Tot School/Preschool – September 2015

Life happened, summer flew by, and our schooling plans did not happen among the summer fun in the sun! Since the weather has finally begun to change, public school has started again (even in NYC), and we’ve already been apple picking, it’s time to crack down and start some schooling fun around the Field House! Figuring out my plans to school both of my sweeties (as well as to keep up our outings, play dates, and just regularly scheduled weekly activities) has proven to be a challenge, but I’m up for it!

Once again, this blog serves as a lesson plan for me. (I’ll try to document as much as I can, but I know my plans are very specific this year to the two children I’m schooling, so it’s feeling a little haphazard in form. I’ll try to make it as easy as possible to follow.) This year, I’ll be planning for J.D. (18 months/”Tot School”) and Fair (3.5 years/”Preschool”). I’ll also add some preschool extensions to activities I plan to do with both kids.

In an effort to not overwhelm myself and feel discouraged that we don’t get to it all, I’m going for a more simple set of plans (for this month, at least). We’ll focus on one skill/objective each week, and we hope to do Tot School at least one day a week (but hopefully more). Next year, when Fair is in pre-K, and I only have J.D. at home, we’ll have a more detailed set of plans. (I hope!)

Most of my ideas are pulled from other great resources (read: moms and teachers) via the internet, so I’ll try to include links as needed. Unless otherwise noted, most of these ideas are from this apple packet where another mom did a lot of work to compile all of these great ideas! (And any time a printable is mentioned, you can find it in this packet.)

Ready or not, here we come!


  • Themed Unit: Apples
    • Tot School:
      • Letter: A (I think we’ll just do one or two letters a month for J.D. this year.)
      • Number: 1
      • Color: Red
      • Shape: Circle
    • Preschool:
      • Reading: Word Families (_at, _an, _ap, and _ar) and Emergent Readers
      • Math: Writing #1, Sorting/Matching/Ordering/Addition
      • Science: Exploring Apples with Five Senses

(Since we’re starting late, I’m only compiling all activities into a three-week period.)

  • Week 1:
    • Tot School:
      • Letter A: Decorate a letter Aa with apple stamps. (Cut an apple in half, let it dry out for a few hours. Use it as a stamp in red paint.)
        • Preschool extension – Use printables (from packet linked above) to practice writing Aa.
    • Preschool Reading:
      • Word Families Apple Tree
        • Tot School – Enjoy placing felt apples on the tree! (And picking them off!)
          • Apple Picking (Using our felt apples)
            “Place the apples all around the room (or outside). Have the children walk around
            the room and go “apple picking.” Place apples in a basket. When you
            are done, try some of these activities:
            • Count the apples
            • Sort by different colors.”
      • Apple Emergent Reader
    • Both:


  • Week 2:
    • Tot School:
      • Number 1: Decorate a number 1 with 1 apple sticker (or paint it red using just one finger!)
      • Shape: Circle – Decorate circle picture with circle stamps (or use toilet paper roll as a stamp to paint red circles.
    • Preschool Math:
    • Both:
      • Apple Tree Prints –
        “Paint child’s arm brown from the elbow down (arms, hand, fingers.)
        Stamp on paper. This is the “tree.” Let dry. Let child dip fingers in green
        paint and stamp on top to create the tree. Finally, do a few apples by
        dipping fingers in red paint and stamping on top of tree.”
    • Both:
      • Make crockpot applesauce (or apple pie!)
      • Anything we didn’t get to earlier!


Apple Book Ideas:




Five Senses Book Ideas

Music and fingerplays: (for Circle Time)

Red Song
(Tune: Are You Sleeping?)
R-E-D Red.
R-E-D Red.
I can spell red.
I can spell red.
Firetrucks are red.
Stop signs are red, too.
R-E-D R-E-D.

“I Like to Eat Apples and Bananas”

Ten Little Apples
(Tune: Ten Little Indians)
One little, two little, three little apples
Four little, five little, six little apples,
Seven little, eight little, nine little
Ten little apples for you and me!

I’m A Little Apple
(Tune: I’m a Little Teapot)
I’m a little apple, short and round.
I make a munchy, crunchy sound.
If you bite into me, you will see—
I’m delicious as can be!

Apple Action Rhyme
Way up high in the apple tree (Point up.)
Two little apples smiled at me. (Make the shape of an apple with your hand.)
I shook that tree as hard as I could. (Pretend to shake tree.)
Down fell the apples—(Raise hands and let them fall.)
Mmmmmm, were they good! (Rub tummy.)

Falling Apples
(Tune: London Bridge Is Falling Down)
See the apples falling down
Falling down, falling down.
See the apples falling down
Down to the ground.
Pick the apples and throw them up
Throw them up, throw them up.
Pick the apples and throw them up.
Up to the sky.


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