Tot School

This Tot School post is going to be a bit random :-)  There is no real theme, and it is a few weeks worth of fun all rolled into one post.  We have been busy already this summer (hence not much blogging) and had about 10 days at the beginning of May/end of June when we were on vacation to see family.  But here’s just a sneak peak at a few of the thing we’ve been up to in the last few weeks :)


The Little Touch Leap Pad continues to be a hit!  We found a new book for it at a flea market while we were visiting family.  It is The Little Blue Engine that Could, which is one of Isaac’s favorite movies!!  And at $5 for a new LeapPad book, I couldn’t pass it up!  Needless to say he was very excited to try it out!


We have been working on the letters I and J  the past few weeks.  Here is Isaac working on matching up his shapes.


He also breezed through sorting the capital and lower case “Jj”.





Isaac is learning to play games for the first time! We had finished watching Jonah: A Veggie Tales movie when I remembered that we had the Jonah Go Fish cards! 


So I set both of our hands face up on the table and taught him how to play.  It was so cute to hear him say, “Go fish mommy!”



I combined the themes of I for Inchworm and J for Jellybean to play this number/counting game ;-)  We used our jelly beans to place on the white circles on the leaves to work on our counting, and then used our inchworm numbers to match up the correct number.  I think Isaac’s favorite part was eating the jelly beans afterwards though ;-)













One of the sweet ladies from the church blessed us with some fun treasures from her teaching days!  Here is a Melissa and Doug Alphabet train floor puzzle.  Isaac absolutely loves trains, so this was a huge hit and he wanted to play with it as soon as he saw me bring it out!


Sister got in on the fun too.  And it was all good until she decided to tear it all apart, which um . . ended with both kids on the couch until they could cool down and mommy could put the puzzle back together again :)  (Yea, there was a bit of screaming going on . . . it could have gotten violent!)


Putting in the last piece!!


In one of the boxes of treasures I also found this Hi-Ho Cherry-O game!!!  We have had fun playing it and learning number recognition and counting!


Isaac also likes to put his cherries on his tree with the stems upside down.  It cracks me up!


That’s all for now.  I have lots more pictures from the past few weeks, but I’ll take a break for now. :) 

All the printables were from Erica’s Letter of the Week Curriculum!

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To see what other Tots and their moms are up to this week, visit Carisa and the official Tot School Blog!



A Tribute to a Soldier

As part of our vacation with family this year, we took a tour of the USS New Jersey.  This was the battleship that Aaron's paternal grandfather served on during WWII.   We met his parents in NJ and all got to take the tour together.  Aaron requested that I make him a slideshow of our pictures from the ship, so here it is :-)   (I'm "planning" on doing another slideshow from all of our vacation week with family.   Hopefully I'll have that to show you soon too :-)

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