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Thursday, March 12, 2009

"Tot Books"

I am currently doing home school Kindergarten with our five year old and have found the same challenge that many home school moms have, what to do with our two year old? I wanted to include him in school time, while still letting him be a toddler. That's when I discovered "Tot School" at 1plus1plus1equals1 and now on their new site, totally tots. There is a wealth of ideas on both sites to make the most of your time with your toddler and including them in school time. The creator of the site, Carissa, is generous enough to share the templates for "tot-books". To be honest, at first I was a little skeptical of the tot book and whether a two year old would be ready for this kind of focused schoolwork. Then I tried making one and was I ever proven wrong!! My son LOVES his tot books, it makes him feel like he's doing big boy work like his brother. Her are the first two tot books that I've assembled for him.

When I first put this together, I was out of staples, so I just had the counting pages paper clipped onto the folder. Once I got them stapled together as a book and attached to the folder, my son was very upset that he couldn't take them apart and "sort" them. So, we went back to the paperclip!

He loved coloring the different colors on the trucks!

My very favorite part of this tot book is the Thomas and Friends mini book, which has a place to put your child's photo and name!