Friday, November 13, 2009

Tot School: Week of November 11

Tot School

Lauren is 37 months old. Her objectives this week were:

  • fine motor control: crumpling paper, gluing, using tweezers, pouring
  • observing seasonal changes
  • sorting pictures by season
  • identifying pictures as the same or different
  • putting together puzzles

Here are some of the things she did this week:

We read Corn: On and Off the Cob by Alan Fowler. I provided Lauren with an ear of Indian corn, a magnifying glass, tweezers, and a cup. Lauren could examine the corn with the magnifying glass or use the tweezers to pluck kernels. Kernel plucking was very challenging for Lauren but her five year old sister loved this tray. After a few rows of kernels were removed the plucking was much easier.

Last week Lauren cut strips of fall colored paper for one of her tot trays. This week she glued the clippings onto this Indian corn craft. I got this idea from My Montessori Journey.

Popcorn kernels were an interesting material for dry pouring. They made a very pleasing sound as they poured and it was easy for Lauren to pick up any kernels that did not pour into the cup. That cute little glass pitcher was $1 at the thrift store!

We revisited our neighbors' fruitless pear tree to see how it has changed since September.

Lauren then created a project to represent the pear tree in the fall. She crumpled red and green tissue paper squares and glued them to a construction paper tree.

The front of a greeting card made an inexpensive seasonal puzzle.

Lauren sorted pictures of summer and fall clothes. This is a free download from Montessori for Everyone.

I read the simple, non-fiction book, Scarecrows, by Lola M. Schaefer and then we did a few scarecrow activities. In this activity Lauren chose a scarecrow picture and then used the parts to recreate the scarecrow. I downloaded this from Kidssoup.

Here is another fun activity that I printed from Kidssoup. Lauren needed to pay close attention to detail to find the matching scarecrows.

This is another Kidssoup download. She matched to leaf to the leaf's shape.

She used our turkey stamp with the playdough.

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  1. We are studying corn next week. I love the ideas of examining it with a magnifying glass.

  2. What a neat idea to pluck the corn with tweezers, a great fine motor control activity! I love how her little tongue is sticking out as she concentrated on making her "pear tree", so sweet. :) We have those seasonal sorting cards too!

  3. I love your corn ideas! The magnifying glass and the tweezer plucking - so much fun!! The corn craft turned out great too!

  4. I like your idea of using tweezers to pluck the kernels. Such concentration would be required for this. Perfect for young children to perservere and then achieve success.

    I need to come up with some ideas to use all of our strips of paper that Savvy loves to cut up.

    I have some Christmas cards that I recently laminated and that I have cut into puzzles. Cards are perfect for making themed or seasonal puzzles.

    Those scarecrow activities look great.

  5. Wow you guys had an awesome week. We are going to do some of these activites this week.

  6. Wow, great ideas!! I am thinking of doing a torn paper corn this week too.

  7. What great ideas! I especially love how you made a puzzle from the greeting card. Very clever!!

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