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

Friday, January 8, 2010

Tot School Week 7- Trying to get back in the swing of things!!

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We are slowly trying to get back into a routine... I wouldn't say we got there exactly this week but we did do lots of fun activities- the girls have been trying out all of their new learning toys that they received for Christmas!  I had almost as much fun as they did! LOL
Sisters stacking blocks :)

My most recent Dollar Tree buy- a plastic piggie bank.
I cut the top slit much wider and taped electrical tape on it.  Then Lily happily plunked a whole small bowl full of milk caps into the piggie. She loved it (I know it's not the most beautiful looking pig- but it was a quick fix to give her something special to do.)

Scarlett was using this neat paint set she received as a gift- it is no mess paint... but the color shows up on special paper-- MAGIC!


We received LOTS of puzzles for Christmas... with these animal puzzles I played a little game- I would ask Scarlett-" What is a very large animal that has a long trunk?  Then she would find the piece and put it in the correct place!

Lily has her large knobbed puzzle too!


You can't complete a day of Tot School without some good old fashioned playdoh!  Scarlett rolled, cut, and smooshed that playdoh all over!

I found these great cards at Target that say thank you for a gift and leave blanks for the name, and the type of gift given... These would be really great for early writers( like 1st or 2nd grade).  But I had Scarlett write the first letter of her name on the "Sincerely," part of the letter. I thought this was good practice to teach her about writing thank you notes when you receive gifts and also for her to practice writing the first letter of her name.  She has been doing this for about 3-4 months but she is getting REALLY good at it- this helped seal the deal!

(By the way... I think I am going to create my own on the computer from now on... this idea is too easy not to make!!- Don't you think?)

Finally, Daddy was very sick today... all day long Scarlett wanted to make Daddy some soup...(but he really couldn't stomach anything!)
At the end of the day, she was able to talk him into some noodle soup.  She was so excited to be able to finally "take care of her daddy".   Such sweetness!!! (yes I'm bragging... just a little...)

One more pic of my Lily with her piggy!!   :)

Here's Hoping YOU have a GREAT NEW YEAR!!
xoxox, Jo

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Mari-Ann said...

Brag away, lady! You have every right - Ms. Scarlett is one sweet & smart little gal! Just like her mama! :)
Lucky you to get all sorts of new puzzles!! Puzzles are my all-time favorite learning tool!
And I hear you about it taking a bit to get back into the swing of things... we were slow movin' this week.
Oh and one other thing: I LOVE your quote at the top of your blog. I watched Horton Hears a Who for the first time over Christmas and found out what the story is REALLY about. "We are here, we are here!"... brings tears to my eyes.

Raising a Happy Child said...

I like the word games you played with Scarlett that were reinforced by puzzle pieces. We play a lot of similar games in the car. I hope your husband feels better - it's so sweet when our children are so willing to take care of sick parents.

Debbie said...

I just love the piggy, that is so cute and such a great idea!

How sweet that Scarlett wanted to take of her daddy that way!

Jo Shabo said...

Me too, Mari- Ann! I think (although it is simple) it is one of my all time favorite quotes... ;)

Cheryl@SomewhatCrunchy said...

Wow! That looks like a lot of fun, hands-on learning!

Susan said...

Your idea for the thank you notes is terrific!! I love that you're having her write the first letter of her name too. Your kids are darling!

Ticia said...

What a great find in the thank you cards.
We love color wonder stuff in our house too.

Weird Unsocialized Mom said...

My kids used to love puzzles...and they still love Play-Doh. Fun week!

sbswtp said...

Lots of great puzzle work. I really like the thank you note idea :) Looks like a fun week!

Kate said...

Looks like you all had a fun week. Impressed that your little one could do the knob puzzle. We have a similar one and so far Xander can just take the 3 pieces out but putting them back is just frustrating to him.

Flying Giggles and Lollipops said...

What wonderful activities. The plastic bank from the dollar tree is a fab idea. We have the fisher price piggy bank and Chloe (16 months) LOVES it! Although, a few days ago, she decided to make a deposit into our wall heater.

Susan said...

We use the color wonder markers in our house, and might have to try out the paint. Your piggy for the little one is inspired!

Melissa: Mother to 3 Little Sprouts said...

What a cutie piggy bank! I need to check my dollar tree for one! Thanks!

Lindsay said...

Looks like you had a great week! I love the piggy bank. Also what a sweetie wanting to give Daddy some soup!

Our Country Road said...

I agree with other posters, your piggy idea is just adorable. I will be on the look out for a piggy.

Cathy said...

Great week!