Saturday, April 2, 2011

Tot School- c is for carrots, cows & caterpillars

Tot School
Jonathan is 26 Months
This week we didn't do "tot school" as heavily. We had family in town at the beginning of the week, but at the end of the week we finished up learning about the lowercase letter c. We're focusing on the hard c sound such as in "caterpillar" and "cow".


We continued to review our memory verse this week from the Songs for Saplings CD:

"We will be changed into his likeness" 2 Corinthians 3:18. 

We printed out the memory verse from the Totally Tots printable. Right now, all we personally do is sing the song together and look at the memory verse page.


We read several books this week about carrots, cows, and caterpillars. Here were some of our favorites- click on the links to see our reviews!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
The Crunching Munching Caterpillar by Sherdain Cain
Arabella Miller's Tiny Caterpillar by Clare Jarrett
The Cow that Went Oink by Bernard Most
Little Calf by Kim Lewis
The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss
The Enormous Carrot by Vladimir Vagin

Motor Skills 

We're still waiting for Spring to hit Chicago. Towards the end of the week, we had a couple days of almost nice weather (40s), so we played outside a little bit. Jonathan got a new tricycle from his Gram, and he was pretty excited about his "bike". He can do the pedals while we push him, but otherwise he just scoots with his feet:

On one of the colder days the kids found a more creative way to get their energy out. I had put on some '80s music and put Gracie in her bouncer. Jonathan had decided to join her by bouncing on his horse:

(I love that he's trying to boss her around already!)

For fine motor skills, we played with puzzles. Jonathan got a puzzle with the letters of his name for his 1st birthday and I pulled that one out again. He really enjoyed it and told me all the letters as well as their sounds.


We attempted a couple math activities this week, but they didn't go over very well.  Jonathan really didn't want to sit still to do activities this week:

We played the How Many Spots? game from 2 Teaching Mommy's farm unit. In this game, we used black pom poms (they also recommend black beans) and would put the appropriate number of spots on the cow. Jonathan  mostly wanted to throw the pom poms though-- but at least he had fun, right? 

We also did a vegetable pattern file folder game from homeschool share. Overall, this wasn't a hit. Jonathan isn't interested in patterns yet. He did match the vegetable cards with the pictures on the pattern, but that only lasted five minutes.

We talked about sizes, comparing big and small seeds and big and small carrots. 

We also tried to put a caterpillar together in numerical order using a printable from Confessions of a Homeschooler. He really didn't sit still for this at all, though. We may try it again in another unit. 


Jonathan was so not into any projects this week. We attempted a "C is for Caterpillar" do a dot page from Confessions of a Homeschooler, which he did for a couple minutes before moving on to another activity.

We also tried to color a "c is for carrot" coloring page I found over at Twisty Noodle. He wasn't as interested in coloring either.

We also used glue to glue down pictures of produce that begin with the hard C (/k/) sound- cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, cucumbers, and corn. I found that activity at Homeschool Share as well. But even glue sticks didn't hold their allure this week-- oh well! 


We sang the children's song "Arabella Miller" to go along with the book Arabella Miller's Tiny Caterpillar. 

We played with a cowbell and mallet and experimented with tapping the cowbell softly, loudly, quickly and slowly. This was a huge success-- I had to take the cowbell away during Grace's naptime! (You can see the rhyme we did this to over on our C is for Cow post)

Pretend Play

We used puppets to retell the story of The Cow that Went Oink:

and we also used felt board pieces to re-enact The Very Hungry Caterpillar.


We had a "Very Hungry Caterpillar" lunch with everything the caterpillar ate from Monday-Friday: apples, pears, plums, strawberries and oranges. (We also did have cheese for some protein). Jonathan loves fruit so even my picky eater enjoyed this lunch!

Practical Life 

Potty training is about the same as last week. Jonathan will use the potty pretty much every time I put him on it. He still won't initiate. But, at least it's something. Less diapers for mommy!

We also planted carrot seeds along with pumpkin, basil and oregano. Jonathan's getting very funny about sensory experiences-- he didn't want to touch the dirt at all. So he helped Nana plant the seeds:

Looking back on the week, we did a lot more than I thought we did. I think both Jonathan and I were feeling a little burnt out by the end of the week. I'm not super mom! I'm still trying to find a way to balance planning activities/spending time with the kiddos/spending time with my husband/taking care of the house/hobbies such as blogging or reading a good book. How do other moms prioritize their time?

Anyways, this upcoming week we're starting on the letter "d" for dinosaurs, dogs, ducks. At least, I hope to. Jonathan's starting to sound like he might be coming down with croup again...

I'm linking up to:

Link & Learn @ No Time for Flashcards
Tot School @ 1+1+1=1
What My Child is Reading @ Mouse Learns, Mouse Grows


BEwers said...

Hi! I just stumbled across your blog from the totschool linky. It looks like you had a great week!

I don't think there is an answer to your question. To me, being a mom means going every direction at once and somehow having it all meet up somewhere down the line. The thing that always gets put aside is my hobbies which I try to do the nights my husband works once the kiddo falls asleep and during nap times! I'm also still trying to find out how to balance everything. I figure if I focus on something different every day/week, eventually everything is getting the needed attention! : ) Good luck in your quest and I'm your new follower!

Our Country Road said...

The balancing act is on going here, too. I just have to priotitize each day, try to stay home as much as possible (easier said then done), and have daily routines. Sounds like you had a fun week!

Giggly Girls said...

Popping in from Tot School...

Great week! Your son totally reminds me of my daughter. She's been known to prefer to throw manipulatives herself. LOL

Lulu said...


I am a new reader also! Came over from 1+1+1=1 - I am wanting to do tot school with my son (15 months-born Dec 2009) - great to look at the sorts of things you do with your son (even though he is a bit older)

I also have another baby born Jan 2011- he came 2 months early so the last couple of months has been tough on my older son for sure.

I am in Japan- I had done up a plan for the first week tot school and then the earthquake hit (I wanted to start the following week) so our first week has kind of been done over 3 weeks since we got out of town for a bit to escape aftershocks. Will try to blog about it soon!

Sorry to ramble- didn`t want to read and run! My son loves The Very Hungry Caterpillar story and it was the theme for his first birthday party.

Take care
Lulu in Chiba, Japan

Drea said...

What a neat idea to do a Very Hungry Caterpillar lunch! Yeah, balancing is definitely an issue. Sometimes I feel like I spend too much time lesson planning and not enough time just hanging out with my kids, so it is a constant battle to try to do enough of both. Good luck!

Raising a Happy Child said...

Sorry that spring takes its time! I hope you will see better weather soon. The books look great, and thank you for joining WMCIR!

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