Sunday, January 22, 2012

Letter Gg - What's on the Tray?

Super Tot is 36 months old!

We are starting our Letter of the Week activities back up this week with the letter Gg!  I am so excited about the fun things we have planned.  Take a look:

Measuring Giraffes

Use the Connect-A-Cubes to measure how tall the different giraffes are.  Count the cubes for each when you are done.  Next, line up the giraffes and the cubes in order from tallest to shortest.
I made 5 giraffes in different heights out of construction paper for Super Tot to measure.  We will be measuring using Connect-A-Cubes, but you could also use legos or building blocks.
~math, fine motor, size differentiation~

Graphing Shapes
Take a shape out of the bowl and color the correct box on the graph.  When you have graphed all the shapes, count how many of each there are using the graph.
The graph printable is available below the photo.  I used stickers, but you could also draw the actual shapes.  I left them off the printable so I could reuse it adding additional concepts such as size or color.
~shape recognition, fine motor, math~

 Coloring Geese
Color the geese on each page using the color requested at the top of the page.
I found various coloring pages and added the text to the top of each page.  There is one for each color of the rainbow.
~fine motor, color recognition, pre-writing~

Grocery Shopping for Produce by Color
At the grocery store, find one fruit & one vegetable for each color.  Fill in the circle below each item once you have placed it in your cart.
We will head to the grocery store for this activity.  Super Tot will get to choose his own produce item (one fruit & one vegetable for each color).  We will bring his shopping cart with us and I will allow him to weigh the items and pay for them on his own, as well.  Additionally, we will be discussing nutrition and specific information for each item he chooses.
**the printable is available below the photo**
~practical life, color recognition, math, nutrition~

Letter Gg Animals
Enjoy exploring different animals that begin with the letter G!
These cards have various animal facts on the back, so we will read about and discuss each animal, as well as brainstorm to think of additional ones.  These cards are one of my favorite purchases (they've lasted us over 7 years already!  They are available here.

Spooning Gems
Use the spoon to transfer the gems from one cup to the other.
I found these gems in the floral section of Dollar Tree.
~fine motor~

Counting Gumballs
Count the number of "gumballs" in the gumball machine.
I will place a certain number of disks "in" the machine and have Super Tot count them.  I may also have him count only certain colors to make it a bigger challenge and change it up throughout the week.  The printout is available under the photo.  It includes a second page with gumballs to cut out, should you choose to use them.
~counting, color recognition~

Good Samaritan / Golden Rule
Place a golden seal next to each picture that shows someone being a good samaritan or following The Golden Rule.
Our Bible lessons this week will focus on the story of The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37), and on The Golden Rule (Matthew 7:12).  I cannot share this printable, as I do not have copyrights to the graphics and just made this for personal use.  I found pictures online of various scenarios (some showing kindness, some not - there are 8 of each) and put them into a table with a blank cell in front of each.  I had tons of these golden seal stickers from my mom, so I thought they would be perfect for Super Tot to mark the scenes showing Godly behavior.  We will discuss all 16 of the scenes, as well.
~Bible lesson, character development & honor~

Super Tot will also be doing the following 2 letter crafts from our Letter book, which you can read about here.

"G" is for Goose and "g" is for grapes.

Letter Gg Bible Verses for the week:
"Give, and it will be given to you..."  ~Luke 6:38
"God is love."  ~1 John 4:8

I get e-mails each week asking me how I display my Tot Trays & whether I leave them out all week or bring one out at a time.  This is only showing a very small part of our school room, but this is the main shelf where I keep Super Tot's trays.  They are out all week and he usually does each activity many times.  Some I need to do with him, while others he does on his own.  If he needs (or wants) assistance, I will work with him.  If I am not immediately available, as I also school 11 year old Princess, I direct him to something he can do independently until I can work with him.  This *usually* works well for us, but being flexible is ALWAYS key!  I will try to take additional photos of our school area in the near future, as well as photos of how I store our supplies.  

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  1. pinned this and shared it at We Teach the Alphabet Group

  2. I really love your letter G activities. Your crafts are so cute!!

    The grocery list idea is cool! Would never have thought of something like that.

  3. I like the grocery list, and the gumball activity is something I could adapt for both of my kids!

  4. Great ideas! Love the grocery list. Morgan,

  5. Thanks for the email and the compliment about my boys :) Your daughter is beautiful and your son adorable, too!

    We did G is for gingerbread at Christmas time but didn't actually do much letter work because of all the Christmas stuff we were doing. I am so glad you have so many G ideas we can use on our trays when we get around to G again!

  6. Letting him pick our his own produce is a super idea. He'll also be more inclined to eat what he picked too. Thanks for the printable.


  7. Wow, LOTS of great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  8. You have wonderful ideas for teaching toddlers! Thank you for the prints and the great pictures! I would love to see how you have your "school" organized. I keep re-organizing ours and am getting frustrated with a lack of order :-P

    Just found your blog and I've been reading all morning! Thanks!

  9. Thanks for the inspiration this morning! I grabbed your counting gumballs idea for my little guy this morning. He's happily gluing gumballs right now!!! :)

  10. Great ideas! Where can I get that giraffe printable for the measuring activity?

    1. Thank you Sowmia. I actually drew the giraffes freehand, so there is not a printable.


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