Monday, 4 August 2014

Spontaneous tot school day

Sometimes when I post about our homeschool lessons, I feel like I'm giving you guys the wrong impression. That with all of the photos, printables, etc, it seems like I spend a lot of time on our works. Don't get me wrong, there are units that I plan out, putting a lot of thought into the order of activities, into the manipulatives, and printables that we will be using. Other days or weeks, I throw together works with whatever we have on hand with zero planning beforehand. 

Given that the week before this one, we literally did zero tot schooling because of our crazy lives, this week, I was determined to present well thought out, somewhat brilliant and perfect activities! I spent all of Sunday evening planning and creating printables. And then... we ran out of ink. I didn't even get a chance to print my creations, but still being determined to present some kind of structured works on Monday, I spent five, okay maybe, ten minutes maximum going through my school supplies and our kitchen stash for items to use in school that day. I came up with five activities: science, practical life,  two math, and one language/reading. Oh yes, in five to ten minutes! 

Granted these lessons don't form one cohesive unit study or theme, but they all appealed to my kiddo, which is why I am so excited to share them: quick and easy Montessori inspired toddler activities! 


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Math works


Long and short sorting (also green and white sorting) using ikea bag clippers. 


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1 to 1 correspondence. We also counted to twelve as he scooped, and because he scooped, this also doubled as a practical life activity. 

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The control of error was that I gave exactly the amount of marbles as would go into each fish in the mold. 

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This work would have gone well with our oceans unit, but I didn't have this ice cube mold then. If you're interested, you can get my free ocean themed printable pack in my Ocean unit post

 Free Montessori inspired ocean activities for toddlers

Practical life


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This is also a math work because it incorporates the concept of 1 to 1 correspondence, but we ended up turning it into a water pouring work as well because the Toddler set this up for himself: 


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He gets his own water, and asked me to deconstruct the high chair for him. He started pouring the water into each ice cream mold. 

Science


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Again, this one isn't just science. It's also (or perhaps more so) a language activity because we identified animals. In my mind, animal works = science, but that may be because I'm not very good at categorizing. 

Language/reading


The Toddler actually dug these out of our Tot School Printables folder himself and started identifying the vehicles and trying to identify the letters. He's still obsessed with our transportation unit, so I took the opportunity to reinforce some letters yesterday: 

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For your own construction letter printables, you can visit my Construction Vehicle Unit post. I have this available in both English and Russian!

... and random: on Sunday, we went to the zoo! It's the inspiration for a school unit come fall! I'm so excited for it, and love that this zoo is basically a very long nature trail. 

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Now, as for this post. The reason why I wanted to share this with you guys, and even let this post take the spot of what I had already planned to share today is that I wanted to show that Tot school can be easy to set up! It doesn't have to take a long time and you can use the items you already have on hand at home to create educational activities for your kiddos very quickly: ice cube trays, ice cream molds, cups, etc, are items you may already have (if you don't ikea or a dollar store would have those items for very cheap). 

For more tot school inspiration, stop by my Toddler Activities page. For even more ideas, be sure to visit my Tot School Pinterest board!

Today, I am linking up at: Montessori MondayThe Thoughtful Spot BloghopThe Weekly Kids Coop, The Pinning Party, the Tot school Gathering Place hosted by Carisa at 1+1+1=1 and Tuesday Tots!

Thank you for stopping by!
Yuliya