I said a few days ago that I’d try to get my ABC-abc clothespin pages up for anyone who needs a black and white version. There is a space that I used to put a sticker of an object or animal that starts with that letter, then I backed them with bright red cardstock before laminating so they’re still bright and colourful. Since I don’t have any nice clean clothespins, we’ve been using large paperclips with them instead.
So this is our first full week of tot school! This week we studied Creation with a tot-book. Tobi loved it! He kept asking to do more “decoration” (what he called the crafts..mainly he just wanted to play with glue.) Annabel helped a bit too..she mainly liked to paint glue onto her hands.
For the tot-book, we did a collage with the 7 days of creation, traced Tobi’s hand and talked about how God made him (and everyone else), learned the song “My God is so Big”, made a counting book with the numbers 1-5 and a picture showing something God made with the proper number of animals, etc to correspond with the number, worked on the verse Genesis 1:1, coloured a Creation mini-book, and made matching cards to match the day to what God made in that day (Yay! I finally got to try out my new laminator!)
We’ll still have to work on the material since Tobi doesn’t quite get it all yet. He’s starting to be able to remember the verse but doesn’t know the days and what God made each day yet. He loves singing the song though! Even Annabel tries to sing along and she does the actions pretty well 🙂
We also did some alphabet work; finding letters and matching upper case to lower case. I made some clothespin cards for upper and lower case letters but ran out of laminating sheets so was only able to do 5 letters. I figured that was a good start though!
We don’t really have a schedule at all…If Tobi seems bored I’ll ask if he wants to do something for school, and it usually lasts about 10 minutes at a time, maybe 2-3 times in a day (not counting randomly asking him if he knows the memory verse, etc.) Looking at other blogs it looks like others may have more of a scheduled tot-school time, but I don’t see how I’d be able to engage Tobi’s attention for much longer. Right now I just want to concentrate on getting him interested and excited about the idea of school so a few minutes a day is good for me!
I know you can get alphabet upper and lower case clothespin pages from 1+1+1, but the ones on that site require a colour printer, which I don’t have. I made my own for just b&w, and added a sticker that corresponded with the letter. I’ll try to figure out a way to post the ones I made here so that if you don’t have a colour printer you can still get a set.
I just found this software the other day and wanted to share! It’s called the Homeschool Day Book, and it’s a program through which you can organize your homeschooling activities. You can find the software HERE. You can try it (the full version!) for free before buying it.
It has a very simple set-up. Once you’ve installed it, you’re asked to put in your child’s name, and you can customize the subjects you want to include. The program has a list of basic subjects already there; you can delete or edit these, and add your own at any time.
The first menu option is called Day Book Entries. Here you can write out what your child did on that day, how long they spent on their activities and work, which children were involved, and what subjects were covered.
I’ve only been trying this out for a few days, but so far I’m very pleased with this program. Homeschool Day Book is easy to use and customize, and is well organized. You can try the free trial by clicking HERE and if you love it, you can buy it for $39 USD.
In the last couple of days, I’ve starting Tobi to work on his first tot-book (you can find out more about tot-books here; the topic? Creation! I’m still waiting to receive our new printer toner refills in the mail so I haven’t been able to print off anything for him yet, but we’ve done a couple of crafts that he was able to glue into his book. I think playing with the glue was his favourite part of the activities. 🙂
For his first activity, I’d cut out pictures of different things God created (animals, planets, etc) and made a small accordion-style book with the numbers 1-5 at the top of each page. He got to count the number of animals or whatever in each photo, and glue it under the proper number page. He then used the leftover pictures to decorate the front of his lapbook.
I don’t have the photos yet for his second activity, so that will have to wait for another post. Hopefully our toner will get here soon so I can print off some new things for him! I also need to put together some activities that Annabel can join in with too.