Friday, September 22, 2023

Tot School - Red Week

We did our first week of Tot School for Juniper! We're starting with color themes and this week was red. As with the boys, my goal is not for her to learn her colors. You can see my tot school goals here.
Red Tot School
Juniper was 14 months

Juniper's little area on our wall. I put up her color poster was free from Isla Hearts Teaching on TPT. I put out some "red" themed books for her, a Meet the Sight Words reader and a Non-Fiction Sight Words book. Being my pickiest reader, she was kind of hit or miss on all of them, which is perfectly fine. I don't force her to read things she doesn't want to, but I do provide the opportunity.
Red Color Theme
Magnetic tiles and translucent blocks on the light table.
I tried to give her a chance to use different media for her little red coloring book pages (free here). She used crayon, marker and her first time using Do-a-Dot Markers.
I'm introducing her to Montessori 3 Part Vocabulary Cards with some color cards. She's not ready to do them independently, but I'm modeling for her. She's was excited about the picture of an apple because she can actually say that word, so she kept pointing to it saying "apple."
First time painting. We're now 3 for 3 of kids tasting paint the first time the use it. All three have hated it. 😋
Red dot stickers on paper. For now, I am still pealing the stickers and handing them to her. Getting them on the paper is hard enough for her.
Not exactly "red," but she got to play in the red, white and blue sensory bin from big brother's USA week.
For another sensory play activity, I threw some read counting bears and vehicles into some gelatin. She initially liked it, but didn't like having the gelatin on her hands, so lost patience. Archer ended up having a lot of fun with it.
I also threw some little red acrylic apples into some oats for her and that she LOVED and played with for a long time. Also, I recently got this sensory play mat and it has been wonderful for containing messes!
Simple school shelves for her. The shelves had a basket of finger puppets, our latch barn, a rainbow stacker, a chunky puzzle, North American Animal Matching (left over from big brother's school), peg pop up toy, a different stacker, a coin box and a basket of random red toys.
She enjoyed her coin box, but preferred it without the drawer so she could watch the coins drop and get them out easily.
Finger puppets were used constantly this week. She also enjoyed putting them in the clear cylinder of her stacker.
She still can't do a full puzzle, because she isn't good at rotating pieces. However, she's starting to understand the idea of putting the pieces in their slots and can do it sometimes.
Random bin of red toys.

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