Aug 17, 2017

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle Preschool Unit Study

One of the things that I absolutely love about Mother Goose Time is how versatile it is. This month's theme is Superheroes. Each week there is a subtopic which is broken down further into daily topics. While each of these daily topics go well with the overall theme, they can also stand alone! Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle were three days that stuck out to me this month. We decided to do a week long unit study based on just these days. The best thing about MGT is that you can work at your own pace. If you wanted to extend some previous days and save these to use later on, you could. Getting that Mother Goose Time box at your door every month means infinite options for incorporating the amazing lesson plans inside in your homeschool! 



Over the next couple of weeks, we will be sharing an activity from each of these days. 


Each day MGT brings you 4 activities (not to mention your circle time and closing time routines). Included in the Reduce day are the following activities: 

Lights Out brings math to life by using light bulb manipulatives and math story cards. 
Help the Earth provides a Draw and Dictate sheet where your child could place their handprints and discuss what they can do to help the Earth. 
Save Water is a play dough investigation station where the kids explore how to stop leaks. 
Leaky Faucet asks the question "What can we do to use less water each day?" and encourages children to use scientific reasoning and hands on problem solving to figure out how to fix the issue. 


Included in the Reuse day are the following activities:

Can Targets gets kids utilizing their gross motor skills by rolling an inflatable globe at some recycled cans.
Upcycle Art will have your child thinking outside the box as they create art out of random materials. 
Storage Container is a Tinker & Scrap station where kids will use recyclables to make a recycling receptacle. 
Box Imagination has kiddos thinking logically about how they could reuse recyclables. 

(Sneak Peek: The wax sticks were a HUGE hit on this day!)


Included in the Recycle day are the following activities: 

Recycle Sort works on patterns and shape/color recognition while the kids engage in the act of recycling. 
Paper is an exciting physical science activity that has the children making their own homemade paper. 
Knock Down & Rebuild is a Block investigation station where kids build buildings with certain blocks and then knock them down and try to rebuild using the same recycled blocks. 
Be a Superhero combines listening comprehension and gross motor as the children respond to the participation story. 


The three book suggestions for this unit are:



Some other books we added to our unit study:


Here are some of the educational toys we played with during our unit study:










We watched some Magic Schoolbus, The Cat in the Hat Knows A lot About That, and The Lorax too to round off our study. Stay tuned to see some of the fun activities we got to do! 

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Aug 10, 2017

Super Books for Super Kids


This month's Mother Goose Time theme is SUPERHEROES! How fun is that? I talked a little bit about how much I love MGT's monthly suggested stories in last month's book list post, and this month is no different. I am always blown away by how creative these book lists are. While not all of these books are blatantly "superhero" themed, they each tie into the day's theme seamlessly! If you are looking for some super book recommendations for some super kids, look no further. 

(Before each book I will list the daily topic that the book goes with. The larger weekly topics are broken up into Superhero Dressup, Super Powers, Saving the Planet, and Everyday Superheroes.)


Superhero Symbol:


Do Super Heroes Have Teddy Bears? by Carmela LaVigna Coyle


Glasses:


Cape:


What's Under Your Cape? by Barbara Gruener

Mask:


You Are Special by Max Lucado

Belt:


The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

Invisibility: 


The Invisible Boy by Patrice Barton

Super Speed:


Waiting Is Not Easy! by Mo Willems

Flight:


Today I Will Fly! by Mo Willems

Super Strength:


Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle

Super Breath:


We All Sing with the Same Voice by J. Philip Miller 

Reduce:



Reuse:


The Earth Book by Todd Parr

Recycle:


Recycle! by Gail Gibbons

Protecting Plants:


Who Will Plant a Tree? By Jerry Pallotta

Protecting Animals:



Firefighter:


Curious George and the Firefighters by Margret and H.A. Rey

Police Officer: 


Policeman Small by Lois Lenski

Peacekeepers:



Volunteer:


Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena

Good Neighbor: 




Stay tuned to see what kind of fun we get up to this month! Interested in seeing more book lists? We have lots of them!


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Aug 3, 2017

Word Fishing

My kids are fish whisperers. They have had a rod in their hands since they could walk. My husband takes them fishing constantly, and it's one of their things. Going fishing with daddy is the ultimate bonding experience, and they always come home with wonderful stories of the fish they caught and the animals they saw at the lake/river/pond etc. When I saw that their was a Fishing subtopic in my Mother Goose Time Teacher's Guide for our Camping theme, I knew they were just going to love it! 


Their favorite activity of Day 19, was Word Fishing. Two year old Bentley is still working on letter recognition, while four year old Kingston actually reads at about a third grade reading level. To make it more interesting for K, I let him help Bentley identify the letters and read the words. When I let him take on a "teacher" role, it seems to keep him more interested in something that typically would be way below his level. 


For this game, we used our pocket dice (such an amazing tool that comes with your Mother Goose Time curriculum). The letters for the pocket dice were provided. The kids had to roll their dice and put the letter they rolled onto the provided fish mat. Then they would read the word and find the word match in the "river". It was suggested that you use a blanket to simulate a river, but we just pretended our table was the river!


This particular game focused on the -et family, however I can totally see recreating these mats and doing this activity with many different word families. The boys both really enjoyed finding the matches. Bentley loves puzzles and matching things, so he was actually able to retain the letter better by focusing on it as a part of a whole. He did a great job quickly finding matching! 


After we had rolled quite a few times, we did the "Challenge" as suggested in the Teacher's Guide: "Encourage the child to use each word in a sentence." The boys made up some adorable sentences using their words. 

Kingston: "I had to get some bait to put on my fishing rod so I could go fishing."
Bentley: "Me let my fish go back into the river."


When we were done playing, Bentley decided to do the fish puzzle. There was an adorable activity to go with it in the Teacher's Guide, but he just wanted to do it outright. He loves puzzles, so the fact that every Mother Goose Time monthly box comes with a new puzzle is a total bonus. 


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Jul 26, 2017

Canoe STEM Challenge

We have been loving this month's Mother Goose Time theme, Camping! There have been some really fun topics every day, but our favorite this week was Day 17: Canoe. We did three out of the four activities, and the boys were so engaged in each one. We actually did our activities backwards. One of the things I love about this curriculum is how versatile it is. Even though it is all planned out for you, it is still flexible. You don't have to follow everything in order. You can pick and choose, go backwards like we did, or even change the way you want to run through everything entirely. The benefit of having everything provided at your fingertips, is that you can just easily go with whatever feels right. No stress!


We started the day with this month's I Can Read book. The book was about what you can do at the river. Basically it asked a question and the kids could check the box for "yes" or "no". My kids love answering questionnaires and surveys, so this was really fun for them! Kingston read the questions to Bentley since Benny can't read yet. It was perfect because it allowed K (who is a fluent reader) to take a leadership roll. He showed Bentley that each of the sentences began with the same few words, and had him read them with him. I liked watching them work together to complete the book. 


After they finished, I set up the "station". Today was Dough Canoes, and the boys were really excited to get their hands on the Play Doh. I swear, it just never gets old! I set out the craft sticks that came with it, but to make it a bit more interesting and offer more options, I also set out some Wooden Skill Sticks from CraftProjectIdeas. These looked authentic and the boys imaginations started cranking. 


I always find myself drawn to the daily stations in the Teacher Guide. They are always simple to set up and incredibly engaging for the kids. Once the kids had their dough, I started showing them an example of a the canoe shape. We looked up pictures of different canoes online for inspiration and used the cover picture from today's bag also. 


Bentley was super focused on his. I showed him how to pinch up the sides. He got some great fine motor work in as he molded and shaped. We broke the craft sticks into thirds and took advantage of the teachable moment to introduce some basic real life fractions. 


Benny put his craft sticks in the center as seats, and then I helped him attach a support along the bottom of the boat so that it would be sturdy enough to play with. He was so very proud of his finished canoe. We imagined what kind of fish he would catch while on his canoe, and it opened up some great discussions!


Kingston took a little camping detour and brought it back to one of our previous days by first building a campfire with his materials! I loved that his brain went there first. Mother Goose Time always seems to provide activities that really bring out the creativity in kids.  


He just had to roast a nice big marshmallow before canoe building time. This kid cracks me up!


Then he got to work crafting his canoe. He followed the method that Bentley and I had used to make his. His finished product was adorable, and just perfect for our next activity! I couldn't have planned it better. 


The last activity we did was the Canoe Challenge. We used the Math Story Cards, but instead of the rocks and sticks suggested, we used our dough canoes and our craft sticks became people! Bentley went first. I gave him one that was simple enough for his skill level. It simply said, "There were 4 people in a canoe." He counted out 4 people and stuck them into his boat. He was so proud that he got it right. Look at that sweet face!


Kingston did two of the other cards that were addition and subtraction word problems. He loved them and had fun adding and subtracting "people" in the canoe. I absolutely loved this activity. It was as if Mother Goose Time planned it just for us! I was able to easily give each child a challenge that was good for each of their specific levels without having to put in any extra effort to tailor it to them. 


Today went so well! The boys were engaged from the beginning to the end, and spent quite a bit of time afterwards imagining and making up scenarios with their dough canoes. Slam dunk MGT! 

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