B: Bubbles, Bees and Brothers

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We are loving Tot school again. I find that sometimes I over complicate learning, I try and cram everything into one day or forget to enjoy the moments. Bee has really enjoyed this last week and I am so happy to see him smiley and giggling.

Letter B. B for Bubbles, Bee and Brothers.

In the Curriculum assembled by “Confession of a Slacker Mom” they talked about baptism for scripture study. Baptism was a tricky one for us. Bee’s little mind is just not there yet. So we talked about Jesus and how he is our brother and wants to help us. Like how he helps Sweets. Being a good Brother is an important lesson to learn. I’m sure we will have to have many many repeat lessons on how to be a good sibling but this was a good start for us. Our activity was just playing with each other. My babes are really quite cute together if I say so myself.

Bee has really taken to reading. Every morning when he is ready for the day to begin he crawls into my bed with at least 4 books. I love spending time snuggling in the blankets reading to him and pointing out pictures in the books. When I am really lucky he will read to me in his gibberish. Bee knows which books we are focusing on because I put them beside him during naps for the week. He always bring those few with a couple of his favorites.

Bubble Trouble Reading

Won’t he read instead of napping? He very well might but nap time isn’t always about sleep at my place. Often it is about quiet time, a break from all the hustle and bustle. I think that it is good for all of us. We just need a break from each other. The books give Bee something to do if he isn’t quite tired but usually he will settle down just enough to fall sleep.

Our rhyme of this week was Squishing Up My Baby Bumblebee. I have been singing this to Bee for his whole life. He has always been my Baby Bee. The whole song doesn’t really fit but there isn’t a lot of songs about baby bumblebees. This rhyme also has activities to go with the verses, automatically more fun.

I’m bringing home a baby bumblebee,

Won’t my mommy be so proud of me,

(Cup hands together as if holding bee)

I’m bringing home a baby bumblebee,
Ouch! It stung me! (Shake hands as if just stung)

I’m squishing up the baby bumblebee,
Won’t my mommy be so proud of me, (‘Squish’ bee between palms of hands)

I’m squishing up a baby bumblebee,
Ooh! It’s yucky! (Open up hands to look at ‘mess’)

I’m wiping off the baby bumblebee,
Won’t my mommy be so proud of me, (Wipe hands off on shirt)

I’m wiping off the baby bumblebee,
Now my mommy won’t be mad at me! (Hold hands up to show they are clean)

Our books of the week were Bubble Trouble and Bears on Wheels. Bubble Trouble is a great book with lots of rhymes and also a story about all types of bubbles. It made for a good introduction into many of our sensory activities. Bears on Wheels focuses on counting, you really can’t practice counting too much.

A Teaching Mommy had some great Bee printables such as Bee sequencing, size sorting, shadow matching, and three piece puzzle. Of course I printed and laminated the majority of it but used only the few that I previously shared. I love that there is many different levels included so that (fingers crossed) I will be able to use this theme later on with both Bee and Sweets. Same theme but varied skill sets sounds like a something I can duplicate for multiple years and babes.

Our sensory was a ton of fun! Bubbles, bubbles and more bubbles. First off we had a bubble bath with letters. Foam letters stick on the sides of the tub and tiles. So much fun. We also blew bubbles outside and spilled them all over which led to another bath to clean up.

Foam Letter Bath

For our fine motor letter recognition work we placed buttons on the inside of block letters. You can get your own print out here at The Measured Mom. You can use whatever manipulative you would like. I really enjoyed the buttons because they came in all shapes, textures, sizes and colors. I love to sneak in a sensory activity whenever I can. I bought a miscellaneous bag at Walmart but if you have a collection going you might as well use it. You can also buy buttons in various colors at Dollar Stores but I have found them to be quite small and didn’t want to risk Bee eating them. He is generally good at not eating everything in his sight but it just wasn’t worth it.

Letter B Button Fine MotorI had planned to go on a bug hunt but the weather did not cooperate at all. It was gross outside with cold and hard rain. The best compromise I could think of was to watch “A Bugs Life!” The characters are quite funny and last week we learned all about Ants so it fit together rather perfectly.  So inside we stayed, more snuggles for me!

Our Tot Trays this week were Melissa & Doug Alphabet Lacing Cards, stacking blocks and Melissa & Doug Primary Lacing Beads for threading. I know we had lots of lacing type activities but it is a skill set that Bee needs to improve on. We also used different materials to keep it more diverse.

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