Tot School ~ Letter L

~Ladybug is currently 37 months old~


The items are all available here on the Animal ABCs webpage. {files are released for free when they are posted on the Totally Tots blog for the ABC feature, letter L is not free yet, but it will be once it is posted on Totally Tots!}.

Here are some Letter L and Llama ideas for you…


I brought finger paint out and she LOVED it…IMG_6877

Really, really loved it.IMG_6881

She spent some time tracing with a regular marker too,IMG_6952

Screaming at me to stop taking her picture {2 seconds later she was asking me to see her picture}IMG_6953


Here she is working on Letter Ll Dot Fun, first she colored in all of the dots.  This set is included in the Animal ABC Bundle, or you can purchase the set as a stand alone set for $1.25 on Teacher’s Notebook. Then she watched as I traced each letter with glue, then she glittered them!IMG_6962

More glitter…IMG_6965


We slipped our Play Dough Mat into our Dry Erase Center, and made the letters together.  After making the letters, she poked them! IMG_6882


She worked with me to make the letter craft, which is basically an open ended project that you can do whatever you want with!  This week I gave her letter L stickers to put on it and then she finger painted it.

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Afterwards, we put the llamas on!IMG_6873


Our llama book for the week was Is Your Mama a Llama, I got out an old idea I had done with Krash years ago, she loved it!IMG_6858


Special Note: Please read my post about Following the Child’s Lead if you have a tot and need info about this.  All tots are different and what Ladybug is doing may not be appropriate for your child, even if s/he is the same age!


She asks for her big Animal ABCs often, she loves to lay them out on the floor.IMG_6846

I gave her our foam letters too and she matched them all up!IMG_6848


My dad enjoyed playing her version of Scrabble Alphabet SoupIMG_6852


I finally got new paper for our easel and she’s back to drawing again!IMG_6854


Play dough fun with marblesIMG_6885

I added in her building set pieces too…IMG_6894



Matching beginning sounds with me using our ABC felt setIMG_6913


She put most of the 3 letter word puzzles together herself and loved them.IMG_6914


We worked on reading family names and Stella was a big help!IMG_6928

She also drew herself…IMG_6932

We used our magnetic gems to make letters…IMG_6934


Block building…IMG_6939


We made ABAB patterns with Zoobs and this was her dramatic way of showing me what color came next…IMG_6942

She loved standing it up to measure…IMG_6944

Using it as a weight lifting bar was fun too…

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Shaving cream & finger paint play…

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Favorite toy of the week by far, our new Letter Construction set which we are reviewing for Learning Resources.  I figured she would like these, but she LOVES them.IMG_6986

We made shapes and jumped into the shape I called out…IMG_6995

We also made tons of letters and jumped to those too!IMG_7006


She looks angry in this picture but really she was reading to herself and being extremely dramatic!  It was so funny!IMG_7012

Hanging ith the big Kids

We made Origami animals along with our stop in Japan with Little Passports.  Ladybug chose to make a kitty with us, well ~ she chose for me to make a kitty for her!IMG_6919


We are currently reviewing Readeez and Ladybug is in love.  I will be sharing more soon, but here she is watching the counting song! IMG_6843

She loves the Nursery Rhymes bundle and here is watching London Bridge.IMG_6844

Of course, iPad time!  Favorite apps this week have been; Letter School, Little Writer, Pluto Piano {she is playing in the photo}IMG_7017

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  • Kindergarten with Krash ~ RRSK/Ll, YCR/Unit 18, Theme/Webkinz


    You Can Read: Unit 18 {new, was, under, be}

    RRSK: Letter Ll

    Theme: Webkinz


    You can download all of the printables for this unit FREE here on the main RRSK page, just scroll down until you see them!  We have backed off from doing all 10 of the provided activities in the RRSK units.  As he progresses, some items aren’t necessary anymore and either we skip them or go through them quickly.  My main goal in using the RRSK lessons is the Bible work and simple review of other K skills.

    Here he is taping his verse together, he prefers tape over glue…IMG_1437

    He likes the new RRSK Verse Check list.  He was excited to get his star for all of the verses he remembered.  He only struggled with Letter B, but after a few times, he remembered it!  IMG_1444

    He completed the graphing activity and really liked this.  All those roll and graph games in Preschool Packs really helped a lot!IMG_1529

    Here is Krash singing letter L for you, the tune is “London Bridge.”  This is a tricky one, he never quite got it, so I sang along with him.  We always continue to practice them even after the week is over!  The printable written out the way you sing it is here!

    RRSK Letter Ll Printables Here!

    If you want early access to printables beyond what I have blogged about, you can see info about purchasing here!  Currently I have units Aa-Pp available in the early access section.


    We used unit 18 from You Can Read.  Here’s a glimpse into some of the You Can Read work he did.  He didn’t quite grasp these words in one week, so we are using them again next week too.  Here he has his notebook set up, we use our Education Cubes inserts on the cover during the week and then transfer them to our cubes for word play.  IMG_1531

    He was working on putting his words together…IMG_1534

    He always loves BINGO…IMG_1535

    He circled words using our dry erase activity board, then pointed them out by color and read them to me.IMG_1875



    We made words with cubes and played the game we played in this post!IMG_1792

    Check out Word Play ideas here, and add yours!

    We began reviewing All About Reading Level 1 awhile ago, and Krash continues to make consistent progress.  You can read more about why we are choosing to review this homeschool reading program here in our “Current Curriculum” post {see FAQ}.

    I wrote a lot about our initial thoughts and experiences with AAR in this Kindergarten with Krash post.

    Recently we hit a big milestone in reading, lesson 16 in All About Reading which introduces the digraph “th.”  I knew this would be a bit tricky for Krash we we did the same lesson twice.  Thankfully he loved the egg flipping activity!

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    imageIt was Webkinz week for Krash and he loved it!  We brought all of our Webkinz friends down to the schoolroom for the week, which was a big treat for all of the kids!IMG_1522

    He loved his Webkinz work, here he was writing a sentence about a frog.  He was intimidated at first, but once he did it he thought it was easy!  He is using a neat spacing tool I have had for years {here is a set of 20 on Amazon, but we bought ours individually at a teacher store}.  I use these when my kids are first starting to write sentences so they master spacing right off the bat.  You can easily use a popsicle stick for a spacer if you don’t have this nifty tool.  IMG_1431

    He really liked matching the sentences to the animals…IMG_1519


    Sorting rhyming words…IMG_1399

    He did all of the printables, I just didn’t take photos!


    He had tons of fun with the magnetic pattern blocksIMG_1622

    We found a new fun website thanks to Pinterest,  It has tons of cute games for young kids and the layout of the site is easy to navigate.  Krash has already found a few favorites.  PacMan was sweet and looked through it with him to help him find games he might enjoy!  Here he was playing “Counting Coins.”


    iPad learning fun. Here he was playing Teach Me First Grade!  He has gotten so far in it!IMG_1391

    I get asked a lot about our new case-it’s the Trident Kraken II and yes we love it! Educational iPad Apps here, also, iPad Apps-part 2!  The stylus we have that he uses sometimes is this one.

    A few items we used…

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    Tot School ~ Letter Ll

    ~Ladybug is currently 26.5 months old~


    Tot School Printables L is for Leaf

    Letter: Ll

    Object: Leaf

    Vocabulary Development Theme: Nature

    You can find the printables for this unit here on the Tot School Printables webpage.

    I set many of her Ll activities up in our pocket chart so she could easily see the options and show me what she would like to do. She chose coloring her vocabulary cards in her dry erase board first…


    Shadow matching…IMG_7540

    I love her hard at work…IMG_7547

    Dot Painting Ll’s…IMG_7553

    We got out the cookie sheet for some magnet work…IMG_7560


    She had the most fun lining up the pom poms on the side!IMG_7566

    She chose to dot paint her color cards this week…IMG_7588

    She also spent lots of time screwing the caps on and off…IMG_7581

    Cutting her Nature Cutting Strip…IMG_7838

    Coloring her Ll pictures…IMG_7885

    Gluing her numbers in order…IMG_7896

    Stamping Ll’s on her leaf…IMG_7736

    Letter Ll printables here!

    Fun Books & Toys for this unit here!

    Tot School Printables Toys and Books Letter L


    I am hoping to snap a photo of the set up each week so you can see all that was displayed for her to choose from. This week I didn’t actually set her shelves up until mid-week so we will leave these up throughout next week too! All of the kids love this new setup and the simple display of the toys is such a way to draw them in!

    This week I got out red/white/blue toys as well as some USA items.


    Ladybug was immediately drawn to the foam block and sticks. I modeled for her how to poke them in and she went to work.IMG_7931

    After she got them all in I showed her that she could drop the red and blue pieces onto the sticks and she LOVED this. You can see Krash off to the right, he loved it all too!IMG_7939

    Tongs {these are from an old bug play set from Target years ago} and pom pomsIMG_7945


    Dot Paint tops were a huge hit this week. She stacked, knocked and restacked these many times!!

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    I made a new batch of play dough and it got played with a lot!


    Making our letter in our sparkly red dough…IMG_7903

    Rolling with our roller from the Grasshopper Kit

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    tub of fun

    I got out the 4th of July Sensory Bin on July 1 and the kids dove right in.IMG_7805

    Ladybug especially liked spooning the rice…IMG_7819

    She also loved the fireworks straws!!!IMG_7828

    Techy-Tot_thumb2_thumb_thumb_thumbOur iPad got its normal workout this week, with Ladybug and the boys playing tons of games featured in my Educational iPad Apps blog post!

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    This week Ladybug spent most of her time playing Toca Tea Party, Monkey Preschool Lunchbox, Monte-Lingual (1-10), Wood Puzzle and Starfall.

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    Ladybug was the only child for over 2 weeks with the boys down south visiting grandparents. She had a real awakening when they returned and she suddenly had to share again. These snakes {my mom makes them for the kids} were a hot item and she claimed them all while the boys were away. You can see her protective nature as she was trying to show the boys they were indeed- all hers.

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    We convinced her shortly after that she had to share and then it became a game of piling them on Pac Man…IMG_7678


    She really seemed happy to have her guys back, it was cute!!

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    Tot School

    ~Krash is currently 38 months old~

    Learning Tots/Trays…
    I gave K little sports ball erasers (5) and 5 small bowls, with number cards 1-5. This helps with counting 1:1 (touching and counting). He did well, but we are still working on this!

    He enjoyed matching the small monkey head erasers, I gave him 2 of each color in the bucket. He tweezed them out and put the matching ones together in the little bowls. He loved this!!!

    I loved this tray, he did not even want to touch it :(. It was matching the different tactile fabric squares. Sometimes my favorite things are his least favorite-that’s the way Tot School is sometimes, oh well.
    He had a blast with his Lacing Beads, making sure every single one of them was on the string…
    He worked with his shapes learning wheel
    We added a few new items to our ABC learning stash, like these great stacking blocks from Brainy Baby
    I made a tray that includes the letters we have worked on this far (we’re up to Ll now), from this set, and also added our new Brainy Baby ABC flashcards. I will keep adding new letters for us to work with and play with on this tray…
    Here’s my prep box, where I try to keep the new letters before we do our art project, so I have the new tools ready to add right away…
    This week, we made simple Kk kites….
    and “Larry Licking Lollipops” for the letter Ll…this one was a big hit with both of my boys, they each drew on paper and I cute the circles out for the lollipops.
    Life School…
    Fun in the sun on our back deck…

    We have a mission team here serving this week from our home church down south. The team is made up of some of our very best friends (and their children), so we are hanging out with them a bunch. Krash is getting tons of life school through this opportunity-it’s wonderful! Here he is at “devotion” time. You can see he’s really into devoting ;).

    Mommy’s Favorite…
    This is a shot I took of K enjoying his swimming lesson, he was so happy the entire time. What a joy it is to see your child enjoy something so thoroughly!!!!

    If you have a tot (approximately ages 1-3) at home, join in the fun and share what you’re doing with your tot! Here’s how to get started if you’re new…
    If you’ve never read this: Go HERE 1st for more details– please do!!! Then if you have any ideas you’d like to share, link up your exact post to MckLinky (if you have questions about how to do that, let me know in a comment or email-links to homepages will automatically be deleted).

    When you add your name(blog name) to MckLinky will you put your tot’s age (in months) after it, like this: 1+1+1=1 (36 mos)? I think this will help new readers a lot as they look for ideas for their specific aged tot!
    So sorry for the linky trouble.. MckLinky had a problem with just 3 people’s lists on Saturday night and I just happened to be one of them. I don’t have time to mess with it any longer, and Brent from MckLinky has been wonderful, but I don’t want him to bother with it any longer either! So here’s a Mr. Linky for this week, and I am sorry to those of you who had already entered links. Please relink if you come back to visit!!!!
    UGH-we are just doomed to no linky this week, I now have no idea where Mr Linky went. I am so sorry for all of this. Next week you can link up both weeks if you’d like to (or leave links in comments and visit from there), I am done messing with this week…so sorry!