Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Tot School: My Body

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"If you walk in the FOOTSTEPof a stranger, you'll learn things you never knew you never knew." -Pocahontas
For our Tot School Complete Curriculum set this week on our TPT shop, we will be featuring our My Body thematic unit!

All of our thematic units will be available once I have completed them with my little one. You can find them individually or in a GROWING BUNDLE. 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 it!

Here are the Weekly Lesson Plans for My Body. 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.

Here is a peek at the SENSORY BINS we played with this week!
In this sensory bin, we had orzo pasta, Mrs. Potato Head, and fine motor tools.
  
Some activities you can play with your little one and this sensory bin are:
1. Build Mr. or Mrs. Potato Head.
2. Play freely with his/her parts.
3. Play pretend by giving him/her a voice.


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 dry yellow rice, the Make a face printable from our printables set, and fine motor tools.

Some activities you can play with your little one and this sensory bin are:
1. Put the printable pieces together to make a face.
2. Name each part of the face.
In this sensory bin, we played with purple shredded paper, matching hearts from our printables set, and fine motor tools.

Some activities you can play with your little one and this sensory bin are:
1. Match each set of hearts.
2. Discuss where our heart is located in our body.
In this sensory bin, we used rainbow water beads and our feet!

Some activities you can play with your little one and this sensory bin are:
1. Walk on the rainbow water beads.
2. Step carefully... it can get slippery!
In this sensory bin, we played with dry black beans, Body Part Hunt printable from our printables set, and fine motor tools.

Some activities you can play with your little one and this sensory bin are:
1. Put the body part pieces together.
2. Name each body part.
**The printables set includes a template for a boy and a girl.

The next area of Tot School is FINE MOTOR. Here are all the activities we did this week!
For this activity, we printed our Play Dough Mat - Girl template (our printables set also includes a boy template), placed it in a dry erase pocket, gave her some colored play dough and showed her step-by-step how to make a face. Her Papi, of course, helped her make some silly ears. 🀣
For this fun activity, we gathered some dry pasta in different shapes and made a face that had eyes, eyebrows, a nose and cute smile!
Here, we simply painted her hands, placed them on the construction paper, talked about what helping hands do and gave some examples.
I've noticed that Aria truly enjoys painting and getting her hands (or FEET) filled with paint. So, I used her interests and guided her through the process of foot painting and after that, we talked about all the beautiful things she should be proud of. πŸ’–
Aria loved getting back to the basics with this teddy bear. She enjoyed coloring him with crayons (we don't do this often but will be doing more soon!) and getting to dress him up with his custom-made shirt and pants!

The following area is GROSS MOTOR. Here are all the activities we did this week!
This little girl right here LOVES to "bailar" (dance). What a better way to incorporate gross motor skills and learning about her body than to dance? We put on some music and she got jamming! I encouraged her to make some skeleton poses, too, like in Vampirina (one of her favorite shows).
Have you ever done yoga with a toddler? It's one of the trickiest yet FUNNIEST things I've ever done! She picked up some poses so easily and was going with the flow of her body. 😍
Aria is improving her coordination and balance skills (slowly but we're getting there lol). So, this week I wanted to see how well she can run and kick and the same time. She did so well and had lots of fun trying to make a goal with the "pelota" (ball).
This was such a fun game to play! We played Green Light when I told her to "correr" (run) and Red Light when I told her to "parar" (stop). After a few minutes, SHE started playing the game and telling me "corre" and STOP! 
Getting dressed is becoming an everyday routine and this girl LOVES putting on her "medias" (socks) and "zapatos" (shoes) all by herself!

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 our bodies! Stay tuned for more Tot School fun... our next theme is "Healthy Habits!" πŸ’ͺ


Thursday, September 13, 2018

Tot School: All About Me

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"Be your own kind of BEAUTIFUL." -Marilyn Monroe
For our Tot School Complete Curriculum set this week on our TPT shop, we will be featuring our All About Me thematic unit!

All of our thematic units will be available once I have completed them with my little one. You can find them individually or in a GROWING BUNDLE. 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 it!

Here are the Weekly Lesson Plans for All About Me. 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.

Here is a peek at the SENSORY BINS we played with this week!
In this sensory bin, we had purple shredded paper, pictures of each family member that lives in our home, heart containers from Dollar Tree, and fine motor tools.

Some activities you can play with your little one and this sensory bin are:
1. Talk about who each person is.
2. Sort by boys/girls in containers.

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 name puzzle cards from our printables set, colorful pom poms, and fine motor tools.

Some activities you can play with your little one and this sensory bin are:
1. Put the name puzzle pieces together.
2. Sort the pom poms by color.
In this sensory bin, we played with green shredded paper, furniture cards from our printables set, and fine motor tools.
Some activities you can play with your little one and this sensory bin are:
1. Name each furniture.
2. Talk about where they are in the house.
In this sensory bin, we used red water beads, heart containers, Emotions cards from our printables set, and fine motor tools.

Some activities you can play with your little one and this sensory bin are:
1. Name each emotion.
2. Make the faces you see on each card.
In this sensory bin, we played with blue and purple water beads, teddy bear counters, heart containers and fine motor tools.
  
Some activities you can play with your little one and this sensory bin are:
1. Make a family with each color teddy bear counters.
2. Sort the teddy bears by color or size.

The next area of Tot School is FINE MOTOR. Here are all the activities we did this week!
For this activity, we typed in the letters of Aria's name in our EDITABLE printable set, cut them individually and glued them in order. 
For this fun activity, we printed out the 2 from our printables set (can't believe she's turning 2 years old in 2 weeks! 😭), gathered color-coded label stickers and she began transferring each sticker onto the 2 template.
Here, we simply cut a colored construction paper square to represent each person in our family that lives in our home. Then, we cut the house outline from our printables set on black construction paper, glued each square onto the home and decorated the roof.
I've noticed that Aria truly enjoys painting and getting her hands filled with paint. So, I used her interests and guided her through the process of painting a family tree and adding our names at the end. (Yes, she decided where everyone's names went lol.)
She had so much fun making this painting with her first initial! 😍 We have received such beautiful feedback on social media about how this was made. Guys, it's so easy, I promise. You simply get a blank roll of paper, make their first initial with scotch/masking tape, have your little one paint over it and when it dries, you simply remove the tape and voila! Their very own masterpiece! πŸ’•

The following area is GROSS MOTOR. Here are all the activities we did this week!
I had Aria lay down on a roll of paper, drew a long line with a marker (of course, she was pushing herself up the whole time lol) and ATTEMPTED to have her place a teddy bear counter on the line to show her how long she was. Then, in true toddler form, she dumped the basket of counters! 
Have you ever tried getting a body outline of a moving child? It's one of the most difficult tasks I've ever been faced with! 🀣 I must say, we had a blast doing this activity and coloring it in with sidewalk chalk was the icing on the cake.
Aria LOVES to bailar (dance). I mean it's one of her absolute favorite things to do. So, I figured, why not use her interests and incorporate it into our lessons for our All About Me theme? It IS all about her, anyway! 
This was such a fun game to play! We took the classic Twister game and added an Emotions twist πŸŒͺ to it! We used the Emotions cards from our printables set and each time she landed on a spot with a card, she had to make that face and identify the emotion. By far, one of our favorite games ever! 
Continuing with the simple approach of homeschooling, we went outside and just ran on our driveway. We then played Green Light, Red Light to change things up and she couldn't finish the game because she was laughing the entire time! 

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 Aria! Stay tuned for more Tot School fun... our next theme is "My Body!" 🀸


Friday, September 7, 2018

Cruise Essentials Checklist

It's finally here, guys! I've been wanting to write this post for a VERY long time and I'm so excited to finally be sharing these goodies with you, all.

As many of you may know, cruising is a pretty big deal for our family. I won't say how often we go on them (for security reasons) but we absolutely {LOVE} them! πŸ›³We are also very simple and quite minimalistic when it comes to traveling. We like to think we are "always on the go!" So, what happens when you have a family who loves cruising/traveling and likes to keep it simple? Well, you can figure that one out.

In this post, I will share with you my checklist for Cruising with Infants. These are children that range anywhere from 6 months to 1 year old. Most cruise lines will only allow a child to travel if they are over 6 months old. We took our daughter on her first cruise at exactly 6 months old and she has been on quite a few already. 😍
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This checklist contains all the essentials I packed for her when we took her on her first cruise (6m). We had one medium luggage for us (I also placed some of her smaller items in our bag) and one small luggage for Aria. This is where all of the items listed above were stored.

*PLEASE NOTE: You are packing for you and your family. Be sure to make any necessary accommodations/changes to the checklist as you may see fit. This is simply a guide as to what I packed when we went on our trip but make sure it suits you and your family, first.

Questions about the items on this list? Please feel free to comment below or email me at iteachfromtheheartblog@gmail.com.

πŸ“£Coming soon: TOP CRUISING TIPS post! Stay tuned for that as I will go into detail about some things I learned while being onboard. πŸ‘