Monday, April 4, 2011

Tot School: Ee is for Elephant and Eggs

Our princess is currently 26 months old.
Tot School

 Our focus this week was the letter Ee.  I did something new and actually planned what I was going to do on each day.  Novel idea, I know.  Up to this point, I was just printing out a bunch of activities and doing whatever I felt like, whenever I felt like it.  This resulted in missing several activities each week or doing 5 the first day and only doing 1 on the last day.  I like the planning idea.  We ended up doing 3-4 activities a day, which was the perfect number for her attention span.
We began by making an elephant.  You can find the template on the first-school site.  She enjoyed making elephant noises as she pasted shapes in place.  I also drew the letters Ee at the top for her to trace, and she enjoyed coloring those in more than tracing.
We did this week's left-to-right tracing from 1+1+1=1's Ee printables.  She did a really great job of tracing the lines this week!
But when we moved on to the next activity (also from 1+1+1=1), I wanted her to color each object as we talked about it.  Instead, she kept drawing lines from left to right.  :)
She practiced putting the lids back on the markers.
The bottlecap activity from COAH was not a big hit this week.  After 1 letter, she decided to play with her trucks instead.
We tried again later in the week, with similar results.  She liked dumping the bottlecaps out and stuffing other objects in the jar...but she had absolutely no interest in matching the letters.  I think we will skip this activity next week and come back to it later.

She made an Ee page for her alphabet book this week.  This week's pictures featured Elmo, Eeyore, egg, elbow, ear, elephant, and envelope.  You can see in the picture on the left that she's making an elephant sound as she glues him in place.  :)
Her coloring page for this week was "Ee is for Elephant" from DLTK's letter E coloring pages
And again, you can see her making an elephant sound as she colors :)
We tried this activity from 1+1+1=1's Tot School printables.  This sheet served as a way to talk about colors, numbers, and the letter E all at the same time!  I would tell her to color a certain number of Es a certain color, and she would occasionally follow directions. 
We tried these coloring sheets from 1+1+1=1's letter E printables. She did a great job of listening to directions and coloring the eggs the colors they were labeled.
She also did this Ee egg puzzle from 1+1+1=1. This was a bit simplistic for her.

This week was our first attempt at doing any sort of sequence (from 1+1+1=1), and I did not think she would be very good at this.  She got it first try!

She colored shapes and numbers.  Shapes are definitely something we need to work on.
I attempted to let her stamp the letter "E" on her big "E".  She was not a fan of this activity.

We had a great week, and planning ahead really made it a lot more fun for both of us.  We are going to take a break from the alphabet this coming week, in order to wait for more printables from 1+1+1=1.  :)  I am looking into doing some Easter focus, so we will see how that goes!

1 comment:

The Iowa Farmer's Wife said...

Love the E activities! I've been thinking about trying the bottle caps, but right now she's content dumping them out and playing with them without letters on them. Will have to try the letters and see.