So, I love how things come full circle sometimes. Tot School first started in our family back in September of 2012, when Fairley was only 6 months old. At that time, I had the opportunity to watch a sweet friend’s little girl (Emma) every day, too. I wanted to be intentional with our time, so that’s why I started making our Tot School plans. Since then, Emma has started going to school, I’ve had another baby (who is now a toddler!), and we moved a little further uptown to Harlem. The last year and a half has brought a lot of changes (and one other Tot School student named Ethan that we enjoyed playing with for a semester). Basically, God has provided in every sense imaginable through all these changes.
Recently, my husband and I began talking about how it would help our family financially (and our little girl, Fairley, who loves playing with friends her “own age”) if we began seeking another little Tot School student. We’re still praying about that situation for the fall, but in the meantime, we are blessed that Emma will be coming to Tot Camp (as we’re calling it) for one day a week this summer! What a blessing in so many ways! Our God is so good, and he cares about the details of our lives. I just love thinking about the many ways he has answered so many prayers in our family, and this is definitely one of them!
So, this summer, while the girls will mostly spend time practicing social skills as they play together, playing outside, making a few trips to the library or going on other city adventures, I want to make sure that we also have a plan to review some of the information they have both learned over this past year. I’m taking a few ideas from the last set of plans my friend, Liz, at Twinsane in the Membrane, put together, and then hope to add in any others that I find, too!
- Letters/Sounds (and Colors) Review – Swat the Fly!
I found this file on a website (for $1), but Liz has a free “fly” file that you can download from her link above.
You print out the flies (with letters, colors, etc.) on each fly, and call out a letter or color. Then your kids swat that color. This was always a hit in my kinder classes!
- Shapes (and letters) Review – Water Balloon Smash
Draw out the shapes you want to review and have your child splash that shape when you call it out. (And you can add letters to the water balloons to review those, too.)
- Numbers Review – Caterpillar Book
Write a number and draw a little caterpillar head. Then let your kids place that many dots to make the caterpillar body.
These are just a few fun ways to review all the skills we learned this year! I hope to add more and continue our fun of learning and reviewing throughout the summer!