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!" 🎃


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