Saturday, September 12, 2009
Our theme this week in Tot School was apples. We read several books, including the Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall and Ten Apples on Top by Dr. Seuss. We did a go-along activity where M glued ten apples on photos of her and her brother's heads.
Next, we sorted apples into color groups and made ABAB patterns with them. Since apples are a favorite treat at our house, we used real apples to do these activities.
M made a paper bag puppet using a pattern from our Amazing Alphabet Puppets and More book.
We also made apple tree letter A's (this idea came from ABC and 123). We painted the bottoms brown, and used a carrot dipped in red paint to make the apples on top.
The whole family joined in our next activity one evening. We used M's parachute with an apple placed in the center. The goal was to see how long we could bounce the apple without it flying out. This was a LOT of fun!
M participated in open-ended art this week and made a red paper collage.
Since Monday was a holiday and Daddy was home, we all went to the zoo. We have been to the zoo several times before, but this was the first time M recognized the animals on her own and was very into seeing them. Her favorites were the giraffes, monkeys, elephants (who were playing with a ball), and penguins.
Here J, M and I are wearing our antlers just like the elk we saw.
J and M got to pet a rooster.
Finally, M played with her new shape stacker. She needs a lot of help to get them stacked properly, but really loves playing with it!
That was our week in Tot School. You can see what other's have done in Tot School by going to 1+1+1=1. Next week we will continue with our apple theme, including finishing several crafts we started this week.