Sunday, October 9, 2011

r is for rainforest (33 months)

Tot School
Jonathan is 33 Months

This week we read about David and Goliath-- this is one of Jonathan's favorite Bible stories! More to come on Weds...

Books & Language Arts 

We read lots of books about the rainforest this week:

  • Over in the Jungle by Marianne Collins Berkes*
  • The Umbrella by Jan Brett*
  • Rainforest Animals by Paul Hess*
  • The Living Rainforest: An Animal Alphabet by Paul Kratter
  • The Rainforest Grew All Around by Susan Mitchell
  • A Walk in the Rainforest by Kristin Pratt-Serafini

(* denotes a favorite)

Jonathan worked on building rainforest words with daddy using Scrabble tiles and a free printable from 2Teaching Mommies. This was great for teaching how words progress from left to right:

We also did some more Rainforest pre-writing exercises too.


We colored a lot of the wonderful rainforest printables that Carisa made over at 1+1+1=1

We also did some work with stickers using his Rain Forest sticker activity book. The stickers are reusable, so it's great practice peeling and sticking:


Jonathan loves his toob animals. We have the rainforest set and I made a printable of Montessori nomenclature cards that features each of the animals in the toob. He had fun matching the animals with the cards:

We also played with our BambinoLuk. This is a great game for developing critical thinking skills. Jonathan loves it when I pull it out! 


Jonathan also got a new puzzle this week. It's a Kid-O puzzle which features different pieces from narrow to wide. It's similar in concept to the Montessori cylinder blocks, but a lot cheaper! The puzzle was fairly easy for him, but it was a wonderful platform for talking about different widths as well as color variations.

Daddy also worked with him a little bit on adding and subtracting by putting toys in a pile one by one and then taking them away. I was surprised how quickly he started to understand what daddy was doing!

Practical Life 

We may have the naptime issue under control now. I've bumped back his afternoon naptime by over an hour and he's taken his naps pretty well all week. As a result, he gets to stay up a little later. One night he got to make pumpkin cookies with Mommy and Daddy! He and daddy had fun talking like the Swedish chef on the Muppets! Borq Borq Borq! 

Mommy's Favorite 

I'm sure you all know of the Pioneer Woman. If you haven't seen her blog, you should! She has wonderful recipes. She has a children's book called Charlie the Ranch Dog that Jonathan reads at his Nana's house. Nana happened to find a stuffed animal that looks like Charlie and he has quickly become Jonathan's favorite! His full name is "Charlie the Ranch Dog" of course(but you have to hear that in two year old pronunciation-- it's priceless). Charlie goes everywhere with Jonathan. He even gets his own "bowl" of food while Jonathan eats. Sometimes Charlie is too loud at bedtime, and gets in trouble, but otherwise he's Jonathan's constant companion:

Even when Jonathan has long outgrown stuffed animals, there will always be a special place in my heart for Charlie the Ranch Dog!

See what other moms are doing with their children over at 1+1+1=1 and Preschool Corner!


Amanda said...

I love how engaged he is in all your pictures. The BambinoGame looks really neat. Is it as much fun as it looks and how often do you use it? Amanda

Stopping by from tot-school.

Amanda said...

I originally bought the game for a car trip, because it's very travel friendly- and we've pulled it out at least once a week or so. The beginning package contains one board, 6 tiles and one book. We've ordered 3 more books for Christmas, since we use it so much. Jonathan actually will work on the puzzles, Grace (my 1yo) just has fun with the tiles. It's very nice because Jonathan can check his work and see if he's correct or not and it helps build his thinking/concentration skills. We'd highly recommend it!

Erin said...

What a great week! We love the Charlie the Ranch Dog book too - my boys thought it was hilarious!

The animal matching looks like a lot of fun!

Drea said...

Looks like a fabulous week! I'm totally stealing the pumpkin cookie idea. :) That Bambino game looks great too, we'll have to check it out!

andthatsfamily said...

The BambinoLuk game looks quite interesting. I have seen it before and thought about getting it. What do you think the age range for this game is?
It looks like your little guy had a great week of play and learning!

Amanda said...

We started using it about 27 months I think. It's part of Timberdoodle's Core Toddler Curriculum-- so I'd say 2-5 maybe? There's an older version called a MiniLuk that is meant for K-3rd grade. At almost 3 the puzzles are challenging but not frustrating to Jonathan-- so it's perfect for him!

Jenny said...

Looks like a great week of learning. Thanks so much for sharing the links for the sticker activity books and the toob animals. I'm always looking for educational toys I can use with my little boy and these look like toys he would enjoy without breaking the bank.

Amanda said...

Hi Jenny, Thanks for visiting! One piece of advice is that you can find toob animals in some craft stores (our Hobby Lobby carries them), and can use a 40% off coupon to make them less than $6 a toob. Jonathan loves these little animals and this makes them an even better bargain!

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