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Tot School: Letter T

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Letter T is filled with way too many fun things!  It’s hard to choose what to do!  We enjoyed playing with trucks and tractors and trains and learning about turtles and tigers and Tigger.

language Bible verse of the week:

Always give thanks to God for everything. Ephesians 5:20 

We use the ABC bible verse songs from Songs for Saplings.  These songs are so catchy, beautiful, not “children’s music annoying,” and I find myself singing and learning and memorizing the bible verses along with John.  Carisa at 1plus1plus1equals1 has made coordinating ABC Bible Verses posters which have really helped with his memorization as well.



Letter of the week: Tt

Our curriculum consists of 1plus1plus1equals1‘s Tot School ABC’s.  

We put up our bible verse, a Tt small poster from Tot School, a Tt sign from my Kindergarten teaching days, and these wonderful Montessori sandpaper letters above John’s table.  We put these up on the wall so he could feel the letter every morning and trace his fingers on the letter.  Our bin has his printables in an envelope, all ready, along with his poetry books and bibles.

To the right is our poem (From a Railway Carriage was the perfect poem this week!) for the week from my Robert Louis Stevenson Free Printables, Letter T is for Transporation vocabulary, and his alphabet from the Busy Hands post at 1+1+1=1.  I set out a lacing turtle and a letter puzzle for him too.

Check out his T!  John has been very excited to make his R, S, T these last few weeks.  I am so proud of him — I am not pushing handwriting at all — and when I do it will be easier to harder letters — right now we are just exploring.  You can check out my post on pre-writing and uppercase letter writing here: {Early Literacy Stage 3!}  This wonderful handwriting sheet is free from The Measured Mom.

Haircut {tear} last week…. I went a little overboard…. It’ll grow back, it’ll grow back….


Stamping Ts (and cows!) on the T is for train :)

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Reviewing the transportation vocabulary.  He knew every single one!


Placing the trains and their shadows together.


Loved the Do-A-Dot markers — the color green today :)


We painted some of our papers with puffy paint: glue and tempera paint:


We also made our Christmas TTTThank you cards using a trick from Happy Hooligans (check out her blog for this great idea!!)

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Books for the Week:

We read some truck books.  Bright Baby Trucks, Trucks by Bryon Barton, and Slide and Find Trucks. : )


And did a Treasure Hunt For Boys with this amazing search book!  John loves it and I highly recommend!

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We also enjoyed reading some Winnie the Pooh books about Tigger!



Counting turtles 1 -10 with a sweet Turtle Counting book from Confessions of a Homeschooler.


We did some count painting and here is John cutting out our shapes and pasting them on paper:



Here is our work on a clothesline and in our kitchen:



John loved sorting his toys on a shadow page I made — this took a minute to make and he loved it — another great idea from Happy Hooligans!  This is a great activity for spatial awareness and creating shapes!



We played with Foam Dough as part of our T Sensory work.


I also made a Turtle Pond Sensory Bin and John was beyond thrilled.  I got some sweet turtles from the dollar store, had rocks as the base, and added some fake plants that I got on sale. I gave him the usual stainless cups and spoons to play. I had intended to put water in this, but he loved the rocks so much I thought, why bother with more mess.  We added water the next time I got it out ; )

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Working with Learn N Links and a sweet lacing turtle from Confessions of a Homeschooler. {His shirts get very dirty by the end of the day lol.}

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We also worked on this Melissa & Doug train alphabet puzzle, a gift for Christmas!

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We also worked on many important skills in the kitchen.  See our post on Slicing Strawberries:






We are making an alphabet book with uppercase letters.  We are starting it now, but we’ll start the alphabet again after our Tot School ends with Z.  I will save these and put them in a “book” — probably just with three pieces of yarn — for him to remember each letter!  We are using printables from The Unlikely Homeschool.
It is simple — just decorate your letter with something related to that letter.  This week it is T for Tea!  He loved this activity!
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May loved playing with this Baby Einstein Musical Turtle — a gift from Christmas.  I will have a fun Baby Play Ideas post coming up soon — May is often involved with many of our Tot School Adventures :)
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  1. Amy, your tot school is so awesome! Love every little detail about all that you did. ♥

    1. Thank you Michelle!! We hope to be done with the Alphabet soon — I’m looking forward to starting over :)

      1. I remember now that you cut John’s hair! yes, it will grow back! His is still much better than Bo’s. {It will grow back!} :)

  2. Letter T would be my favorite to explore too – trains and trucks for my daughter and turtles for me. I love your turtle sensory bin! You make learning letters look like so much fun!

  3. Pinning this for when we get to the letter T is our Tot School! What great ideas!

  4. Amy – You have SO many great ideas in this post! Love that felt turtle and the simple {but great} idea of tracing objects to match. Thanks so much for sharing – and beautiful pictures too! :)

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