Friday, October 18, 2019

Orange Week

Archer is 17 months

In August I posted our Color Themes Goals. Those are what I had in mind while we started Tot School this week, not actually learning the color.
His little shelf had several books about colors or Orange.  I also got out two of his Non-Fiction Sight Words books and one of his Meet the Sight Words readers (he likes those better than story books at the moment).  The poster was free from Isla Hearts Teaching on TPT. I also hung up the pages to his color book (free here).
Playroom shelves this week.  The goal of the toys is to entertain him and give him some fine motor practice.  Things like building, sorting and puzzles also provide some spacial awareness (math and even physics). 

The magnet board had a Magna-Tile Jack-O-Lantern, that will stay up through Halloween. The shelves included a super sorting pie, color blocks, a car track, orange sorting food, spinagain, magnetic balls and sticks, a sound puzzle, a shape book, a bin or random orange objects, stacking garages and cars and his shape and color game.
Orange foods 3 part cards (free here). He is starting to do most of the matching himself. We also did the corresponding Little Reader lesson to go with most days. We also used his orange sorting food to match to the words and pictures.
 Coloring his Orange Book (free here). We used crayons, markers and Do a Dots.
Bin of miscellaneous orange objects.
The ears and goggles were a big hit!
For sensory play with used orange soap foam.  More details on this post.
He has started asking for the light table pretty frequently.  One day we used it with lots of orange magnetic tiles.
Playing his shape and color game.  Free printable dice here.
Since he loves sight words, I got out some of his orange fall words to play with. Free printables here
Some random shots of him playing.

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Kaysha @ Memorizing the MomentsColorsFollow On

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Soap Foam Sensory Play

I've been trying to do some sort of sensory play with Archer every week (sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn't). This week I decided to try out some soap foam.
To make it, I put 2 tablespoons of dish soap in the mixer with 1/4 c water.  I added some liquid water color, just to make it slightly orange for our Color Themes. Then I put the mixer on high until some peaks formed. 
Since it has been to cold to do messy play outside, I set him up in the tub.  I put water in the two sides of his little lap desk and popped him in. 
He discovered he could use the sides to rinse his hands. 
Since he was already in the tub, cleanup was a breeze.  I just drained the water and used the shower attachment to rinse him off really well.  Definitely something we will try again sometime!

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Friday, October 11, 2019

Fall Tot School Activities

Hooray for fall! Since my brother was in town visiting, we spent the last two weeks on fall activities.  It let us take a very relaxed pace without worrying about fitting things into one week.
His little shelf had several fall books. Some he was interested in, others he wasn't. I figure they'll get more use next year. Right now, he still prefers books with photographs.
He spent some more time working on his Fall Sight Words. He seems to like it when I set out 6-8 of them and have him find certain words.  If I do too many, he has trouble finding things and gets frustrated.

Fall play dough. I used some fall cookie cutters, some acrylic leaves, apples and pumpkins (vase fill) and a few tools.
For a couple of weeks I showed Archer the fall words lesson on Little Reader (aff link), after we did our regular curriculum. I had these 3 part cards I made for Xander, to go with the lesson, so I figured I'd get them out and see what happened (Xander was a bit older when I did LR lessons and 3 Part Cards with him).  Archer got almost all of them correct and he really enjoyed it! He struggled a bit with the pocket chart, so next time we'll do it on the ground or a desk. I guess I'll have to start making more word lessons/cards for him!
Fall sensory bin with popcorn kernels.  I threw in some more apples, leaves and pumpkins, plus some little metal containers.  After a while, we threw in his rainbow wheel as well. He got such a kick out of picking up the kernels and then watching them flow out of his fingers!
We really haven't done too much sorting yet, so I wasn't sure how this would go.  I got him a little container of leaves and apples, with a little card that had them both marked.  He did pretty well with sorting, until he got too excited and tried to put them all on at once. I love seeing my little guy focus so intently on things that interest him!
I found this cute little pumpkin shape printable from Totschooling. It was one of Archer's favorite activities, and he wanted to do it several times.
We did lots of playing toys.  Here are a couple of pics I snapped.

Kaysha @ Memorizing the MomentsFallFollow On

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Pom Pom Sensory Play


Sometimes you need a super quick and simple sensory bin.  This was on of those bins! I grabbed a bag of medium sized pom poms, a paint tray, some scoopers and containers. He had a great time making a mess  learning with pom poms.
I love that things don't have to be complicated to hold his attention! 

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