Skip to main content

Letter Z Tot School

Henry is 33 months old.

I'm going to start my recap of all the tot school letters I haven't blogged about at the letter z because it was the last letter we did and all the materials are still available. Needless to say the last few letters in the alphabet are pretty tough to come up with themes that completely fit the letter. Since Z was so close to Christmas it was sort of a half and half theme -- a Christmas Z. Doesn't totally fit, but, hey, the kids had fun. 

The first tray was a practical life tray -- transferring mini Christmas bows between two wooden bowls with a pair of tweezers. Henry actually really liked this tray and it was one of the first times I've seen him use the tweezers to transfer without frustration.


The second tray was a zoo tray. In the wooden box, I placed some large classic zoo animals {borrowed from our toy library} and some smaller matching animals from our own collection. I also included some matching flashcards.



The goal was to match the big and small zoo animals to the cards. It's a simple activity that Henry really loved. The box ended up being a little heavier than I liked, so he did require some assistance taking it out and putting it away. But, he still had a ton of fun with these.


The final tray was a letter Z made from a bunch of smaller red and green circles. Then, I included a bunch of wooden red and green beads. It was a good color matching and fine motor tray that helped start to show how to make the letter Z shape.


Henry didn't really have much interest in this tray, but one little boy (a little older than Henry) in the co-op sat and used it for nearly the entire class. It was great to start to see repetition in the work and was a great sign that the kids are starting to find their own groove in the environment. 

Other smaller trays for this week included: 

Counting zebras: This small tray included some foam squares with numbers 1 to 5 written on them, and a bunch of small zebras. The idea was to count the number of zebras needed for each foam number. This was another one of Henry's favorite trays. It was interesting to see him start to make the connection that each number is not only a different shape, but means a different number of objects.



Letter Z Magnet Tray:


Letter Z Sensory Bin: We actually had a surprising amount of letter Z objects. I was pleasantly surprised.


Zipper Tray: This was a simple tray with a practical life puzzle piece from an old Melissa and Doug puzzle. It is just a small coat that zips. Henry still struggles to zip, so I was hoping he would like this work. But, he ignored it.


Make your own snowman: Just a Christmas/winter tray where the kids can make their own snowman. I don't think Henry ever tried this one. {Until after I wrote this post and was taking pictures! Then he did if for an hour straight!}



Tot School
Montessori MondayFor the Kids Friday The Weekly Kids Co-Op at B-Inspired MamaTuesday TotsHip Homeschool Hop Button

signature

Comments

cvxcvc said…
Thanks! it was fun :)
Love the zoo animals and building a snowman! Great trays.

Popular Posts

The Ultimate Montessori Toy List -- Birth to Five -- UPDATED 2019

When you are interested in Montessori, it can be difficult to know exactly what types of products you should get for your home. Or which types of "Montessori" materials are really worth the price. There are no rules about types of products can use the name Montessori which can add to the confusion. Not to mention, every toy manufacturer slaps the word "educational" on the package for good measure!

2019 UPDATE: This post has been updated to include a variety of brands and new product finds! Just a reminder that no one child will be interested in all of this or needs all of this. These toys are just here to spark ideas and give you a feeling for some Montessori-friendly options available! 


So, with this post, I'm going to try to help with this confusion! Here's a list of Montessori-friendly toys and materials for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. 


First, let's clarify that there is no such thing as a "Montessori toy." Montessori never created to…

Sensitive Periods from Birth to 6 - A Chart and Guide

Dr. Maria Montessori spent her life observing, studying, and writing about children. During her lifetime of work she discovered that young children move through a series of special times when they are particularly attracted to specific developmental needs and interests. She called these times, sensitive periods. During the sensitive period, children learn skills related to the sensitive period with ease. They don't tire of that work, but seek it, crave it and need it. When the sensitive period passes, this intense desire is gone, never to return. 

That doesn't mean the skill is lost forever once the sensitive period is over. Instead, it just means that it will take a more conscious effort to learn. As Dr. Montessori explains, 
This post contains affiliate links at no cost to you.
"A child learns to adjust himself and make acquisitions in his sensitive periods. These are like a beam that lights interiorly a battery that furnishes energy. It is this sensibility which enables a…

Working from Home with Kids - A Montessori Schedule

One part of my life that I haven't talked a ton about here on The Kavanaugh Report is how I'm a work-from-home parent. Eight years ago I started to work at home while parenting full time. For the first several years, I worked as a legal writer while maintaining this space on the side. When Gus was born, I moved into working on sharing our Montessori life full time. It has blossomed into a full time career sharing content here, teaching courses, and now the podcast! Through it all, my kids have been home with me. 
This all seems more relevant to so many of us now that Covid-19 has closed schools and forced parents to stay at home and work while caring for children. I'm not going to lie - it's tough. It's hard to balance work and kids, especially when children are used to a completely different routine. But, it's not impossible! And, it can even be enjoyable. 

As I talk about in my podcast Shelf Help, we block our days into 3 hours groups. It helps me remain fle…