When I wrote my Back to Homeschool post, I mentioned about our little girl doing a little bit of learning with the boys during our homeschool time. I wasn’t really planning on doing anything specific with her but then I thought why not? I mean it can be challenging to try to homeschool your older children with a little baby around trying to get on everything!
Since then, I’ve been setting her up with a few activities on her own dedicated learning shelf. And she’s loving it! I’m loving it!
In today’s post I will be showing you what we’ve done together in our week 2 of tot school. At first I was planning on putting 3 weeks of tot school together in this post but I realized that I have way too many pictures and ideas to show you. So I decided instead to post a series of our tot school in the next few days. I hope you pick up something that inspires you!
First, I want to introduce you all to our little lady O. She’s 14 months turning 15 in a couple of days! I can’t believe how much she’s grown! She’s turning into her own little person!
She loves to be independent. She picks up on things fairly easy. She has a strong personality, and love to voice her own opinions! Lol! She may be a girl and the littlest but she’s not about to let her big brothers pick on her. She can hold her own and sometimes can even be the bully (Of course she gets told that it is not acceptable ?)! In spite of it though, she has the cutest and sweetest smile that would instantly melt your heart! Yeah that can mean trouble!
I had a simple set up for our week 2 of tot school, mainly because I’m kind of just pulling out various things we have at home and setting it up for her. I don’t have a written plan for her and that’s ok. Tot schooling is not supposed to be a formal learning but more of a fun way of exposing our tots to early learning.
Here is what I had set up for her.
- Shapes puzzle
- Large pom poms + spoon + empty container for transfer activity
- Stacking Shapes Peg Board
Because this was the first week after getting back from our holiday, she was so excited to play with her toys again!
I had her activities set up before we even started our official homeschool time that day. But as soon as she woke up that morning and saw her shelf, she right away dove right in! So I sat back and watched her. Then her big brother joined in and proceeded to show her how to do her activities. It was fun to watch those two play together!
Out of all her activities, the large pom poms was her favorite. She played with it a lot! She picked up on using the spoon and transferring pom poms to the empty container with ease and she loved it!
Then I gave her an empty box of tissue and she proceeded to put her pom poms inside it.
Everyday, the pom poms were the ones she’d pick and play with. I gave her different empty containers to put the pom poms into because she loved doing the in and out activity.
She played with her stacking shapes peg board only after I downsized the number of pieces to one color set. I think she was overwhelmed to see so many pieces in one board. I showed her how to put the pieces on the peg board and she copied that.
I also bought her, her first marker, my first Crayola mess free marker & paper. I got mine from Walmart but I included a link here just in case. I showed her how to use it and she liked that! I think it’s because she sees her brothers does a lot of doodling and so she wants to do the same. Of course at first she has to put it in her mouth but then realized that it doesn’t taste good so she just settled with trying her skills on doodling instead!
We also read books. We didn’t make it to the library the week before to pick up new books so I just picked out a few from her own bookshelf. This baby girl loves reading!
I have been leaving her activities on the shelf so she can access them anytime. But because we don’t have a specific homeschool room, I have 2 problems with that set up. 1) all her things ends up everywhere in the house by the end of the week and I had to go hunt for everything; and 2) she loses interest in them comes homeschool time for me and the boys, so there goes the plan of keeping her busy while we work. So after that week, I only pull out her activities when it is officially homeschool time and that’s been working way better for us!
Just to let you know, we don’t spend tons of time with our tot school. It can be from 30 minutes to an hour, depending on her level of interest. So, there’s really no pressure here. Just enjoy your intentional play time together!
I hope you enjoyed this post! If you have any questions, please leave a comment below or send me an email.
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Tomorrow I will be sharing week 3 of our tot school so make sure to come back and check it out!
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