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Creating Calm During Big Changes

Let’s be honest, parenting is hard. Parenting through big life changes, is even harder.

We’ve been moving this week. That means busy and stressed out Mama and Dada, no rhythm, a new house, missed naps, less time to connect, waaaay more screen time then they’re used to, exhaustion… the list could go on. All of these factors play into heightened levels of emotion and stress; for all of us. It’s been a rocky few days. Whiney and defiant kids; distracted, busy and less then patient parents and the circle just keeps going around and around.

But today is the day. Today I regain my footing, today I move towards reestablishing our rhythm. Today I stopped unpacking, I stopped cleaning, I stopped making to-do and to-get lists and today we returned to our Mother Goose Time lessons. Today I let Q cover the dinning room in a coat of flour because it was an amazing sensory experience for him and I could see his concentration. Today I took a deep breath and colored superhero shields to use to deflect well aimed cotton balls. Today I complimented X on his concentration and how much his writing skills have improved. But most of all, today I reconnected with my children. I let go of my stress for 3 hours and was entirely present while playing and teaching my kiddos. And for 3 hours there was no frustration, no crying, no whiney kids. There was only concentration, connection, learning, absorboring and most importantly- togetherness. The piles to be unpacked will still be there. The lists that need to be made can wait. 

My children, however, really need me this morning. 

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Furthering Learning with Supplemental Activities for Down on the Farm with Mother Goose Time

I was so excited when I learned our Mother Goose Time theme for the month of October was going to be Down on the Farm. There is a pretty strong love for anything farm related around here. I knew this would be a great opportunity to expand on our curriculum and create some opportunities for extra fun and extra integrated learning. 

Yesterday we took our yearly trip to the local Steed’s Dairy. They’re only open during October and November, so I was very pleased that the farm theme was October. We utilized the petting zoo to review some of the fun things we’d learned about farm animals in our first week. They had lots of baby animals this year, which was particularly exciting!

We also took a tour through the corn maze. A great opportunity to explore corn plants up close! X was very fascinated by how tall they were and how the corn grows from the sides of the stalk. 

We also have enjoyed playing in our hay pool this month!

This amazing sensory experience has provided hours of fun and some really creative uses for hay!

We’ve been reading the Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl. We’ve gotten some great laughs and interesting conversations about the silly farmers! This book has also provided some great opportunities to discuss generosity and determination (we learned about these back in July with MGT!).

We’ve enjoyed our Down on the Farm unit so much that the first 5 days of curriculum have taken us 2 weeks. I love when this happens! It may throw off our schedule, but it shows me how involved and excited X is about what we’re learning. 

He worked on his scissor and pasting skills creating his cow mask during Day 5’s Make and Play.

Some letter C identification using this classic rhyme and our beloved cow manipulatives. 

More letter C work and some great fine motor practice building pens for the cows. He also worked on differentiating large and small and spacial estimating by building different sized pens. Independently he decided to make pens of different shapes, so he even got some shape building and recognition during this activity!

He was fascinated by the fact that wool comes from Sheep and all of the different things we can use it for. This was a topic we discussed again while we were visiting the sheep at Steed’s Dairy!

The first week was so full of amazing activities. I’m really glad that, with a little extra planning, we were able to expand our learning through this theme. X and I are both looking forward to what the rest of Down on the Farm has to teach us!

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.