Thursday, February 24, 2011

Tot School

Emma is 25 months
Tot School

I have not posted about Tot School in quite some time! Emma has been doing so many new things and learning so much lately, that it has been a little more overwhelming to try and photograph and write about it all. Be sure to check out 1+1+1=1 for more information about Tot School.
Emma says pretty much everything at this point, and is putting together sentences that are often 4-6 words long. One of our big projects is starting her on Scripture memorization. We are working on Proverbs 3:5 and Philippeans 2:14. She can repeat "Trust in the Lord" and then "with all your heart" after us, and is needed less and less help with the words. We are also working on talking through the Westminster Shorter Catechism. We're still on the first question (What is the chief end of man?) and Emma will repeat the answer (To glorify God and enjoy him forever).

Emma is still a huge fan of all things music! We have music time daily, and it usually involves dancing with some Laurie Berkner. Emma has really caught on to singing the Doxology, and we love that she is learning some core beliefs of Christianity at the same time. I also like to put on something like Chicago and Emma pulls out her guitar and tries to play like Omi.

One of Emma's favorite things to do is puzzles! She got some large floor puzzles for her birthday and we do them pretty much every day. She has started being able to do them with very little help, and really enjoys pointing out different things in the puzzles.

Of course we still have a lot of book time! Emma loves sitting in her reading corner and looking through books. We also keep a number of library books on hand, and Emma's new favorite is listening to books on cd. She does a really good job following along and turning the pages at the right time.

Another favorite birthday present is the Aquadoodle. We work on writing letters and numbers. Emma loves to try to write words, and would much prefer to "write" than simply color.

We use alphabet links at stencils and color them on the Aquadoodle mat!

Emma has also been helping me in the kitchen. She loves to sit on the counter and watch me mix up bread, cut up things for soup, and in this picture, she even helped scoop potatoes into a baking dish for dinner!


Anonymous said...

I don't even know the Westminster Shorter Catchism! How wonderful that your training for her is first and foremost to love God and enjoy Him!

InDeeds said...

I am continually impressed by how intentional you are with teaching Emma. It is most admirable!

guitargirl75 said...

The other comments are exactly what I was thinking also. How wonderful to teach a child about God and what our purpose is here on earth (and forever!). I must say, though, that most impressive was Emma's posture with her guitar! Her hands were in perfect she needs to not slump over it so much, as this will injure her back in the long run ;-) Well done, girly!

Maura said...

You are doing such a great job with Emma. How awesome that you are teaching her to love the Lord and trust in Him first and foremost.

I loved seeing her with the Aquadoodle! I have one and it has been collecting dust for awhile. It has been a challenge lately trying to find things to keep Caleb busy while I am home schooling the big boys. This will be perfect. It is almost like I have to re-learn teaching toddlers, since it feels like it has been awhile. And Laurie Berkner, yes, I need to pull that out again for him too! Great ideas!

Anonymous said...

So I did have one other observation...looks like you're teaching her the original version of the you think you'll move on some day to the John Piper Desiring God version? ;)

Beth Anne said...

Haha perhaps we will save hat for when we learn about prepositions...

Jen @ Rolling Through Looneyville said...

Great stuff! I LOVE the idea of using the alphabet links as stencils. Brilliant! We'll be pulling ours out of the baby storage asap.