Toddler School

Toddler School {Transition Lessons & Assessment}

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Moving on to a new theme is tough. You get attached to your previous
theme, they are attached to it and it becomes a part of your lifestyle because
you really immerse yourself into it. Dinosaurs will forever run amok throughout
our house… as will pirates.
However, building a new theme can be even more difficult.
There is this in-between phase that you must go through which is a
cluster of entertaining activities to keep them occupied and structured
assessment. Somehow, while keeping them occupied and happy you must build daily
activities that either proves they’re ready to move on or tell you where you
need to revisit in the upcoming theme.
This “Transition” can take an entire month… our January. It is
basically a gauntlet of lessons you throw at them, sit back and take notes on
how they handle it. Your assessment activities must also be fun so that you can
see enough behavior to assess their progress intellectually.
Here is my January Toddler
School Transition Unit Plan
Identify learned skills from previous unit
through observational assessment
Entertain daily –while I think and assess
{reference all those Pinterest pins that never fit into the theme!}
Ascertain new theme learning objectives
Identify behavioral goals and operational
conditioning for new theme
Collect manipulatives, create lesson plans,
organize materials and educational tangibles
To begin we must acknowledge our previous Unit’s goals so we can see
where we are and what they’ve learned. For the Dinosaur Unit we worked on:
Lesson Goals from the
Dinosaur Unit
{we didn’t get to them all!}
So, armed with my phoneme
assessment clipboard chart
and powers of observations I approached the
first two weeks of January with these first lessons, more to come!
Book Nest: Assessment opportunity for
phoneme awareness, Book Anatomy, Reading Finger, tracking and object finding
{for both Cash & Wyatt}
Music: Cardboard Concerts &
Upcycled Instruments! Also, assessment for interpersonal skills, sharing, being
nice to brother in a highly tempting environment, following directions,
descriptions for loud, soft, fast and slow… and I just really needed something
fun for them to do!
Texture Crawl– Coming Soon
Little Town Story Telling– Coming Soon
My lovely niece Marissa demonstrating The Clean Up Box
in her Yearling year with me.
Looking ahead
As we move into a new Unit I know I will be introducing these concepts
and behaviors:
The Clean Up Box, Signs: Potty, Nap &
Help, Body Parts and Animal noises
Expanding Gentleman Training, Potty
Training, Storytelling and Shoe Tying
It will be an interesting winter for
sure! You’ll likely never see me outside of my house!


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