Tot School: Book Focus – We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

As I looked for good books and activities for the cave theme I was planning, I came across a lot of fun things to do with the book, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen. So, I decided that the last week and a half of the cave theme we’d focus on this book….

Tot School: Cave Theme

I’m not sure exactly when my daughter became interested in “caves”, but it happened.  All she wants to do after her bath, was for her dad (or me) to join her in the towel cave.  In the morning, it’s the sheet cave. “Come on, dad.  Come on, mom.  Get in the sheet cave!” I’m trying…

Tot School: Beach and Ocean Theme

The great thing about themes is that any academic subject fits into them.  There’s no need for objectives at this age, because she has such a limited knowledge of most subjects, totally immersing ourselves in a theme results in her knowing a lot more than she did at the beginning. There are a ton of…

Tot School: Intro to Shapes

Some find the idea of planning activities for two year olds crazy.   But as a former teacher, I can rarely go a day without planning in my head.  It used to be U.S. History that I saw everywhere (Pool noodles on sale? Those would make great bayonets for a Civil War battle! Controversial Dixie…

Tot School

“Tot school” is a term someone coined for doing activities with a toddler. I’d never heard it before having a toddler, but it’s real.  My favorite site — and inspiration for a lot of what I do — is 1+1+1=1.  They have a fantastic amount of information about this kind of thing. Many parents will…