Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Tot School: Colors - Week 2

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"Keep looking up... there may be a RAINBOW waiting for you." -Anonymous
As stated in my previous post, we are creating Complete Curriculum sets for EACH Tot School theme this year and featuring them on our TPT shop! 🎉🎉

They will all be available once I have completed them with my little one. You can find them individually or in a GROWING BUNDLE. More info is coming soon so stick around. Be sure to join our email list (NO SPAM will be sent) to get the latest updates on our products and freebies!

Ok, let's get colorful! We continued our Colors theme with Week 2. Check out my post on Week 1 HERE

Here are the Weekly Lesson Plans for Colors - Week 2. It includes all the books we read together, sensory bins, fine motor and gross motor activities, snack ideas and other fun things we did throughout the week. This could be field trips, extra books, songs we sang, etc.

As you can see, we focused on each color for 2 days (redorangeyellow, greenblue & purple combined). Below are all of the books we used throughout the 2-week theme of Colors.


Here is a peek at the SENSORY BINS we played with this week!

    
Some activities you can play with your little one and this sensory bin are:
1. Drive the vehicles.
2. Name each vehicle or sign.
3. Scoop the rice into a cupcake liner.

In my Complete Curriculum set, I also added an EXTEND section where I list ideas for opportunities to extend all of the lessons.
In this sensory bin, we used Green Mega Bloks, balls, Pantone "Green" Mini Bookfood items, fine motor tools, jumbo beads, plastic tongs, letter blocks and other green toys from around the house.

Some activities you can play with your little one and this sensory bin are:
1. Play "I Spy."
2. Feed mommy/baby the food.
3. Roll the balls.
In this sensory bin, we played with dry black beans, fine motor tools, small round containers, net, and green food items.
Some activities you can play with your little one and this sensory bin are:
1. Scoop the beans into a cup.
2. "Plant" the veggies in the garden.
3. Name the veggies.
In this sensory bin, we used blue and purple balls, Pantone "Blue" and "Purple" Mini Booksfood items, fine motor tools, jumbo beads, plastic tongs, letter blocks and other blue and purple toys from around the house..

Some activities you can play with your little one and this sensory bin are:
1. Play "I Spy."
2. Sort by type.
3. Put the puzzle pieces together.
In this sensory bin, we played with blue and purple water beads, laminated ocean animal cards from our printables set, and fine motor tools.

Some activities you can play with your little one and this sensory bin are:
1. Scoop the water beads into a cup.
2. Name the ocean animals.
3. Count the ocean animals.

The next area of Tot School is FINE MOTOR. Here are all the activities we did this week!
For this activity, we stamped some yellow play dough with puzzle pieces, food items, cookie cutters, and other fun yellow toys. 
For this fun activity, we filled up our usual sensory bin with water and added a few drops of green food coloring. I then threw in some cupcake liners and water droppers and off she went! She particularly LOVED the splashing part, who doesn't?
Here, we simply sorted the teddy bears by color and counted each group. We then printed the Number Mats printable from my Complete Curriculum set and sorted the teddy bears up to number 5.
She had so much fun making this window collage! I had a black outline from my Fish Outline Template in my Complete Curriculum set, a tray of blue and purple tissue paper cut in small squares, and the contact paper with the sticky side exposed ready for her little fingers to start working. She grabbed each piece and added it to her collage! Of course, she was yelling "FISH" the whole time! 😍
For this activity, we used colored craft sticks and Behr paint chips. She would say the color name of each craft stick and then sort it. This was perhaps one of the easiest and exciting activities we have enjoyed thus far!

The following area is GROSS MOTOR. Here are all the activities we did this week!
I placed 4 yellow pipe cleaners on the rug and secured them with clear packing tape. Then, she walked on them and tried keep her balance while placing one foot in front of the other. This really took some coordination skills! 
After I printed the Lily pad template printable from my Complete Curriculum set, I traced the shape onto green foam sheets and cut each one out. Aria would hop on each one saying, "ribbit, ribbit!"
This was one of our "Field Trips" this week. Every afternoon, we go for a walk (or at least we try to do it every afternoon lol). This time, we went searching for all the green/verde things we could find. She named "tree, grass, hoja (leaf), bush and rana (frog)" by the lake. 
A classic color fun time! For this simple game, I wrote the color name on each corresponding construction paper in English and Spanish and she went to town running through them saying the names of each color in either language. I have updated this activity by creating Color Name Cards you can now print and add to your construction papers! You can find these in my Complete Curriculum set for Colors!
Continuing with the simple approach of homeschooling, we gathered some fun purple bounce house balls and scattered them around the room. We then had a relay race and counted them at the end. 

Below you'll find all of the SNACKS we had this week!

We sang songs, went on neighborhood field trips and had an amazing week learning all about Yellow, Green, Blue and Purple! Stay tuned for more Tot School fun... our next theme is "All About Me!" 👦👧


Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Tot School: Colors - Week 1

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"Keep looking up... there may be a RAINBOW waiting for you." -Anonymous
We kicked off Tot School this year with some exciting news!! We will be creating Complete Curriculum sets for EACH Tot School theme this year and featuring them on our TPT shop! 🎉🎉

They will all be available once I have completed them with my little one. You can find them individually or in a GROWING BUNDLE. More info is coming soon so stick around. Be sure to join our email list (NO SPAM will be sent) to get the latest updates on our products and freebies!

Ok, let's get to the fun part. We began our Tot School adventures this year with the Colors theme but we split it into 2 weeks. This post is all about Week 1. Check out my post on Week 2 HERE

Here are the Weekly Lesson Plans for Colors - Week 1. It includes all the books we read together, sensory bins, fine motor and gross motor activities, snack ideas and other fun things we did throughout the week. This could be field trips, extra books, songs we sang, etc.

As you can see, we focused on each color for 2 days (redorangeyellow, greenblue & purple combined) and continued this plan throughout Week 2. Below are all of the books we used throughout the 2-week theme of Colors.


Here is a peek at the SENSORY BINS we played with this week!

In this sensory bin, we had Red Mega Bloks, balls, Colors & Shapes puzzle piecesfood items, fine motor tools, jumbo beads, plastic tongs, letter blocks and other red toys from around the house.
      
Some activities you can play with your little one and this sensory bin are:
1. Play "I Spy."
2. Feed mommy/baby the food.
3. Put the puzzle pieces together. 

In my Complete Curriculum set, I also added an EXTEND section where I list ideas for opportunities to extend all of the lessons.
In this sensory bin, we played with faux rose petals, felt hearts, measuring spoons, and plastic containers.
 

Some activities you can play with your little one and this sensory bin are:
1. Scoop petals into a container.
2. Count the petals.
3. Create a flower.
In this sensory bin, we used Orange Mega Bloks, balls, Disney Numbers puzzle piecesPantone "Orange" Mini BookColors & Shapes puzzle piecesfood items, fine motor tools, jumbo beads, plastic tongs, letter blocks and other orange toys from around the house.
    
Some activities you can play with your little one and this sensory bin are:
1. Play "I Spy."
2. Feed mommy/baby the food.
3. Put the puzzle pieces together. 
In this sensory bin, we played with orange water beads, plastic container, food itemsfine motor tools, plastic tongs, and a measuring spoon.
  
Some activities you can play with your little one and this sensory bin are:
1. Scoop the water beads into a cup.
2. "Plant" the veggies in the garden.
3. Name the veggies.
In this sensory bin, we used Yellow Mega Bloks, balls, Pantone "Yellow" Mini BookColors & Shapes puzzle piecesfood items, fine motor tools, jumbo beads, letter blocks and other yellow toys from around the house.


Some activities you can play with your little one and this sensory bin are:
1. Play "I Spy."
2. Build a tower.
3. Put the puzzle pieces together. 

The next area of Tot School is FINE MOTOR. Here are all the activities we did this week!
For this activity, I used a cookie sheet from Walmart, painted it with beige acrylic paint, painted a tree with brown and green acrylic paint and sprayed a few coats of matte paint over it. When it was dry, I worked on the apple cards. 

In my Complete Curriculum set, you'll find the Apple Card Pieces printable. I simply printed the apple card pieces, laminated them, and placed a magnetic strip square on the back of each one. Then, we played our game! We added the apple trees one at a time and counted them. 
For this fun activity, we utilized the Apple Dot stamping printable in my Complete Curriculum set. I simply printed the apple, gave Aria a red dot marker and she got to work. She even shouted "rojo" every time she stamped!
Here, we simply printed the Orange Pumpkin printable from my Complete Curriculum set, gathered 2 shape sponges and a container with a bit of water (LESSON LEARNED: Place a plastic tablecloth underneath to avoid spills! 😰).
She REALLY enjoyed this one so it looks like we'll be doing more of them soon!
She had so much fun playing with this Melissa & Doug Jumbo Beads & Lace set! I had Aria lace each jumbo bead as she said "orange" ("anaranjado" is a bit hard for her, now).
For this activity, we printed the Hot Air Balloon printable from my Complete Curriculum set, placed 2 cotton balls at the end of 2 clothespins, dipped them in orange and yellow paint and painted the hot air balloon! 
**Side Note: Her favorite color and word to say is "LELLO!" 😂

The following area is GROSS MOTOR. Here are all the activities we did this week!
We gathered some Red Mega Bloks and a basket from Lakeshore Learning for this activity. Aria went on a scavenger hunt looking for all the red Mega Bloks and would place them in the basket. We counted them at the end of the activity. 
After I printed the Ladybug card pieces printable from my Complete Curriculum set, I cut them into squares (easier for her to spot) and she looked around the room while she gathered each one and placed them in the basket. She REALLY wanted to walk around with the basket! 🤣
A classic Mega Blok fun time! Because I am still learning about her interests and exposing her to different toys, I realized she is not very fond of building/stacking. Therefore, I challenged her with this one and it looks like she got the hang of it!
Watching her Papi play basketball has got this girl trying to dunk the ball EVERY TIME! She loves to play this game and set her own rules. 
Probably the most fun we've had with sidewalk chalk so far! For this activity, we went outside, drew some colorful flowers and practiced jumping on each one while counting "uno, dos, tres!"
*Of course, Mami and Papi drew the flowers but she did help color them in!

Below you'll find all of the SNACKS we had this week!

We sang songs, went on neighborhood field trips and had an amazing week learning all about RedOrange and Yellow! Stay tuned for more Tot School fun and check out Colors - Week 2 HERE! 🎨