Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Tot School - Zoo Animals

The last few days we've had some crazy wind in Denver.  This crazy wind took out two fence posts in my backyard.  I couldn't get them fixed before tot school today so we needed to stay inside for the day.  We did a slight swap of tot school themes and ended up doing Zoo Animals today.  I LOVE doing zoo animals.  We have some fun blow up zoo animals and some finger puppets.  We have puzzles and books galore.  It was so much fun!  
We made a zoo out of Lego Duplos, read "Goodnight, Gorilla" about a zillion times, and pretended to be animals ourselves.  I made some tear-free bubbles and put the bubble blower up high.  I LOVED the bubble solution, but it's residue was crazy.  Homemade tear free bubbles: 3/4 c water, 1/4 c tear free baby wash, 3 TBSP corn syrup.  The bubbles work amazingly well and there wasn't a single incident where it got in eyes and made anyone upset.  It did, however, leave an interesting sticky residue on hair, toys, and the carpet.  I'll definitely use it again, but outside for sure.  Those of you that have kids that played here today you may find this crazy residue on their little clothes and in their hair.  It should wash out easy peasy. 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Tot School - Fruits and Vegetables

Tot school this morning was so much fun!  We're really starting to get into the groove with this group of kids.  We really get rumbling and tumbling into all the good stuff as kids start to adjust to our group.  Truth be told - having a group of toddlers usually means there are kids who cry at drop off for a while.  The good news is that they hardly cry for very long. When there are so many awesome activities ready to dive into the fun starts right away.  Today we talked all about fruits and vegetables.  We talked about all the colors of all the fruits and vegetables.  We sorted them by color and explored their different textures.  Even if they didn't eat it (or want it) for snack time they all got a variety of fruits and vegetables on their plate.  My goal with kids is to give them the opportunity to see, touch, smell, and possibly even taste a bunch of different fruits and vegetables.  Then when they don't get eaten, they become wonderful paint brushes!
 We used broccoli for our paint brushes today, along with green paint.  The weather was so lovely we were able to play outside with all the different food toys.  We also pulled out the bubbles just for fun.  I read one of my favorite books "Tops and Bottoms" to a transitioning group of kids.  In tot school we often don't make it through a book.  I start to read to interested kids, they wander away and other kids come to listen, and when they all wander far enough to not hear I put the book down in a spot where they can come back to it and hopefully they do at some point. 
I was really happy with how today went in tot school.  Today was week 6 of 10 in this session and everyone is melding so well together.  I'm excited for what our future together holds!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Tot School - Planting Seeds

We had such a fantastic day in tot school yesterday.  We read some books and played with the playhouse inside as we got settled.  Then we went outside.  Our theme was "Planting Seeds" We played with a wildflower mix of seeds, potting soil, and watering cans in the sensory bin. 
 Snack included Oreo's (simply because they look like dirt) and bananas. 
 At the end of the day we planted flowers in our flower pots.  This is the toddler connection of seeds turn into flowers - just sped up for our class time together.  I love how they each planted their flowers completely true to their own personalities.  Also, I'm impressed with myself for being able to plant flowers with 5 small kids and get pictures of most of them as we did it :).  It was a great day!  I love that the weather is more consistently warm and I look forward to being outside more often.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

All About Weather - Tot School March 28, 2018

This morning we had such a fun tot school all about weather.  We talked about the sun; a lot about the sun. We made the sun from yellow play dough and blue play dough (though one child pointed out that wasn't correct).  We also talked about wind and clouds.  We made wind socks each colored or painted by a child.  We played a super fun game of blowing cotton ball "clouds" around on a table with a straw, they thought that activity was super fun so I included their straw and cotton ball in their binders today. 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Tot School 3-21-18 Animals

We had so much fun learning about animals and colors today in tot school.  We pulled out the folding table play house and played a million rounds of "peek-a-boo".  We also played with the animal hand and finger puppets pretending they were walking around, making animal noises, and going in and out of the play house.  There were so many books to be read and toys to be played with!

Almost everyone tried out the balance board.  It's so fun to see them try to stand on it and lean from side to side!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

St. Patrick's Day on Pi Day

It was so much fun to celebrate two holidays in tot school this week.  Everything was green and filled with thoughts of pi.  Our second week of tot school was a little more rough with tears than our first week, but I fully expect them all to find that playing in tot school is a blast.  They are all such sweethearts and I look forward to learning and growing with them all year.
 Our sensory bin was filled with green play dough and split peas.  There was much scooping and dumping with spoons and bowls.  One of the favorite past times at the sensory table is to pour all of the sensory item down the hole in the middle of the table.  We added a bucket under the table and now they fill the bucket!
Some of our other activities included painting, stamping, tearing paper, playing outside with chalk and balls, and building with castle blocks.  I can't wait to explore our animals theme next week!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Tot School 3-7-18 School Tools

Tot School is in full swing as of this morning!  On our first day of tot school our theme was "School Tools".  We played with all the school tools that we'll see throughout the year.  The kids LOVED the sensory table that had half filled with pink rice and the other half with green play dough and play dough scissors.  There were also blocks, tot packs, books, musical instruments, and more blocks.
 We were able to spend a little more than 30 minutes outside today.  We took out the box of balls and the kids had fun playing on the swings, talking to the chickens, and playing in the playhouse.
It was a great start to a wonderful session of tot school!