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Tot School ::5::

As we settle more and more into our routine, the girls are more than happy to try and help me with “Tot School” and Kaleb (because really any excuse to play is good!
Kaleb has always been very laid back in comparison to our other kiddos, but this week we are seeing more of his little personality shining through. He’s had more alone time with me this week and he has been hysterical! He’s trying to talk more, “singing” to himself, and just cracking us up – doing most anything to get a good laugh from us.

I pulled out some new toys and mixed them up with some our regulars, which involved me being truly suprised at what Kaleb can do. We try to start out our day with a little bit of worship and dancing, so this is our little blur of motion:

We have a little bear puzzle that allows you to change the bears shirt, pants and face. Each face pictures a different emotion: sad, happy, mad, etc… Kaleb had fun fitting the pieces into their form.

I pulled out some counting bears that I recently bought and also some bowls of the same color to have Kaleb try to sort the bears by color – this is where I was really suprised. He did GREAT!! When he would put a bear in the wrong bowl, he would stop and pick it out and drop it in the right bowl. We started out using only 2 colors, but eventually did all four colors. I did videotape it too (and he did it for the most part then), but he was a little over doing it then, so you’ll just have to trust me on it!

The stacking cups came out again, but this time Kaleb wanted to fit them all back into each other which he did wonderfully, pulling out the ones needed to sort them by size.

Some new animal magnets were also added to the fridge to play with. Kaleb didn’t want to play the way I wanted to play, so we had fun pulling them off the fridge and putting them in a bag and counting them together instead.

That’s it for this week (at least the pictured part). Thanks for stopping by!

Tot School ::4::

This week it seems we spent more time OUT of the house than we did IN it – but we tried to squeeze in some fun and time to learn between all the running around to stores and the doctor.

We visited our children’s museum where essentially the name of the game is “Follow Kaleb Around” and we play and do what Kaleb is interested in (and try to keep him away from the water cooler).

This week we played with the globes and the magnets…

..and dug around a little in the garden and picked vegetables together.

At home we pulled out the big paper and taped it to the table and let him color/scribble. He tried imitating some of the strokes that I was doing and repeating the colors that I named: blue, yellow, green and purple are definite favorites.
We have some great “animal parts” that we can use with our playdough (I think this was a Costco buy last year) and had fun adding eyes and random body parts to a lump of playdough.
We are still having issues with trying to eat the playdough, but he does love to squish it around and have fun trying to cut it up with the scissors or a kid’s knife.
We would get one playdough color open and out and he would hand me another color to open (and Mommy has issues with playing with more than one color at a time…it’s a sickness, it is), so we started stacking containers instead and counting containers – which kept him happy for a bit longer.

And when he got tired of stacking and playing, it’s always fun to take the empty containers and make funny noises together.
At the end of the week we took a trip to the arboretum to go on a nature walk. Since Kaleb was in the backpack, there aren’t any pictures of him, but we took a great walk and spent LOTS of time watching the ducks – so this is much of what Kaleb saw:

And later at home, we played a new game with Kaleb which brought giggles and laughs from everyone involved: Slide the book under the door. Bonus points for hitting Kaleb, because that made him laugh more. He and Laurianna had a great time playing this together.

That’s it for this week! Thanks for stopping by!

Tot School ::3::

This week for Tot School things were a little crazier (a lot to do during the day with preschool starting for big brother…and a new routine to adjust to), but we still squeezed in time together and are adjusting everyone to the “Mommy gets to spend special time with Kaleb” routine too!

Getting rid of our high chair and moving Kaleb to the booster seat so he can sit at the table has been a huge help – although he still wants to be buckled in constantly and then sometimes can’t reach the activity that we are doing. In his little mind: booster = must be buckled. :)

We spent some time playing with some animal magnets that I found last week. He loved pulling them off and rearranging them, dropping them in and taking them out of the bag. We tried driving the tractor around on the table, but the magnet he was most interested in? A haybale. Go figure.

Kaleb loves the stacking cups and is beginning to consistenly get them in the right ascending order.

Ever since I pulled this ring stack out again (I know it’s more of an infant toy, but I’m working on the size differences and stacking them correctly) he has been carrying it around the house and wanting to take it to bed with him. Now, of course, the rings are located all over my house (and good luck to me in finding them all).

Kaleb has also discovered where Mommy has been hiding the crayons and has great fun dumping them out and then putting them back in the box. I can’t complain if he wants to clean them up, so I just take pictures. He is having a lot of fun coloring and is sitting for much longer time periods to scribble away now.

I pulled out some of our puzzle blocks to stack, and he wanted more to stack so we pulled out the 1″ blocks too (much better).

He also loved trying out the lacing cards. He was able to get the string into several of the holes, and then let me pull the string tight for him.

That’s it for this week – be sure to click on the Tot School link above to see how other moms are incorporating Tot School into their day!

Tot School ::2::

Getting pictures of the things that we do during Tot School, can sometimes be a wee bit challenging. Four kids, all vying for their own piece of the action. And everyone wants to help the baby. Sigh.

But I have pulled my act together, and even if the pictures are blurry, skewed or whatever, here they are!
Kaleb is well aware now that all the “good stuff” is hiding out on the shelves in Mommy’s room. It’s almost enough to distract him from the toilet.

The toys may be exciting for a little bit, but then being able to reach door knobs and open and close doors is so much fun too, so forgetting the toys can be rather easy.

This week Kaleb colored a lot more with the crayons as opposed to trying to eat the entire box, which was a welcome surprise. I kept naming the colors he used as he was coloring and every time he used the purple, he would color a bit and then raise his hands and say “Purple!” He repeated it over and over – so sweet!

We also spent some time playing with our Fisher Price farm – he loved zooming the tractor around, making fun noises and putting the animals in their pens. He is consistent with a few of the animal sounds (pig, cow, and rooster) at this point.

The new found “freedom” of his booster seat has been great, but he has more fun buckling his seat when he isn’t sitting in it – and Mommy has fun unbuckling it over and over again!!

Next week I’ll have some more pictures to show what else Kaleb is up to!

Tot School

This week I finally got around to taking more pictures of Kaleb “doing school” and making a real effort to pull special things out to do with only him. Carissa at 1+1+1=1 hosts “Tot School” each week and this is my first (of hopefully many!!) week of posting along with her.

Kaleb spent some time with Daddy working with one of his Discovery Toys Shape sorters. He loves popping the shape in and then quickly reaching in to grab the shape back out. There are a few shapes he can do on his own, but I love this sorter, since it also teaches the kids to match colors as well as the shapes.
While I was in the kitchen, Kaleb pulled out all of my baking sheets and we had a little music festival of sorts. He spent a great deal of time arranging the pans “just so” and was even sweet enough to put them all right back where they belong. He loves to clean up (yeah for me!).
We all had a great time playing Hulabaloo together. Kaleb hasn’t grasped the concept of what he is supposed to do, but he has a great time trying to imitate the other kids. He was so upset when we put the game away and promptly pulled it all back out to play again by himself.
He’s only played with the our marble sorter a few times (since he doesn’t get to go downstairs much yet) and LOVED it (of course getting the other kids to let him play by himself for a few minutes was rather difficult).

Our other shape sorter he loves too, although he does know it’s much easier to just take the top off and put the shapes in without the lid. :)
He is trying to count along with me right now. When I start him on “one”, he quickly chimes in ever-so-sweetly, “two.” He loves to say “Go!” and each day we hear new little words coming from him. So much fun!
This next week we’re working with a little bit of a different schedule for our day, and that schedule will hopefully offer a fun routine for the kids that will also allow me a little more individual time with Kaleb.

Look who’s homeschooling now…

I’m going to post some pictures of our completed President’s Day Lapbooks this week – but for now, here is a picture of Kaleb trying to join in the homeschooling fun. :)