Love, Joleen: Tot School: The Letter "B" + BUGS Week

Monday, September 8, 2014

Tot School: The Letter "B" + BUGS Week


I can't even tell you how much I was looking forward to this last week of Tot School. Benjamin is already familiar with the letter B since "B is for Benjamin" and he LOVES bugs, so I knew he was going to be over the moon with all that I had planned. I really wasn't sure we'd be able to get through everything with the shorter week (we had a birthday party one day and a date with GG (my grandma) on another)) and we didn't. Still, it was such a blast

For starters, Ben had Monday off of work for Labor Day, which meant that he got to participate in whatever we did. Benjamin would have no part in any projects while Daddy was here. He loves his mama, but is a daddy's boy through and through. I decided to get the hubby involved and skip right to the ooey gooey. I saw this idea on Toddler Approved! to toss slimy bugs up to the ceiling and then catch them with a bowl, when they fell from the ceiling. Benjamin helped "place" several on the ceiling himself, since he can't toss high enough.
He also took photos of them with my iPhone...
Benjamin's photo:
....squished, stretched, and sniffed them.
Then, we realized that they were way too sticky and wouldn't come down. At all! Ben tried lifting Benjamin up to pull them back down but that was difficult.
We laughed watching Daddy jump to try to tug them down, until finally he resorted to getting a chair to stand on to make it easier. Plus, without it, he was pulling apart some limbs. Haha!
After that fiasco fun, we decided to read a couple of the books we'd checked out from the library: I Love Bugs! by Emma Dodd and Buzz, Buzz Baby by Karen Katz. I thought the illustrations in Emma Dodd's book were the sweetest! They reminded me a lot of the Charlie & Lola series.
Bugs and Critters Printables on Free Homeschool Deals
Tuesday we had BLUE DAY + I have a separate post dedicated to those activities that can be found here.
I shared our Tot School Schedule prior to beginning the "school year", but we actually ended up switching our Mondays and Wednesdays because I was mistaken about Storytime (actually called Toddler Time) at the library. Because of this, Wednesday Benjamin and I had the car. We didn't meet friends for walking, but instead, took the opportunity for a little exploring to search for bugs.
See Benjamin's face in this bottom, right photo? This is truly how he felt about the entire experience. I made the mistake of putting sandals on him that morning and the child does not like his feet to get dirty. He was scared of the loud cicadas in the trees and grossed out by the mulch on the ground. We only saw one little bug, the few minutes he lasted on the trail.
As you can see in the above photos, Benjamin hates to get his feet dirty. I discovered this last month during our Tractor field trip when he got sand in his sandals and then wouldn't walk. It was our first time visiting this park (which was awesome, by the way) and he wasn't a fan. I'm going to attribute that to the feet issue and try again on Wednesday with more appropriate shoes. We did, however, see this crazy looking bug:
A Wheel Bug
After our short visit to the park, we headed to Toddler Time at the library. It was our first time attending and I wasn't sure what to expect when I saw that they filled at 65 people and had two back-to-back. It ended up taking place in a rec room just upon entering the library and they librarian who hosted it was fantastic. There were songs, rhymes, books, and play time. I'm thrilled to be adding this to our weekly "curriculum" and am hoping we're able to make friends after we've been going for a while.
Remember those sticky icky bugs from Monday? We found a much better "game for them. I selected a wall behind one of our doors, near Benjamin's play kitchen, for him to stick the bugs and play with them. It's been such a great sensory activity and he's loved it. Here he is with a baby wipe he found, "killing" one, though. Ha! 


We had a birthday party to attend on Friday, so Thursday was our last Tot School day for the week. I read Busy Buzzers: Bees in Your Backyard by Nancy Loewen. Then we did a simple math/counting activity. I purchase this silicon ice tray from IKEA [for $0.99] a few weeks ago and covered three of the spaces with felt that had adhesive backing. Then I added number stickers down the column to show Benjamin "1, 2, 3". I purchased these bee buttons on clearance at Joann's for $1 and they were perfect for sorting and counting.




 After that, I was going to let him experience honey for the first time. He's not big on sweets (at all) so most of the time I ask him to try something, he says no. That happened this time too. He refused to taste it, which is totally fine, and didn't even want to touch it with his finger. I just let him play with it on the spoon a bit, which he enjoyed. (I probably should have done this over a towel. Good thing he was careful!)
In researching ideas for this week's theme, I came across this felt Itsy Bitsy Spider Finger Puppet Set. It was so cute, and since I have a ton of felt, I decided to make my own. Benjamin loved it!
This was such a great theme for us and there were so many activities that we didn't even get to. I imagine we'll be doing this one again in the future.


Linking up this week at the Tot School Gathering Place on 1+1+1=1. 
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