Sunday, March 6, 2011

Tot School - Gg

Tot School - Theme - Gg
Owen & Eli: 30 months old

We're back on track! We covered the letter Gg this week and I think we had a lot of fun with different types of activities. We started off with so the boys could see the capital and lowercase G's and then headed to the library. We read Goodnight Moon, Goodnight Gorilla, Curious George books and Green Eggs and Ham (in honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday!). One of the highlights of their week was making Green Eggs out of white chocolate and M&Ms. Super easy and a yummy little snack to go along with the story.

I made outlines of the capital G and lowercase g and gave the boys cookie cutters of a G and a Giraffe to paint with. After doing this, I read a few other blogs about not introducing the /j/ sound that a 'g' can make (as in giraffe) and instead focusing on the 'ga' sound as in gumball. I think that makes sense and I'll probably be more careful with that in the future when they're closer to reading.
One of the art projects that turned out pretty cool was grape painting. I cut out a cereal box to give them a tray to contain the paint and a few different colors to roll the grapes in. It turned out great!

I found this activity here. Painting is quickly becoming one of the boys' favorite art activities!

This was their first time trying 'pre-writing' worksheets. Confessions of a Homeschooler has them for every letter, so we'll be practicing a lot more in the future. They were big on coloring, not that big on following the dotted lines. I love how the pictures show how Eli is a leftie and Owen is a rightie : ) It'll be nice to look back at these pictures in a few weeks to see how their 'writing' has improved!
We're on to Letter Hh! Click here for ideas from other Tot Schooling moms!


jess_hak said...

Genius on using the cereal box. I've been wanting to do this types of painting for a long time and have been hung up thinking about where I was going to get a paper box lid. lol I have tons of cereal boxes! Maybe we'll paint shamrocks like this next week. Thanks! :)

Patricia said...

Your boys have grown a lottt! The last time I read a post they were a year old or something. I like the grape painting. Very good idea!I'm now following you:)

Anonymous said...

Love those grapes!! Very cute! Looks like you guys had lots of fun!

Eileen Rhoadarmer said...

I'm just browsing as a friend directed me to tot school and your boys are only a little older than my son. I just wanted to post and say that I've copied down a few of your ideas for future reference--the green eggs and the egg carton grapes. Great ideas!

Ellie said...

What a great blog! I'm going to have to spend some time getting more ideas. I love what I've seen so far. Thanks for coming by today and entering the giveaway!