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Tot-school | Week 25 | Letter ZJuly 14, 2018

This past week’s tot-school
…was lost in life

It’s been many moons since we worked our way through the alphabet and I’ve always felt regret that letter Z didn’t reach the site, this therefore is a post long long overdue and yet with the pack mostly made I dusted it out and added a few extras for those of you still going through the first, or second pass of phonics.

Letter Z is one letter I didn’t particularly cherish teaching. The sound is usually one of the last that children learn and it’s so infrequently used in words that it’s not a particularly helpful knowledge block early on. I honed in on the obvious Zebra as my main feature but I managed to find a few other words to supplement it.

The pack I’ve made is available for download at the end of the post.

This weeks read more questions:

From this we moved to themes as we had a second child in the morning who spoke a different language. slowly the practice of totschool became less frequent.

I write this as Adam is now three and three quarters and has just started with two or 3 letter words. Decoding is a skill he showed little interest in and so we just concentrated on letter and other preschool skills.

Yes, I plan on making a lot more resources and while those plans are still fluid I’d like them to be able to supplement and build on what is here.

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Holy week is comingMarch 17, 2018

Holy week is coming and I’m genuinely excited.

Holy week with a toddler or preschooler is something special. That story we breath within is still new to them. It’s a dark and deep story but it’s peppered with symbolism and young kids greet symbolism with a beautiful open acceptance.

I had dreaded last Easter unable to travel, but I leaned heavily into the traditions I had, built upon them and ended with the traditions of Orthodox Easter as cultures merged. It turned from dread to joy. As this years Easter approaches traditions are even more important to me. Locally the day has no significance as Orthodox Easter falls on a different Sunday. Outside our door people will walk back and forth to the market as they do every Sunday, businesses will open usual hours.

As I review last year I see someone who dove into holy week pushing the boat out and delving into the stories for each day. Plus, my family came along for the ride. The coins clattered on the floor as we entered the temple, the flames flickered in the oil lamps, the smell of baking and taste of roasted meat brought Passover to our table.

Over on JWL I’ve published my updated Holy week activities that can be used with a toddler or preschooler. If you are a totschool reader you may enjoy the tactile version. LINK
LentLent

Wishing you all a happy Easter when the time comes.

When totschool changedMay 14, 2017

Spring came, unfurling it’s opportunities to get out of the house and explore, it knocked our tot-school, upped our social life and lead letter Y and Z to spread their merge activities over more than a week each. With letter ‘Z’ now finished I thought I’d share the beautiful and unexpected continuation to our journey.

It started with a request from a friend, to take their little boy (6 months older than Adam) for the mornings. The first week was a steep learning curve, my language faltered, my children’s ministry mind wanted to plan activities, the boys were adjusting and the house suddenly felt rather small. Out came toys to be scattered, tot-school went out the window as alphabets were not shared, and my cupboard full of art materials was scoured with a shaken head more than once.

Adam is confident with his letters, numbers, shapes and colours after our first trip through the alphabet. So, with the days changing, I happily pressed the pause button on the ‘formal concept learning’ in favour of ‘skills learning’ to hone gross and fine motor skills, interactive play, turn taking, instructions, etc.

I’ve just finished week 2 of the two boys in the morning, we had a bit of a break between weeks, and this time I was prepared. I’d found loads of ideas and yet what transpired was setting up a 2 part activity morning. Free play with the addition of a play prompt followed by a table time activity and then outside time if the weather allowed, food and final bits before nap wrapped up out time together.

We’ll alternate weeks between having corporate play mornings and weeks of just our little family. I’m hoping the quieter weeks will still hold at least one play prompt of creative activity, perhaps with a concept learning slant. However, for the next fortnight we have grandparents visiting so no tot school or corporate play mornings.

I thought I’d share our weekday corporate play mornings activities in lieu of tot school for this week.

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