Letter C Basket for Tot School - TheEngineersKids
# Preschool

Tot School Letter Basket – Letter C

Leto and I really enjoying our mornings free without the other three older kids around, but lately he’s been asking to watch movies way too much. As soon as his siblings walk out the door, it’s, “can I watch a show?”

I think he’s ready for some more learning, so I’m trying out a new system to introduce Leto to letters and letter sounds. The idea of doing a tot school letter basket came from the blog 1+1+1=1.

I just wanted something to guide Leto and I in learning about letters and to make it fun. I chose a canvas bin that I had lying around, and one evening I went through the toys looking for things that started with C. The next few mornings we sat at the kitchen table and played with things in our bin and talked about the sound C makes. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.

We had cupcakes from our princess cupcake game, that we used for a tea party.

We used our Melissa & Doug See & Spell pieces to identify the letter C in a pile of letters and learn about a few words that begin with C.

Another day we had another tea party with our fabric, velcro cupcakes (from ikea) we borrowed from Jules (shhh, don’t tell her, she doesn’t like people touching her stuff).

We did counting with My First Numbers: Let’s Get Counting! (mentioned in this post).

Now, when he asks for a movie, I just pull out the letter bin and we start playing! He is just becoming aware of letters around him, and has been finding M’s everywhere. Hopefully, the letter C bin will add C’s to his repertoire.

Letter E for Easter & The Number 12 - TheEngineersKids.com
# Preschool

Preschool Lesson – Letter E for Easter and The Number 12

Over the years we have saved a lot of money by organizing co-op preschools with our friends. With a group of 5-8 kids, you can have a lot of fun and they love learning together. Bigger groups can lead to feeling crowded in a home (and can get loud). Smaller groups don’t seem to generate enough chaos to make it something the kids look forward to.

I want to share some of the lessons I’ve done with co-op preschool groups in the past.  They usually were based on one letter and one number that we studied that day. Note, most of these lessons were taught in my home, which has never been larger than a three-bedroom townhouse, so you need a little space, but not an auditorium for a living room. Without further ado, I give you:

The Letter E for Easter and The Number 12

  • 10 minutes, Welcome in the living room
  • 30 minutes, Easter Egg Hunt
    • hunt for eggs
    • open eggs to find the letter E (capital and lowercase)
    • show picture from Animalia book – talk about eggs and elephants
    • practice writing the letter E (capital and lowercase)
  • 30 minutes, Snack and Story – apples, Horton Hatches the Egg
  • 30 minutes, Craft
    • Craft: talk about a dozen eggs, count to 12, practice saying “dozen”
    • color Paper Mache Eggs with markers, and put stickers on them
    • Color: Horton Hatches the Egg picture
  • 20 minutes, Easter Movie
# Preschool

My Favorite Books for Babies and Toddlers

My First Words, Let's Get Talking - TheEngineersKids

When my oldest was a baby, I was given My First Words – Let’s Get Talking, and it has become my favorite book for babies and young toddlers. It is an especially good baby shower gift.

I start off just sitting with my baby and pointing to the different objects and naming them. When they get a little older, they get how the game works, and then they start pointing and waiting for me to tell them the name. When they are about 18 months, I start saying “point to the shoes” or “where is the ball?” and they do the pointing. When they are 2 or 3 and can talk, I can just ask, “what is this?” Finally, when they are young preschoolers, I can ask them about the colors and numbers on the later pages.

Beside just the My First Words book, we also have copies of My First Farm and My First Numbers, which I like as well. Although, My First Words has more variety of objects, so it keeps their attention longer. I gave the books to the youngest two the other day, and they had fun by themselves just playing.

Baby Books, My First Words, Let's Get Talking - TheEngineersKids

What about you? Do you have any really good baby shower book suggestions?