Free Printable Tot School Theme Planner

As we start preparing to bring Jellybean home, I am feeling the need for a little bit of structure and organization in regards to keeping up with Peanut’s tot school. Bringing another baby into the house is going to make it more difficult to spend as much one-on-one time with Peanut as I have been, but I am still determined to make sure she gets that time with me whenever possible.

That means I have to be more organized and intentional about her tot school. The tot school itself can be spontaneous and tot-led (which is the point), but I need to have ideas about what kinds of activities, outings, and supplies I might need before the week begins so that I’m not scrambling at the last minute.

With this in mind, I whipped up a quick and easy Free Printable Tot School Theme Planner.

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I can keep track of the different themes I want to cover with her (she is getting so smart, and absorbing everything so fast, and I would love to have actual “curriculum” in mind rather than just “go with the flow” every day), and what our tot school boxes and activities are going to look like that week. Then, I can schedule the themes, and be able to purchase any necessary supplies in advance, and make the boxes for the week ahead of time.

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Enjoy!

Please note that these planner pages are for personal use only.

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Free Printable Weekly Tot School Planner

Today I created a free printable Weekly Tot School Planner for you guys with toddlers!

Weekly Tot School Planner

We “officially” started doing Tot School with Peanut just before Christmas, but we have been unofficially doing it for much longer (before, I didn’t know what it was called/that there WAS such a thing, and I didn’t plan anything out in advance). Now that I’m only working on the weekends, I have more time to devote to actually planning activities and putting together tot boxes for her (we use boxes, not trays, in our house).

That being said, I needed a planning page (of course!). Every week I try to have a theme in mind – this can be a specific theme (holiday, a specific animal, a habitat, a letter, a color, etc), or it can be more general (gross motor skills, outdoor play, water play, etc).

The six small boxes are for you to plan your tot boxes/tot trays. I fill these in the week before, along with any other supplies I need prior to the start of the week. As for actually buying supplies, trust me when I say you have PLENTY of stuff already around your house to do tot school!

However, my two favorite stores to hit up when I’m looking for something specific are the Dollar Tree and the 99 cent store. I only allow myself to spend $5 per week on tot school supplies, so these places give me the biggest bang for my buck. For example, leading up to Christmas, I purchased a set of giant jingle bells, some Christmas foam stickers, and some Christmas erasers. At home I already had Christmas cookie cutters, and I printed out Christmas coloring pages and a snowman outline to use with some letter stamps I already had. Tot school for Christmas week: $3.24.

Then you have sections for each day of the week. You can either use these boxes to plan your week with your tot, OR fill them out with the activities and skills that your tot actually practiced (as you know, sometimes tot school plans get derailed), to help you keep track of what skills could use some more work in the future, and which skills your tot is mastering and may be ready to grow on.

The last section is just Notes: to yourself, ideas for future tot school plans, what worked well, what was a disaster… whatever!

I really hope you enjoy the Tot School Planner!

Weekly Tot School Planner Color

Weekly Tot School Planner BW

Enjoy!

Please note that these planner pages are for personal use only.

First Day of Tot School

Today was our first day of official Tot School, after spending a little bit of time yesterday creating our first Tot School Boxes (you can read about what I put in each of them here).

While I was at work this morning, Jeremy and Peanut did some learning with her Bottle Caps and the diaper wipes container (putting the caps in, taking them out, dumping from one container to another, learning the letters and animals that are on some of the lids).

When I unexpectedly got home from work early today, we decided to go out for a late breakfast/brunch, and Peanut almost lost her mind that we were leaving the box of pom poms behind. So I dumped some of them into the diaper wipes container to bring with us.

While we waited for our food to come, we dumped the pom poms on the table for her and she had tons of fun stuffing them back into the diaper wipes container over and over while we talked about the different colors and sizes of the poms (she knows orange and blue, but the rest we are still working on).

After nap time, Peanut was still very interested in the poms, so I pulled them back out along with the two empty baby food containers. This time I pulled out five green and five orange poms in the same size (scaffolding learning talks about meeting a child at a stage they know, and then slowly expanding that knowledge to the next level. I picked a color she knew, and a color she hasn’t been identifying yet). We dumped them on a plate and then used a spoon and our fingers to put them into the two containers.

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She was doing pretty good at first with keeping the colors separate, but after a little while it devolved into her just playing with the poms and scooping them all up in both hands and stuffing them into the containers.

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It didn’t go entirely as I’d planned, but that’s ok. She still had a ton of fun with the poms today, we worked on identifying the color green, and she learned about gravity while using the spoon to transfer the poms from cup to cup.

And, of course, when she saw me taking pictures of Tot School, she wanted a selfie, too!

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For more ideas on Tot School, check out the original Tot School blog, and her Weekly Link Up.