Tot School: An Introduction


Since the beginning of my motherhood journey, I have felt a calling in my bones to home-school. The more I read & research on the benefits of homeschooling, the more it kindles my passion for teaching.  Getting P on board with homeschooling though...well that's a conversation for a whole other day.

During the many hours of reading I have done on the subject, I recently came across "tot school", essentially a beginning into home school for the pre preschooler.  Reagan's eagerness to learn & love of nature has inspired me to draw up a gentle curriculum, based on Hickory & Ash's tot school themes.  I've added a few of my own weekly activities, field trips, & STEAM activities based on Reagan's interests & the time of year we'll be learning certain subjects.

I took a few hours the other night to draw up our subject schedule, which I am happy to share with you.

  1. Nov. 18-24 Autumn
  2. Nov. 25-1   Patterns
  3. Dec. 2-8    Body Parts
  4. Dec. 9-15   Music
  5. Dec. 16-22 Winter
  6. Dec. 30-5  Textures
  7. Jan. 6-12   Opposites
  8. Jan. 13-19  Magnets
  9. Jan. 20-26 Outer Space
  10. Jan. 27-2   Grocery Store
  11. Feb. 3-9    Shapes
  12. Feb. 10-16 Love
  13. Feb. 17-23 Occupations
  14. Feb. 24-2   Shadows
  15. Mar. 3-9    Manners
  16. Mar. 10-16 Food
  17. Mar. 17-23 Spring
  18. Mar. 24-30 Art
  19. Mar. 31-6   Dinosaurs
  20. Apr. 7-13   Clothing
  21. Apr. 14-20 Gardening
  22. Apr. 21-27 Planet Earth
  23. Apr. 28-4  Weather
  24. May 5-11   Feelings
  25. May 12-18 Animals
  26. May 19-25 All About Me!
  27. May 26-1   Under the Sea
  28. Jun. 2-8     Exercise
  29. Jun. 9-15    Bubbles
  30. Jun. 16-22  Summer
  31. Jun. 23-29  Camping
  32. Jun. 30-6   Construction + Safety
  33. Jul. 7-13    Senses
  34. Jul. 14-20   Transportation
  35. Jul. 21-27   Water
  36. Jul. 28-3    Colors

There you have it. 36 weeks, 36 different subjects, & at least 3 learning activities for each subject.  We're skipping the week of Christmas because, well, it's Christmas! Each week, I'll be posting a more in-depth look at what we did, what worked, what could-have-worked better, etc.  I invite you to come along on our next adventure & maybe you'll feel inspired to create your own learning adventures with your darlings.

Do you homeschool, or have you heard of tot schooling? Drop a comment below & let me know your thoughts!

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