Sep 29, 2017

God Cares About My Body

As I discussed in my last post, my children are new to learning about God and the Bible. We recently started an amazing one hour Sunday school class courtesy of Mother Goose Time's Experience God curriculum. Everything you need to teach a successful class (or incorporate it into your preschool curriculum), is right at your finger tips. When working with three kids under five on a topic you are not very familiar with, the ease of this program was very much needed! 


We look forward to Sunday every week, because it's the only time during the week that we typically see all of our family. Since my nephew would be joining us, it made sense for us to decide on the one hour long Sunday school class over the other option of incorporating it into our daily homeschool curriculum. However, Mother Goose Time has both options mapped out in Teacher's Guide to accommodate all schedules! I set everything up for the boys down in my sister's basement, and we got right to it! 


Today we were focusing on "How does Jesus heal the sick?" We started by having the boys sit down with the included coloring page. While they colored, I showed them the included poster and had them point out Jesus. I love how kids always seem to just know, even if they have never really been introduced to Him! Then I read them the Story Card about Jesus healing the sick woman. They were very interested in what I was reading and listened intently. 


When they had finished their coloring pages, we had them do the Wrap Up the Pain activity. Using a roll of toilet paper, the boys took turns bandaging each other's "wounds". The toilet paper symbolized Jesus' love, and as they wrapped each other's arms, they discussed how they were healing each other through Jesus. 


The next activity we did taught about faith. Faith is a newer concept to my kids, and I LOVED how MGT tackled it. Using three bowls and a ball, I explained to them that the ball represented God. Then I put the bowl under one of the bowls and moved them all around. I asked them if the ball was still in there. Kingston said, "Yes of course it is!" Then I went on to ask him how he knew. He said "Because you put it in the bowl and didn't take it out, so it has to be there!" (Of course, he also knew exactly which bowl the ball was in, because he's Kingston haha!) I told them that God works the same way. Even though we can't see Him in the room with us, we know he is there. Faith is knowing that God is there even if we can't see Him. We talked about different family members and how we know they are there even if they live far away or we can't see them. By the time we were done with our discussion, they both really grasped the concept! 


The last activity we did was a craft: First Aid Kit for the Soul. The kids worked their fine motor skills by cutting out the words: prayer, love, and faith. Then they took the provided briefcase silhouette and decorated it. Bentley colored it and put his words inside. Kingston was very thoughtful about his drawings. He chose to make hearts for love, crosses for prayer, and birds for faith just like what was represented on the cards. Then he put his words inside. The idea behind the craft was that these were the things we needed to heal our soul: faith, love, and prayer. 

We ended the class by saying a prayer together! It was a great first Sunday school class, and I was blown away by how well MGT tackled the subject matter. There was actually one or two activities that we didn't end up doing included in this lesson too! The kids are looking forward to their next class, and it changed the entire mood of the boys for the day. 

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Sep 26, 2017

Experience God Curriculum

We have been blogging about our journey with Mother Goose Time  for the past few months now. If you have been following along for those past months, I'm sure it is pretty clear just how amazing this curriculum is. But, there are so many more facets to MGT than we have covered. They have so many other amazing programs available such as the Experience Play Toy Box, the Dance N' Beats program, the Experience Baby program, the More Math and Literacy program, and the program that we are going to be talking about today: the Experience God program!













Each month to go with the MGT theme, there is also a correlating theme for the Experience God program. The Experience God program is Mother Goose Time's optional Christian add on program. This can be used to turn your preschool from a secular preschool to a full Christian program or as a stand alone Sunday school program.

We have found our way back to the Lord over here at House of Burke, so this was something I was really excited about. My children do not have much experience yet with learning about God or talking about Jesus. However, this year in our homeschool, we have added some bible stories and this awesome program.



We have recently started working our way through The Jesus Storybook Bible, which is a gorgeous children's bible told in a story format. Honestly, it leaves us hanging on the edge of our seat most days! Since I have been learning right alongside the kids, this bible paired with the Experience God curriculum has been amazing for me as well! We have been reading one story each morning before we start school (the bible can be found in our morning basket - blog post to follow shortly!) and it has been the perfect way to start our day. I would recommend this book to all Christian families or those who are seeking to learn more about Jesus and Christianity!


For September, the theme is God Cares About My Body. The bible story focuses on the miracles of Jesus. The featured bible verse is: "I praise you God, I am wonderfully made. Psalm 139:14". This program is full of amazing activities that TRULY help your little one connect with and build their relationship with God. Each month includes a Teacher's Guide full of meaningful activities, bible verse cards and posters, and four different crafts for your little one to do that focus on the theme. We are using ours as a Sunday school curriculum. Each Sunday, the boys and their little cousin have been working their way through the program! So far we have loved it! 

Stay tuned to see some of the activities we have been up to! 

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Sep 11, 2017

Human Body Activities for Preschoolers

We are studying the human body for the next 2 months in our homeschool, so when I saw that this month's Mother Goose Time theme was My Amazing Body, I was beyond psyched. We pretty much study the human body every year over here because my kids just LOVE it. It's fascinating! It's also one of those broad topics that you can easily adapt for multiple age ranges. I have anatomy books for toddlers all the way up to adults over here!


Now that my little nephew is 2, we are including him in our MGT learning. Each week, he will come over to join us for fun preschool activities. This week was our first week having him, and we were so excited. I picked a handful of amazing activities from this week's lesson plan and we got down to business! 

The first activity we did, was the small group literacy activity: Find the Eyebrow. Using the theme poster and the I Spy Glasses, we looked for various body parts. The boys had fun finding different parts on the people in the poster, and also talking about the colors that they saw. 


The next activity we did was Counting Legs from day 4. Using play dough and the hands on cards provided for us, the boys took turns making 1 leg and then 2 legs and counting them. We asked the boys to touch and squeeze the play dough and then to touch their legs. Then we asked how does the play dough and your leg muscles feel, and how can you stretch them both? The boys had fun creating their play dough legs! 


Next we did a tabletop math activity from day 2: Tangram Body. Using the Shape Design Mats provided and the tangrams (also provided as one of the manipulatives this month!!), the boys completed their bodies. Bentley LOVED this activity. He is all about puzzles, so he loved it. He was really choosy about what colors his people's clothing would be!


The last activity we did was also from day 2: My Puppet. Using all of the materials provided by MGT, the boys made their very own paper bag puppets. This activity was such a hit! The boys chose the colors they wanted for their clothing, their hair color, and their specific sticker eyes. They had so much fun putting them together! 


Bentley was really proud of his finished puppet! (The boys have played with these puppets every single day since we made them!!) 


The last thing we did to wrap up our day was to sing one of the songs on the Circle Time Cd - Stop and Go Legs. It was to the tune of "Row Your Boat" and was about the different parts of the legs. My nephew was a huge fan of this song, and we sang it several times. It was the perfect way to wrap up that days' lessons! 

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Sep 5, 2017

K-2 Science Curriculum Using The Curious Kid's Science Book

Science is our favorite subject over here! If you ask my kids what they like best, that pretty much always wins out. I love planning epic science unit studies for the kids that are adapted for both of their levels. This year, I wasn't quite ready to jump into purchasing a science curriculum for our homeschool. I felt like a lot of curriculum I looked at had either a lot of things we had already done or didn't focus on enough topics throughout the year. Instead of risking purchasing a curriculum I didn't love, I turned to my absolute favorite science book for kids: The Curious Kid's Science Book by Asia Citro


Asia Citro, author, blogger over at Fun At Home With Kids and owner of The Innovation Press (a seriously amazing publishing company), really knows whats up when it comes to kids, science, and exploring science WITH kids! This book is the perfect spine for a gentle science curriculum for kindergarten through second grade. It is a definite must have on every homeschool mom's bookshelf! 


The chapters are broken up into: 

Plants and Seeds
Water and Ice
Mold, Bacteria, and Fungus
Engineering
Food and Candy
Baking Soda and Vinegar
Environmental Science
Living Things

Each of these chapters can be the equivalent to monthly science topics. A trip to the library each month for related books paired with the amazing experiments in this book, are the perfect gentle k-2 science curriculum! There is even a master materials list, so you can gather everything you need to be prepared for the entire year. Could it be anymore perfect?! 

Each experiment has an educational blurb, a "Make Your Guess" section which poses a question that will help your child understand formulating a hypothesis, a "Things To Consider When Running Your Experiment" section, data questions to focus on, and a real life application section. Some of the experiments even have extension activities included for even more fun if your child is really interested in exploring further. 


This book isn't just another science experiment book for kids. It's SO much more! The experiments in this book are thoughtful. They are beneficial. They are incredibly educational, and they will make your little think and understand the scientific process. It encourages them to dig deeper and explore further! The Curious Kid's Science Book belongs on every parent and educators shelf. As a homeschool mom, I know we will be using it for years to come!

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Aug 31, 2017

Recycled Paper Activity for Preschoolers

Making homemade paper is something I've always wanted to try. So much so, that last year I asked my husband, a contractor by trade, to keep his eyes open for any old screens he came across. I've been holding onto these for awhile now, so when I saw that Mother Goose Time had paper making for the Create activity for Recycle day, I was all over it! 

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It was a beautiful day, so I took Bentley out on the deck and set out our materials. Making paper is so simple, that your preschooler can pretty much do the entire project from start to finish solo. I set out a bowl of water, some beautiful multi-colored paper, and a screen (you could also use a strainer). 


I first had Bentley look at the Inspiration Photo that Mother Goose Time provided for this activity. I asked him one of the prompt questions in the Teacher Guide: "What do you notice about the paper in the photo?" He told me that there were different colored flecks in it, but that he wanted his paper to be more colorful. I followed his lead, and we just used the provided paper and didn't add any extra white paper. 


Benny got to work ripping up all of the paper! This was quite a fine motor workout, so I helped him rip some too. As he ripped, he put the pieces into the bowl of water. Every so often, he would swirl the paper or push it down to submerge it fully. We talked about the way the paper felt before and after he put it in the water. 


He made the observation that the paper was "getting mushy" and that it seemed to be "melting". As the water broke down the paper, I let him reach his hand in and explore it. He squeezed the wet paper together and watched as it disintegrated beneath his fingers. 


He was really happy with the color combination, and kept remarking at "how beautiful" it was all together. Something was missing for him though, and after looking around for a minute, he told me that his paper "needed some nature"! He crumbled up a leaf and added that in. 


Once we had mushed the paper up really well and were satisfied with the texture, Bentley poured the mixture into the screen. (You could also use a blender depending on how you want your homemade paper to look). 


Bentley gentle pressed and squeezed all of the water out of the paper scraps, and we worked together to push the mixture into a flattened, organic shape. We were in love with the colors. Once all of the water had drained from the screen, we set the paper out in the sun to dry! We had so much fun recycling and repurposing the paper. 



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Aug 28, 2017

Upcycle Art for Preschoolers

Our second day of our Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle unit study, focused on the concept "reuse". Creating with recyclables is so much fun for kids, and Mother Goose Time didn't disappoint with their Create activity of the day. 


Bentley was provided with the Inspiration Photo which was a picture of a man made out of trash. There were all different kinds of recycled items that went into making this creation, and I used this opportunity for one of the discussion prompts given in the Teacher Guide: "What materials were mae to use the art in the photo?" Bentley had a good time pointing out the different objects that he could see. 

Next I provided him with the included supplies: yarn, wax sticks (these were almost identical to Wiki Stix which we love!!), and a souffle cup. (I also gave him glue, tape, and scissors). I asked him another prompt question, "What kind of art will you make?" And also "What kind of supplies do you need to create your design?" Bentley told me he was going to make "a guy", and got to work taping wax stick arms onto the souffle cup and filling his head with a "yarn brain". 


"Look Mama, I made an S!" He had so much fun playing with these wax sticks and forming them into shapes. He made some squiggles to add to his souffle cup person's head for hair. 


His upcycled art turned out to be very abstract! He was a little disappointed that we didn't have more of the trash that the upcycled person did in the Inspiration Photo, but his love for the wax sticks and the versatility of them took his mind off of it. This activity is so versatile, because you could honestly provide any kind of upcycled item - aluminum foil, buttons, toilet paper rolls, pouch caps, etc. 


When he was done, I asked the last prompt question, "What does your art represent?" He was quick to tell me that it was "a guy with long twisty arms and a brain that is spilling out!" We talked about how important it is to reuse items that we have on hand, and that repurposing things was good for our Earth. He was really receptive to it, and I think that activity really drove home the concept of reusing and upcycling. 

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Aug 21, 2017

Saving Water Fine Motor Experiment

Water conservation is one of the most kid friendly examples of reducing that you can teach. Bentley and I had a rare afternoon alone this week, and I was able to really focus in with him and have some meaningful discussions about our unit study - Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.

Mother Goose Time had some great activities planned for this day, but our favorite was the "Save Water" play dough Investigation Station. I just love MGT's Investigation Station's because they allow a hands on way for little ones to explore the concepts at hand.


All we needed for this station was a colander, some water, a pouring apparatus (we used a cup from the amazing Learning Resources Mix and Measure Activity set which is literally a homeschooling MUST HAVE!), and some play dough (we invest in this mega pack every year!). I clearly had Bentley had "play dough"! He is a total sensory kiddo, and any opportunity he has to sink his hands in some dough (this translates to cooking too!), sand (especially kinetic!), or any sensory bin filler - he is IN! 


We started by discussing different ways that we could save water. Bentley mentioned "turning the hose off", "not running the bath for long", and "fixing Papa's pool so there is no leak" (true story! He pays attention!) We talked about the reasons why it is important that we save water, and what we could do to help. Then it was time for our experiment! 


One of the things I like about Mother Goose Time's "station" prompts, is that a lot of them are pretty open ended. It didn't tell us what the colander was supposed to represent, so we were able to use our imagination. I told Bentley that our bowl had lots of leaks and that we needed to use our play dough to plug them up! Plumber Bentley was on the case. He exercised his fine motor skill as he pressed the play dough into each of the holes to stop it up. 


He was so focused and concentrated as he worked! When he had covered every hole, it was the moment of truth. We flipped it back over and placed it inside a glass bowl. Then Benny slowly poured the water into the colander. We observed to see just how much water the play dough could hold. 


It held well for about half of the cup, but then he dumped the rest in and it leaked through. This led to a discussion about more appropriate ways to stop leaks. Bentley said that we needed "cement" instead of dough! This activity was so out of the box, and it really helped put into perspective the concept of saving water for B. Through the process of plugging the holes, we were able to have meaningful discussions about the importance of reducing our water usage!

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