her colors, so this was more to practice turn taking and talking about the beginning sound of the pictures. I chose very different sounds for her to play with.
Bear likes for me to tell her stories about the pictures, so we ended up doing that for a good thirty or forty minutes. (Her attention span is highly selective!)
I also set up a fun activity (she seemed to enjoy it) in which I hid the letter tiles that spell her name under some colored rice.
She then put the letters in order and almost did the whole thing herself.
If this isn’t sensory, then I don’t know what is! LOL.
We have been doing so many Christmas crafts that open ended art has been pushed aside, but since we usually do only open ended art, I figure it can’t hurt.
We’ve been talking a bit about nutrition and we happened to see a Sid the Science Kid episode (in Spanish) about nutrition while we were at the hotel at the beach.
You can see what others are doing in Tot School here.