Tot School- January 2017 (3 Years, 2 Months)

It's hard to believe we're halfway through this Tot School year! We weren't super diligent through November/December, but that's what I love about these plans, it's so easy to jump back in at any time and pick and choose the things we have time for/love!

So here are our Tot School plans for January! 

Just a reminder that  we're using these literacy and math curriculum bundles and will be following these directly, so I have not outlined any of the details in my plans, just noted which lesson we're doing or which concept we're focusing on.  

Also, these plans are geared towards children ages 3-4. If you are interested in younger activities, you can check out this January post for around a year old, and this post for around age 2!  I'm sure I'll be pulling old ideas from those posts for Fynn to join us some too!

Color: Blue
Color: Azul

Shape: Square
Forma: Cuadrado

Number: 5
Numero: 5

Letter: B, K, O
Letra: B, K, O

Verse: Isaiah 1:18

Themes:

    Wk 1: Winter
    Wk 2: Transportation
    Wk 3: Zoo
    Wk 4: Dinosaurs

Bible Stories:

    Wk 1: Wisemen
    Wk 2: Boy Jesus
    Wk 3: Baptism
    Wk 4: Catch up

Week 1:

Bible Story:

Catechism:

  • #33

Theme:

  • Winter

Letter:

  • B

Library Book List:

Is a Blue Whale the Biggest Thing There Is?
Super Sand Castle Saturday
Snow is Falling
Frosty the snowman
Dream Snow
If It’s Snowy and You Know It, Clap Your Paws
The Mitten
Mouse’s First Snow
No Two Alike
Olivia and the Snow Day
Polar Bear Polar Bear, What Do You Hear
Sleep Big Bear Sleep
Winter Snow
Snowmen at Night
Welcome Winter
Winter touch and feel
Snowballs board book
The First Day of Winter
Winter Snow
Biscuit’s Snowy Day
Baby Loves Winter
Fancy Nancy There’s No Day Like a Snow Day

Music/Chants

  • Songs/Chants from Phonological Awareness Preschool Pack

  • I’m A Little Snowman (Tune: I’m a Little Teapot)

    • I’m a little snowman short and fat.
      Here is my broom and here is my hat.
      When the sun comes out, I’ll melt away.
      But I’ll be back another day!

  • Ring Around a Snowman (Tune: Ring Around the Rosies)

    • Ring around the snowman,
      A pocket full of snow.
      Snowflakes, snowflakes,
      We all fall down!

Fine Motor/Worksheets

  • B Dot Art

  • B Letter Recognition

  • Polar Bear coloring sheet

Activities

  • Pretend Snow

    • All you need is shaving cream and baking soda. Dump out out baking soda (I used a small box) into a big bowl or tub. Slowly add shaving cream and stir until it is a fluffy, moldable consistency.  It feels great! You can make snowmen and snowballs and all sorts of fun things. The coolest part is that if you add drops of vinegar near the end, it will bubble and "erupt!" Source

  • Snowman in a Bottle

    • Decorate a clean, dry bottle or cup like a snowman with a sharpie and an orange triangle. Add mini marshmallows inside the small neck and practice counting as you go. Source

  • Fluffy Polar Bear Paint

    • Use polar bear printout to make fluffy paint. Mix together equal parts shaving cream and white glue in a disposable cup. Make sure they use a generous amount of fluffy paint for their polar bear! It will dry 3-D and puffy!  

  • Snowball Water Play

    • Fill a big tub (or the bathtub and play inside!) with water. Using a sharpie, label some ping pong balls with the numbers 1-10. Ask your child, "Do you think these balls will sink or float?" and then experiment! Each time they retrieve a ball, talk about what number is written on the ball. My kids liked to place these into egg cartons once they fished them out! I suggest using measuring cups or large serving spoons to scoop.

Literacy:

  • Phonics Unit- Letter B

  • Oral Language Skill- Respond to a poem with movement

  • Phonological Awareness- Generate rhyming words

Math:

  • Measurement (unit 7 week 2)

    • Centers 7-3, 7-4

Week 2:

Bible Story:

Catechism:

  • #34

Theme:

  • Transportation

Letter:

  • K

Library Book List:

The Great Graph Contest
When Sheep Cannot Sleep
The Pigeon Loves Things That Go
If I Built a Car
Cars and Trucks and Things That Go
Amazing Airplanes
Chugga Chugga Choo-Choo
Little Blue Truck Leads the Way
The Wheels on the Bus
The Little Train
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
Locomotive
The Little Red Caboose
Busy Boats
Away in my Airplane
Trucks
My Truck is Stuck
The Rusty Trusty Tractor
Curious George Rides a Bike
Zoom! Zoom!

Music/Chants

  • Songs/Chants from Phonological Awareness Preschool Pack

  • Go! Go! Go!
    We can fly a plane.
    We can ride a train.
    In a boat, we will row.
    We can go, go, go!
    We go near, we go far.
    In a bus or a car.
    We go high, we go low.
    So, where should we go?

Worksheets

  • K Dot Art

    • Use dots or stickers to decorate printout

  • K Letter Recognition

  • Transportation Sort Worksheet

Activities:

  • Apple Boats

    • Cut up apple slices.  Cut a little square of paper and poke a toothpick through it to make a tiny sail and attach to the apples.  Place the apple boats in water and have fun!

  • Car Wash Sensory

    • Fill one tub with shaving cream and lots of match cars.  Fill another tub with water.  Have child wash and dry the cars!

Literacy:

  • Phonics Unit- Letter K

  • Oral Language Skill- Respond to sharing

  • Phonological Awareness- Generate rhyming words

Math:

  • Graphing (unit 8 week 2)

    • Centers 8-3, 8-4

Week 3:

Bible Story:

Catechism:

  • #35

Theme:

  • Zoo

Letter:

  • O

Library Book List:

Annos Counting Book
Counting Crocodiles
Dear Zoo
Put Me in the Zoo
1, 2, 3 To the Zoo
Zoo Ah-choooo
The Happy Lion
Going to the Zoo
Zoo Day
If I Ran the Zoo
If Anything Ever Goes Wrong at the Zoo
Color Zoo
Buenas Noches Gorila
The View at the Zoo
Never, Ever Shout in a Zoo
My Heart is Like a Zoo

Music/Chants

  • Songs/Chants from Phonological Awareness Preschool Pack

  • One, one the zoo is lots of fun.
    Two, two see a kangaroo.
    Three, three see a chimpanzee.
    Four, four hear the lions roar.
    Five, five watch the seals die.
    Six, six there’s a monkey doing tricks.
    Seven, seven count the elephants-eleven.
    Eight, eight a tiger and his mate.
    Nine, nine penguins in a line.
    Ten, ten I want to come again!

Fine Motor/Worksheets:

  • O Dot Art

    • Use dots or stickers to decorate printout

  • O Letter Recognition

  • Zoo Coloring Page

Activities:

  • Handprint Monkeys

    • Make monkeys from handprints and add green tissue paper for a vine!

  • Animal Track Prints

    • Cut out sponges into animal print shapes and glue to pieces of cardboard. Allow child to paint animal prints!

  • Homemade Zoo Animal Cages

    • Use cardboard boxes, wrapping paper, and elastic to create homemade zoo animal cages for your stuffed animals.  Have your child pretend to be the zookeeper and check on and take care of all of the animals.

Literacy:

  • Phonics Unit- Letter O

  • Oral Language Skill- Ask and answer questions

  • Phonological Awareness- Blend onset and rhyme

Math:

  • Counting 0-20 (unit 6 week 1)

    • Centers 6-1, 6-2

Week 4:

Bible Story:

  • Catch Up

Catechism:

  • Review

Theme:

  • Dinosaurs

Letter:

  • Review

Library Book List:

Shapes, Shapes, Shapes
My Very First Book of Shapes
Dinosaurs Big and Small
Godilocks and the Three Dinosaurs
Dinosaurs!
Have You Seen My Dinosaur?
That’s Not My Dinosaur
The Berenstain Bears’ Dinosaur Dig
How Do Dinosaurs Play With Their Friends?
Oh, Say Can You Say Dino-Saur?
Curious George’s Dinosaur Discovery
Thomas and the Dinosaur
Distinctive Dinosaur Pop-up Book
The Good Dinosaur
Brontorina
Dinosaur Countdown

Music/Chants:

  • Songs/Chants from Phonological Awareness Preschool Pack

  • Dinosaur, dinosaur, turn around.
    Dinosaur, dinosaur, stomp the ground.
    Dinosaur, dinosaur, show your claws.
    Dinosaur, dinosaur, snap your jaws.
    Dinosaur, dinosaur, turn around.
    Dinosaur, dinosaur, sit back down!

Fine Motor/Worksheets:

  • 5 Dot Art

    • Use dots or stickers to decorate printout

  • Square coloring sheet

    • Decorate with torn up blue paper

  • Dinosaur Coloring page

Activities:

  • Dinosaur Feet

    • Cut out green construction paper and glue onto empty kleenex boxes.  Cut out and glue orange claws on it as well.

  • Dinosaur Hat

    • Follow these instructions to create a dinosaur hat.

  • Frozen Dinosaur Eggs Excavation

    • Freeze tiny dinosaurs in water.  Place the frozen in eggs in one bin and warm water in another.  Have child use a dropper to pour warm water on the dinosaur eggs to unfreeze them.

Literacy:

  • Phonics Unit- Review

  • Oral Language Skill- Give descriptions

  • Phonological Awareness- Develop listening habits

Math:

  • Shapes (unit 1 week 3)

    • Centers 1-5, 1-6


 


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