For three years in college I worked as a teacher's assistant in the toddler room of the wonderful Goddard School in West Long Branch, NJ. I was recently thinking back on my time in the toddler room and all the fun and educational activities we used to do with the kids, and I realized that I wanted to share some of those experiences with Charlie and Lily. So I decided that I would put my toddler room experience to good use and set about creating learning weeks for Charlie and Lily. Each week will have a theme, and we'll do activities based around that theme. Nothing major or complicated - we'll read a book, sing a song, do a super simple craft, etc. - over the course of a week. I figured that this would help me come up with some new things to do with Charlie and Lily, rather than just play with the same toys over and over, and hopefully they'll pick something up along the way!
So I started this past week with the theme of the farm. During the week we read our touch-and-feel farm book and sang "Old MacDonald." We watched the Baby Einstein DVD Baby MacDonald and made pigs out of paper plates. I brought out the Little People Farm that Charlie and Lily had received for their birthday and we played with that, and I opened up a farm puzzle for them to check out.
We all had a lot of fun this past week, and I'm excited for all the learning weeks to come. I plan to take pictures each week so I can share what we're learning :)
Lily admiring her very first art project (the babies helped me press the nose and ears onto the paper plate).
Note to self: Don't attempt photos when Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is on.
Checking out the Little People Farm