A: Apples, Adam, Alligators and Ants

With my new baby in tow I am off to a slow start with sharing our Tot School Adventures. We have been going for a few weeks now so here goes our catch up.

This week we focused on the Letter A. A for Apples, Adam, Alligators and Ants.

This week our scripture study was Adam and Eve. I printed off some clip art and used them to tell Bee the story of Adam and Eve in the garden. We mostly just introduced Adam and Eve as people God sent to the Earth to start families. He really enjoyed hearing that Adam and Eve named all of the animals. We played with some animals after our very short lesson then ate gold fish. The perfect Family Home Evening for a 20 month old.

Our weeks rhyme was The Ants Go Marching. Two or three verses was enough for Bee but if your child is really loving the rhyme you might as well keep going. If you are unfamiliar with this song just give it a quick search on YouTube. I love this rhyme for a few reasons. It repeats Ants to help with letter recognition, counting up to ten and if you forget the official rhyme its easy enough to make up on the spot. My favorite part though is that you can easily add in actions. We pretended we were Ants and marched, crawled, skipped and hopped all over the living room. You can also clap the BOOM’s. Bee was quite fond of that and could barely wait ’til the end of the rhyme.

Bee is a sucker for books which makes reading really quite easy. In fact if I could handle it I’m sure we would read all day long. I don’t have that kind of patience, I MUST mix things up before I loose my mind. Our official weekly book was 10 Apples Up On Top. I loved this book as a child and I still enjoyed it. This book also focuses on counting. I found some great printables here to reinforce Apples Up On Top. I am a huge laminator! Cutting out printables for school while snuggling my hubby watching a show is how I spend my evenings. I asked Bee to put such and such number on top of a characters head. He hasn’t mastered numbers by any means but he can put them on their heads. Mostly in a stack horizontally instead of vertical but still impressed. I also cut out a picture of him so he could stack them on himself. He thought that was oh so silly.

Snuggles

Very rarely do I get to sit down on the couch. As soon as I do Bee bolts to get his pillow, a blanket and a stack of books. He knows reading time is snuggle time and I love it. Well mostly except for when I actually want a break…. A mum can wish right?

One of my favorite sites for teaching tots is 1+1+1=1. I’m sure that I will refer to it often. You might as well bookmark it now. I printed off some great math activities there such as Apple Sequencing, Small, Medium and Large, shadow matching and a three piece puzzle.

For our sensory aka messy activity of the week. We played in oatmeal that had objects hidden in it. The objects were all things that started with the letter A, of course. We had a great time finding them and hiding them again and again. This particular bunch of oats had accidentally been the recipient of a coconut oil leak which made it of so much better. It smelled great and was good for our skin. Now that’s what I call a win win win!Oat Sensory

In my researching journey I can across the Measured Mom, another great resource, she has a whole page for A crafts. Check it out here! I really liked her Apple Tree craft but I saw it going a little bit differently. To me the answer was obvious. Paint your child’s arm. Crazy, oh probably. Who teaches their kids to paint their entire forearm to make a tree? Well I do! And we loved it! Bee doesn’t particularly like to get messy but once I get him started then he is okay. As you can see his arm and hand made the tree then he painted the leaves on. I made sure to give him different shades of green to choose from. Then we used a random liquid glue tube, that I had lying around, to paint the apples. If I had a round brush or stamp I would have used that but we made things work with just a bit of creativity.Apple Tree Painting

I Love It!! On the fridge it goes with all the other works of art to follow.

On our Tot Trays this week were Melissa and Doug’s Alphabet Lacing cards, Pipe cleaners into straws and building blocks. Here you can see Bee concentrating on getting those pipe cleaners into the straws. Its trickier than it looks people.

Fine Motor Pipe Cleaners and Straws

I will try and take better pictures of our Tot Trays because they really are a great way to introduce lots of skills to your little munchkin.

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