It's week 3 of Tot School and I'm going to be real and say this was a tough one for me! So here's just a little back story on why...We started our week on the road. (If you read last weeks post you'll see that we decided to take a quick trip to TN, and we didn't get back until late Tuesday night.) We were pretty exhausted most of the day Wednesday, but as if things weren't crazy enough, we decided to try saying bye bye pacifier this week. Yup, I have officially lost my mind. We can finally say after about 4 crazy days that Madelynn is officially paci free, and it feels really good!
Here were our plans for the week:
And here is what we actually did...
Books were easy, because we could read them on the road, some of them over and over again.
Here are the 5 books that we used as our focus books each day.
The Mitten by Jan Brett
Under My Hood I Have a Hat by Karla Kuskin
Three Little Kittens by Paul Galdone
Froggy Gets Dressed By Johnathan London
The Jacket I Wear in the Snow by Shirley Nietzel
The Mitten was a huge hit. I was worried it would be tough for her since it is longer, but anything with animals always seems to capture M's interest. It was fun introducing her to new animals that we typically don't think about too, like the badger and the mole!
Mitten Lacing and Retelling:
This was an easy prep activity because I remembered this activity from teaching kindergartners about retelling. If you check out Jan Brett's website she has TONS of great resources and ideas to go along with many of her popular books. So I simply printed the mittens on card stock and punched hole along the edges. Then I worked with Madelynn to "sew" the mitten like Baba did in the story. Afterwards we practiced putting the animals in the mitten. Remembering the order of the animals was a bit too difficult for M, but she loved putting them in the mitten while I reread the story, then making them fly out when Bear sneezes.
Mitten Colors Stamp Book:
I could have swore I had a printable book called "Mitten Mitten What Do You See" (like Brown Bear) somewhere, but couldn't find it so I found this great Mitten Colors Stamp Book from Making Learning Fun. This was Madelynn's first time using stamps so she was pretty excited about it too! I had to help her quite a bit with finding the correct letters, but she was a pro at finding the color I named for her.
I printed this adorable Mitten Clip Art from Creative Clips and laminated each piece. Then I prepped each number 1-10 with velcro dots, foam snowflakes, and a sharpie. We practiced counting and adding the snowflakes to each mitten and then played a "Where's the Snowflake?" game. I hid a snowflake under one of the mittens and Madelynn had to guess which color she thought it was under. We tried guessing numbers too but she's not quite there with her knowledge of numbers yet.
My goal this week was to get Madelynn more involved in helping make our snacks, why should I do all the work right? So here's what we tried:
I baked the cookies while M was napping using some refrigerated dough and a cookie cutter. Easy Peasy and still gave me some time to get a little work done while she napped. Then I helped her to squeeze the icing on each cookie and add some sprinkles for fun!
Things got a little crazy when we pulled out the blue sprinkles ;)
Mitten Rice Krispy Treats:
This one was a lot of fun because I LOVE Rice Krispy treats and it was so easy for Madelynn to help. We made the basic recipe and used our cookie cutter to cut them into fun mitten shapes.
Peanut Butter Mittens:Can you tell I went a little crazy with the cookie cutter this week? For this snack I made a few pieces of toast and had Mmadelynn spread the peanut butter.
Yup you guessed it, we pulled out that mitten cookie cutter again and cut bread into mitten shapes. Then I colored a small amount of water with some food coloring and let Madelynn paint the bread.
We actually did this one on Monday and Tuesday since we were on the road. Luckily Madelynn loved "The Mitten" by Jan Brett so this simple snack was a huge hit. She had fun putting the animals in and taking them out of the mitten and there was literally no prep involved for me. WIN!
Snow Sensory Bag:
I tried to find a few sensory activities that would travel well with us and had been wanting to try out a sensory bag for a while. All I added to the bag was blue hair gel, and snowflake table confetti for this one. Madelynn loved squishing it, but we had a minor meltdown when I wouldn't let her open it! I totally forgot about the fact that she can open ziploc bags these days, so next time I would tape the top shut with some packing tape and/or tape it down to the table to prevent the sticky mess we were very close to having in the car.
Play Dough Mats:
You can't go wrong with play dough an I actually found some fun scented play dough in the party favor section at Target which was perfect for the trip because it was new and in small containers.
We started out decorating the mittens with snakes and smushing little balls to make dots. Please excuse the lovely hotel room carpeting as we didn't have a good table to play on.
Play dough on the floor however quickly gave Madelynn the idea to squish it with her toes. She totally loved this because play dough is never a floor activity at home!
Mitten Sensory Bin:
The bin this week was super easy again because I just used our bin from the last 2 weeks, took out the little penguins and added more foam snowflakes and mittens in different sizes. Included in this bin: cotton balls, blue pom poms, foam snowflakes & mittens, scoops, & tongs.
Salt Tray Writing:
This salt tray is getting a lot of use, and M is getting better at keeping the salt in the tray. It is a great way for us to practice out letter each week.
This week we practiced M and Madelynn actually tried a bit more to help make the letter before just squishing the sand.
And that's it! If you want to catch up on the other tot school posts you can check them out here:
And here's a sneak peek at our plans for next week!