Tot School is BACK! - Water Theme 34 months

Tot School never REALLY stops, but during the summer I don't plan out our lessons as thoroughly and I didn't blog about it! 

Tot school for me is a chance to really connect with my toddler on a daily basis to teach him about the world.  There is SO much that I want him to know about and explore, I find it helps if I set out simple guidelines and expectations for both of us. The website 1+1+1=1 really does a fantastic job of hosting a weekly link-up for tot-school bloggers and is an amazing blogger.  I will be linking up out tot posts to connect with other tot families.  There is SO much we can learn and share with each-other.

This week, we have decided to focus on WATER.  Where can you find water? What are the properties of water?  How can water change?  What things need water?  Of course, water is such a broad topic that one week will just touch upon some of the basics. 

Every day we will have a 30 minute planned physical activities in addition to our learning.  To go with the water theme, we will be running through the sprinkler, swimming at the pool, hiking to a river, and playing some water relays with big sister!

Monday - Music Focus
We are making a rain stick with a paper towel tube and small nails, then pouring dried beans in it and capping it off with some good old duck-tape! There are so many water songs, we will try to sing a few fun AND educational ones! Like the Water Cycle Boogie or "Little White Duck" or "Baby Beluga" Oh, the possibilities are endless!  I put a music focus for Monday because that is when I teach my toddler the songs and more.  Printing songs on paper or a white board shows environmental print.  Interacting with the words make them even more meaningful!

Tuesday - Science Experiments
What is REALLY COLD water?  In the morning we filled up ice cube trays and put them in the freezer.  Later in the day, we took the trays out and talked about what happens to water when it gets cold. It turns to ice (not poop like my son predicted - gotta love 2 year olds!) We then brought the ice to the bathroom and I let him melt the ice in a sink of water.  HE had a BLAST!

Wednesday - Math
Measuring water with standard and non-standard units of measurement.  (sounds fancy huh!)  Yeah, it is really just bringing out the water station and spending time pouring using different size measuring cups.  I make sure to explain what they are.  He was so proud explaining to Papa on the phone that he was "measuring water" for his daily lesson. 

Thursday - Art Exploration
We have actually brought out the water color paints every day this week, but I have set aside a day to focus on open-ended art.  In the last week, my son has correctly identified almost 12 colors (still gets mixed up with pink and purple) so we talked a lot about colors while we painted. 

Friday - Field Trip

I had a hard time limiting myself to just one trip this week.  There are so many wonderful places to go with water, that we went to quite a few in the afternoons and talked about fun places we can find water!
  • Swimming Pool (man-made)
  • Walk near the creek (nature)
  • Splash park (man-made)
  • Sharks Tooth Hunting (nature)
  • Walk in the rain (nature)
  • Visit to the pond to feed the turtles and fish (actually a man-made pond)
Here are just a few of the books on our shelf this week.  Make sure that you have a mix of Fiction and Non-Fiction reading levels as well as a variety of reading levels and vocabulary.  Don't feel like you need to buy all the books - your local public library is a great way to get an instant themed library for the week! We really did enjoy the book Water and Bubbles and my son asked for me to buy it for his 3rd Birthday!
Do you have a toddler in your house?  What will you be learning about this week?  Feel free to use our ideas with your little ones and share any good ones with us too!  We LOVE learning and are excited to start up another year of tot-school!
- Amanda

2 comments:

  1. Love these activities! I like that daily theme/emphasis for tot school, too.

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  2. I'll be linking to this post in my upcoming post... I just ove your site and all of your ideas! Most of all, I love you Parenting with a Purpose statement...Thanks!

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