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Tot-school | Week 10 | Letter JNovember 27, 2016

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This week’s tot-school
…was Joyful!

Oh if i could repeat this week I would do so willingly, it was fabulous. This week routine returned to the household and totschool thrived. The key concepts of juice and jumper were readily accepted and explored, the accompanying ideas of jam and jumping went down really well too. Again, the week ended with unused ideas but having covered so much there was no sadness in filing them away. If anything, the only regret I have this week is that we didn’t get to do the large motor activities, taping letters on the ground to jump in and out of would have been great.

This is our 10th week of tot-school and next week (K) will be our last letter before breaking for Christmas activities. It was fantastic then get back to the full 5 days, even if one came just before our evening bath time. I’ve noticed more and more Adam is trying to write the letters when he first sees them, drawing a wobbly line inside the wide letters lines – while we always praise him for this it’s for his pen control. He prefers to start at the bottom of the letter and work up, I’m no expert but I’ve decided not to correct this, after all he’s only 25 months old! (if there is any expert reading who feels this needs correcting do let me know)

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

This weeks read more questions:

The jumper was clearly the favoured image with the craft being the favourite activity. I cut the pieces from craft-foam and perhaps it was the vibrant colours or the texture that had Adam assembling that jumper so many times!

The paint stampers. We literally managed 4 dots before quitting. while i may use these for Christmas decorations I’m happy to shelve them to the new year – the dot pages are much better received with buttons than paint.

Again the font I’ve chosen to use was a hindrance this week. for some reason it’s lowercase ‘j’ did not curl at the base. After making up a custom letter I realised that I prefer the uppercase ‘J’ with ‘a hat’ because I think it’s easier to distinguish so another custom letter came through. Apologies to those of you who would prefer the other.

Week 10 : Letter J

* denotes custom resources available as part of the pack

T10 MondayT10 Monday 2Monday
Back to routine and we kicked off with the letter tracing mats, Adam has started to point out the numbers in these even though he doesn’t follow their directions. we like naming all the objects and scribbling over them. While we still had the pens in hand we highlighted the two key objects for the week, juice (that he occasionally confused with orange or cup) and jumper. We moved on to the song about 5 monkeys jumping on the bed, using the printout from the ‘super simple songs‘ site (that accompanies the you-tube video). I put each monkey on a craft stick and jumped them off the bed as I sung the song.
1) Capital and lower case letter tracing mats
2) Upper case letter plus image *
3) Lower case letter plus image *
4) 5 Monkeys jumping on the bed activity

Today we worked with our letter spinner, lots of the words were new this week but putting this together is still a popular activity with Adam and a good review piece for us later in the week. From there we moved onto the lowercase ‘j’ for jumper craft. I’d decided to back this onto craft foam but ended up peeling away the paper from all the pieces apart from the face. It was a huge hit and repeated many times before we quit.
1) Letter spinner *
2) Letter ‘j’ for jumper craft *
T10 TuesdayT10 Tuesday 2

T10 WednesdayT10 Wednesday 2Wednesday
We completed the pre-writing practice picture match page (I’ve corrected it to say ‘j’ not ‘i’), this is a quick activity for Adam but a valuable one to keep as a record for mummy. The do a dot pages were completed with buttons and great care was taken to match the colours to the right part of the picture. The 9 piece puzzle was again split into 3 with a different pattern making Adam need to think how to construct it – it’s an activity he needs help with but seems to enjoy more because of it’s slight difficulty. Lastly we returned to the craft foam jumper pieces, I’m so glad we didn’t glue these the first time round.
1) Picture match page *
2) Letter and jumper dot page *
3) Letter and juice dot page *
4) Jumper 9 piece puzzle *
5) Letter ‘j’ for jumper craft *

I literally could go on with what we did for ages. Adam was so enthusiastic and returned for more later in the evening. Monkeys jumped, letter pictures span, buttons were placed, letters were coloured and extension sheets I’ve not even listed were engaged with. the main fun though came with the jam. Adam isn’t great with cutlery and I wanted to give him some practice holding a knife so this was perfect. Jam covered knife in hand he spread the stickiness over the paper, inside the bread images.
2) Jam and paper activity *
3) Buttons with Letter and jumper dot page *
4) letter spinner *
5) Capital and lower case letter tracing mats
T10 ThursdayT10 Thursday 2

T10 FridayT10 Friday 2Friday
I decided to try the letter jigsaw from craftyclassroom. We struggled but it was nice to try. We pulled out the paint-dabbers and the do a dot sheets next but soon quit. Rapidly going downhill. Recognising I’d prepped another craft I thought we’d give it one last go. To reinforce it was a once through we brought out the glue and interest peaked as we made ‘J’ for juice (without orange slice!). His own glass of juice and straw was well received too. Unwilling to let go of the big straws I cut a coupe up and brought him a pipe-cleaner to thread them onto, big hit!
1) Letter Jigsaw
2) Capital and lower case letter tracing mats
3) Letter and jumper dot page *
4) ‘J’ for Juice craft *
5) threading straws

Here is the preview of the pages in the pack I made- Click on the button below for the download. Do let me know what you think – I’d love your comments!

Letter J totschool pack

Grab the pack here

Next week: the letter K will be kangerooing it’s way around the house

Linking up with 1+1+1=1 : A joyful week ~ Letter J {25 mos.}


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