Saturday, February 12, 2011

Tot School- Chicka Chicka Boom Boom! (25 Months)

Tot School
Jonathan is 25 Months

Another slower week for us, Tot-School wise. I had big plans for the week, but we were waylaid by the stomach flu-- so not a lot of pictures this week, sorry! We did get off to a good start though as we focused on the book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault. 

Jonathan recognizes all of his uppercase letters and knows the sounds that the letters make, but he doesn't recognize all of the lowercase letters yet. So I thought that this Spring and Summer, we'd review the lowercase alphabet and talk about different words that start with each letter. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is the perfect book to start our lowercase alphabet journey, since in the book the lowercase alphabet is featured climbing up the coconut tree! 

So last week, I made a coconut tree to go up on our playroom wall:

I was actually kind of proud of myself because I am not a crafty person at all. I took an old Target paper bag and cut it up for the trunk and the coconuts and then made the leaves from green construction paper. Pretty easy and all using things we had on hand. We actually have some dried coconuts we mailed ourselves from Hawaii, so I think I may pull those out and put them at the bottom of our tree. 

Jonathan was very curious about the tree- but I told him it would be a special surprise for the next week. :) 

On Monday, I pulled out our copy of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and I also checked out the CD Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Other Coconutty Songs by one of the authors John Archambault. The CD is fun but overall I wanted it for the first song which recites the whole book. 

I made a lowercase "a" out of construction paper and we played the song and read the book- then we reenacted the book, having our "a" climb the tree. 

our "a" climbing the tree
This was a HUGE hit with Jonathan. He wanted to listen to the song over and over again and he kept wanting to have the "a" climb the tree. Since our "a" was made from construction paper, it was unfortunately not very sturdy and did not stand up to the playfulness of a 25 month old boy! So, I've improvised- I found some wonderful lacing card templates over at Home Grown Hearts and simply printed out the cards, cut them out, and laminated them. Jonathan liked having the big letter and baby letter- and it helps him match the letters-- problem solved! 

I also made my first lapbook, which includes numbers, upper and lowercase letters, shapes, colors and Jonathan's name:

The lapbook isn't original to me. I found the lapbook ideas and templates over at Confessions of a Homeschooler and 1+1+1=1. These sites are great resources! 

As you can see, Jonathan really enjoyed finding the lapbook when he woke up from his nap. Although I laminated some of the pieces, it still wasn't quite sturdy enough to be played with by an enthusiastic little boy. 

pardon the after nap hair!

I would love input from other moms of energetic little ones-- is there any way to make lapbooks more sturdy for toddlers? I was so proud of my work (it took all afternoon) and I want him to enjoy it-- but for more than a day! I'm hoping that Grace can reuse his lapbooks. Any ideas?

Finally, I'm so thankful we checked out a storytime DVD with Chicka Chicka Boom Boom from the library. Although the Chicka Chicka story only lasts about five minutes, it's been a lifesaver this week as Brian & I have been battling the flu. Jonathan enjoys the other stories on the DVD as well, but not as much as Chicka Chicka! 

Here are the library links if you are interested-- and want to find these titles in your local library. We're big fans of our library!

Thanks for visiting-- have a great week!

This post is linked up to Tot School at 1+1+1=1.

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Jen @ lil Mop Top said...

John loves that book too so I will have to check into that CD! I laminate most of my stuff for him with pretty thick laminating sheets since he also likes to destroy stuff. The thicker sheets hold up WAY better than the thinner flimsy kind and he hasn't been able to ruin much yet. and your tree turned out super cute!

Mommy Sarah said...

Great tree and lapbook!!

Brandi said...

What a great tree! I am not really familiar with Chica, chica-I have heard of it, I just don't know if I have ever read it.

I am thinking about starting to make some lap books, but haven't yet, so I don't have any tips for you. :( Sorry!

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