Tot School- May 2016 (2 Year, 6 Months Old)

It's hard to believe that we are already through this Tot School year! Wow! It has been so fun watching Alynne grow and learn.  This month may have been my favorite month so far.  Aly absolutely loved the butterfly unit and we had such a blast with our review games! I've left comments and pictures throughout the blog!

This is our last month of Tot School for the school year!  Can you believe it?! It has been such a fun and busy year!  During this month's plans, we are going to finish off by taking a week of fun activities to review all of the letters, colors, numbers, and shapes we know!  I am super excited about this month's plans!  As always, some of the printouts/activities are my own, and some are from the web.  I have linked all printouts and borrowed materials for easy access!

May 2016 Schedule

Here is a link to this month's calendar.  Print it out and follow along!

Supplies needed:
Dot markers
Crayons
Paint
Markers
Construction paper
Paper plate
Pipe cleaners
Yarn
Coffee filter
Food coloring
Eye dropper
Pom poms
Popsicle sticks
Gauze
Contact paper
Tissue paper
Felt
Lemon Playdoh
Shaving cream
Fly swatter
Beach ball
Water balloons
Homemade sand

Verse: “And God said, “Let there be lights in the sky to separate the day from the night” -Genesis 1:14

Color: Yellow
Color: Amarillo

Letter: Y, Z
Letra: Y, Z

Number: 9
Numero: 9

Shape: Rectangle
Forma: Rectangulo

Theme: Butterflies, Suns

Library Book List:
Caterpillar to Butterfly
Crunching Munching Caterpillars
My, Oh My, A Butterfly
Waiting for Wings
Very Hungry Caterpillar
LLama llama Sand and Sun
Sun (Carol Thompson)
Hello, Sun!

Music (circle time)

  • Mr. Sun

  • Ring Around the Rosie

  • 5 Little Butterflies

    • Five little butterflies by the door.
      One flew away, then there were four.
      Four little butterflies by the tree.
      One flew away, then there were three.
      Three little butterflies up in the blue.
      One flew away, then there were two.
      Two little butterflies out in the sun.
      One flew away, then there was one.
      One little butterfly now all alone.
      She was so lonely, she flew home.

Fine Motor/Worksheets

  • Y Dot Art

  • Z Dot Art

    • Use dots or stickers to decorate printout 

  • 9 Dot Art

    • Use dots or stickers to decorate printout 

  • Y letter recognition

    • Use dot marker to identify the letter Y 

  • Z Letter Recognition

    • Use dot marker to identify the letter Z 

  • Diamond coloring sheet

    • Decorate with torn up yellow paper 

  • Yellow coloring sheet

  • Butterfly coloring sheet

  • Hungry Caterpillar Do-A Dot Sheets

Math

  • Color Sorting Mat    

    • Place the corresponding small colored yarn on the large yarn 

  • Shape Sorting Mat

    • Place the corresponding small shapes on the large shapes 

  • Number Sorting Mat

    • Place the corresponding number of dots under the correct numbers. 

  • YZ Sorting Mat

    • Place the corresponding small letters on the large letters.  

  • Hungry Caterpillar Puzzle

  • Sun Stringing

    • Decorate a paper plate yellow (color of the month) like a sun (theme of the month) using markers, crayons, paint, etc. Punch 9 holes around the plate and attach yellow pipe cleaners around the radius of the plate to look like sun rays. Count out the 9 (number of the month) sun rays together. Now your kiddo can lace cheerios, beads, etc on the the rays! Source

  • Butterfly Size Sequencing

    • Use this printout to sort caterpillars and butterflies from smallest to biggest. 

We didn't get to any of the sun activities this month since we were off a whole week while in OK and had to squeeze everything in.  Of these activities, Aly enjoyed the size sequencing the best and had no problem with it!

Art

  • Y is for Yarn

    • Cut a “Y” out of paper or foam. Decorate by cutting out and gluing strips of yarn on the “Y”

  • Z is for Zebra

    • Cut a “Z” out of paper or foam. Decorate by gluing strips of black paper onto the “Z” to look like a zebra

  • Butterfly Coffee Filter

    • Use markers to decorate and color coffee filters. Next, drip water onto the coffee filters using an eye dropper and watch the colors run and flow together. It will have a tie-dye like look. Lay the coffee filters out to dry. Now you can bunch the coffee filter in the middle to create wings.  Clip on a clothespin as the body of the butterfly. Source

  • Butterfly Life Cycle Art

    • Step 1-Egg: Glue tiny pom poms onto a construction paper leaf.
      Step 2-Caterpillar: use dot markers to create a caterpillar on construction paper.
      Step 3-Chrysalis: Glue pom poms onto a popsicle stick to make caterpillar.  Then wrap the caterpillar up in gauze.
      Step 4-Butterfly: Paint one side of butterfly, fold in half to create a symmetrical butterfly.
      Source

  • Sun Hand Prints    

    • Create a sun from hand prints

  • Butterfly Mosaic

    • Cut out butterfly outline, cutting out inside of wings too.  Stick on contact paper and allow child to add tissue paper squares to the inside of the wings.  Hang in the window to reflect light!  Source

We skipped a few of these art activities, but Aly loved every butterfly activity we did, and she now knows the life cycle and terminology of a butterfly so well! It's so cute to hear a two year old talk about a chrysalis haha! (Somehow I didn't get any photos for this section!)

Science/sensory

  • Butterfly Felt Play

    • Create a large butterfly with removable dots, antennas, face

  • Lemon Playdoh

    • Use lemon flavored Koolaid with this recipe

  • Grow a Butterfly

    • Use this kit to see metamorphosis in action and watch real caterpillars turn into butterflies!

  • Rectangle Shaving Cream Tracing

    • On a smooth, wipeable surface (like a tray, cookie sheet, or kid-safe table) spray out some shaving cream. Smooth it out into a thin layer and practice making rectangles with their fingers. This is a great and simple sensory activity for young kiddos! Even if they get off task, it's still fun manipulate the cool shaving cream in their fingers. Source

The live butterfly kit was a HUGE success.  Aly loved that so much and it was so fun to correlate what we were reading in books into real life!  

Just chit chatting with the butterflies

Year Review Activities

  • Alphabet

    • Fly Swatting Letters

      • Print out letters and tape on the wall.  Have your child swat the letter you call out!  

    • Alphabet Bingo

      • Print out bingo sheet and card deck.  Draw cards and have child place marker on the matching letter.  Once your child gets 5 in a row, it’s a bingo! 

  • Numbers

    • Number Caterpillar

      • Number the left side of a paper 1-10. Draw a caterpillar head to the right of each number. Then, invite your child to add the corresponding number of body segments next to the caterpillar head using circle stickers! Source

    • Number Ball

      • Use a sharpie to write different numbers on the different sections of a beach ball.  Throw it back and forth, and whenever your child catches it, have them name the number facing them.  Source

  • Shapes

    • Shape Hopping

      • Tape giant shapes to the floor and have child hop to each shape as you call it out.

    • Water Balloon Shape Smash

      • Using chalk, draw varying shapes all around the sidewalk. Call out the names of a shape and encourage your kiddo to splash the shape with a water balloon! Source

  • Colors

    • Color Review 1-to-1 Correspondence

      • Print file. Cut apart the circles and place them into the bottom of a muffin tin. Use this to review and sort colored items. (Beads, pom poms or other items!) For added hand-eye coordination, you can use tongs to transfer items to the muffin tins. Source

    • Color Sensory Bin

      • Fill with homemade sand and various colored objects 

We did every single one of these activities, and they were soooo much fun.  I wrote all of my lesson plans last summer, so at the time I honestly wasn't sure how much Aly would retain over the year.  But she has quite successfully learned 10 shapes, upper and lower case letters, colors, and numbers! So proud of her! 

Letter Swat Game

And finally, here is her finished art work from the month:


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