In this blog post, I share why we are starting Tot School and what activities we are planning.
What is Tot School?
Tot School is a focused time each day with your tot. Exposing them to learning activities through play at home. It is always FUN, never forced. It is the brainchild of the blog http://www.1plus1plus1equals1.com/TotSchool.html. This blog has so many ideas, including a curriculum you can follow.
So why Tot School?
In January 2018, I decided to try Tot School with our 21-month-old toddler. Ava our toddler is showing signs of developmental delay with certain skills. Firstly she is currently not speaking. Her only words are “mama’, “quack” and “woof”. On further research, I have noticed a slight delay in her cognitive skills also. I’m hoping that exposing her to a variety of Tot School activities it will help her along and encourage her development.
Tot School Activities
For our toddler, we are planning a variety of fun tasks for her to complete.
- Play-Doh play
- Singing nursery rhymes
- Reading books
- Sensory trays/bins (rice, water, shaving cream)
- Nature walks
- Sensory play classes in soft play centre
- Texture discovery
- Flash Cards
That’s our plan but as we all know, most times things don’t go according to plan with toddlers. Ava, our toddler, is extremely strong-willed and once she has her mind made there is no switching without extreme tantrums. Given her age, her attention span is quite low and time spent on these tasks may range from 0-25 minutes. As I said above starting Tot School is to be fun never forced. You’ll need to know when to stop, step away and clean up.
Until next time,