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Welcome to How to Homeschool your Tot series! This idea started out because I needed something to do for my daughter to keep her busy while me and the boys homeschool in the morning. I definitely didn’t have any specific plans for her. I just set up various random things that I think she might enjoy doing and that has been working great for us. Now, since I wanted to capture these moments for us, I thought why not do a weekly posts for my readers as well! I really enjoy looking back at the things we’ve done so far! I wish I had started blogging 5 years ago so I could have done the same things for my boys but hindsight is 50/50 right? Anyways, I just hope that you are able to take away something too!
This is week 5 of our Tot school. Little lady O is now 15 months old.
Here is her set up for our week 5:
- Ribbons + empty container
- Assorted large shaped buttons + container with a slit cut on the lid
- Shape sorter and puzzle blocks
- Alphabet stacking blocks
I usually set her shelf up for her as soon as it’s time for us to start our homeschool. In that way, she doesn’t get to them right away and then lose her interest when homeschool begins.
But the moment that I finish setting it all up she couldn’t get to them fast enough! If she could only play with them all at once she probably will! Anyway this is the time that I watch and follow her lead. I will pull out the activity tray that she’s showing the most interest in, set it on the floor for her and then I just sit and watch how she plays with it. Sometimes she figures it out on her own, other times she doesn’t and that’s when I will jump in and show her how she can play with it or sometimes one of her brothers will!
The large buttons + the can with a slit cut on the lid was her first choice of activity and her most favorite all week too! The idea was to practice some eye-hand coordination and help her develop fine motor skills.
Her brother showed her to put the buttons one at a time in the hole and then she copied him. Of course she didn’t get it right away, so what we did at first was pushed the button for her halfway and then she pushes it all the way after. By doing that, she kind of understood the concept we were trying to show her. And she loved it! And then after a few more tries she finally did it herself! We were so proud of her! She was so proud of herself!
Then we followed the activity above with shape sorting and matching. I really loved this shape sorter and puzzle block! I thought it’s kind of neat the way this learning toy was made to play. There are so many variation of activities that we can do with this set of learning toy like color sorting, shape sorting and matching, stacking blocks and it also has two different images for puzzle building! I think I must have bought this for myself! Lol! I got this toy from Walmart made by Kid Connection. Anyway, even with all these exciting features that this simple toy presents unfortunately she only played with it for maybe 5 minutes and then she moved on to a different activity! =( That’s ok though, we will try again another time. But I think what happened was, I put too much pieces on the tray and she got overwhelmed.
So later on that week, we tried again but I only set out 3 pieces, 1 from each color and I think she liked that better because she tried playing with it a few more times on her own after. She doesn’t quite got the idea yet but she’s trying and that’s all that matters!
The alphabet stacking blocks didn’t really get much attention from her but her brothers had fun with it though! The big bros stacked it up for her a few times and she did good at not knocking it down! But then eventually she had to take a closer look at it, reached for the particular box that caught her attention and down the whole tower went! It was funny to watch!
However, towards the end of the week after a little bit more encouraging she finally gave stacking a try and she did it! So, so proud of this little girl! =)
We also did some ribbon dropping activity. This was another one of those activities that I thought she would love, but once again she didn’t. She did play with it though a few times and I think she had fun too.
This week she also got to try exploring with play dough for the first time! I made play dough for one of her brother’s activity and she just had to try it as well. She didn’t know what to think of it at first. She thought it was food so she put it in her mouth and tasted it but then she saw the way her brothers played with it so she copied them. Its one of those things that if we weren’t homeschooling I probably would not have introduced play dough to her at this early age especially because she still likes to put things in her mouth. But because we do, she gets the opportunity to be exposed to early learning like this! I am grateful everyday.
I hope you enjoyed this post!
What about you, do you homeschool your tot? What fun things do you do together? Please share below!
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