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Elevated Learning with Mother Goose Time

When you homeschool some days your kiddo (or yourself) are less then excited about the lessons and some days everything clicks and you have so much fun! Luckily MGT provides such a wide range of engaging activities that we have way more “click” days then not, but today was above and beyond.

X was so into learning about different kinds of bird feet! We had a great discussion on what different features on a birds feet could help them do. I loved the poster of different types of feet that came in our daily bag. X was able to study each pair of feet and made great conclusions on what those feet were good for. 

The supplies for today’s Invitation to Create were so great! X has nevery worked with wax sticks before; he really enjoyed them. He decided to create chicken feet!

He used the wax sticks and pieces of toothpicks for the nails! I love how the Invitations to Create have made him so much more creative in his thinking and problem solving. When we first started doing them he would explore, but ultimately just make a mess with all of the supplies. Now he really thinks about what he’s creating!

Next up was math. Can I just say, these links have been the most played with item in our house since the beginning of the month. Both boys absolutely LOVE them. X has been able to count to 10 since he was 2, but we always make sure to review the lower numbers each month. I start with the “easy” lower numbers to build his confidence before tackling the bigger numbers we’re really working on. 

Plus, he had SO MUCH FUN trying to pick up the links with his feet. I thought this was such a great activity. Any learning opportunity where X can use his body is a hit in this house!

Once he’d used his gross motor skills, we were ready to work on those bigger numbers. 18 and 28 were the focus. 

Finally we wrapped up with a fun and silly game. X built himself a nest next to a pond.

He even utilized our library books for this unit as rocks around his pond. Then he roled our beloved Pocket Cube and acted out the different ways birds use their feet. He loved this! He add us all in stitches with his creative bird interpretations!

After nap we’ll make some bird tracks in playdough and do the #8 pages in his journal.

Such a great day with Mother Goose Time!

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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Birds with MGT

This month we are learning all about birds! X is so excited about this unit. He loves birds and is really looking forward to be able to identify more of them.

Both boys really enjoyed making nests and painting eggs.

They enjoyed the added challenge of using a pom pom held by a clothes pin instead of a brush. They really came out beautifully. The Pom pom created an awesome speckled texture that looked like the eggs in the picture!

We used the materials a little differently then intended. Instead of painting the egg, we used the outside as a stencil. The boys applied the paint and then we removed the white paper stencil. It worked perfectly!

X has really been loving the Journal activities these past 2 months. He’s also been very interested in learning his letters. So he loved stamping oval eggs on the pages and writing a capital E in each. I also love how convenient it is to keep the journals to look back on what we’ve done. It’s a great way to see his progress!

X loved creating letters with the feathers. He worked hard on this for quite some time. He’s such a tactile learner, I love how many projects there each month that really cater to how he learns best.

We’re only a week into our birds theme and we’ve already had so much fun! We can’t wait to see what the rest of the month will bring!!

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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At the Pond with Mother Goose Time- Building Skills and Creating Appropriate Challenges for a Variety of Ages

We have been LOVING our At the Pond theme. X is so interested in creatures and plants, he has learned so much from this unit. I love how Mother Goose Time makes the themes accessible to a variety of ages. My 4 year old has learned the life cycle of a frog, about submergent plants, ecosystems, food chains and so much more. My 21 month old has learned to identify dragonflies, frogs, turtles and water striders. My 4 year old is working on phonics and learning all his letters as well as simple math. My 21 month old has started counting and pointing out letters. And this is not even including the fine motor development, artistic and creative expression and gross motor skills we work on with Mother Goose Time each month!

Here’s X working on a phonics game. Meanwhile Q was identifying the fish, frog and pig while saying “ribbit” and making the plastic frog jump. These activities are so well thought out. I’m so thankful I can do school with BOTH kids and have them both be learning and having fun.

This game was so cute! Both kids were drawn to the bright colors and cute racoon. This opened up a great dialogue for X and I about predators and how fish can use submergent plants to hide. I also appreciated the teaching prompts in my Teacher’s Guide- some days I am on point with our topic discussions, and some days I haven’t had quite enough coffee. Either way MGT provides awesome talking points and facts. I’ve found this month’s theme particularly rich with additional knowldege. 

X always looks forward to the puzzles. This month’s was a beautiful photo of cattails and a dragonfly. I love the fact that as the months have passed, the puzzles have gotten more challenging. This facilitates the progressive building of skills and makes sure the child is prepared AND challenged. This is so important with early learning. If things are too easy, they get bored. But if they’re too hard, it can get frusterating. Mother Goose Time provides the perfect balance between the two AND encourages developing skills over time.

This was by far the most challenging puzzle we’ve gotten from Mother Goose Time. It had more pieces then the others and the photo was a little less obvious. X was so proud when he completed it all on his own.

Our book for this month has beautiful photos and a variety of vocabulary building descriptive words. I love books like this. To make it even better it had a fact at the end about each creature featured. Many of the facts I didn’t even know before reading it!


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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St. Patrick’s Day with Mother Goose Time

Today we had our St. Patrick’s Day party using our kit from Mother Goose Time. It was so much fun!!

We started with a healthy fruit rainbow as a snack. I also made a yummy cream cheese and marshmallow dip to go with it. The kids loved all the fun games included in our kit. They tossed gold coins, aiming for the pot at the end of the rainbow, which was more difficult then they expected!

They all loved coloring their rainbows and attaching their very own pots of gold. This was a great activity for color matching and recognition, sharing and using glue.

Hot Potato was up next and they did a great job! They did a great job taking turns and did pretty well with the fact that there was only one winner. They loved the anticipation of when the music would STOP! But they also loved the music so much it was difficult for them to sit down!

We wrapped up by reading an old Irish folk tale.

It was such a fun way to celebrate!

Even our littlest guests had a blast!

Happy St. Patty’s from all of us here at Care Craft Cook!!

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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Homeschooling with Multi-Age Children

Spring has sprung here in Georgia and it’s such a fitting time for the theme At The Pond from Mother Goose Time. This theme has been so fun so far!

This month also brings some firsts for us. This is the first month that we’ve been able to use our new homeschool setup and it’s the first month that Q has been able to do school alongside X. Also, this is the first time our friend S has been joining in as well. That means we have a 4, 3 and 20 month old group. Originally I thought this would be a big challenge, but it is working out so well!! 

Q is so happy to just be a part of what is going on. He is also very advanced with his fine motor skills and no longer puts things in his mouth, so he can participate in all the art projects and fine motor work.

He also loves books, so the daily book suggestions have served us very well! While reading the daily book it really gives me an opportunity to customize my questions for each child’s level. Q loves to find and point to the various animals on the pages. S is great at identifying the animals and is building his counting skills. X is able to make predictions about the story and also work on counting. With a little extra thought this has become a highlight of our school time and they’re gaining so much from listening and working together!

Q is very focused on fine motor work lately, so he’s been able to work on lacing or using the tweezers while I did the more advanced activities with the other two. He’s starting to learn to count and is usually content to just handle the materials used in activities that are beyond his level. I like that he’s still involved and listening to what they’re learning, but is working on something for his personal level.

Both S and X are very physical learners. They love the daily activities that include gross motor work. Especially after focusing on an art project, listening to a book and participating in discussion. I always end our time with these activities. Whether it’s dancing, crawling like a turtle or playing leap frog they are able to get out that energy!!

Q loves to copy the older boys and is more then happy to join in on these activities too! Especially dancing!

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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Nursery Rhymes Wrap-Up

We had so much fun with our Mother Goose Time Nursery Rhymes theme! This was maybe my favorite so far. I’m so excited by how quickly X caught on and memorized the rhymes. They really are knowledge sponges! I also love how much he learned aboutr rhyming. That is such a big step towards litteracy.

X was thrilled to make a crafty version of Hot Crossed Buns. I  make these each year at Easter so it was a great crossover to one of our family traditions!

Both boys really enjoyed practicing positional words with There Was an Old Woman Who Lived In a Shoe. Q particularly liked putting our sheep manipulatives in his shoe. X worked on all the positional words and counted how many sheep Q managed to fit inside!

X also decorated his lacing shoe with portraits of everyone in our family. I love how he put himself on Dada’s shoulders. That’s a special bonding time for both of them.

Old Mother Hubbard provided a great number recognition activity! X loves to use dice.

Both boys really enjoyed making cupackes for Pat A Cake. Q particularly enjoyed the homemade puffy paint we used for frosting!

This was such a great unit! We are sad it’s over, but VERY excited to start learning about life At The Pond tomorrow!!

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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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!