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Tot School: Nesting Blocks

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Coloring Chloe got a couple giant coloring pads from Oma for her birthday last month; Pooh. This week we exchanged it for a Princess one and John picked out a Cars one. We did some special coloring pages to decorate Nana’s door to welcome her home. Chloe did fantastic, coloring inside the lines quite well […]

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Tot School: Monkey Pegs & Lauri

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What do we look for in toys? Durable, quality Classic, timeless Inspires creativity Requires imagination Demands interaction Educational in some way Can grow with the child in some capacity Improves motor skills Preferably no batteries That being said, everything doesn’t have to always be educational. Chloe does have Barbies, Strawberry Shortcake and My Little Ponies, […]

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Tot School: Lincoln Logs

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What We’re Playing Are you familiar with kijiji? I’m well acquainted with it and was delighted to find a tub of Lincoln Logs Great West Express for a steal. I love toys that inspire creativity, require imagination and demand interactive play rather than provide entertainment. We haven’t yet mastered the art of building the actually […]

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Tot School: Salt Dough Ornaments

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When the post Salt Dough Ornaments by Happy Housewife  popped up in my reader, I knew this was something to add to our holiday to-do list. The littles enjoyed it and now we have lots of personalized gifts for friends, teachers and family. Her recipe was simple with ingredients we had on hand. Simply roll […]

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Tot School: Beading

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Beading Gifts Anything craft-like and the littles are all over it. We made bead bracelets for GiGi a while back using different kinds of beads (picked up at a yard sale last summer) and pipe cleaners. They carefully slide the beads on and once they have enough, Mommy helps them twist it and tuck the […]

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Tot School: An Intro into ABC’s

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“I don’t know my ABC’s” I’ve never taught my children their ABC’s. Not the song, not what they are, what they look like. It’s not a priority for me. Yes, Chloe has friends who know them all, can write them and maybe even read them but I am confident that she won’t be hindered at […]

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Tot School: Our School Room

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   The Schoolroom Earlier this year, or possibly last, as we talked about homeschooling, we talked about converting our office into a dedicated school room complete with desks or tables, bookshelves, a blackboard and more. (We have an office with desktop computers but generally just use our laptops on the couch). But the more I […]

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Tot School: Finger Painting & Trains

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View Full Album Painting This week we did some painting. We painted some with brushes and some with our fingers to see (and feel!) the differences. They came up with some really great stuff. Using a couple Clips Rimless Frames from Ikea, we framed their favorites and put them up in their rooms. John was […]

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Tot School: A Washington Field Trip

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John studying our subway map. Chloe and John peering into the car ahead. This week our Tot school looked much different; we took it on the road! As a finale to Thankfulness Month, we spent last week in Annapolis, Baltimore and Washington. An enjoyable trip that provided plenty of learning opportunities!   View Full Album […]

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Tot School Week #4

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         Puzzles We like puzzle! We picked up this neat puzzle from Melissa and Doug a few weeks back. It’s double sided and has 26 (A-Z) homes with 26 creatures. You need to maneuver the creatures into their homes. Chloe was very frustrated when she first sat down with this. {I find that she often […]

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