Monday, January 14, 2013

Tot School's New Direction

Henry is 22 months old. 

After a much longer break than anticipated, tot school will be returning this week. With the holidays and the loss, tot school was pushed to the back burner. But Henry and I have both missed it and I'm excited to start up again. 


With the new year, tot school is headed in a new direction -- letters! We are officially done with shapes. Henry can easily identify all the basic shapes and even some more complex ones, so I knew it was time to move on. Over the last month, Henry has become very interested in letters and numbers. At this point, he can identify about 15 letters and 6 different numbers. 

As this is our first time through the alphabet, we will be focusing on letter identification and matching upper to lower case. For the most part, I'm going to leave phonics out of the teaching for now. I may so some basic "B says buh" or something, but it won't be our focus. 



In addition to the letters, I will still tot school time to continue working on additional practical life skills including gross motor skills, fine motor skills, sensory, etc. I really want to also start incorporating more traditional Montessori materials into our learning and to continue using Montessori principals in setting up and creating the activities.



Anyone have any suggestions for teaching the alphabet?  Who else has started letters this January?!

{The pictures in this post are random tot school things we did over the break. Even during a break, we can never get totally away from tot school!}

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7 comments:

  1. My son is 29 mths and we use 1+1+1=1s Tot School ABCs -- he loves them! We also do trays and we try to fit in at least another sensory or practical life activity too. :) I loved your toy organization post -- it gave me inspiration :)

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    1. Thanks! I love 1+1+1=1 too! She has great printables!

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  2. We started letters too this month! I am going to be posting about it a bit more in the next week, but here is the first post: http://simplehomeblessing.com/alphabet-exploration/

    By the way, I am so sorry for your loss. I don't pretend to know what you are feeling, but I know the searing pain of losing a little one without holding them. God bless you and keep you and comfort you and your family during this time and always.
    Leah @ simple. home. blessings.

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  3. It is easier for kids to transform letters into reading if you teach them sounds vs letter identification. We used something like http://www.phonogrampage.com/ and it is very similar to what my older kids elemetary school uses. Have fun, we will be starting this soon too.

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    1. I do plan on doing the sounds eventually. My guess is we will go through the alphabet at least twice before he goes to preschool next year. The second time around we will focus on sounds and phonics to begin early reading and writing. Thanks for the site!

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  4. I'm so sorry for your loss, Nicole. I'm glad you and your son feel ready to return to tot school. You always have lots of great activities. You don't need to be hesitant to focus on phonics, though. I just used phonics and lowercase sandpaper letters with my son when he was a toddler. I tell about it here: http://livingmontessorinow.com/2010/07/18/learning-to-read-can-be-just-a-fun-game/

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