We started our Mother Goose Time Sights and Sounds unit this week, and we’ve been having so much fun learning about different kinds of instruments. I knew this unit would be great, as is customary with all of our Mother Goose Time units, but I had no idea how much it would resonate with my son. I guess I should have known that my son would like learning about instruments since he loves anything that makes noise. In particular, horn day was his favorite this week and he has been begging for a tuba ever since.
Our horn day began with a look at our daily topic poster and a very lengthy discussion about all the instruments. Our discussion of the different brass instruments ended up taking us down a bit of a rabbit hole, and we spent a good part of the morning watching videos on YouTube featuring musicians playing various types of brass instruments. Having the chance to take our time and really explore different subjects is one of the things I love most about homeschool. There is nothing I love more than seeing my children develop interests in new things.
Once we had fully exhausted all the offerings on YouTube we made our way back to our regularly scheduled programming. First, we discussed how brass instruments make music by the musician blowing air through a mouthpiece. We simulated this process by using a straw to blow pompoms and feathers across the floor. My son found the straw frustrating to use so he soon just used his mouth to blow the objects across the room. My son was thrilled with this activity and could have blown those feathers and puffballs across the room for hours if left to his own devices.
We finished our day by reading The Mississippi Musicians together. This book was included in our Mother Goose Time box and was fantastic. Each month Mother Goose Time includes a book that coordinates with the monthly theme. In addition to the book, Mother Goose Time also includes coordinating magnetic storytelling pieces and a puzzle. Whenever we read the monthly book my son loves to play along with the magnetic story pieces. So even though we weren’t supposed to use these pieces for another two days, I pulled them out ahead of time to appease him. This particular book was one of my favorite Mother Goose Time books to date.
As I have already mentioned, there is nothing better than seeing your child develop new interests. You never know where these newfound interests will lead – perhaps my little guy will become an amazing tuba or trombone player one day. Most likely he won’t become a famous musician, but it is wonderful to see him being introduced and thoroughly enjoying the wonderful world of music. I can’t wait to see what fun next week holds, and I hope you will join us for more Chaos on the Creek. See you soon!
Disclaimer: I am so grateful to have found this curriculum and am excited to share our experiences on the blog. In exchange for my unbiased and honest reviews, Mother Goose Time has provided us with the curriculum free of charge.