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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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Learning Through Music and Corresponding Activities

One of our favorite parts of our Mother Goose Time curriculum each month is the cd. Every month a full length cd is included with learning songs based around the monthly theme. These aren’t your standard kids songs either, they pull from a HUGE variety of genres to compose these one of a kind songs. Activities and dances are included within the curriculum through out the month to highlight these songs. 

Then once the month is over, these cds go straight into our car. I love knowing that my kids can enjoying learning concepts while we drive and the songs are so catchy that I have many favorites on each album.

This month, like any other, X requested to listen to the new cd as soon as the box arrived. We frequently listen during meals, thus lunch time both kids were dancing as they ate. X particularly loved a song called Cow in My House and asked for that one to be repeated a few times. The silly plot of the song had him in giggles.

So later that night I was looking through the provided materials and was so excited to discover that this month’s included story book is based on the song! 

To integrate the learning opportunities even further, this month’s included puzzle is ALSO based on the fun song!

I really love having so many different materials based around one topic. This gives X a chance to keep on thinking about what we’re learning while utilizing different skills. I’m so excited to see how awesome this is for reading comprehension. Listening to the story, hearing the song and using the puzzle will have him so immersed in this story! Music, literacy and math all surrounding this one silly cow! He’s going to love it.

Make sure to check back in through out the month as we go Down on the Farm with Mother Goose Time!

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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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Crepes: Fun and Easy Recipe for Kids

I really enjoy how Mother Goose Time includes two or more recipes each month. It reminds me the importance of getting X in the kitchen AND gives us a fun and simple recipe to do together. They really get creative and go beyond my go to’s like having him peel eggs or chop vegetables.

When we were discussing Italian artists we recieved a neat recipe for spaghetti sauce. I put whole stewed tomatoes in a zip top bag and X squished them until they were all broken up. This was great for working his hand muscles (hand strength is an important first step to writing)! I took it a step further and had him rip up basil leaves to sprinkle on top. Mother Goose Time recipes always keep it simple and healthy. I almost always have all the ingredients on hand.

This week we’ve been studying French artists. Today our recipe was crepes! Crepes are thin, egg pancakes that can contain sweet or savory fillings. X cracked the eggs, measured and poured the ingredients and mixed it all up. He was working on hand strength, hand eye coordination, math and building focus. I cooked them and rolled them up with ham and cheese. We made dessert with the leftover crepes by filling them with fried cinnamon apples. It was a fun recipe to whip up together and since they only need to cook for 1-2 minutes per side, they were also quick! X was so proud to help make a lunch that we all really enjoyed.

Here’s a peek at the recipe if you’d like to try these tasty treats with your kids!

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 MGT The Art Studio!

We’ve had sooo much fun with The Art Studio so far this month! X has learned the names of the famous artworks we’ve been studying, the artists who created them and even a bit about the countries the artists are from. But the most amazing development has been his enthusiasm and confidence in making his own art! I’ve never seen him so focused or proud of an art piece or craft. His artistic spirit is really thriving within this unit. 

His powers of observation have really come to the front. He’s talking about texture, color and composition.

He’s also learned a great deal about color mixing and is getting really good at predicting what colors will result from his experiements.

The mixed media elements of each project have really kept them interesting. It’s also given us an opportunity to work on skills like cutting and glueing. They’re also a great added sensory experience!

I also REALLY appreciate how little prep this unit takes. We’ve had everything needed on hand and there hasn’t been much to get ready. Our busy summer days really need a quick and easy curriculum this month and Mother Goose Time definitely delivered!

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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Self Portrait

Today is our first day of MGT Art Studio and boy was it a success!!

X was immediately drawn to matching our daily job shapes to their correct spots on our poster. He was enthralled with the idea of earning his Fly Dollars which really helped keep him focused as we moved through lessons. He excitedly removed each shape as we finished that lesson and announced how many more “jobs” we had to do before he got paid. He listened so intently as we read Falco the Featherless Bird and learned about our first value: Discipline.

The highlight for me today was watching him create his self portrait. I arranged a large mirror in front of his table so he could look up for reference.

He’d study his face and then explain what he was drawing, why he chose that specific color and what shape he was using to represent the feature. This was the most self directed he’s ever been with a project and he is so proud of the outcome. I love seeing pride blossom in his young soul and, if I do say so myself, he did a pretty amazing job!

He also enjoyed our finger play for today. A fun little rhyme with hand motions about painting portraits. Often times it’s difficult to get him to participate in the songs and dances. Perhaps the confidence boost from his self portrait brought him out of his she’ll a little bit!

Lastly we worked on sizing from smallest to largest. X has been doing this successfully for quite a while, but I always love reviewing. So we discussed which continents were which, that we were learning about Europe this month, and which continent was North America. After I labeled the pieces of paper with the corresponding continents he decided to draw the land masses on them for me and did a little “writing” of his own.

This has been our most successful day of school yet, and that’s saying a lot because X loves school! We’really really digging the setup for this month and I LOVE that there is almost no setup for these awesome activities!

We can’t wait for more artistic fun 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.