Sunday, August 30, 2009

Tot School: Week of August 24

Tot School

Lauren is 34 months old. Now that big sister is in kindergarten I have turned my home-preschool efforts toward Lauren. I am using the Core Knowledge Preschool Content and Skill Guidelines to focus my teaching.

This week Lauren's learning objectives were:

  • recognize written first name
  • small muscle control activities
  • tear and paste
  • recite nursery rhyme: Pat-a-Cake
  • place objects in a row
  • start and stop movement in response to a signal

Here are a few snapshots of Lauren's week:

putting together Cootie bugs,

sorting marbles,

matching the shapes on the bottom of the ducks,

walking when I said "start" and stopping when I blew a whistle. She loved this!,

matching the bandannas on the puppies,

taking her baby for a daily walk,

making playdough snakes,

tearing paper (this was harder than I expected),

gluing paper,

matching the letters in her name,

placing crackers in a row,

screwing nuts onto bolts,

spreading glue,

shaking glitter,

making banana bread,

and washing dishes.

Be sure to check out 1+1+1=1 to see what other families are doing in tot school!


  1. Wow what a fun week! B had a harder time than I thought he would tearing paper too. He loved the glue but got frustrated with the tearing.

  2. I think my daughter would love the stop and start game. It's funny how the simplest things can be the most fun for kids.

  3. I think the paper tearing is a lot tougher than it seems - my son would very much prefer to use scissors. I'll have to set up a paper-tearing activity for him. And I love the start and stop game - we'll be doing that for sure! Thanks for all the great ideas!

  4. we love to make banana bread at our house!

    She is super cute!

  5. Very full week for her! It looks like she loved everything! I did a variation of the walking and stopping game with Pufferfish. Instead of a whistle, I used a red stop sign and a green circle for stop and go!

  6. It's always amazing to me how hard paper tearing is for little ones. I try to incorporate it whenever I can.

  7. I love the walking and stopping with the whistle idea - I bet that is lots of fun!

  8. What a great week! I want to get the Cootie game for Emily. I also love the matching the letters in her name activity. I will have to try that.

  9. What a great week!! There is alot of learning going on at your house!