Now here's the key question... where do you begin?
For me the easiest was to focus on Letter Based Themes. Truthfully anything will work. Tot School is just making sure you set aside time block during day to focus on learning new things with your child in all areas of development. We're linking our post with 1+1+1=1 .
This week's Tot School: A is for Alligator!Monday- Music
Five Little Monkeys
There are some fun alligator songs to learn with your child. We printed out some Monkey to recreate the song Five Little Monkey. Here's the monkey printable we used. I think we might make them more permanent and create these felt monkeys soon. Here are two versions of the songs from Cullins ABC's and Mr. Mike. Then we also sang the Alligator Alligator song and learned about body parts. Jean Felden has an adorable Alligator Chant that we adapted to fit a 1 year old humor. We pretended to let the alligator chomp the apples, ants and airplanes while we sand it. Here's a printable version of it. I wonder what else we can find for the alligator to eat?
We found some alligator books at the library that were nonfiction and looked at the pictures of real alligators. We sorted some animal picture cards into two groups. Alligators and not alligators.
Since we sang Five Little Monkeys a lot this week we worked on counting to five and counting backyards from five to zero. She's starting to saw her numbers just a little bit as we count. We also spent a lot of time using puzzle this week. It's something I have been wanting to do with her more so this was a perfect Tot School tasks to focus on. I was amazed at how quickly she was able to pick things out and find where they belonged. We had a jungle puzzle that she just loved finding the alligator first always to put into place.
We created an alligator for art by reusing some materials around the house to create the reptile skin. We reused bubble wrap and yogurt and fruit containers for the stamps. We drew the alligator together look at her alligator toy that she tugged around all week long.
Here's another cute alligator project I wanted to share with you.
We are pretty lucky that we can visit our local musuem and a local walking trail to observe alligators. So we took a little family field trip to observe the alligators in action this week.
Everyday Langauge Arts
We shared our Letter A printable with our Tot Time group and decide it would be fun to paint the alligator and A at home. While we were together we created the Letter A Alligator that you can see on the table below.
For your own free printable version, click here
Letter A Activities with Alligators from Totally Tots
Letter A Activities from Totally Tots
Alligator Cupcakes from Little Family Fun
Dont' forget to PRINT your free A is for Alligator Printable Unit on Teacher Notebook
Alligator After School Activities