Hey guys! I have something exciting to share! Me and little man are getting ready to start doing regular Tot School! I first learned about Tot School from the blog 1+1+1=1. She has so many great tips and ideas for Tot School and even a free e-book! She got me inspired and I am ready to start working with him to teach him new things and expose him to new things and to start learning through play!
Our first step for Tot School is, of course, getting organized! Here’s how we’re doing it!
I bought this ClosetMaid Cube Organizer a few months ago, even before we moved! I had planned to use it for Liam’s room, but I got him a dresser so I decided this would be perfect for our Tot School area! Throw in a few fabric drawers and voila! I need two more drawers, but for now we are good and I even have one extra.
I keep some items on hand for activities for Liam, so those are the items I’ve put in the drawers..
This drawer has a few assorted things- coloring books, crayons, chalk, flash cards, and pom poms. We do lots of coloring pages and there are so many great pom pom activities on Pinterest. These are quick and easy activities we can do and also learn- colors, words, etc…
In here I’m keeping construction paper, tissue paper, streamers, and the play-doh. We do a lot of activities that involve tissue paper and con-tact paper. These activities (see here on Pinterest) and such a great idea for little ones!
And finally, this drawer has all of our foam stickers and some feathers for crafts! We love foam stickers because they are so easy for little hands!
Okay, so those are the on-hand items I keep for fun activities, once I had all of that organized, I was able to set up his Tot School area!
I went through all of little man’s toys and pulled out anything that I felt was particularly learning oriented- first words books, books about colors and shapes, puzzles, etc… I added those to his shelf, and split the rest of his toys and books between the living room and his bedroom. I’ll also be using his blocks, and shape sorters, but those are toys he really likes to play with so I left those in with his regular toys and we will pull them out as we need to. I ordered this Ikea play mat rug from Amazon for the space, and I am hoping to order this small table and chairs soon, but for now we will be working at the kitchen table when we color and do crafts.
Okay, so along with getting all of our stuff organized I had to create a way to get or Tot School weeks organized, too. I keep a monthly calendar in my planner that’s just for Liam’s activities, but I also made these two Tot School planning printables that I’d like to share with you guys, too!
This printable is for planning the activities for the week.
…and this printable is for gathering up supplies and doing prep-work for the week.
You can click the printables below to download from Google Docs!
I hope you enjoy the printables if you decide to try them, and be sure to check out my Etsy shop for more organizational printables. Also, do you do Tot School? Do you blog about it? Please let me know, I’d love to follow along!