Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Tot School Tuesday - 16.5 months
This is the last week of our Ocean Theme. We really didn't do many new activities related to the ocean this week but we continued with some of the activities that we had previously done.
This week at at MyGym was Pirate Week and the adventure for this week was an ocean themed play tent. So fitting!
This week I also started to emphasize more household responsibilities. I bought a watering can at the Dollar Tree and Makenzie waters our plants with me.
Makenzie has also been eating all of her meals at her new table. After she eats I give her a wet paper towel and she wipes down her table.
Also, this week I introduced chalk for the first time.
This weekend we took another trip to the beach and Makenzie made some real progress. She loved the water as always and she didn't completely freak out when her feet were sandy. She still wouldn't play in it but we're making progress!
Finally, I learned the biggest lesson this week: Don't underestimate your child's ability. I remember when Makenzie started to roll over at 2 months, people didn't believe me. It wasn't that she was super baby but instead that I gave her the tummy time she needed and assisted her in rolling over, finally at 2 months old she rolled over all by herself and continued to do so, all the time. I've been seeing a lot of color sorting activities on various blogs but I just didn't think Makenzie was ready for that yet, I was very wrong. This week I decided to give it a try but didn't expect that she'd do much with it.
I demonstrated how to sort a few blocks and then put them back in the bowl and handed them to her. She was so cute repeating how I had demonstrated for her, saying, "hmmmm..." and then putting the shape on the proper color. I was so surprised that she did it! She can sort red, yellow, orange, blue and green but I only hand her three colors at a time so that she isn't overwhelmed. We have done this every day and she gets excited every time I get it out. The moral of this story is, try things, challenge your little ones. The worst that could happen is that he/she isn't ready for it and you put it away and try again in a month or so.
So that was our Tot School week. Next we're going to be working on colors, or a color. I haven't fully planned yet but I'm looking forward to switching themes. Thanks for following along with us! Don't forget to check out the 1+1+1=1 blog for more great Tot School ideas for all ages!