Tot Time Weekly Wrap-Up: December 6-17

Sorry that I didn’t post much last week and please excuse me if this post seems a little incoherent, I am a bit sleep-deprived these days. Dora’s sleep schedule has gotten horribly messed up during the last three weeks. She is needing less sleep, but rather than cut out naps, like most children, she has started staying up extremely late at night (I did not get her to sleep last night until 1:10 AM!). I’ve tried all sorts of things such as having her nap earlier, having her not nap, making sure she naps, waking her early from her naps, not waking her from her naps, waking her early in the morning, not waking her in the morning, etc. Nothing has worked and she keeps staying up, wide awake, later and later each night. Fortunately, I am a night owl, so I am better able to handle this than many people would be able to, but it is making it hard for me to get things done.
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Fieldtrips – Last week’s theme was gingerbread. The week started off with a gingerbread house decorating workshop. When I got to the workshop with Dora, I wanted to kiss the feet of the people who were running it. They had pre-assembled the gingerbread houses! All we had to do was decorate them, which is the fun part. As a side note, I did recently read an excellent post of helpful hints for building gingerbread houses. Dora had so much fun decorating her gingerbread house, it really was a perfect morning. She has also really enjoyed looking at Christmas lights and decorations and helping us buy a Christmas tree.
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Crafts – This week, we focused on Christmas, in a more general sense. We made beeswax candles, which was very exciting for Dora, who had no previous experience with candles. We also made a felt Santa and Rudolph (I bought the kits for $1.00 each from Ben Franklin, which is a craft store). Today, I assembled this Santa puppet for her, which she really loved.
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Literature – The big hit with Dora was Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett.

 

We also read The Twelve Days of Christmas, by Jan Brett (did you know that some people say “colly birds” instead of “calling birds”).

 

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Academics – Homeschool Creations made my month by posting this Gingerbread Baby preschool pack. The big hit with Dora was size sorting, which was the first time she has shown any interest in size sorting. She also really enjoyed “hiding” the gingerbread baby in the gingerbread house.
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Since Dora enjoyed size sorting with the Gingerbread Baby preschool pack so much, I also printed out and laminated these size sorting objects from Sparkle Box.
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I also made these Christmas-themed lacing cards for Dora, but though she enjoyed having the cards and playing games with them, she had no interest, whatsoever, in lacing.
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I have not completed it yet, but I also plan to assemble this candy cane colors file folder game for Dora. She knows her colors really well, but will enjoy matching the candy canes with their stockings.
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Cooking – This was an easy one, we made gingerbread men and other Christmas cookies. Dora loved decorating cookies, though she tended to dump the entire jar of sprinkles on cookies when she tried to pour them. I had to shake off lots of excess sugar. You can also see that she favored pink sugar for decorating them.
Sensorial – Like practical life, I am going to stop blogging about this unless Dora does something unusual.
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Posted by Maureen Sklaroff