Sunday, January 10, 2010

Tot School: Hats & Gloves

Tot School

Over the last two months very little Tot School has been done around here. Some of it has been due to the holidays, but mostly it's because I have had horrible morning sickness and I just haven't had the energy to plan out the activities we normally do. However, I know how much M loves doing her trays and her craft projects and I am making an effort to get back to the planned weeks that she seems to really thrive on. So, this week our theme was hats & gloves - two things M really loves right now.

I am trying to add go-along books that fit our themes whenever I can. This week we read Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina; The Mitten by Jan Brett; Blue Hat, Green Hat by Sandra Boynton; and The Three Little Kittens by Paul Galdone.

We learned about the words pairs by talking about pairs of gloves and shoes, and then moving on to pairs of hands and feet. M loves this, and all week has been pointing out pairs anytime we see two of anything.

I gave M a letter M mitten worksheet from Kidssoup. She had to color in the mittens with an M, and leave the others blank. I don't normally do worksheets with M, but she loved this one. After I showed her how on the first two mittens, she finished it in just a few minutes on her own, and was so proud of her work. I may add an occasional worksheet in here or there for her from now on.

For math, I cut out 10 mittens from colored foam and wrote the numerals 1-10 on them. First we worked on patterning the mittens by color and ordering them by number. Then I gave M some jingle bells and we worked on putting the correct number of bells on each mitten. She loved this and kept asking to "do gloves" all week.

For art this week we made a hat collage using pictures cut from magazines and printed clip art.

We also made fuzzy mittens to go along with our reading of The Mitten.

We also did some free art by painting with forks, feathers and bath puffs. M loves painting, so I always try to work some in each week. (You can see she still insists on painting her face each time. This time she told me she had a "mustache.")

For dramatic play M dressed up in various hats and gloves all week. Her favorites are her opera gloves in pink and purple.

We also played a hat bean bag toss game, which I didn't get a picture of since I was busy supervising. We laid the hats across a straight board between two chairs, and M tossed bean bags at them and tried to knock them off. This was a fun, if loud, game!

That was our hats and gloves week in Tot School. Next week we are working on penguins, polar bears and igloos. To see what others have done in Tot School this week, be sure to check out Carisa's blog at 1+1+1=1.


  1. Really great week!!! Love the theme :)

  2. what a cute theme! :)
    Looks like she really enjoyed the week!

  3. I LOVE the mitten patterning, counting, and numerical order activity. CUTE! I love finding or coming up with teaching ideas that can be used for more than one purpose or skill. I will be doing this activity with Alyssa when we read The Mitten again. Is it okay for me to take my own picture of her doing the activity, post it on my blog, and then link where I found the idea? Thanks!

  4. What a fun week! I love M's intense look as she was using the glue, my little one gets that same look of concentration. Too cute.

  5. You gave me an idea for Tot School with your mittens! Thanks!

  6. Your foam mittens are great. Thanks for sharing!

  7. What a great week! My son would love a hat week! Thanks!

  8. Great job this week! I love the fuzzy mittens and the bean bag hat game!

  9. What a GREAT week! I'm totally inspired to do some mitten and hat activities (plus, Maddie LOVES anything to do with mittens).

    That last picture of M is just precious! What a little doll! :)

    Oh, and awesome job on the worksheet, too!

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  11. I must have missed the announcements - congrats on your pregnancy. I love the picture of M in her gloves. It's a clever way to work on numbers and pairs too!


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