08 February 2009

Tot School--A Short Week

Tot School
Isaiah is 36 months old

This week I had two Russian lessons, a doctor's appointment and a birthday party from Wednesday to Friday, so we didn't do a lot of concentrated Tot School, but we enjoyed what we did get to do!  Wednesday he got to spend the whole day with Aunt Luda, so he had Russian practice that day, too!

I pulled out the crayons again so that we could work on colors and maybe at least see the number 3, since Isaiah turned 3 on Friday.  He seems to enjoy taking the crayons out of the box and setting them to the side.  When they're all out, he then wants to hand each one to me to put back in the box so the process can repeat itself.  He's still not really interested in drawing.  So I just reviewed the colors with him while we did this little game.

I then drew some 3's on the paper and we worked on him saying "I'm 3!", which he did very well.  I helped him draw some 3's as well, but he's still not super interested in drawing or writing.

He still loves his Machines book that a friend sent us last year.  He loves to point to the different machines, which right now are all "cars".  I ask him to point to the different colored cars, and he's getting much better at this activity.

Friday was a big day!  We went to see my doctor and "meet" our new baby.  Isaiah was a trooper as it took me a while to find the clinic.  He talked a lot to everyone around and made lots of new friends at the clinic.  After the appointment and a special birthday lunch, we headed home to get ready for the party!  We had a couple of other tots and their parents over for a supper of hotdogs and hamburgers.  Isaiah received some great Tot School tools like books and drawing tools and even a math game!  I made this album for him of all our family members in the States that he will see regularly when we go back for visits.  I hope too, when we get to the letters their names start with to use their pictures to help him have even more of an association with certain letters.

I know I already posted about his party, but I just like this picture, so here it is again. :)

Saturday was thankfully a little slower.  We did actually do some Tot School stuff, though I didn't get pictures.  He is really into stacking cups right now, and he's getting really good at it!  We also worked on a toy that he received for Christmas but I hadn't pulled out of the box yet (yikes!).  It's kind of like a lite-brite (is that what they're even called?), but it's all just plastic, no electricity involved.  There's a plastic board with holes in it and different colored plastic pegs to put in the holes to make a picture.  It's called a Mosaic Toy here, but it would probably be called something else in the States.  I didn't get pictures this week, but he seemed to like it, so I'm sure we'll do it again.  It was great for working on his fine motor skills!  He also just really liked shaking the bag with the pegs in it, which he did for a long time later that afternoon when he found the box and pulled out the bag.

So those are the few things that we did this week.  Check out 1+1+1=1 for other Tot School activities.

Oh!  And Carisa at 1+1+1=1 has also started a blog with some other moms that's designed specifically for moms and their tots.  Be sure to check out, Totally Tots for some really great ideas and to meet some other cute tots!

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Dana said...

Those beautiful Isaiah eyes could melt crayons on a cold russian day! Happy Birthday (a bit late.) I sometimes ask for crayola stuff for my bday. Partially because mine get used up, but mostly because I still color. Yup. When the kids need to read to me, I get my coloring book and color. Keeps me from falling asleep! :)Happy Sunday to you all!

TheRockerMom said...

I still color as well. I love the birthday pics. My tot is into all types of machines as well. Congrats on the upcoming addition to the family.

CristyLynn said...

Thanks, Dana! I'll pass on the birthday wishes to Little Man; he does have incredible eyes, doesn't he! I must confess slight disappointment in his lack of interest in coloring. I keep hoping that it will kick in one of these days!

TheRockerMom, I'm glad to know that I'm in such good company in the coloring department. :) Machines are great! While we were in the States, we got to watch a couple episodes of Might Machines via Netflix, and he loved them!