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Learning life’s lessons during tot school

December 27, 2011

I am trying to catch up with posts! This is from our C is for Christmas week.


We started off with coloring.  I’m pretty certain those are the only marks he made the entire time.  Not sure how to enthuse him about coloring.  I bought a magna doodle and an aqua doodle for Christmas… nothing.



And then there was Sissy who never met a writing device she didn’t like.  Her writing has got a lot loopier recently. She’s branching away from just straight lines.


Notice the excited face about this activity?  Don’t be fooled.


Oh the happy smiles.  He did about 5 or 10 dots and then declared ‘all done.’  I tried everything imaginable to keep him going.  Got out more colors. Let him have all of them at once.  Tried directing him to dot a certain number of a color hoping to work off his new found love of counting.  He dug in his heels.


Then he turned into this.  He had maybe 5 left?  I tried coaxing him to finish with stickers. Nope.  Crying ensued.  Eventually I had to hand over hand the rest to force him to finish the project.  Sigh.


Meanwhile, Sissy’s activity was following Mommy’s ‘plan’ just about as well.  She was supposed to be sorting.


Instead she was transferring by pouring.  She actually got pretty good after the first few times.


And stacking.



And counting.  And just about everything but sorting. But whatever.  Learning leads the learner not the plan.  Now if Rett could have changed my plan into something else besides a battle of the wills… tot school would have been a grand success.



Sissy was into color sorting with blocks, another one of her passions.  She hasn’t dealt with duplos very much and had a hard time getting them together so i have to help once she matched them up.



And Rett did a puzzle with Daddy to finish up our session.


Not the greatest of teaching days.  Both kiddos ended up taking naps shortly after.


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