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Monday, December 1, 2014

Katie's November Tot Trays

Let's see what Miss Katie has been up to this month!  I confess, I haven't been as intentional about having activities for her to work on in the school room.

She's really good about playing by herself, and quite happy to sit and "read" board books or do puzzles in the school room with us when she gets bored with the toys in the playroom.

Her love of pop beads continues unchecked.  She delights in creating necklaces and bracelets.  The boys like to make long strands of them for the cat to chase.  I had to put a stop to them "tying" people up with them.

Dot markers are also still popular with her.  I'm using up the dot marker books we have.  Whereas with the older kids, I would make a copy for them to use, with Katie, I just tear the page out and give it to her.

Many of the pictures are suitable for both dots and regular markers, so Katie is coloring her snake with a marker, after filling in his stripes with dots.

I'm glad to see Katie loves books.  Pretending to read, and knowing how to treat a book carefully are important pre-literacy skills.  The book she's "reading" here is Noah, a wordless book that we reviewed.

Katie has also been enjoying her new Kimmidoll, both with and without Hannah.

Initially, I let the kids play with the peg stackers.  But it's easy to "sneak" education into play with these.  Colors, counting, patterns...

Katie now recognizes the letter K.  I wrote her name on our personal chalk board, and made dots for her to trace the letter K.  I am planning to continue working on just the letters in her name before introducing the rest of the alphabet.

She's finally got all her colors down, thanks in part to these fun light blocks.  I'm really thinking I need to make a light table of some sort for her.

This was so cute.  Katie was making a "birthday cake" with the peg stackers, and the tall ones are the candles.

We had the Chinese Blocks out recently.  The puzzle side is pretty hard, especially since there's no picture of what the map and dragon are supposed to look like.  Brianna was using the blocks to learn some new characters.

I kept meaning to get the Wikki Stix out last month, and it never happened.  Maybe in December.

I noticed when we made Thanksgiving cards that Katie makes a + instead of a K unless she's tracing.  We'll continue to work on that.

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  1. It looks like Katie had a great and educational month!

    1. I always feel like I should be doing "more." I guess there's plenty of time for that later.

  2. Pop beads are fantastic aren't they?!

    I love all the activities you've shared here. I'll have to do that name one with my youngest. She would love that!

    Thanks for sharing.

    Wishing you a lovely week.

    1. I got sets for Brianna and Amy (my baby sister who is the same age as my 4th child, lol) a few years ago, and they played with them a lot more than I expected. Bri still hasn't passed hers down to the little girls yet.

  3. Great ideas! I love seeing your children in the pics :) Katie looks so happy with these trays!!!
    Thanks for sharing on this week's Inspired By Me Mondays; hope you join us again this week! Rachael @ Diamonds in the Rough