Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Tot School

We are now in our 6th week of school and the children are all doing very well. Kensley is daily asking to do tot trays and is even wanting to make up her own trays, with Ayden throwing in a few tray activities. However, K's absolutely favorite thing to do is color, color,color! Maria Montessori says children have sensitive periods for the various developmental skills, well my girl is having one big time, she will even take previously colored pictures and add another layer of color, asking "is this bootiful?" she loves to color lots of things from barney, to horses and pumpkins but of course like most little princesses, Cinderella is the best, no matter how many times her face has been scribbled over. We have had to have several reminders that we color on paper not on ourselves and I think she has decided to obey. So now onto some cute pictures.

A little fine motor practice with Mr. Potato Head

Coloring a pizza. One of her favorite stories is Pete's a Pizza. It a very cute story about how a dad tries to cheer up his son on a rainy day by making him into a pizza. It is a great story to act out with lots of laughs.

And this is K's ToT tray area. I usually try to always have out something imaginative. On the bottom shelf is a group of bears to go with the picnic basket full of tea party items like dishes, a table cloth and napkins. Also on the trays regularly are a matching activity, a stringing activity, a color activity, a scooping activity and a puzzle. I just introduced K to tongs and tweezers and she really enjoyed it, the Bigs were jealous and asked for their own trays. Tot School is never a requirement at our house but an optional activity while the Bigs are working on their lessons. I do however always require her to finish what she starts and put the activities away properly. So when people wonder how we homeschool with little ones, this is how. I always think it is a good idea to have activities ready for little ones but always remember that their primary task is to play.

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