My Favorite Quotes:

A person's a PERSON no matter how small... -Dr. Seuss

I am a little pencil in the hand of God who is sending a love letter to the world. - Mother Teresa

The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to THINK, than WHAT to think- rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with the thoughts of other men. - James Beattie

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Tuesday and Thursday Tot School Week 5!

Found this cute foam Nativity activity from Hobby Lobby... Scarlett place Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus as well as the donkey, camel and wise men in and around the stable. There are 25 stars.. each day before our calendar activity we place a star on the "Manger Calendar".

Once Scarlett started to do her activities, I noticed Lily mimicing the calendar activity- with the pointer!! It was so cute to watch her. I love seeing her pick up so many things that her big sister is doing! She is so smart! :)

Writing a letter to Santa (putting it in her stocking for St. Nicholas day- on Dec. 6th) She dictated, I wrote it for her but she signed her name- she is getting pretty good at it!
Licking the envelope (she loves this part- I don't know why!)

Another Montessori-like activity. I had these leftover ceramic stars from a make your own stepping stone activity we did for Mother's Day... so she put them in a star ice mold with tongs... this was a little difficult but she really liked doing it! The star ice mold tray was from Dollar Tree... they are great for doing little Montessori activities like organizing, classifying, etc.

I love this LeapFrog Phonics Magnetic Alphabet .. it sings a song and tells you what the letter says! We always listen to it when we are starting a new letter. This would be a great gift buy- I put a link on the right side of my blog if you are wanting something like this for Christmas!

C is for CANDY!! Candy glued onto the letter C that I drew (lots of candy left over from Halloween!!) I am thinking I saw this idea on Confessions of a Homeschooler? But I'm not completely sure??
Cute foam crafts from the Dollar Tree! Scarlett chose a wreath to decorate today- lots of cute foam stickers to put onto the wreath- letters too- she found the letters to her name and put them on as well.

Making HomeMade Playdoh..... Got idea from Our Cozy Little Book Corner- check it out!

Took a break from the playdoh to let it cool down... Saw this idea on lots of sites but looked especially at A Mommy's Adventures- very cute!
Here is Scarlett starting to paint the candles for the advent wreath! Cut paper towel rolls in half and painted 3 purple and 1 pink!

Then Scarlett "lit" the candles with yellow tissue paper... she wanted to light them all so I let her but then we talked about it later (this is the 1st week of ADVENT so only the 1st purple will be lit!) :)
Advent Wreath completed!! Scarlett being a ham with the leftover paper!

Great Montessori activity- using tongs to move the puff balls into the ice cube tray. Left to Right of course!! :)

Playdoh cooled off- and ready to be played with!
We had lots of fun this week!!

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AF Wife99 said...

It looks like you had a busy and interesting week. Thanks for sharing!

Cheryl said...

Wow! What a bunch of fantastic projects. I don't know how you did it all.

Kim said...

Great week. I love the candy on the letter C!

Jolanthe said...

that Advent wreath is so cute!!!

Weird Unsocialized Mom said...

You have beautiful children! I love the photo of the little one mimicking big sister. Too cute! Looks like you're all having so much fun. Thanks for joining in the Weekly Wrap-Up!

Raising a Happy Child said...

Your Montessori activities are great. I need to pick up those light plastic tongs somewhere - ours are too heavy for my 3 year old. Thanks for sharing!

Ticia said...

Hee hee, we have the same calendar. Love all the activities you did.

Debbie said...

Once again you have the greatest and most interesting ideas. It looks like everyone had a lot of fun!

joelle said...

wow. lots of good interesting stuff. Looks like everyone have been busy. That is really great!

jennwa said...

So many fun things. Thanks for sharing.

Giggly Girls said...

Fun, fun, fun!! I love the foam nativity. I have a sticker one coming from OTC. I can't wait for my tot to try it. Although I'm sure she'll rip it to pieces. Luckily it comes in sets of 12. LOL

sbswtp said...

how fun!!! where did you get your calendar?

Jo Shabo said...

We got that calendar from Hobby Lobby in their craft section- it is made of foam... there could be something like this online at Oriental Trading though too- I love shopping there for lots of fun crafts! I also found lots of foam crafty stuff at Dollar Tree the other day!

Susan said...

We have the wreath too and plan to do it this week.

Don't you love the fridge phonics? We do the same thing introducing a new letter every week.

Calina said...

What a fun week! I'm sure your kids are eager to play school!

Cara said...

Cute ideas! Thanks for the recommendation on the Fridge Phonics, I think I am going to get it for DD for Christmas if the price on Amazon goes down some LOL

Adriana said...

You have great ideas! I am following. :)