I've been spending lots of time (late hour time) at the tot school blog called 1+1+1=1. This blog is amazing and my main resource. I look through her link-ups and find other blogs/moms that have children around the age of Mr. Little Man so I can get new ideas. My Spare Time: Tot School - June Is another great blog that I have recently uncovered during my TS research. Her daughter is 21 months old in this post. It is fun to see what other little 21 month olds are up to and get some new ideas too! I spent an hour of "me" time at the library looking for some "green frog" & "purple cat" books to get ahead of the week. We did not read enough last week so I wanted to make sure we had some new exciting reads for the upcoming week-o-green. I cut up our green felt strips and taped up our Green Frog Cut out to "hide & seek" each morning. I filled the book crates with new (and very green) books and I was ready for our green week of tot school.
He liked his felt this week... for about 2 minutes. He mostly enjoyed looking at new patterns if I moved them occasionally. Besides that... he could take it or leave it.
My husband and I decided our hiding spots for the cardboard Green Frog needed to be a bit trickier than the previous week... he was just too good at finding it! We decided to put it on the window, behind the open shades for day one. I felt bad, thinking it was too hard but my hubby felt it may still be too easy. Well, he was a little confused the blue horse was missing on the wall... But he still managed to find the green frog in less than 10 seconds. My little I-spy master! This game remains a big morning hit in this house.
One day we watched a video on the computer and did some music time. I had found the following video on YouTube ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVPmtaHmL4g ) for the song, "Five Little Speckled Frogs". This was a new song for Mr. Little Man and I was unsure how the whole lesson would go in general. Well, we watched it 5 times with his eyes wide open and a big grin! He especially liked when the frogs ate the bugs. It was a cute lesson that introduced frogs and allowed me to show him the color green in action... ribbit! We ended up singing this at least once a day for the rest of the week... I think I'll pick a theme song to sing with him when possible as he loves music and really enjoyed singing and dancing to our new song during the lesson and throughout the week.
Through some of my tot school blog searching, I found an amazing fellow Tot School blogger who's site is going to be a huge help to me! This week I used her green "color book" print out and he loved it! We read it over and over and over... and again. So thankful I found this site!
I wanted to incorporate a gross motor focused activity. I decided to make some green bean bags and practice picking them up, throwing, aiming into a bucket etc. I added some dried beans to some mismatched green socks around the house, tied a knot and voila! Mr. LM loves to play with balls and loves to throw so he loved these homemade bean bags. I set up some bowls and buckets at various distances for us to throw them towards... this part lasted just a few minutes before he started throwing them, kicking them and basically pretending they were a bunch of new balls. Lots of giggles!
We made lines, circles, piles and more. We pulled, squished and played for 20 minutes. I started getting fancy and made a bicycle... a frog seemed too hard so I went with a bike, ha!
For one of our activities, Mr. LM used his TS notebook and colored in his green frog print out (I printed it off google images). He loves to use the markers... crayons are so last week apparently! SO, we continue to stick with the TS notebook where we can color with markers and then he can erase it all and start again. And... I'm saving on printer ink which is fine too.
Some of the other books we read this week:
Tedd Arnold's Huggly Takes a Bath
Bill Martin Jr./Eric Carle's Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?
Eric Carle's Play-a-Sound, Colors! Colors!
Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Dallas Clayton's An Awesome Book!
Green Wilma's Frog In Space
Lane Smith's Grandpa Green
Arnold Lobel's Frog & Toad Are Friends
Algy Craig Hall's Fine As We Are
Sorry, one more picture! Mr. Little Man with his grandma reading one of his books :) This is
Lane Smith's Grandpa Green and was a slightly odd book from the library but an absolute favorite for Mr. LM. We must have read it 30 times. If you've read it, do you think it is as odd as I did?