Tot School ~ 16.5 and 29 mos.

This week we kicked off Totally Tots’ “Now I Know My ABC’s”.  I am really excited to start going through the ABC’s with Brylee every week.  And I love using Totally Tots as a starting point to build on.  We had our introduction week, using the theme of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. Brylee is watching the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom video, which she loved.  :)

We practiced cutting out our ABC’s with this play-doh backpack and putting the letters on our Chicka Chicka Boom Boom tree.  (I printed out the tree from here and colored it.  Then I glued it onto two pieces of construction paper.  Finally I covered it with contact paper.  It’s pretty durable!)  **This was during our tornado scare.  So fun.  Ha.

Brylee also played with her Chicka Chicka Boom Boom tot book I put together.  (See more great tot book ideas over at 1+1+1=1.)

 

Brylee worked on her scissor skills during our tornado play-doh time.  We definitely need to practice some more.  But I do love the way she is holding the scissors.  :)

Cami had fun playing with the play-doh as well.  But she enjoyed putting the play-doh and letters into the containers even more.  :)

Cami also practiced her potty-sitting skills during this tornado warning, as well as reading up on potty 101 with Elmo.

This is our first ever sensory bin! (Read more on sensory bins here.) It has all things Spring in it, from plastic eggs, chick eggs, flower & butterfly erasers, pastel pom-pom balls, bright colored bangle bracelets, mini cupcake liners, and more!  Oh and of course the dreaded shredded Easter grass!  But I make sure to keep an eye on the girls when exploring the bin.  They actually love everything else in it, so the grass usually gets ignored.  :)

 

Make sure to check out the video above to see how our sensory bin got Brylee counting all on her own!  (She has NEVER done one-to-one corresponsdence counting.  And she did this all on her own, with no teaching from me!)

Cami got crafty this week with a foam butterfly (pack of 24 from the Dollar Tree!) and stickers.  I showed her how to put the stickers on the butterfly to make it pretty.  But she had other ideas.  Like sticking the dots to her tummy and then peeling them off.  :)

Cami has also been practicing her climbing skills this week.  She can now get onto our dinner table bench, the couch, and rocking chair successfully all by herself.  Perfect timing, lovebug.  At least she is more cautious than Brylee was.  (Who has her front tooth missing already!)

The girls are a HUGE help with laundry.  Especially now that bending down or over is pretty tough due to the 33 week pregnant belly!  Here, Cami takes the clothes from the washer I give her and then puts them into the dryer.  And she makes sure every piece of clothing gets in.  (These are our stain-free newborn clothes for Hayleigh, by the way!!!!)

Cami got into the kids’ kitchen drawer while I was freezer cooking this week.  But she didn’t make a big mess at all.  She got out a couple cups and spoon and pretended to be cooking.  What a cutie.  :)

A peek into what my house has looked like this week.  This third trimester combined with running after two toddlers all day has just zapped me of all energy.  I’ll get started on something only to be left with no energy to finish.  Like putting away the laundry.  I’m working on it slowly.  But sometimes you just gotta let it all go.  Cami doesn’t look bothered by the mess, now does she?!  :)

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11 Responses to Tot School ~ 16.5 and 29 mos.

  1. patricia says:

    I love the video. She’s doing awesome. Good job including your girls in helping you with the laundry. A new reader.

    • Carolyn says:

      Thank you!! I’m always looking for ways to get the girls to help me. Yes, it may take a bit longer but it gets them excited and helps me out a lot. I’ve learned to not rush, because that just makes our day frustrating. I have a lot of cleaning to catch up on this week, so I am figuring out what they can do alongside me to make it more manageable. :)

  2. Ashley says:

    Such cute pictures. I love reading these posts!

  3. Marie McAndrews says:

    I love this! It is amazing all the great things you are doing with your girls! I am jealous of all the great tools you have with this wonderful program!

    • Carolyn says:

      It is REALLY incredible all the free tools/ideas out there on the internet. We invested in a great printer that is an ink saver, so I am able to print out a lot to use with the girls. The moms who put these things together are AMAZING!! How they find the time to do it, I don’t know. :)

    • Ajileye says:

      It is REALLY incredible all the free tools/ideas out there on the intnreet. We invested in a great printer that is an ink saver, so I am able to print out a lot to use with the girls. The moms who put these things together are AMAZING!! How they find the time to do it, I don’t know.

  4. Anne MacPhee says:

    What a smart little girl you have. She counts so very clearly!
    I love your Easter Sensory Bin. I am planning on making one next week myself!

    • Carolyn says:

      I had sooo much fun putting it together! I got almost everything from the Dollar Tree, so that was exciting. :) I’m already thinking of what to do for next month. Good luck on yours!!

  5. amy davis says:

    Hello! I love this site, thank you for the ideas and inspiration you leave me with. I am not sure how to put together the Chick Chick Boom Boom file folder. Do you mind giving me some direction?
    Thank you for your time.
    Amy

    • Carolyn says:

      Amy, I apologize for the delay in responding! I’d love to help you out! Let me go refresh my memory on the post and then I will shoot you an email. :) Thanks for stopping by and so glad our family could be an inspiration! So many blogs have inspired me that it makes me happy to pass it along. :)

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