Saturday, September 5, 2009

Tot School, Sept. 5

Tot School

Vacation, and Tot School:

Last week, we went to visit friends who have 3 little girls. They kept Crumpet really busy, and this boy, who never sleeps, slept like a rock. I threatened to leave him there for sleep training! We had a really good visit. He "played jumprope":
And we went swimming at the awesome neighborhood pool, complete with slides and a lazy river:

And we went to a great children's museum, but I forgot my camera! Uggh. Totally unlike me...
Now we are home and back to "normal". My plan was to work on the letters M and N this week, because Crumpet still gets those confused. But, it seems, he's totally fed up with letters, so we did Nn and decided to give it a rest. I've been amazed at how many letters he has picked up by osmosis (ok, Noggin television..), rather than actually sitting down and working on it, so we'll see how that goes for a little while! I found the nest template at the DLTK website which I've been using for my letter templates. I finally looked at their other stuff, and it's great!
We did do a little game matching dogs with capital letters and bones with lower case letters. (I can't remember where I got this from - I know I googled "free filefolder games"...). Crumpet did really well with this.

We tried a sorting game that I copied from Nicole at Tired, Need Sleep. I put out a pile of cars and tried to get Crumpet to sort them by color, type (fire trucks, race cars, etc), size, etc. We used tongs like she did, to add some interest. I was surprised at how much trouble Crumpet had with this, and realized that we'll have to do some more practice with sorting exercises. He could sort by color, but other categories didn't really occur to him.
I bought a couple of games at the consignment store this week. The first was Tractor Bingo. This is Crumpet's first Bingo game, and he is great at it. I find the cards pretty chaotic, with tons of info and too many pictures so I can never find anything. However, because it's about tractors, Crumpet has the card memorized in seconds and knows right where each tractor is when I call the name!
I also bought Hi Ho Cherry-O, which is a counting game. He loves this, too.
We worked at sorting night animals from day animals. I found this worksheet at the DLTK website.
Crumpet painted a racecar bank.
And we made a giraffe out of playdoh for the One Million Giraffes project. I don't know what it is about this project, but I love it! I think it's the magic of the internet. Anything and everything is out there, you just have to stumble upon it! (Our giraffe was not green, but my photography skills are somewhat lacking, and the color came out wrong...)
And my favorites from this week:
Crumpet practicing on his new big boy bike:
The superhero cowboy:
Have a great week!


  1. What a great week! I love the variety of activities you do. Congratulations on riding a big boy bike!

  2. My goodness, what a fun week!! You guys did so many great activities! We also have Hi-Ho Cherry-O but Maddie quickly loses interest. She'd rather collect the tiny cherries and stash them somewhere. Ha!

    Loved all your work!

  3. What a fun week! It looks like you guys had a great time full of learning!

  4. Cool giraffe! Giraffes are a favorite around here, so I will have to check that site out!

  5. Totally love that giraffe. YOu guys had a great week. :)

  6. Great week! We haven't tried Bingo, but Anna enjoys Hi-Ho Cherrio, it's a fun game. Yay for big boy bike too!

  7. I like the idea of adding tongs, just to make it a little different. Looks like he loves his bike!

  8. I just asked on my tot school post if anyone knew of any good alphabet printables, haha! So thanks so much for writing about DLTK!

  9. One million giraffes? Hmmm... I shall have to check that out!!!

  10. You guys always have such fun weeks! We did that nest too with a different twist a few weeks ago--so cute!

    Thanks for Bingo idea too!

  11. love the nest and the cowboy superhero picture, I have quite a few of those too.

  12. M loves tractors - I have to look for that Bingo game! Where did you find it? It's so funny how he has it memorized just because it's tractors! I love the look on Crumpet's face when he is using the tongs - that was a big truck to pick up with tongs, lol! You did so many great things! What a lucky little boy. :)

  13. Nicole, I got the tractor bingo game at the consignment store... It's called Tractor Bingo and it's by Lucy Hammett Games.Maybe you can find it online?

  14. Awesome giraffe. I like how you go by Crumpet's readiness and feelings about what he's learning.

    Keep up the good work!