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February 10, 2013

Tot School: D is for Dud

Henry is almost 23 months old

Not sure why, but Henry's week at tot school was really a dud. He just wasn't very interested in participating in anything. He even flat out refused to down to our classroom a couple times. Henry started the week being able to say the letter and identifying the capital D. At the end of the week, Henry is still struggling to identify the lowercase d, often confusing it with a b.

On the first tray were our homemade Montessori color tablets and some sheets identifying each color. Henry could then match the colors to the cards. We worked on not only matching colors but also noticing that the colors had "an order" and were different from one another. This kept Henry's attention for a bit, but he was never super into it. He had a hard time with the difference in color but recognized each of their categories.

The second tray was a group of  "D word" puzzles I made. I made small cards and cut them into two. Henry only even looked at this if I prompted him. Even then he would quickly match them and move on.

The third tray was another I thought Henry would really like. I put a bunch of his bath time ducks into a bin and taped a different letter D onto the bottom of it. Then when he picked up the duck he could match it with a D on a second sheet. Henry almost never touched this and when he did all he wanted was to chew on the ducks. Bummer.

We had a Letter D sensory bin which was Henry's favorite activity this week. He really enjoyed a duck and dog wooden memory game I put in and spent a lot of time playing with it. Makes me realize he might be ready for more trays that test his memory.

Other things we did included: 

Playing with a drum.

Food Fun: Dinosaur shaped chicken nuggets which helped Hen finally learn to "rawr."

Dot Painting a D: Henry hated this and refused to dot more than one circle.

I really don't like these types of weeks at tot school. I hate when it is such a struggle, but I guess the best we can hope is that next week is better. 

How was everyone else's week at tot school? What do you do when your toddler has an off week?

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Amy Warrick
Amy Warrick said…
I think you are doing a terrific job at making his trays! Don't give up - hard weeks don't always stay around! Judging by his age, and comparing him to mine, who just turned two last month, I'd say he's right on track and it doesn't surprise me a bit that he wanted to chew on the ducks instead of match them lol. I am by no means a Montessori expert, but just having young ones as well, it seems his sensory needs were met, so the learning wasn't lost, even if it's not something extremely visible on the outside. And that's how I cheer myself up on hard days/weeks, or weeks that go slow and weeks where we don't get as much done as we should have - I tell myself that just being at home with me all day, interacting with myself and their sisters/brothers is causing them to learn important skills that we may not see the effects of until they are older, and they probably still retain much more than we realize. You are doing great! :)
Anonymous said…
I just have to say you are hilarious!! Your activities are awesome -- my son never wanted to do anything until he was about 28 months, and now he loooves it :)
Becky Marie
Becky Marie said…
So glad you linked up with us! I've read your blog for months and love it, I just don't get around to commenting much.

Just before turning 2, Magoo also went on a school strike. I've noticed my kids always get frustrated/annoyed just before mastering a new skill and it often manifests as not wanting to even try. I usually just give them a week or two of not really pushing then try again. I bet Henry will surprise you with a new skill soon.
D' Mommy
D' Mommy said…
I totally understand. Sometimes my little boy wants to do his own thing. I really enjoyed your post. You are doing a terrific job.
Rebecca English
Rebecca English said…
Gosh d and b are really confusing. It looks like you have planned some super fun activities but sometimes kids just aren't ready for them. I think children show when they are ready to do something. I'm sure he will come back to it in a few weeks.

Thanks for linking to The Sunday Showcase.