Sunday, November 14, 2010

Tot School - Bb

Tot School - Theme - Bb
Owen & Eli: 26 months old
We had a lot of fun with Tot School this week! I focused on Bb is for Butterflies, Buses, Barnyard, Bears and Bubbles, but I also had some good ideas planned for Balls and Balancing. We read the Brown Bear and Polar Bear books this week and matched up the animals as we read the story using these from 1+1+1=1.

We did a few art projects this week too - always a favorite with the boys! They love playing with glue and paint, so I try to come up with a couple ways to incorporate those every week. This week we made the lowercase Letter of the Week from Totally Tots, but I made up my own capital letter B craft. I liked how the butterflies went together. We also used coffee filters and watercolors to make butterflies and sang The Wheels on the Bus as we made our own buses out of foam paper. I found these coloring sheets of butterflies too.

I knew this idea would be a big hit! I filled up the sink with water and tons of bubbles and gave the boys measuring cups and spoons, whisks and cups. They poured and dumped to their hearts' content!
We sang Old MacDonald and played with our farm animal puzzle. We talked about all the animals that live in a barn and played with our Little People barn set too. They are really getting into pretend play and had a good time 'feeding' the animals in the barn.
We watched the B video this week and Eli walked around for the rest of the day pointing to himself saying 'I a boy, me a boy!' We watched a couple videos on the Mister Rogers website too. We watched the bouncy ball factory, the bulldozers and backhoes and Eric Carle's I Can Do It book about body parts.
Baking is another favorite activity around here! We made Banana Bread this week.

The ideas that I wanted to use this week if we hadn't run out of time included an activity using ball stickers and matching them to a picture of each kind of ball (football, baseball, soccer ball and basketball). It would have given them a chance to practice matching and identification. I wanted to play indoor basketball using laundry baskets and create a balance beam using tape on the floor to see if they could walk without falling off. I wanted to do more with body parts too, like singing the Hokey Pokey, Head Shoulders Knees and Toes and tracing outlines of their bodies in chalk for them to color. The other art project we didn't get to was using their fingerprints to make bees and their hand prints to make butterflies. I visualized those in my head so there isn't a link to send you to for the idea, but I'm sure you can figure it out too : )

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Anonymous said...

Hi Beth,

I am beyond impressed with your blog! Your ideas and commitment to you boys is inspiring! Thanks for sharing your ideas....they are fantastic!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Bubbles in the sink are one of my son's favorite activities too.

alison said...

oh I haven't tried bubbles in the sink! Owen would love it, thanks for the idea!

BEwers said...

I'm a new follower of your blog. I've started focusing on a letter each week with my little guy and I love all the activities you do with each letter! Thanks for the inspiration!