Sunday, February 27, 2011

Tot School – Cars & Hearts (37 Months)

I’m lumping 2 short weeks together into one post.  The nasty cold/cough that’s been going around has hit our family, leaving us with few days when there was no time or motivation to work on Tot School.

This week was FUN!  Alex has been waiting very impatiently for Cars Week!  Unfortunately, with doctor visits and sick kiddos, we only did 1.5 days of Tot School…but we packed in as much as we could!

Our resources this week were Carisa’s Cars resources at 1+1+1=1 and some printables that Alex and I made.


Prewriting – Alex grabbed this from my hand, grabbed a marker, and did this without a bit of assistance.  Not perfect, but he did his best.

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Count with Cars – we worked together to put the numbers in order from 1 – 10. 

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Cars Shadow Matching – there were only 4 shapes, so this took about 10 seconds to complete!  I guess I need to make more cards for next time!

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Cars Colors book – he loved naming the color of each car, and we even learned the names of some Cars characters that Mommy didn’t know yet. February2011 211

Cars Shape Cards – we used a dry erase marker on our (laminated) cards to draw the outline of the shape and find the shape on the Cars characters. February2011 212

Cars Alphabet page – we used letter tiles (from the game Snatch) to cover the letters on the trophies.  Alex did very well with this, but it took FOREVER! February2011 213 February2011 214

A little extra fun – Cars stickers that Aunt Annie gave to Alex for Christmas.  We hung on to these for our Cars week!  Without any prompting, Alex named the shape of each sticker as he stuck it on the paper. February2011 216February2011 219

Color Wonder Cars coloring book – my Alex isn’t much of a “color-er”, but he enjoyed scribbling on one picture for about 10 minutes. February2011 217 February2011 218

The Parking Lot game – this should be a great game, but Alex did not like being limited in how he could play with his toy cars.  Eventually, he did get finished with game…but I don’t think he’d willingly play it again :(  Really, it’s a great game…just an unwilling preschooler!

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Alex INSISTED on doing Tot School on Valentines Day, even with a temp of 103*.  Poor baby felt rotten, but he wasn’t going to miss his Tot School!

We used pages and activities from:

We tried Count & Clip cards for the first time, and Alex really liked this activity.  We’ve been really practicing one-to-one correspondence when counting, so he & Mommy carefully pointed to each candy heart on the card.  When he concentrates, Alex does a GREAT job! February2011 177February2011 178Prewriting – I love the concentration with the tongue sticking out! 

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Fill My Heart game – can you tell he liked it?  We used candy heart erasers to cover the empty hearts.  The next picture shows another counting game; in this one, you race to the finish line.February2011 182February2011 184

Matching hearts to numbers – we just did 1 – 5, as Alex’s attention span wouldn’t have held out any longer!

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Color the hearts.  Although he put only the tiniest bit of color on each heart, Alex LOVED finding the right color and drawing on the hearts.  (Yes, I definitely helped him write his name.)

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We made chocolate sugar cookies on a day when both boys were feeling decent.  YUM!  The recipe is on, and these cookies are DELICIOUS!   We cut them into heart shapes and sprinkled with red sugar before baking.  (I didn’t have the energy to even consider frosting them!)

These were Max’s first taste of cookie dough, and he loved it! 

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So, two weeks lumped together into one lengthy post…if you made it this far, I’m impressed! :)  Hopefully we’re on the road to recovery, and we can enjoy some Dr. Seuss fun in the coming week!  We made a few quick printables to keep us busy in the coming week…enjoy! :)

Check out what other Tot School kids did this week by clicking on the link in the right margin.  Have a great week!


Anonymous said...

What great activities you guys did! I love that picture of him sticking his tongue out! I hope you guys are feeling better in no time!

Nadia said...

you guys did a lot this week... i really love the "can you find the shape on the car".. sort of like a hide and seek kind of game. I'm gonna have a look at the car tot pack too :)