Each week I printed out the letter of the week activities for Addi and I think we could done each letter for two weeks. On top of that I was trying to do theme play dough, songs, books, etc for each week. So what did I decide to do? After the "holiday rush" I'll experiment more, but this is what I'm thinking:
CALENDAR TIME: Recently I found a calendar time I absolutely adored! They get to choose what the weather is like outside and what color their wearing. Once we get going I think we will quickly be able to change the format, but it's super simple to start with. And I'm all about simplifying!
THIS WEEK IN TOT SCHOOL: For each month I will create an over all theme, to go with the season.
November - Fall/Thankfulness
December - Christmas
January - Winter
Then I will create a few activities that will go with the over all monthly theme and use the printables packets for two weeks. Honestly, I think using printable packets for more then one week will make a huge difference for us. We will be saving ink, paper, and time. I was finding myself not using all of the sheets, so now I have enough left over sheets to probably last us all next month. To bad it's not for next month's theme.
Now I want to start using library books for a few weeks instead of switching each week. Before I didn't want to use pumpkin books if it wasn't pumpkin week, instead of using pumpkins, leaves, acorn books all month long.
Hopefully these changes will help us not only learn more, but also simplify so we can have more fun!