Tot School: Farm Animals (Fall 2013)

I figured it was about time to start back at Tot School since it is the middle of September—eek!  While I’ve been gathering lots of goodies over the summer via the Dollar Tree–which is the literally the Mecca of all things Tot School I decided to choose a topic that Baby T is still pretty hung up on: Animals.  Specifically, Farm Animals. Continue reading

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Tot School: Construction

So last week’s sensory bin with the colored pasta went well–aside from the fact that I had shards of crunched up dry pasta all over my house–for the entire week.  LOL.  Baby T was really interested in touching and moving the pasta, so I figured we’d try another  bin with fun things to scoop, stir and feel: beans.  The fact that the sensory bin was the big take-away last week drove this week’s theme. We bought a couple of tiny little dump trucks and some type of “bulldozer” toy last week at Savers so this seemed like a great start!  Plus, we had a book or two about construction/trucks laying around.  So there you have it.  The complex way that I came up with this Tot School theme. Continue reading

Rave: Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory

This was taken with an iPhone, clearly they weren't shy!

This was taken with an iPhone, clearly they weren’t shy!

If Mom and Dad are making the trip with Baby to the Yankee Candle Flagship Store in South Deerfield, MA…YOU MUST STOP AT MAGIC WINGS!  It’s literally two miles further down the road!

(Yankee is also great for older kids–Santa is there EVERY DAY–there are candle dipping/making activities, an animatronic band in the food court (which creeped me out but amused Baby T))

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Our First Stab at Tot School

Okay so I’ll level with you.  Baby T isn’t really a baby at 15 months—but I thought it was important that we start focusing on building his vocabulary and opening him up to new experiences. I had heard some rumblings about this innovation called Tot School and after looking into it further thought there might be some merit in trying it out in the Thompson household.  Luckily, my real-life friend Samantha at Stir the Wonder could shed some light on the Tot School phenomena and share what was working for her son.  She’s a great resource for anyone looking for great ideas and a whole lot of pictures! Continue reading