May Tot School Recap

I’ll be honest that I’ve been better at creating these plans than actually completing some of them, but that’s ok! I still like to have some “go-to” ideas to keep us busy and somewhat focused. I’m starting to feel the need for a little more structure, so over the summer, I might completely revamp my planning style, but for now, I press on with themes.

Bible Verse:

“The grass withers, the flowers fade, but the word of our God will stand forever.”

Isaiah 40:8

I want to really write this one on my heart as well because I’ve been praying that God would help me to have more of a love for His word. I know that it’s living and active (Hebrews 4:12) and necessary for my life, and I want to inspire a love for God’s word in the girls, too!

Books: 

Baby Loves Spring! – continued from last month

Alphabooks – Fairley loves these!

We found a few other books at the library that we really like, so we’ll keep using those! We just read a lot! Our books don’t usually always fit the theme yet.

Color Focus: Blue

-We might take a blue bath with blue water and blue toys! – The weather got so nice that we didn’t need to spend as much time indoors, so we missed this activity. I’m sure there will be another time for it!

-We will also do a lot of color mixing. I bought an eye dropper so the girls could color mix more with it (something they can manipulate themselves.) – We did do a bit of mixing. We used an eye dropper and ice cube trays. Emma could almost manipulate the dropper herself.)

-We also painted blue circles with a circle sponge on a stick.

Shape Focus: Circle

Food Container Prints with Circular Containers – We tried this, but the girls didn’t love it, which surprised me!

(This book, by the way, is awesome. It’s a free Google Book with lots of amazing ideas for toddlers!)

-Sticker Art with dot stickers – We used our circle stickers from Trader Joe’s.

Letter Focus: Ff – We don’t usually do a whole lot with the letter yet, but Fairley likes to make this sound (and it’s “her” letter), so we’ll go with it!

Ff Do a Dot Page

Swimmy the Fish

F is for Frog and Flies

E enjoyed all of these!

Music: Grooveshark Playlist – This will be a work in progress…same list as last month’s.

-Tiny Tim (Turtle Song)

-Parts of a Plant (by Dr. Jean)

-Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes

-Itsy Bitsy Spider

-If You’re Happy and You Know It!

-We also love “The Wheels on the Bus”

Dramatic Play:

-Continue with dress up – Fairley left a green wig on for about thirty minutes one day. She’s so silly!

-Babies and bottles – They love this!!

-Felt Spring Scene – I need to add something to spruce this up a bit…I think the girls are getting bored with it!

(I didn’t add to it, and they are bored with it. Time for a change!)

Art Exploration:

Here are some great ideas for flower art projects (Mother’s Day)

I think we will definitely do the coffee filter flowers. – Check!

Mother’s Day Coloring Pages

Science/Sensory:

-Coloring Flowers (using carnations, water/food dye) – We did this yesterday, and our flowers are starting to show some blue now!

Bird Seed Sensory Bin – I just changed up the contents without changing up the sensory material. (Bird seed was expensive in the city!)

Math and Motor Skills:

-Matching- Mother’s Day Purse – I might try to adapt this activity somehow. – Next year! They did love digging in my makeup bag, though!)

-I love this activity for one-to-one correspondence, but it’s too advanced. I’m listing it so I’ll remember it for later!

-Muffin tin one-to-one correspondence – Looking for a manipulative to make this really fun! Thinking about ping pong balls since they’ll fit just right, but would also love a manipulative to fit the theme! – Ping pong balls were so fun!

Snack Ideas:

Flower Snack (and also some great ideas for flower-themed unit)

-Maybe we will make our own mini pizzas with mini pepperonis to celebrate the circle. – next month

-Blue jello and goldfish? – next month

Field Trip: Going to a community garden to see more flowers! – Fairley, Freeman, and I went, but most of the tulips were out of bloom. 🙁

Service Project: Tot Visit at the nursing home (2 x a month) – One of our favorite outings!

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