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Giveaway!

One of our favorite parts of the Mother Goose Time curriculum is the manipulatives that are included each month. TheY are always the first thing X pulls out of the box and he requests them over and over to use in his play and other projects. We save them and they get used all the time!

The pink and red piggies are one of X’s favorites and find their way into tree houses, gardens, you name it!

In addition to a variety of animals and vehicles, we’ve also recieved stacking cups, pattern blocks, lacing beads, those really neat sticks that snap together (above) and more!

This month I’ve teamed up with Mother Goose Time to give one reader 2 free sets of manipulatives! Enter the contest below for your chance to win!! 

Care Craft Cook Featuring Mother Goose Time Manipulatives Giveaway

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The giveaway closes Monday February 20th. 1 winner will be chosen to recieve 2 free sets of manipulatives. The giveaway will be fulfilled by Mother Goose Time. The winner has 24 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. To enter the contest you must 18 years or older and a resident of the United States.

Thanks so much for entering! 

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Itsy Bitsy Spider

Today’s Mother Goose Time theme was The Itsy Bitsy Spider. I’ve sung this song to both of my boys since the day they were born. With the celebration of X’s 4th birthday this weekend, it was a little sentimental. It was also really fun!

We built spiders out of lacing beads, which were one of this month’s manipulatives! We counted legs and talked about the body parts of a spider. 

X also got to build his own spider web! He really enjoyed this project. I love when he really develops his own ideas surrounding a project. I figured he’d just glue the strings down. He decided to wrap them around the twigs to recreate the spider Web pattern. I loved his innovative idea! This was also a great opportunity to discuss the function and dynamics of spider webs. He really loves learning about different creatures.

Check back in tomorrow for details on an awesome GIVEAWAY!!

I received this month’s Mother Goose Time curriculum free of charge in exchange for sharing our experience and my opinions. All content and opinions are 100% mine and truly honest.

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Weekly Recap with Mother Goose Time

Q and I have been sooo sick for over a week. But thankfully I had some awesome Mother Goose Time activities to keep X entertained.

X caught this horrible chest cold first. He was down for the count for 2 days and then was over it. Q and I have been suffering for over a week. But it gave us a chance to wrap up January’s Baby Animals theme and jump on in to February’s Nursery Rhymes. 

Let me say, we are only 4 days in, but this may be my favorite theme yet!

X is loving it too! He’s memorized each nursery rhyme without me prompting him too. I here him buzzing around the house saying the rhymes. This is perfect timing for us because he’s been really pucking up on letter sounds and rhyming lately.

He’s also been spotting and pointing out American Flags where ever we go, so he quickly zoned in on the American flag door during Day 3’s Invitation to Create.

We both fell in love with this adorable Hickory Dickory Dock board game. We’ve been working on a better understanding of time, so this was fun to add in.

Honestly I’m beyond thankful we’ve had MGT this week. I was able to keep X busy, happy and learning while Q napped or nursed and I felt like I was dying. We have also spent lots of time cuddling and reading books. Sometimes slowing down is good. I am, however, very ready to be feeling better!

What does your homeschool day look like when your family is sick??

I received this month’s Mother Goose Time curriculum free of charge in exchange for sharing our experience and my opinions. All content and opinions are 100% mine and truly honest.

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Routine for Preschool Homeschool

With each new phase in our life I have to evaluate our routine, our rhythm. If we’re struggling or not accomplishing what I hoped, I know it’s time to take a look. Kids grow and change so quickly. When Q was an infant it was easy for us to do our Mother Goose Time while he napped. As he’s gotten older he’s switched to a single nap. This was leaving me struggling to find a place in our days for our activities. We were entering a new season and I needed to develop a new rhythm for us!

Our rhythm currently is as follows:
*the boys play in the livingroom while I make breakfast

*breakfast

*X and I work on our MGT activities while Q either colors, plays with play dough or participates to his own capacity.

*clean up, wash up, get dressed

*around 10 we have a playdate, errands, trip to the gym or story time at our local book shop (depending on the day)

*lunch

*nap

*any continuation of activities we didn’t complete during the morning or if we’ve finished everything we read books, do art, etc. 

*outside play

*dinner

*read books

*bedtime

As far as times are concerned, we are pretty flexible. Some days unexpected activities or errands pop up, but generally speaking that’s our day.

Splitting our activities into 2 different times does a few things for us.It gives us more time to expand on activities we really love. Getting out the door to story time or a playdate is one of the few set times in our day, which means we don’t always have an opportunity to finish all of the days activities. However, it also gives us a natural break if X is loosing focus, not feeling creative or otherwise struggling.

My entire goal for preschool is for learning to be fun and enjoyable. Im trying to build a passion and love gor learning. Sometimes if X is struggling with an activity, but it’s one I think he would otherwise really enjoy, we’ll put it up and try later. But sometimes I just let it go.

Also by doing fun, thoughtful, engaging and educational activities in the morning it “fills his emotional bucket”. He’s had my attention and used his brain. These are two important factors for his behavior the rest of the day. If our mornings are hurried or I’m trying clean while they play independently, we have a tendency to struggle through out the day. My children really need connection in the morning, despite what my to do list says. This is where MGT has been a huge help. Instead of trying to pre-plan activities or come up with a fun and engaging activity before I’ve had coffee, I can open our Daily Bag and the Teacher’s Guide and all of the planning is done for me. Thank goodness for that, because I’m pretty useless before coffee.

The Invitation to Create activities have been working wonderfully for us lately. These are so open ended that they give Q an opportunity to participate. He is equally as capable at 19 months to look at the Inspiration Photo and use the supplies as X is at almost 4. With a standard craft a certain result is expected, which doesn’t work for younger kids. The Invitations really let him be a part of our learning! Which keeps him busy, engaged and having an active role in our family rhythm.

He loves learning beside his brother. 

Working as a family on our MGT activities has really given X an opportunity to feel helpful and capable of teaching his brother. I often find him explaining activities, demonstrating how to use materials and helping Q create. X creates his own simple activities like using the animal cards to name animals or make animal sounds for Q. He now sews his brother as a capable learner and is excited to help teach him. This has extended to other areas of their relationship as well. They work together and help eachother so much more since Q started doing school with us! This was an unexpected development, but one I’m very thankful for! I think maybe X made a connection between me helping him and teaching him and now sees himself as capable of that with his brother.

I received this month’s Mother Goose Time curriculum free of charge in exchange for sharing our experience and my opinions. All content and opinions are 100% mine and truly honest.

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February Mother Goose Time Sneak Peek

I am so excited about our February Mother Goose Time box! I just had to open it as soon as it came. My anticipation was spot on, so I had to share it with all of you. There is still plenty of time to order!

February’s theme is Nursery Rhymes. To be honest, we haven’t done nearly as many nursery rhymes as I wished we had. So next month is a perfect opportunity to jump right in. 

The manipulatives for February are different shaped lacing beads and blue and yellow sheep in small, medium and large. The shape featured this month is the heart (how fitting with valentine’s day!) so we recieved our heart shaped stamp.

X always loves investigating the theme poster. I have a feeling he’ll love pointing out the rhymes featured as we learn them. The calendar for February is so cute and features an AB pattern.

The letters featured will be Ii, Rr and Jj. Featuring also the numbers 6 and 16.

The Celebration Kit featured Valentines Day with lots of fun themed learning, games and activities.

I don’t want to giveaway EVERYTHING, so here is just a peak at what each week features.

As always, all the supplies for each day are included in the daily bag, which makes it so convenient. 

I received this month’s Mother Goose Time curriculum free of charge in exchange for sharing our experience and my opinions. All content and opinions are 100% mine and truly honest.

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Marsupials

X loves learning about animals, so this months Mother Goose Time theme (Baby Animals) is a really engaging one for him. It also has presented us with some topics to discuss that just hadn’t occurred to me (adoption, for example).

Today we were focusing on Marsupials. X already knew a lot about kangaroos and enjoyed learning about other animals that carry their babies in a pouch.

One of this month’s manipulatives were Pattern Blocks! So mucheck fun! We talked about the shapes and colors of each block as he searched through the pile to find the ones he needed to construct his marsupials. This exciting activity integrated the Math concepts of shape identification, sorting and using parts to create a whole (early fraction introduction) with Science by classifying organisms.

I appreciated that the templates were the same size as the pattern blocks. X was able to build on top of the picture without getting frusterated by differing sizes.

Next up was one of my favorite monthly features; our I Can Read book. X is a little ways away from actually being able to read on his own, but he loves words and books and enjoys finding the words with the pointers. I save all of our Sight Word Pointers, I Can Read books and the word and picture pieces. This is an activity that we revisit. Also, X will be able to read before he can write out sentences, so the word pieces and pictures will help him write stories of his own, earlier!

This was a really cute story that gave us an opportunity to incorporate some gross motor activities into our reading. It also taught us the names for a handful of baby animals! X didn’t know a baby deer was called a fawn. He kept commenting on how cute all the babies were.

To wrap up our marsupial focused day X got to make a pouch for his very own baby joey with our Make and Play activity. He practiced his scissor skills and pre-writing by coloring in the lines. Then he used his gross motor skills to hop around like a mama kangroo. He loves any opportunity for dramatic play!

I received this month’s Mother Goose Time curriculum free of charge in exchange for sharing our experience and my opinions. All content and opinions are 100% mine and truly honest.

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Happy New Year!

Whew! We are home and mostly settled back in. We had a blast visiting family for the holidays!

I have some great and lofty plans for this year that I’m looking forward to telling you all about in a few days. In the mean time, here’s some of the fun we had with our Mother Goose Time!

X was so excited to jump back in to school. He really enjoyed this patterning work and spent a good deal of time on it. He was really exploring the variety of patterns he could create and loved the challenge of the patterns I created for him to continue. His wheels were really turning with this early math activity.

X has a passion for animals. He brainstormed a variety of ways to create the fish with the paper plate and coffee filter while we talked about fish. I was impressed that he remembered that gills allow the fish to breathe underwater. It just goes to show that they are really listening! 

He was really proud of his floaty fish!

Q really had fun looking at and listening to our monthly book Baby Animals Learn and Play! He kept sticking his tongue out mimicking the fox. I love when he gets in on the learning fun!

I received this month’s Mother Goose Time curriculum free of charge in exchange for sharing our experience and my opinions. All content and opinions are 100% mine and truly honest.