Welcome to the Tot School area of Simply Learning! Some of you may be wondering: “What is Tot School?” I first discovered the concept when I was searching for intentional activities to do with my (then) one year old. I would like to say it was purely because I wanted to grow her little mind – but if I’m being honest, I initially started my pinterest-ing because I was about to go crazy every day by noon. I felt like she was bored & ornery and I was at a loss as to what would interest her & keep her busy. I stumbled across Tot School and I fell in love! Not only did it spark my interest in totschooling, but it ended up being the first step in exploring if homeschooling would be a fit for our family. Prior to this, I thought that homeschooling was completely out of the question – great for others, but there’s no way I could manage something like that. Initially I tried various activities geared towards 12-18 month olds until I developed the plan to start full on Tot School once my daughter was two. Tot School is great because contrary to the wording, it doesn’t have to look like “school” at all. You can select themes that you are interested in introducing to your child and then find ways to incorporate those into your daily life. For example, if you wanted to focus on Colors you could choose things as simple as wearing blue clothes one day, having blue themed meals, reading books highlighting blue and leaving out toys & activities that use blue in your playroom that day. You could also decide to do activities or crafts that require a lot more preparation or planning. The choice is yours!
…contrary to the wording, it doesn’t have to look like “school” at all.
If you are anything like me, you may have initially shied away from structured learning for your toddler because at first glance it can seem REALLY overwhelming. What types of themes should I consider? What activities would be applicable? How do I sort through the thousands of ideas on Pinterest and Google??? I literally googled for hours trying to find a website that offered a year of themes in addition to corresponding activities & resources. While there we a ton of theme ideas, they pretty much left the corresponding activities up to the parent. That translated into A LOT of time sifting through things on the internet – and let me tell you, I almost quit. But then I thought: “Would more parents try Tot School if they didn’t have to do all of this work?” And I believe the answer to that question is yes. So I decided to take all of my themes and ideas and offer them up to any parents who wanted a one stop shop for educating their toddler. My goal is to put everything at your fingertips so you can use as much or as little as you want. Are you interested in focusing on crafts? Great! Do you want 3-5 activities a day to do with your child? Awesome! For each specific theme I share everything I’ve gathered and the activities we’ve completed and you can use whatever you would like to. As parents we are so busy, but I wanted to offer a place where anyone could come and walk away with resources and a learning plan that worked for them and their schedule.
I almost quit. But then I thought: “Would more parents try Tot School if they didn’t have to do all of this work?” And I believe the answer to that question is yes.
For us, Tot School was fun & flexible. I chose simple, yet amazingly entertaining activities that filled our days with laughter & smiles – while also giving my little girl the opportunity to learn fundamental skills & subjects. My daughter didn’t even realize she was being ‘taught’. If you are interested in our Free Tot School curriculum and themes, please use the drop down menus at the top of the site to navigate your way around! For a supply list specific to our Tot School curriculum, please click here.