Sunday, January 8, 2012

Back to (Tot) School

Although I haven't done any specific Tot School posts for awhile we have been doing activities at home. December was mostly "Truth in the Tinsel" which we loved, by the way. Before that we were doing Tot School activities, just not as planned and I wasn't blogging about them. I have taken some time to totally rework our Tot School and I'm super excited about it.

Doing Truth in the Tinsel with Makenzie opened my eyes to something I could have never imagined. Doing the crafts totally helped Makenzie to understand and remember what we had read in the Bible. She is still able to tell you that Zechariah was not able to talk, and that Jesus is the light and Jesus is the King. Not only that, but while the crafts were out, she would take the crafts to whoever was over at our house and show it to them and tell them the short phrase she learned from it like, "Zechariah no talking" or "Jesus is King." So I am taking this idea and running with it.

Deuteronomy 6:6-7 says, "And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up." Bible stories are great but God has really been pressing on my heart to read the Bible to Makenzie. So each morning we will begin with reading a few verses from the NIrV Bible (New International Readers Version, which is at approx. a 3rd grade reading level) and doing a craft that goes with what we read. For the first seven days we will be reading and learning about the 7 days of creation as read in Genesis 1. I have it all planned out and I am so excited to share it with you.

In the afternoon I will be implementing the Tot School Printables from 1+1+1=1. We will begin with the letter A and move on from there, focusing on a new letter each week. I also purchased, at the suggestion of the 1+1+1=1 blog, "Songs for Saplings" which are songs focused on a memory verse for each letter of the Alphabet. The verses are short and the songs are repetitive so I'm hoping Makenzie will really take to them.

The teacher in me is SO excited to start this. I'm giddy like it's the first day of school tomorrow!


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