Barefoot in Suburbia

Homeschooling & Special Needs, Inspired by the Montessori Way

Toddler Tuesday November 2, 2010

Tot School

Bitty Bug is 21.5 months old

This year was the first year Bitty But was really able to get into Halloween…last year she was just a wee baby.  It was *so* fun watching her get into the season…apple picking, pumpkin picking, painting her pumpkin, dressing up as a ghost (and walking around the house after she put a little bucket on her head, and yelling “oooooooooooh I a GHOOOOOOST!”  LOL!)…and she would point out decorations of “ha house” (her word for haunted houses), ghosts, mummies, and black cats.  She really loved it all!  I can’t wait until Christmas…if she loved the sights of autumn, she’s going to absolutely fall in love with the holiday season.  It is awesome watching toddlers become so aware of their surroundings and discover thigns for the first time!

Even though Bug was so excited for the Halloween festivities this week, she also did a lot of good playing and learning this week as well!  She even counted all the way to 13 multiple times this week!

(I just realized, she’s rarely ever wearing clothes in any of the pictures.  I swear this child has a wardrobe that overflows her closet…but school time always happens right after breakfast. She always decides to strip naked before breakfast and never agrees to having her clothes put back on.  LOL!)

Using her stacking cups

Bug loves to explore the instrument cabinet. She's constantly searching through it and figuring out new combinations of instruments to play!

Opening and closing the wallets from her zipper/velcro/button/snap/buckle basket

Playing with all of the animals on the Land/Water/Air tray. She didn't understand the concept of land/water/air of course--she was just practicing naming the animals.

Flipping lids with a spatula. (Note the awesome headband...she put that on herself. LOL!)

Building a tower with the yellow knobless cylinders. Each piece she picked up, she'd yell "ye-wow! ye-wow!" She really knows 'yellow' very well!

She apparently thought it was really interesting to look at her magnetic ice cream cone with a magnifying glass. 😉 She came up with that work herself. LOL!

Building a rainbow with her wooden rainbow arches.

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Tot School Tuesday August 31, 2010

Tot School

Bitty Bug is 19.5 months old

Since Monkey started her official homeschooling this past week, Bitty Bug got to join in.  She loves joining in Monkey’s work time!  Even though I have specific shelves set up for Bug, she doesn’t limit herself to those shelves.  In fact, she almost always chooses to work on something I’ve set out for Monkey.  One of the interesting things is that I’ve noticed she will put her own spin on the work, making it more age appropriate for a 1 1/2 year old.  It’s interesting to watch her adapt the work herself!

Bug did several things with the shells and bowls. Here, she is pouring them from one dish to another. She also would take them one by one, inspect them, and transfer them to the other dish.

Bug is more than excited about the life cycle of a butterfly figures. She didn't quite know what to do with them, but she knew what the caterpillar and butterfly were, since we have those living in the butterfly pavillion in the kitchen. She also loved just touching and exploring the different textures. **Warning: Obviously, that egg is small and round. I was standing within a foot of Bug when she was using this, watching her very carefully. Please use your discretion when allowing children under 3 to explore small objects. *

I found a bunch of wallets at a consignment store for $1 each, so I picked out a few of them. One had a zipper, one velcro, one a buckle, and one a clasp. She loved trying to open and close each one of them.

Here, Bug is spooning the rubber pom poms into the small cups.

Bug really *really* wanted to do the pouring activity. As you can see, the first time she tried, was not a success. But, she was really surprised to see all of the rice fall out when she tried. We cleaned it up and she tried it again, and each time she spilled less and less!