Friday, January 15, 2010

Day 5- End of first week!

Today was the last day of our first week of Tot school and I can't even express how much I am enjoying this one on one time with Austin. I love teaching I love watching him explore new things. 

Today my little tot was in a "special" mood so getting him to focus or sit was not very easy. He didn't last very long on any of he activities but we still managed to have some fun. Austin began by asking for his color box, while I got some things together he played with his playdough until he was done and then he started throwing it on the floor. We then moved onto out book which Austin decided he did not want to look at and kept closing it on me saying done. So I brought out the paint which is always a huge hit. I was hesitant about this painting activity because I was not sure if Austin would understand what I wanted him to do. We are working in being focused which I think is one area he lacks in. To my surprise, Austin loved it. He got the hang of it right away and for the most part he did not try to paint himself or anything other then the paper. 

Austin really likes stickers so we are working on him learning to take them off the paper himself. The little guy tried his hardest today but just couldn't get the hang of it. Oh well we will keep practicing. It is also interesting to see him place each sticker over them next. Unless directed on were to put them, he likes them all in one spot.

Today since Austin was not very focused, I brought out a puzzle by Melissa and Doug that he has had for awhile. It has safari animals on it and I thought he would need tons of directions but he didn't. He was able to match right where the animals went and even got a few correctly in its slot. I first would hand Austin a puzzle piece, stating what each animal was, then asked him to repeat it. After that I asked him to hand me specific pieces which he did relatively well at. Another activity I did with the puzzle is take two pieces and place them in front of Austin and have me a specific piece. This is where I noticed he needs more practice at focusing as he just wanted to hand me a piece to get on with what we were doing and wasn't really listening to what I was asking. After that we had some free play and Austin happily danced him animals around saying "walk walk".
When the animals started flying across the room, we decided to call it a day and rate this as a very successful first week of Tot School!


  1. I am so intrigued by Tot School!! I think Maddie will start at 18 months. I need you to help me with this.... I think she is too little right now but will be ready soon.

  2. I love this site! Keep it up because you are giving me wonderful ideas!