Tot School – January – February


  • Culture: Children of the World
  • Geography – The Seven Continents
  • Penguin Unit
  • Winter Forest Animals / Footprints


  • Valentine’s
  • Our Daily Routine
  • Rainbow Unit
  • Hibernation Unit

Culture: Children of the World

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday is celebrated the third Monday in January of each year. I created some printable worksheets to use as well as words for our Dollar Tree pocket chart:

There is also a Do-a-Dot (or coloring) worksheet for the letters M, L, and K.
Additionally, a brief description of Dr. King and a cut-and-paste activity are included.
You can get the bundle at my TeachersPayTeachers store, or by clicking here

My 19 month old has been counting to ten almost reliably (except for that dang seven!) so I thought it would be a great time to start reciting these in Spanish.

I added a printable in both languages to his toddler work binder. It also makes a great file folder activity!

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Geography – The Seven Continents

Coming soon!

Penguin Unit


For these sensory activities I used the miniature penguins from Safari Ltd. as part of their TOOB series. (Click on the image or HERE to view on

The first part of the week we were lucky enough to have real snow outside, which I brought inside, much to the delight of my toddler.


I found a free printable key on their site, which I printed out for use in a Montessori-inspired matching game for shelf work at a later date:penguin TOOB printableI also printed these free cards for sixteen different species from South America, Africa, Australia, and Antarctica.


I cut and laminated two versions as suggested: one for a self-correcting answer key and one to be used to match the label to the appropriate pictures.

Later that week we brought the figurines back in, added some cotton balls in lieu of snow, and provided recycled egg cartons, fruit cups and large tongs from the Dollar Tree to work on fine motor skills.


Purchase a similar pair:  


Winter Forest Animals / Footprints


What’s a holiday without a photo shoot?

See more Valentine’s Day inspiration here!

Our Daily Routine

We used this Starting the Day book as part of our Nursing Busy Bags rotation – forgive the sea creatures in the photo, which were part of another activity (Book from Target Dollar Spot)!



We also pulled out the tooth brushing cards, (which are also planned for a future Dental Unit):

Rainbow Unit

-Coming soon!

Hibernation Unit

Top 10 Hibernators:

  • Bears
  • Garter Snakes
  • Box Turtles
  • Snails
  • Marmots
  • Common Poorwill
  • Bats
  • Hedgehogs
  • Bumblebees
  • Wood Frogs

“Bears go into torpor, which while similar to hibernation is different. When in torpor bears reduce both their heart and breathing rate, and their temperature drops, but less so than animals that hibernate. When in torpor bears can and do wake up easily, but they can go for days without waking, eating, drinking or going to the toilet.” See more from

Book List:


Where is Baby’s Valentine? – Karen Katz

Llama Llama, Be My Valentine! – Anna Dewdney

Mouse’s First Valentine – Lauren Thompson

One Zillion Valentines – Frank Modell

The Day it Rained Hearts – Felicia Bond