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Alphabet Island

We were so excited to start Alphabet Island this month!! X has been really interested in the ocean and pirates lately, so it’s a great fit!

From pirate fun to boat science we’ve splashed and Arrrgh-ed our way through so much learning already! The Make and Play spy glass and eye patch were huge hits.

As always, the boys LOVE our manipulatives this month! It was so neat how Mother Goose Time suggested we use our foam numbers as islands for Day 1! This fun activity was expanded even further by adding a math game element. X would roll a number one the cube dice and fish out that number island. We even were able to do a little adding!

Q has been loving puzzles lately, so he really enjoyed connecting the letters and numbers.

X spent quite some time experimenting with what his boat could hold and what would make it sink. I loved the ease of creating a tinfoil boat as suggested by our Science Experiment card. Design and physics concepts at work in preschool learning! He also explored balancing items in the boat which could result in making it flip. I use any opportunity I can to bring our school into our play, especially outside, and our Day 2: Boat unit did this perfectly!

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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.