Saturday, June 6, 2009

Tot School-Letter R

Tot School

M&M is 3 years old

I had soooo many fun activities planned for this week, but I think we only got to about 1/4 of them. If I had known what a busy week for other things this would have been I wouldn't have planned the letter R for this week.

The letter R is for rainbows. There are so many cute rainbow activities out there, but here is just a few that we got to this week. We first read, "What Makes a Rainbow?" by Betty Schwartz. It's just a cute book.

We did a lot with construction paper and our first order of business was ripping or cutting different colored paper so that we could glue it onto a rainbow that I had freehanded. I labeled which line should be which color so she would know where to put it. This didn't last very long and we only got one line done, the purple one of course. I don't have an after picture. You can see a complete one at My Montessori Journey, where I got this idea from.

Another cute and easy craft from My Two Happy Homeschoolers. Again I don't have picture of the finished product. Check out the site to see what it looks like.

I cut out strips of rainbow colored paper and had M&M glue them onto a piece of paper. When it dried I cut it out into the shape of an R. Check out No Time for Flashcards to see the end result because I was very forgetful this week.

I found this cute template at Making Learning Fun to use with Fruit Loops to make a rainbow. M&M didn't actually finish this, I did because she was too busy eating the fruit loops. We have one stray yellow because she had eaten the rest of the blues.

These next activities aren't about the letter R, but I found them this week and wanted to try them out. I found the size board at Montessori Mom.

This magnifying glass activity looked really cute. There are boards with 12 pictures on them and the cards have the pictures on them, but they are shrunk down really small so you have to use a magnifying glass to see which picture to match it to. M&M was really smart though and could figure out what they were by just looking at the small picture. I can't find where I saved this one from, but I know it came from either Montessori Mom or Montessori for Everyone.

R is also for Rabbits. This cute bunny rabbit came from Making Learning Fun. M&M liked how it could stand up on it's own.

Then we made rabbit ears for M&M to wear and then we hopped around the house like rabbits. M&M thought this was way fun because mommy actually got down on the floor with her and hopped around too. These cute ears came from DLTK.

We also did a Tangram rabbit found at Making Learning Fun as well.

R is for Rectangles. We made rectangles usinga geoboard.

M&M used Do-A-Dots to make this rectangle found at Childcareland.

Then she made a rainbow with the Do-A-Dots.

For our last letter R activity of the week we did Rubbings. M&M helped peel the paper off of some crayons so we could use the sides of them to do the rubbings. We used a comb, 2 leaves, pennies and a cell phone.

Random fun. M&M used her blow-up microphone from Chuck-e-cheese to dance and sing.

I got some plastic bugs, butterflies and dragonflies from Target. I throw them all over the yard and she runs and "catches" them in her net.

I don't have anything planned for next week, but we only have two days to really do anything because of a family reunion. I hope to get to some of the thing done that we didn't do this past week and the rest is going to be LOTS of fun with the cousins. (She only has 19 cousins on one side alone.)


  1. Wow!!! What wonderful activities that you posted. I can't wait to see more of what you do...I am off to peruse your blog.

    Have a wonderful week and a splendid time at the family reunion!

    Blessings to you,

  2. You did so many fun and exciting projects!! I can't wait to try some of these with Emily.

  3. I love all of those ideas. We have that rainbow book too; C and R love how the ribbons make a rainbow. Have a great time at the reunion.

  4. What a wonderful time you had with the letter R. I love all the activities you did. Looking forward to seeing more of what you do!

  5. Wow! Looks like ya'll had fun this week. I love rainbow themed activities...they are always tons of fun.

    Thanks for your comment this evening. I feel a little better knowing that my kiddo isn't the only one that has changed personality due to the arrival of a new baby. You had asked about my discipline style...I use time-out and the occasional spanking when the offense is serious such as calling us stupid. I have just started reading Creative Correction and I have read How to Make Your Kids Mind Without Losing Yours, but I read that right after she was born, so I need to refresh myself with it because it was a good book. Other than those I haven't really done too much research because she's always been so good...I've really been blessed, but lately she has just been a hand full. Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated.

  6. Looks like you two had a great week! You've given me some activities to add to my to do list.

  7. What a great week! I love the rainbow R idea.. and the fruit loops one. I guess I'll have to invest in some of those dot markers eventually... I see them everywhere! Thanks for sharing!!

  8. It was clearly a busy week, and you had so much done. Thanks for the links to tangrams - was M&M able to put together this rabbit all by herself?

  9. Fantastic ideas! Looks like we are going to do some R's :) I need to find that magnifying glass one-cool!

  10. What an awesome line up of R activities. We are totally going to have to "hire" you to put together the Letter R post on ABC when we get to it! The pay isn't great, but once in awhile we get commenters like you who make our day;)



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