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Acting Out with Mother Goose Time

We’re winding down our Community Helper month with Mother Goose Time. X has really enjoyed it. Even with extra activities and events going on surrounding the holidays he reminds me daily that he wants to “do school”.

Today our theme was Actor. He thought that idea was pretty cool, especially since one of his favorite pass times is pretending to be a fireman or chef or mailman.

He worked on building his mask while I got the other activities ready. It was great fine motor work picking up and glueing all those little jewels!

Next up was matching hats and pants to the appropriate outfit. But this MGT we’re talking about here, so it wasn’t JUST matching the hats and pants, it was also matching lowercase and uppercase letters. This was a perfect activity for X. He’s still working on his letters and understanding upper and lowercase. so if he was unsure of the pair, he could see if the dress-up outfit made sense. GENIUS. I love self correcting projects. They build independence. Plus, figurino out you made a mistake on your own is much less upsetting then having someone else tell you.

Finally we worked on some gross motor, coordination and critical thinking.

We had SO MUCH fun with this charades game. First X looked at the picture to figure out what job they were doing. Then we acted out a motion that related to each job. If you have a bunch of kids you could do a standard style charades, but since it was just X and me, I did it a little differently. We had a ladder climbing race for the fire fighter followed by climbing fast and slow. X carried a tray holding it as high as he could and as low as could for the waitor. He used his fingers like scissors to cut my hair for the hairdresser… You see where I’m going with all of this. He giggled and loved all the challenges and it gave us an opportunity to review some opposites as well as working on coordination!

As always, we had a blast and learned a lot!

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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Easy Holiday Party’s with Mother Goose Time

Every month Mother Goose Time includes a Party Pack. This is all of the ideas and supplies you need to throw a fun, seasonal party! 

For preschools and daycares this is a great opportunity to connect with families each month. If you’re a homeschool family (like us!) these packs are an amazing tool to make hosting a monthly play date super easy and successful.

This month the theme is Pumpkin Patch!

Ideas and supplies for games, songs, arts and crafts, sensory play and even a snack are included. 

And of course the kids will be learning while they’re having so much fun! Pattern matching, reasoning, taking turns, spatial awareness, fine and gross motor, number recognition and counting are all a part of the fun.

Directions, supplies and even discussion topics are all included.

What fun, seasonal activities does your family do? 

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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Keep ’em Busy!

I’m pretty sure we’ve got the plague over here this week. This mama is sick and exhausted. Between 1am trips to the ER (everyone is fine now), a 1 year old who’s only sleeping in 30 minute increments and my body attempting to recover I don’t have a lot of energy or patience. Thank goodness for Mother Goose Time! While our school time isn’t looking like it normally does, the fun projects and engaging topics are keeping X happy and are taking very little effort and thought (thank goodness, my brain is in a fog!) On my part. 

It really is so versitile. It can be as in depth or quick and easy as you need on any given day. 

So my crazy dude is having fun, exploring, creating and learning even though this mama bear is not functioning up to par.

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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Tissue Paper Window Stars

This winter has been unseasonably warm, but also immensely gloomy. Our weeks have been filled with grey days and rain. When you add that to the shortened daylight hours it can be a little much. 

Our livingroom has four floor to ceiling walls, but with neighbors all around our floor to ceiling windows stay covered with floor to ceiling blinds. I’ve mourned the natural light I could have (but don’t) especially during these gloomy seasons. 

Finally I’ve thought of a way to block people’s view into my home while enjoying the natural light. As a bonus it adds color and interest to the room as well!

You often see these stars associated with Waldorf schools. They use kite paper, which is a beautiful, thick, colored wax paper. I didn’t have any kite paper on hand, but I did have some tissue paper from the dollar store, which worked surprisingly well. The only other tools you need are a glue stick and scissor or a rotar cutter.

Start by folding your tissue in half and cutting along the fold. Do this until you have 8 pieces that are all the same size. I prefer the way the star looks if your pieces are rectangles, but it will work if they’re squares as well.

Next fold a piece in half the long way.  

 
Then fold all of the corners towards the center. 

 
At the top, fold both sides in towards the center again (the picture is of one side done). 

 
Do that to all 8 pieces.

I attached mine with the folds against the window so they would stay nice and flat. I applied a small amount of glue to both points to adhere it to the window. I placed my first one with the top pointing towards the ceiling. Then I line up the bottom folded edge of the next piece with the center fold on the first. I do that all the way around, making sure the bottom points all meet in the center. 

 
Ta da! So bright and cheery! This would be really fun to do with kids elementary age or older and would be a great introduction to origami!

You can use any color tissue you like and experiment with using more then one color within a star. You can also change the size of the star by using different sized paper. 

Let me know what combinations you come up with! I’ll post more pictures once I get my windows done.