Monday, October 20, 2008

Tot School

I have been enjoying the "Tot School" that is headed up weekly over at the 1+1+1=1 blog. Since we do a lot of Tot School around here, I thought I would join the fun and contribute to this great site occasionally.
This week we are concentrating on Halloween, especially the spiders of Halloween. Today we made these cute handprint spiders from the DLTK site.

We used these spiders to accompany the recitation of the nursery rhyme Little Miss Muffet.
We have been memorizing a nursery rhyme every week, so since Halloween is on its way, I wanted to learn about spiders along with our rhymes. (Soon we will move on to Itsy Bitsy Spider.)

After making our spiders, the littles took turns acting out the poem. Luke performed the part of Little Mr. Muffet and did it perfectly.

He even was so "scared" of the spider, he let the bowl and spoon fly across the room. On his fourth performance, the spoon hit the wall opposite him, that is when I decided to change subjects from nursery rhymes to numbers.

We haven't really touch on number recognition yet, so this is our beginning. Both kids can count from 1 to 10, but they don't recognize the written digits, or what they stand for. Today I just made simple cards with the number 1-3 on them. We then match the correct number of gears to the correct digit. I used similar colors for each number to help them do this. After demonstating a few times, they both could do this flawlessly. Tomorrow I will try mixing the numbers up and see how they can do.

Make sure you visit other Tot School posts this week.


Carisa said...

Hello and thank for joining in with our Tot School group! The handprint spiders are so cute!
:) Carisa

Rhonda said...

Cute spiders! They did a great job on acting out the nursery rhyme. I love the photos of it.