Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Teaching Toddlers Thursday

I hope everybody had a great summer!  I know we did and we are still working through our summer bucket list on the weekends!

Starting last week, I started watching the other baby again.  I will refer to him as C in my posts.  So every day I have my 4 year old Z, my 18 month old K, and a 16 month old C.

I decided since they are not babies anymore I am going to work on a weekly toddler curriculum. Each week I will have Teaching Toddlers Thursday.  In these posts I will include a weekly toddler curriculum theme, daily activities, books we use, and crafts we do.  I hope you will follow along and I hope some of the toddler curriculum ideas help you teach your toddlers!

Our first week of learning was last week.  Z has the Assistant Teacher title and helps prepare for all of the themes!

This week's toddler curriculum theme was Shapes.

A Starfish, a shapes book by Bernette Ford
My Square Breakfast by Mark Shulman
Learning Tabs Shapes by Phidal

Monday:  Circles

We concentrated on circles on the first day.  Z picked out everything that had a circle shape and put it all together in a bin and then as we played with the toddlers, we talked about the shapes.

We had story time with our shapes books and other books that they wanted to read we pointed out all of the shapes.

We used our plastic circles from the shape sorters to paint with and make beautiful circle pictures! After nap we went for a walk and pointed out and found everything with a circle shape.

Tuesday: Rectangles

We focused on rectangles on Tuesday.  We read the same books and pointed out all of the rectangles that we found all day.

For our craft I cut pieces of tissue paper into rectangles and used a glue stick to spread glue across the paper and the toddlers stuck the tissue paper to the paper after some instruction and help.

Wednesday: Squares
Me and Z started the morning making salt dough.  It didn't take long and we even tried mixing paint in, but we didn't add enough to do more than tint the dough blue!

When the toddlers took their morning naps me and Z worked on cutting out squares with some of the square items that Z picked out.  He enjoyed this and did a great job.  We rolled out the dough with a rolling pin to about 1/4 inch thick on top of wax paper.  After Z cut out the shapes we did a few letters in the dough using a toothpick and we did one of the toddler's handprints because he was done napping.  We cut out the shapes and then took away the unused dough and transferred the wax paper to a baking pan and cooked on 300 for about 2 hours, flipping halfway through.  They are done when they are all white. instead of tan.

When craft time came, everybody painted them and had a lot of fun.

Thursday: Triangles
We did the shapes book again and found objects throughout the day that were triangles.

We did a simple sticker craft.  I cut out large triangles out of construction paper and handed them stickers to stick.  K caught on pretty quick but C wasn't too sure about the stickers!

Friday: Stars
This day was a little bit of a slack day but we did stick to our books and went through star shaped items.  We skipped crafts this day because it was really nice outside and we went for a long walk and played outside after nap.

I hope you will stop back by next week for Colors!


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    1. Thanks! So far it's working out, but there are definitely challenges, especially since they are still so young and not really very attentive! I figure in a few months they will be more engaged and I am just preparing them in advance :)

  2. Fun, fun, fun! I'm going to enjoy reading these toddler posts! My youngest is just about 16 months old. Thanks for linking up at From House to Home.

    1. I am so glad it will be helpful! I wasn't sure since I just decided one day to do this! Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. It looks like you are having a lot of educational fun at home. This is excellent, thank you for sharing!


  4. Wonderful ideas and inspiration for fun and learning at thw same time.
    Stopping by from "My Favorite Posts Show Off".
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    Have a great weekend :)
    Bismah @
    Simple Mama

    1. Thanks for stopping in and visiting and I am pretty sure they are having fun with it! I can't wait until it is really fall because there will be so many activities that we can do!

  5. You are a natural teacher! These activities are PERFECT for toddlers and I know he's benefitting from them and having a great time! Bravo!

    1. Thank you so much! I have always wanted to teach and I guess this is my way!

  6. Such a fun idea! Looks like you guys had fun learning the shapes this week! :)

    1. Thanks, the toddler curriculums are working out very well for us and it keeps the kids entertained.


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