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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.

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Interactive Story: The Sad Giant

Each month Mother Goose Time includes a short story with participation pieces. These stories always have a great moral or lesson about being a good person and feelings. We really love these activities. Generally they come with cut out characters and a background so X can reenact the story (which by the way is a great activity to build reading comprehension!). It also gives us an opportunity to explore other possible endings or make our own stories with the characters.

This month the participation story went a step further. It incorporated a block building element! It also included some gross motor work and (of course) comprehension exercises. We love blocks around here, so X loved the fact that reading and building with blocks were brought together in one activity. These are easily his two favorite activities.

X was asked to build a turtle shell, cat tail and birds nest out of blocks to go along with the story. This was a great activity because it stretched his creative use of blocks. Generally he builds houses, castles, cities… he loved figuring out how to build something organic and so different with the blocks he uses so often. 

After we’d finished the story he decided to build the sad giant out of blocks. I loved his representation!

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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Preschool Science!

Presenting science to a preschooler can be a daunting task. Science is pretty obscure with a lot of complex concepts, right? Well luck for me I have Mother Goose Time (our fabulous preschool curriculum) to do all of the hard work for me! 

Today we discussed states of matter: solid, liquid and gas. Our first example was water, and how under different conditions it can be solid (ice), liquid (water) or gas (steam). This was a huge hit because let’s be honest, what kid doesn’t love to play with water and ice?!?

We talked a little bit about molecules and how their proximity to each other determines the state of the object. X actually understood this a lot more then I expected, exclaiming “the molecules in our house are really close together so it can be solid and strong!”

Our first project today was a quick and fun study on how things can change from one state to another. We decorated a blob of glue and discussed what would happen to the glue after sitting out. X decided it would dry and become a solid. We’re still waiting for it to dry, but he’s very excited to see if his hypothesis is correct!

X’s favorite project of the day was a recipe! We took cream (liquid) and put it in a jar. I asked if he thought we could turn it into a solid. He did not. But after a few fun and silly minutes of counting and shaking we made it into a thick (and delicious!) whipped cream! Adorned with some fresh berries and it was a great snack to wrap our school for the day!

Yum! You really can’t beat science you can eat!

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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July- The Art Studio!

I am so excited for July’s Mother Goose Time unit! The Art Studio! July and August have more of a summer camp feel and I’m really looking forward to it.

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Lately we’ve been exceedingly busy. Q turned 1 and I threw a party for that. We had a few days that were a little cooler then normal, so we took advantage of them by getting outside. Due to the chaos of our schedule we’ve been a little more laid back with our school time. Most days I’ve pulled out our activities while Q is napping and X and I will sit at the dining room table and work. I apprecuate how MGT seperates each days supplies into one bag per day, so when life gets hectic I can just grab a bag and be all set.
Since our school room has been neglected, I decided I would get a head start on setting up July. There are a handful of new components that haven’t been in our previous curriculums, so I needed to spread everything out and plan a setup that would work best for next month.
I can’t even contain my excitement! Not only will we be learning about famous artists AND doing an art project every day, but we’ll be learning about money and financing, 4 European countries AND 5 important values (discipline, integrity, resourcefulness, contentment and generosity).
Every day as X completes each lesson he will earn Fly Dollars which he will divide into Save, Spend and Give pockets. He’ll be responsible for using his Fly Dollars to purchase art supplies each day as well as other activities including learning about the difference between needs and wants.

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I love that he’ll gain an understanding of earning and spending money in such a kid appropriate way.
X definitely took to heart June’s lesson on being helpful, so I’m looking forward to exploring more values with him this month. We’ll read about Falco the Featherless Bird and hopefully learn from some of his mistakes while getting a deeper understanding of some important values.
I’ve always felt strongly about introducing children to beautiful art. X has had books on great artists like Monet and Van Gogh since he was a baby. I’m thrilled to have these beautiful posters to teach him more about these artists and display in our school room.

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We’ll be learning about these pieces as well as the artists who created them, the countries those artists are from and the techniques used to create them. July is full of so many creative projects in a huge range of styles and mediums.
With a game, story or song, Art project, world activity, value lesson and money activity EVERY SINGLE DAY, we’ll be having a blast! And of course we’ll be reviewing colors, shapes, numbers and all of the other important preschool skills!

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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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A to Zoo Animals!

We are so excited to be working with Mother Goose Time! Our June theme is A to Zoo Animals, which is perfect timing for us. X has been really interested in letters lately and animals are always a hit around here. I’ve thought about introducing letters before now, but he had a hard time telling the different letters apart. This was a big sign to me that he wasn’t ready. I feel it’s really important to wait until he’s ready before introducing concepts. It saves on so much frustration for both of us.
My enthusiasm for this unit has really showed in how many extra activities I’ve added. We love carrying our learning themes into our play and skills work. Mother Goose Time really provides the flexibility I need. I can stretch one day’s lessons over a week, skip days, or stay right on track. The letter A took us 2 days to complete. We will take 2 days (or more) with each letter. The extra time will reinforce the letter recognition and give us a chance to learn a little bit more about each of the animals. (I’m considering taking an entire week for B as the birds theme has so many possibilities.)
This is our setup for each letter. I collected all of our figures, magnets, flash cards and reusable stickers that feature the animals and letters we’ll be learning about. They will be presented with the theme poster and the daily posters. X was really drawn to the setup on the table right away.

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Day 1 suggested creating a zoo for children to play with. I took this a step further. X used our play silks to create a zoo with a variety of different habitats. We’ll be adding animals to our zoo as we learn about them and leaving the zoo set up for the whole month. X loved adding his alligators to the habitat and asked about what he (the zookeeper) should feed them. This was a great segway into further discussion about these fascinating animals.

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X really enjoyed the activities for Alligator. He particularly loved the puppet and building an alligator nest. I loved that he got a chance to work on cutting skills, fine motor and number recognition!

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He made a really big nest with lots of layers to keep the eggs safe and warm.

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We’ve been reading our bird books from the library all week and are excited to see what Mother Goose Time has for us to do tomorrow!