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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!