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! ๐Ÿ˜ญ), 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! ๐Ÿ˜ 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! ๐Ÿ’•

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! ๐Ÿคฃ 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 ๐ŸŒช 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!" ๐Ÿคธ


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