Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Tot School - Week 3

A few months ago we started doing tot school with our best friends from playgroup.  We did one week and then life got hectic and last week we decided to start up again.  This week we had 3 topics.  Letter: C, Number: 3, and Story: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Once all our friends arrived we began by baking a cake.  I figured cooking and cake both start with "C" and the kids would love a yummy treat after lunch.  The cake was a huge hit and everyone was super eager to help with pouring and stirring.  We let the cake bake while we worked on some of our lessons.

The finished product!

Our first post cake task was to replicate Joseph's coat of many colors.  I forgot to stop at the store to get paper grocery bags so one of our friends brought other shopping bags to use.  Bet you didn't know that Joseph's family shopped at Lord & Taylor and American Eagle!!

After they were done painting, we set the coats on the steps to dry and moved on to the number 3.  I printed out blank number 3's from Preschool Express and cut out a bunch of cardstock paper squares.  I had the kids pick out 3 squares of each color and paste them into their numbers in a pattern of 3's.  Samantha needed a little help at first, but she quickly got the hang of it.

After the 3's we decided to break for lunch.  Following with our C week theme, we ate chicken nuggets, crackers, cheese, and (not pictured) carrots.

Lunch was followed by, of course, CAKE!  We put 3 candles in the cake and sang happy birthday to C. Each of the kids loved taking a turn to blow out the candles.  

I think the E's had the most fun eating their cake.

E1 decided to skip the fork and shovel it straight into his mouth!

After lunch we attempted a lesson on coins.  This was a half good/half bad lesson.  To start we played with my childhood cash register.  This part was a huge hit.

Afterward we used a coin printable from Learn Create Love to sort real coins (pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters).  The pictures of the coins on the sheet were a little hard to make out for 2 year olds so they didn't really understand what they were supposed to do.  We abandoned that activity pretty quickly.

Finally, we let the kids model their coats of many colors.  They looked seriously adorable!!

All in all, I'd say we had a very successful day of tot school.  Oh, lets not forget the babies.  We got to carry them in my carriers!

After the E's left, M and I decided to take the kids for a walk.  Samantha posed for a cute picture and then put on her real life coat of many colors.

Finally, Zach modeled a colorful headband.  Super cute, but you can definitely tell he's a boy!

Hope you enjoyed hearing all about tot school!!  If you would like to learn more about Tot School, check out one of my favorite websites 1+1+1=1.

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