Tot School

February 15, 2011

in In the Classroom

{Joey is 26.5 months}

Tot School

We’re learning to differentiate between sizes: small, medium, large. He’s having a little difficulty with the terms, so I’m considering switching to big, bigger, biggest or small, big, bigger.

What do you think? Is there a better set of words I’m neglecting? I feel like there’s got to be.

Joey loves to peel his own oranges these days. We’ll help start it and he’ll do the rest. He goes through at least one a day!

I’m beginning to put together our sound baskets. These are some cards I made for basket #1 and the letter c. We play a little game where he has to find a real-life object to match each card.

After that we take a walk around the house looking for other objects that start with that letter, then we put them in a bin together.

Last month I had a sequencing/pattern work on the shelf that was a little advanced for Joey, so in the spirit of Valentine’s I made a simpler work with red and pink hearts cut from fabric scraps. He still is learning the concept of what a pattern is.

My parents got a new camera and gave us their old one, so Joey’s been using our old point-and-shoot to take pictures of everything! He has a lot of fun with it even if the pictures are quite random.

He got this Melissa & Doug cube puzzle for Christmas. I thought he wouldn’t be able to really do it for quite a while, but he’s picked up quickly. He’ll usually do it with help from my husband or I, but after we do it together he tries it by himself and does pretty well.

This was our Valentine’s craft. A big heart with little handprints.

What have you been doing this week?

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Sarah February 15, 2011 at 3:45 pm

He’s so cute! Love him with the camera. My kids have always loved taking pictures. I think medium might be a difficult word if he’s not already familiar with it. Either of the other ways sound easier. I’m sure he’ll get it.

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Christine February 15, 2011 at 4:11 pm

Hi Jessica! Thanks for visiting during the 10 Days… blog hop! I’ve had great success with A Plus Montessori. Their prices are reasonable and the quality has been great. I’ll be posting tomorrow with some other links, I know other Montessori families have found success with other websites as well.

I love the pictures of your little curly-haired cutie! As for your first question about small medium and large, I’ve found that when mine were little “medium” was a tough concept to get since it’s so relative. Maybe do just 2 sizes for a while until he feels confident with them?

Thanks again for visiting!

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Jessica February 15, 2011 at 7:44 pm

Thanks for the input Christine!

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Heather at Cultivated Lives February 15, 2011 at 6:18 pm

My boys always loved using big, bigger, biggest! I would also change things up and talk about being small and have them sort the same objects by small, smaller and smallest!

I have older one’s so we do all kinds of things, but my youngest was pretty enthralled with inserting toothpicks into an old glass spice jar. He’s so stinkin’ independent at this age (almost 3) that he refuses to ask my help to open the jar and get the toothpicks out. Instead he spends a long time shaking them to get them out. We didn’t mind as it gave me enough time to go over my oldest son’s (6.5) math lesson.

Enjoy this special season with your son! :)

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Jessie February 15, 2011 at 6:30 pm

My girls are the same age. Lots of the same :) I love the size sorting!

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Rachel T. February 16, 2011 at 6:06 am

Hi! I saw that you stopped by my blog through HHH. It looks like your “Tot School” is tons of fun! I love hands-on activities for the kids. My kids love to take pictures with any camera that they can get their hands on. Have a great week!

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