Â Aaliya is 2 years and 3 months old
We started our week with Carissa’s Tot school Letter E printables but this week they weren’t as big of a hit as they normally are. I think Aaliya wanted to do something different so I adapted to her interests and didn’t push her to color or do the activities she wasn’t interested in. I am sure after giving it a short break she will find new interest in the letter printables.I then took out my Barney Toddler Pack and this was just what she needed this week. There is no better way to lure a child in then to use a favorite TV character. She really had a blast doing the activities. I was amazed to hear her answers to the “Which is Different?” activity.
In the picture on the above right I asked her what was different. She pointed to pink baby bop.
Mama: What’s different about that Baby Bop?
Aaliya: Mama the COLOR! (as if it was the easiest question ever).
She did the full Barney sequence. After she said she was done I asked her to check over her work. She then found her mistake and corrected it.
She did some more Kumon Cut and paste pages as well as balancing the marbles on this bath type mat.
I finally found some nice dot paints and the kids loved the new art material. They enjoyed dot painting the elephants.
We did activities from the Itty Bitty Bookworm September Bailey Curriculum. This was also something both my kids really enjoyed this week. We read the book “More, More, More Said the Baby” by Vera B. Williams every day this week. After reading the book we did one activity.
When I first downloaded the curriculum I took a quick look and was sort of overwhelmed with the amount of ideas in it. I had no idea how I would complete everything but once I sat down and really looked at it I decided to just follow the suggested daily activity schedule. I was so surprised to find how easy the whole curriculum is to actually use. Everything is pretty much set out for you and there is not too much work on your part. Most of the extra activities have the printable pieces already set out for you. You do not have to do all the activities but the suggested activities were definitely things you will want to do. I am extremely pleased with this curriculum and wish I had actually started it with Aaliya a few months ago.
Here are two activities they did from the Bailey Curriculum this week:
Here Aaliya was sorting clip art into the baby or big kid section. Deen joined in here too.
She then colored her baby carriage and added her picture as the baby. She giggled so much when she saw “Baby Aaliya”.
I was going through past posts when Aaliya was sitting with me. She saw my ladybug printable and said “LADYBUG!! Mama get that one for me please.”
I have no idea why I hadn’t thought to do it before but I printed it out for her. Unfortunately I used the wrong size hole punch and made the black circles a bit too small but she still did fine with the activity and really enjoyed showing off her ladybug.
She used her Tot Trays. On the left she is transferring beans. This was definitely her favorite tray from this week. She used this tray numerous times in the week.
She also practiced her cutting with the Melissa and Doug birthday cake.
Aaliya’s big brother Deen did this color wheel activity but after he was done with his turn she came to me and said “Mama, my turn! My turn!” I hadn’t intended on giving her a turn since this would be a bit hard for her to do. I let her transfer drops of color from the dropper to the wheel and she did better than I thought she would. She enjoyed doing a big kid activity. I enjoyed watching her determination and concentration.
My Before Five in a Row package finally arrived so I wasted no time. I immediately started printing and searching the web for ideas.
Aaliya and I “rowed” the Runaway Bunny this week and it definitely proved to be fun for Aaliya. Deen on the other hand really didn’t care for the book and did not want to listen to the story more than once. Aaliya on the other hand listened to the book one or two times a day and loved acting out the scenes. She kept running away from me and saying, “Mama, I’m running away like runaway bunny. Come catch me!”
I found the most amazing idea from Michelle at Delightful Learning. Her website is one of the best resources for ideas for Five in a Row. For every book that Michelle and her family rowed she would ask her child to narrate the story and draw a picture. She would then type it all out, print it out, and put it with their Five In A Row set. After seeing that I decided I HAVE to do this.
At the end of the week I asked Aaliya a few questions about the story and had her tell me about the story. This will honestly be the best memory keeper!
Neither of my kids can draw yet so I attempted my first bunny. As you can see I did not take art in school. It was still a fun experience though.
To see what others did in Tot School this week click here.