I am so excited to tell you that Thor and I have started Tot School! Thor loves it. We’ve had such a fun time the last couple days just playing it up and learning along the way.
What is Tot School?
Tot School is basically playing with a purpose. It’s meant to be fun as well as educational. Playing with a purpose is something that I have been doing with Thor all along, so when I came upon the concept of Tot School I thought “Oh my gosh! That’s perfect!” Because it takes things to the next level and gets them used to more of a set learning time as well as teaches them that learning is fun. Which isn’t to say that Tot School time is the only time that you can or should work with them, but it helps them focus on the activity at hand. Tot School is also child lead. Meaning if I have planned an activity that Thor has no interest in, then we don’t do it. And if we do one activity for 5 minutes and another one for 30 minutes that’s fine too. Whatever he wants to do. It’s not fun to be forced to do things, so if it appears he’s lost interest we move to the next activity.
Where did you hear about Tot School?
Someone in a Facebook group that I am in asked if anyone had any good home school blogs that they follow. I am interested in seeing how people home school (what their day is like, how they set everything up, what they teach, etc.) so I clicked on a couple of links to check it out. The first one I went to was 1+1+1=1. Her blog is a great homeschooling resource if you are interested. She even has a free e-book called Where To Begin with Tot School. I also like The Measured Mom. She’s teaching her almost 5-year-old and her 3-year-old to read. Mom’s Have Questions Too is another great resource I found. She has a lot of cute Tot Trays.
Umm… What’s a Tot Tray?
A Tot Tray is a tray (or basket, cookie sheet, box, etc) that contains a Tot School activity. For example, if you were going to work on the alphabet then your Tot Tray would contain the letter(s) that you were working on. It’s a great way to keep activities organized and let the child know what toys and items we are working with. I decided to buy these trays from Oriental Trading.
Sounds cool. What do I need to get started?
You really don’t need much to get started. You can start with the toys you already have and you can make it as organized as you want to. I loved the idea of Tot Trays so that’s where we started. I used some activities I found on these blogs and Pinterest. I came up with some of my own as well. Check out my Learning Made Fun board for more ideas.
Check back tomorrow to find out more about the activities we are currently doing.