Our adventures in Tot School are just beginning and to be honest, I’m not quite sure which one of us (Nicholas or I) are having more fun.
I am loving the fact that he loves learning new things and he just soaks everything up like a little sponge. He has so much fun laughing and learning everyday that it just becomes contagious.
One of the things we have been working on a lot lately are numbers and counting. While a lot of his communication is still pretty non-verbal, he has been trying to vocalize numbers when working with different objects.
Last week we tried to incorporate that into Tot School with a week full of number related activities. Unfortunately, a few of our days were spent fighting a little stomach bug that daddy picked up at work but therein lies the beauty of homeschooling.
We simply worked around this little bug and made the best of the time that we had.
As I mentioned last week, Nicholas LOVES books! Listening to him babble away while “reading” his stories always cracks me up.
After we have our circle time in the morning with our calendar, colors, and number train, we always spend a little time reading a new story.
For numbers week we read The Very Hungry Caterpillar (because what child doesn’t love that book), Try Counting Sheep, and Cat Count.
We played with some sandpaper numbers. (Counting with a little sensory added in – BONUS!)
We used our fine motor skills and a few clothespins to hang our number cards on a clothesline.
He had a blast learning to pick up different colored pom poms with a set of tongs and tried counting each and every one that he put into the right colored tube. (To be honest, he played with this activity for 3 days straight! I love that he is so eager to learn.)
Another one of his favorites right now are his flashcards. ABCs, numbers, colors, it doesn’t matter. He just loves playing with and looking at flashcards.
So, while the stomach but invaded our home, we spent some time snuggling on the couch while he counted his number flashcards.
You can download these free printable number flashcards here.
And finally, while not really number related, we grabbed our finger paints and created some art work to send to the Grands for Grandparents’ Day!
Although we didn’t feel our best last week, I’d say week 2 of Tot School was definitely a great one!