Love, Joleen: 2015-2016 Tot School Themes

Monday, August 17, 2015

2015-2016 Tot School Themes


Today starts a new year of Tot School and we're pretty excited around here! Last year we only kept up with a scheduled plan for about two months. This year I'm trying to be much more organized. The first thing I did when I sat down with my calendar was to look into educational field trips. If you're in Atlanta, I just posted 9 Awesome Atlanta Field Trips for Families with Tot Schoolers on Atlanta.net. Based on that list, I added several field trips to our Tot School plans and based that week's theme around those. I blocked time "OFF" when I knew we'd be on vacation or celebrating a holiday. I assigned a letter of the alphabet in order of each week for the first time we go through them. After that, they're assigned based on the weekly theme. Alphabet recognition is a big goal for us this year! I went through each week, adding Bible verses to memorize together. Sometimes they were influenced by the weekly theme but mostly they're random. I used these 52 Kid-Friendly Bible Memory Versus. Not pictured in the chart below, are the field trips, books, crafts, and activities, to be filled in as I'm inspired and while planning.
DatesThemeLetterBible Verse
Aug. 17-21Under the SeaA"You are the light of the world." Matthew 5:14
Aug. 24-28AirplanesB"Let everything that has breath praise the Lord." Psalm 150:6
Aug. 31-Sept. 4OFF

Sept. 7-11OFF

Sept. 14-18OFF

Sept. 21-25ColorsC"I will praise thee with my whole heart." Psalm 138:1
Sept. 28-Oct. 2Fall / NatureD"You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Matthew 22:39
Oct. 5-9ReptilesE"Be kind to one another." Ephesians 4:32
Oct. 12-16Mail / P.O.F"The Lord gives wisdom." Proverbs 2:6
Oct. 19-23Mo WillemsG"Whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God." 1 Corinthians 10:31
Oct. 26-30HalloweenH"Do not be afraid for I am with you." Isaiah 43:5
Nov. 2-6Counting 1-20I"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever." Hebrews 13:8
Nov. 9-13FiretrucksJ"The heavens declare the glory of God." Psalm 19:1
Nov. 16-20ThanksgivingK"Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever." Psalm 136:1
Nov. 23-27OFF

Nov. 30-Dec. 4ConstructionL"The Lord bless you and keep you." Numbers 6:24
Dec. 7-11Christmas (Secular)M"A savior has been born to you." Luke 2:11
Dec. 14-18Christmas (Christian)N"And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son." 1 John 5:11
Dec. 21-25OFF

Dec. 28-Jan.1OFF

Jan. 4-8WinterO"When I am afraid, I will trust in you." Psalm 56:3
Jan. 11-15Body PartsP"I can do everything through him who gives me strength." Philippians 4:13
Jan. 18-22FamilyQ"Honor your father and mother." Exodus 20:12
Jan. 25-29SpaceR" Do everything without complaining or arguing..." Philippians 2:14
Feb. 1-5Black History MonthS"Do to others as you would have them do to you." Luke 6:31
Feb. 8-12Valentine's DayT"Love one another." 1 John 3:23
Feb. 15-19FeelingsU"We love because he first loved us." 1 John 4:19
Feb. 22-26ShapesV"Pray without ceasing." 1 Thessalonians 5:17
Feb. 29-Mar. 4Dr. Seuss (Day 3/2)W"My son, if your heart is wise, then my heart will glad..." Proverbs 23:15
Mar. 7-11Food / CookingX"The Lord is good to all." Psalm 145:9
Mar. 14-18St. Patrick's DayY"Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved." Acts 16:31
Mar. 21-25EasterZ"He is not here, he is risen!" Matthew 28:6
Mar. 28-April 1OFF

April 4-8ArtA"Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him." Psalm 127:3
April 11-15All About MeB"I praise you God, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made." Psalm 139:14
April 18-22BirdsB"God will meet all your needs." Philippians 4:19
April 25-29MusicM"I will praise the LORD." Judges 5:3
May 2-6Eric CarleE"Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart." Psalm 37:4
May 9-13Plants / FlowersF"Be strong and courageous." Joshua 1:9
Can we just cry together for a minute over how much Benjamin has grown in the last year. *tear* Are you doing Tot School this year? What are your favorite resources? What themes are you most excited about?
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