Thursday, November 15, 2018

Tot School: Fall

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"AUTUMN shows us how beautiful it is to let things go." -Anonymous
For our Tot School Complete Curriculum set this week on our TPT shop, we will be featuring our Fall 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 Fall. 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 assorted fall objects such as pinecones, fall leaves, pumpkins and acorns, and fine motor tools.

Some activities you can play with your little one and this sensory bin are:
1. Explore the autumn objects and name each one.
2. Sort by type.
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 fall leaves, containers and fine motor tools.

Some activities you can play with your little one and this sensory bin are:
1. Scoop the leaves with a net or scooper and place them in the container.
2. Sort by color.
In this sensory bin, we played with the squirrel template from our printables set mounted onto a toilet paper roll, fall leaves, yellow container with acorns and fine motor tools.

Some activities you can play with your little one and this sensory bin are:
1. Place the acorns in the squirrel's mouth (one by one).
2. Count how many acorns the squirrel eats.
In this sensory bin, we used the leaf number mats from our printables set, play dough, dry-erase markers and fall leaves to count.

Some activities you can play with your little one and this sensory bin are:
1. Count each leaf on the mat, write/make the number and write the numbers below.
In this sensory bin, we played with dry black beans, color acorns and mat 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 color acorn onto the mat.
2. Say the color names.

The next area of Tot School is FINE MOTOR. Here are all the activities we did this week!
For this activity, we made imprints with the play dough and utilized some play dough tools to make more stamps and figures. 
For this fun activity, we printed out the tree template from our printables set and used red, yellow and orange fingerpaint along with a dot paint stamper to create the leaves on the paper.
Here, we simply used the acorn ten-frame from our printables set and pretend play acorns to represent the number of acorns on the acorn number cards (also on our printables set).
I thought I would give symmetry a try with Aria (I know she is still perhaps too young to understand the concept, but she does enjoy completing puzzles very much). It turns out she really liked putting these leaf symmetry puzzles together. Let's talk about how inexpensive and EASY it was to make this activity! I bought them at the dollar tree and simply cut them in half vertically. Voila! #momwin 👏
She had so much fun making this her leaf monster! We used googly eyes, sequins and pretend play fall leaves. 💕

The following area is GROSS MOTOR. Here are all the activities we did this week!
I took Aria outside on a day when our community was having a Halloween celebration so most of the houses were decorated with the items on the nature walk search list (from our printables set) and had her simply color the box for each item she saw. She LOVED writing with the dry-erase marker.
Well, you know we live in Miami and don't really experience the Fall season BUT we can SWEEP the pretend play fall leaves rather than raking them! 🤣 She really enjoyed feeling like she was helping clean the house and was so proud of herself. 💜
This was certainly one of her {FAVE} activities this week! I made the outline for each number acorn on the mat and gave her the actual number acorns from our printables set. Let's just say she went to town with these numbers! We even said them out loud in English and Spanish! 🙌
It's safe to say her gross motor skills are definitely improving and she did great with these fall movements from our printables set. I think she prefers the ones on the ground more than the ones where you stand, though! lol 
This activity was a bit tricky and challenging for her. I helped her find each shape and put it in the bin but I had to show her the shape several times. I think this might be better for the children who can already identify the differences between each shape. Perhaps creating the shapes with sensory tools prior to this activity might work better. You live and you learn! 

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 about Fall! Stay tuned for more Tot School fun... our next theme is "Pumpkins!" 🎃


Friday, November 2, 2018

Tot School: Apples

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"A seed hidden in the heart of an APPLE is an orchard invisible." -Welsh Proverb
For our Tot School Complete Curriculum set this week on our TPT shop, we will be featuring our Apples 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 Apples. 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 dry black beans, pretend play apples, and fine motor tools.

Some activities you can play with your little one and this sensory bin are:
1. Explore the different colored apples.
2. Talk about the properties and count them.

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 small and big apple cards from our printables set, pretend play apples, and fine motor tools.

Some activities you can play with your little one and this sensory bin are:
1. Sort the apples by color.
2 Pretend to bury the apples and dig them up.
In this sensory bin, we played with water, pretend play apples, and fine motor tools.

Some activities you can play with your little one and this sensory bin are:
1. Bob for apples with mouth or hands.
2. Discuss sink/float and determine if the apples will sink/float.
In this sensory bin, we used tan and green play dough, cinnamon to add to the play dough, an apple tree template from our printables set, and play dough tools..

Some activities you can play with your little one and this sensory bin are:
1. Explore the smell and feel of the apple play dough.
2 Use the play dough to make a tree.
In this sensory bin, we played with colorful pompoms, "A" outline from our printables set and fine motor tools.
Some activities you can play with your little one and this sensory bin are:
1. Build an "A" with the pompoms using fine motor tools.
2. Name each color.

The next area of Tot School is FINE MOTOR. Here are all the activities we did this week!
For this activity, we wrapped pretend play apples in aluminum foil and Aria unwrapped each one to find an apple surprise! She especially loved the yelling "SURPRISE" part!. 
For this fun activity, we cut apples from red, green and yellow felt sheets and cut a small slit in the middle of each one. I then gave her a green pipe cleaner and had her thread the apples, one by one.
Here, we simply cut each of the matching apples, matched the pairs and practiced our glueing skills with a glue stick. This is such a simple yet fun activity. We will be doing more of these in the future!
One of her favorite activities is to "pintar" (paint). So, I used her interests and guided her through the process of painting apple prints with apple halves. This was a quick activity but she really liked seeing the print the apple left on the paper plate.
She had so much fun making this painting with her fingers! 😍 At first, she started with the same finger and soon her entire hand was filled with paint so naturally, this is the end result of fingerpainting BUT the apple tree REALLY ended up completely red. 🤣

The following area is GROSS MOTOR. Here are all the activities we did this week!
I cut several yellow and red apples from foam sheets and had her help me make the patterns on the floor. I then asked her to step on each color (one at a time) and when she got the hang of it, I asked her to say the color pattern out loud and we turned it into a song! 
One of our absolute {FAVE} activities this week! I placed several red, green and yellow apples from our printables set on a construction paper tree I made earlier in the week. Then, I had Aria grab one apple and place it in the correct bin. She was sorting by color. You could also try this activity with the big apple cards from our printables set and have your child sort by size, too. We later counted how many apples were in each bin.
Window collaging is a fun classic that my daughter gets a kick out of, EVERY TIME!  There's something about throwing these tissue paper pieces into the air and then placing it onto the contact paper. She is so proud when she sees her masterpiece on the sliding door. 😍
This was such a fun game to play! I gave her the same small apple cards we used in other activities with this theme and had her sort by color. These mats are simply construction paper sheets. We have really been liking the minimalistic approach, lately!
Continuing with the simple approach of homeschooling, we made a paper chute out of toilet paper rolls and brown construction paper. I placed a basket underneath the chute and gave her multi-colored pompoms (it makes the game more fun!).

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 about Apples! Stay tuned for more Tot School fun... our next theme is "Fall!" 🍂