I know I haven’t posted much on the Teeny Tot lately, so I thought I’d take a day to post on her whereabouts as of late. Fear not, for those of you missing her, she’s energetic as ever, and even more so if that’s possible!

She’s really been having fun with our new Hot Dots Jr. Getting Ready for School kit. She absolutely loves the Ace Pen because he lights up and makes noises when she clicks the dots.


I have these wooden lacing shapes from Holgate Toys. They’re perfect for the Teeny Tot because they’re very sturdy and easy to push the laces through.


One of her favorite times of the day is reading time. Every day my 2nd grader reads her level reader to the Teeny Tot and my preschooler. They switch sitting on her lap after each page, it’s quite cute to watch.


She absolutely LOVEs our Learning Resources lacing buttons! This activity will usually occupy her for at least 5-10 minutes.


Lakeshore Counting Keys: Here’s another fun activity for the Teeny Tot. She doesn’t make any patterns or anything yet, but loves to get them on the rings and tote them around with her.


Peg Number Boards from Lakeshore: These are super fun, they can stack the pegs, sort them by color, make patterns, or even practice counting the pegs on each card.


She runs all over our large floor numbers:


And this is a new game, designed by the Teeny Tot herself! She found a bag or our rubber bands that we typically use for our Learning Resources Geoboards. She then spent about 10 minutes putting them on her foot.


Melissa & Doug Letter stacking blocks: Mostly she likes to knock these down, but every once in awhile…and yes, she is wearing her coat inside, no it’s not cold, she’s just got a thing for coats…and shoes…


I found some cheap bamboo toast tongs at Bed, Bath & Beyond the other day. I thought they might work better than the kid’s chop-sticks I’ve been using and I was right. She could maneuver them much more easily and had a lot of fun filling her cups. (colored cups found in the kitchen section at Target)


…and then dumping them out again! She did a very nice stacking job with her bowls too.


If you’re wondering what’s in her workboxes lately, here you go:


Happy Tot Schooling!


  1. Hi,Congratulations on your Blog Award – – it is well-deserved. I'm new to homeschooling (a "tot" and a preschooler) and relatively new to your blog. I'm a devoted follower of your blog now thanks to the "10-days of homeschooling" series. You are an inspiration: your creativity, your organization, and your willingness to share with others. Do you purchase most of your manipulatives or get them for free (in exchange for a review or something)? I am trying to build my supply of manipulatives and have found great product ideas on your site but can't afford them at even sale prices most of the time. Thanks for your feedback. I'm sure I'll have other questions in the future.Andrea

  2. Just curious becasue my tot looks close in age to your's….does she ever put the counting bears in her mouth? I can't give my tot her's without me being right there because she likes to put them in her mouth. She is not a typical "mouther", but with the bears, for some reason, she is! Oh, BTW, how do you do it ALL?

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