Here is a list of the most frequently asked questions I receive about our curriculums:
What is Tot School?
Tot School is the fun introduction of different themes or concepts to your toddler. Contrary to what the term implies, Tot School doesn’t need to look like “school” at all! It should be fun & engaging for your little one – they most likely won’t even realize they are learning new things. The best way I can sum it up in one sentence would be: “Taking their everyday experiences and steering them in particular directions in order to encourage growth.”
Why Tot School?
If I am being honest about how this all started, it was because I was going crazy by noon every day. I felt like my daughter was bored, which translated into her fussing or acting out. I stumbled upon the concept of Tot School and began trying out some of the activities. My daughter was 12 months at the time. When she hit 20 months, we added another baby into the family & my free time quickly dwindled. While balancing a newborn, I battled a ton of guilt over how much screen time my daughter was getting every day. I made the decision that I wanted to do a full Tot School curriculum with her – one that I could prepare for ahead of time so each day I had everything I needed to offer her educational and fun activities. I spent hours searching all over the internet, but couldn’t find what I was looking for. I wanted a one stop shop for themes, activities, supply lists and anything else I would need to teach my daughter. So when nothing came up on Pinterest or Google, I decided to create one myself. I was going to do all of the work anyways – I might as well share it with any other parents who had been searching for the same thing. I also hoped that offering something like this would encourage others to engage with their children in meaningful ways.
I know what it feels like to be so tired and busy and overwhelmed with life that the last thing you can think about is creating Pinterest-perfect activities for your toddler. I was there! But what I quickly discovered was that if I offered my daughter one activity in the morning, she could keep herself busy for over an hour sometimes. If I planned in advance and had something to hand her, she didn’t need the iPad or TV to stay in one place while I took care of her little sister. I created this for YOU! So you could have hundreds of ideas to easily choose from & you could teach your toddler new concepts along the way.
How much time does Tot School take each day?
Tot School can be a 5 minute activity or a number of activities spread throughout the day. I’ve provided these resources so you can pick and choose what works for you and your schedule. My personal goal was to offer my daughter at least one hands on activity and one art/craft project per day. If we did more, great. If we only got to read a book because we were having a bad day, that’s fine too! I never wanted to force my daughter into feeling like this was work. From what I have seen through our past experiences, she is happier when I give her activities to do and there is a little structure to our day.
How much does Tot School cost?
All of our curriculums and resources are completely FREE. From the beginning it has been on my heart to provide these things in order to bless other families. It is a ton of work, but I truly believe that by providing these curriculums free of charge, more families will participate in meaningful activities with their little ones!
For a supply list specific to our Tot School curriculum, please click here.
How do I get started with Tot School?
If you want to read about our Tot School curriculum in depth, you can head over to this post. It will explain everything you need to know about getting started and also lists all of the resources that are available for you to use.
What theme units are included in your Tot School Curriculum?
Our Tot School themes can be found here.
How old are your daughters?
Rilynn was 22 months when we started Tot School. This is a great resource for those of you who are wondering which activities are age appropriate for your child. If you go back to our first theme (Colors) you can view all of the activities that my daughter was doing at 22 months!
Rilynn was 3 when we started our literature units and Rowan was 15 months.
What ages are your activities geared towards?
Our curriculums span infant – preschool. The majority of activities in both our Literature Units and Tot School can be tailored to any child. For example, if we are painting with paint brushes, but your 15 month old can’t hold a paintbrush yet, have them paint with their fingers! If we are using tempera paint, you can choose to use an edible paint. I frequently adapt activities I find on Pinterest that may be too “old” for my daughters into things that work for them and where they are currently at. If you go back and look at the unique weekly hashtags on Instagram, you can see what families have done for each theme. We have had infants through 5 year olds participating along with us!
Which do you recommend? Tot School or Literature Units?
The choice is completely up to each family. When I planned Tot School, I did so based on what I saw most families doing on Pinterest. After creating that curriculum, I learned that literature based studies (as opposed to theme studies) just fit my girls better. Because of this, I will not be repeating Tot School with Rowan, but will continue creating literature based units for her as well. All of our literature units can be used with children infant – preschool. Those units teach a variety of themes and skills for each book, where as Tot School picks one theme (i.e., Colors) and focuses specifically on that for the unit. I feel that literature units are well rounded and also provide a more practical approach to learning. Again, the choice is completely up to you!
If you have any other questions or comments, feel free to reach out to me!