Welcome to Tot School!
I’m so excited for you to join us as we create a year of skillful play for our toddlers! This is our second go ’round at the Oakleaf Academy for Boys (we’re calling it Tot School 2.0), and I definitely learned a few things that I’ll be implementing this time around.
So before we dive in, I wanted to let you know what you can expect from these unit studies.
- I’m keeping it simple. Education doesn’t need to be complicated, especially in the toddler years. Play is what’s most important at this age, and as long as you are reading aloud and allowing time for open ended exploration with your little, THAT IS ENOUGH!
- These units were created to enhance your time together with your little learner, not make it burdensome. If it starts to feel like too much, or your child isn’t interested in the activity you present, let it go for the day. Or even for the season.
- Don’t feel pressured to do it all. Doing one or two activities a week is an accomplishment, especially if you’re also educating older kids like we are. Tot school is supposed to be a gentle introduction to more structured play time. It’s not a time for rigorous routines or expectations.
- If your child isn’t ready to engage with the activities, that’s perfectly normal and is NOT YOUR FAILURE as mom or educator. Instead, use this time to sit together with the read alouds, and let them have these years to be Wild + Free! Every child was fearfully and wonderfully made by our perfect Creator who had a purpose when he made them exactly the way they are. I promise you that they will learn everything they need to know and more when they are ready!
I’ll be posting these themes by season, 8 weeks in each. Feel free to jump in and join us right where we are or choose your weeks based on your child’s interest. It’s totally up to you. This was meant to create freedom in your homeschool, not make it more complicated!
The same goes for the schedule. I have found that a Monday-Thursday schedule works best for us in most seasons, but there are times where Monday or Wednesday have been our day off, and also seasons where we drop down to three school days a week. Be flexible and give yourself grace.
And remember, the best gift you can give your child is a well rested, well nurtured mama. Ask yourself what this year would look like if you let it be easy. Build in margin so you aren’t rushing through your lessons. Then make sure to schedule in time for your own rest and restoration.
Below you’ll find out tot school themes. The link will become active as soon as a particular week is posted. Inside each post, you’ll find our weekly schedule, read alouds, activities, and supplies you’ll need.
I hope these resources truly bless your family!
Fall Tot School Themes
Pumpkins, Scarecrows, and Halloween
Winter Tot School Themes
Waiting For Winter
Holly Jolly Christmas
A Child Is Born
The Night Sky
Bears and Hibernation
All About Me
Spring Tot School Themes
Wiggly Worms and Creepy Crawlers
Rain and Clouds
Birds and Nests
Seeds and Flowers
Trucks, Trains, and Things That Go
Invention and Imagination
Summer Tot School Themes
America The Beautiful
Bugs of The Air
Bugs on the Ground
Bees and Butterflies
Mountains and Meadows
Oceans and Lakes
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or suggestions. And tag us on Instagram with #ayearoftotschool because everything is more fun with friends!