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


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