Saturday, August 27, 2011

Tot School- 12 Months

Tot School
Grace is 12 Months Old

Now that Grace is a year old, I'm starting to do some more "intentional" playtime with her. I'm not doing anything incredibly structured, but just trying to bring out different toys and have fun!


Grace sits with us at breakfast time and listens to the Bible story I'm reading to Jonathan. I don't know how much (if any) she is absorbing at this point-- but she listens and looks at the pictures, so I consider that a plus!

Stories & Rhymes 

Grace loves flipping through books-- she's especially fond at turning the pages herself. She won't sit through longer stories, but I've started trying to include some books for her each week based on the "theme" Jonathan and I are doing. This week, the big hit was:

That's Not My Monkey... by Usborne

At this age, Grace is really enjoying the touchy-feely books. We checked out this book-- which is part of a series by Usborne Books-- from our library. Grace loved it! She liked patting the pictures and turning the pages. She pulled the book out on her own several times This is part of a series of board books, and one that I'd highly recommend for 1 year olds.

We also read some Curious George concept board books, which she enjoyed, but not as much as That's Not My Monkey!

Language and Vocabulary 

I found this great idea from Amber's Articles (HT: Calton Corner) about doing an Alphabet Box. The concept is basically like making a toddler-friendly sound box. You put objects that begin with a certain letter sound into a box and allow your child to explore. So, since we were doing monkeys this week, I made Grace an "M" box. 

Here's what I put inside:  a monkey (my old 1980s Curious George), monkey rattle, mouse beanie baby, moose beanie baby, musical instruments, mitten, meat (mystery meat?), magazine, mail, mirror, "M" magnets, monster puppet with a mouth, man, muffin cups, moon, macaroni (carefully sealed in a baggie), & an empty milk jug. 

I gave it to Gracie and just let her explore it as she wanted. I named things as she examined them so she could pick up some new vocabulary words. She seemed to really enjoy manipulating and playing with everything

Exploring her macaroni
Gross Motor Skills 

Grace is cruising around the furniture but hasn't taken steps on her own:

We had beautiful weather, so we went outside and she tried out the Crazy Coupe car for the first time. She loved it! She figured out how to go backwards and she also loved opening and closing the door:

We also played on our rocking horse this week:

and went to the park and sat on some really big baby swings:

Fine Motor Skills 

I got our shape buttons out and intended to give them to Jonathan for an activity, but Grace took over. I keep the buttons in an old wipes box and she was all about dropping the buttons through the slot. She did this for at least twenty minutes! She was so proud of herself!

We also worked on a big shape knob puzzle. At the start of the week, she liked pulling the pieces out and by the end of the week she was trying to put the pieces back in. She could get circle in and out successfully.


Grace tried coloring for the first time this week. It didn't last long, but she made a birthday card for her Nana:

So that was Grace's first week of "tot school!" I think she had fun! See what other moms and tots are doing at 1+1+1=1


Kristina said...

Very Cute. I do a very similar idea for my daughter too. We are on Letter G right now. Here is the link for what we did for Letter F.

Vicky @ Mess For Less said...

She looks like she had a fun and busy week! She is adorable!

I am a new follower from the Sunday Showcase. If you have a moment stop by

Lisa @ Our Country Road said...

Such a fun week! Looks like Grace is really enjoying her learning time. Your box is so cute-but of course anything with Curious George is cute :). Thanks for linking up!!

Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas said...

what a great M box! she is such a cutie!

Thanks for sharing on the Sunday Showcase. Looking forward to seeing what you have to share this week.


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