If you have read my blog before, you know that I’m a huge fan of the Mother Goose Time curriculum. My only complaint is that I didn’t discover it sooner. My daughters would have loved this curriculum when they were younger (truth be told they actually love it now at ages 9 and 7, and beg to do the activities when they get home from school). Luckily my younger sons have been able to enjoy the mother goose time experience this year, and have been thriving. Even my youngest son, who will turn two in a few days is already reaping the benefits of the Mother Goose Time program, specifically their toddler geared supplement Little goose.
I have briefly discussed the Little Goose Supplement before in my Homeschooling with a Toddler post, but wanted to provide a more in-depth look into the Little Goose program in this post.
A Typical Little Goose Day
While we all know that the word ‘typical’ doesn’t really go hand in hand with a toddler, I do try to have some sort of routine with my little guy. Somedays this may mean that I pull him aside for some one on one learning times, and other days I might just do his little goose activities at the same time I’m working with his older brother. Generally I just have to read his mood, and figure out what will work best for the day. When I do get the chance to work with him one on one, I try to set up all the activities as different stations. Each day there are 3 activities, which are toddler versions of the activities in the main teaching guide. I let my son choose the order in which he does the activities, giving him a sense of independence. In the long run this saves me from the inevitable battle that comes from forcing a toddler to do something they don’t want to do.
The topic today was The Ostrich, and my son went straight for the art activity. We worked on making a shaker by filling a cup with rocks and attaching it to a popsicle stick. He had a ball putting the rocks into the cup, dumping them out, and repeating the process multiple times. Once we finally got the rocks in the cups, we decorated the cups using markers. After making a few marks on his cup, he quickly lost interest, and moved to the next station. Which gave the shaker time to dry, so we could use it during music and dance time later in the day.
For our next activity we used a photograph of an ostrich egg and a basket of toys, and compared the size of the toys in the basket to the ostrich egg. Since my son is still fairly non-verbal, I helped him by stating a toy was bigger or smaller than the egg. When he had gone through all the toys on the basket, he stood on the photograph himself, and looked at me with expectant eyes. I told him that he was a big boy, and he cheered very enthusiastically.
By this point my little guys attention span was starting to dissipate, so we moved on to the cuddle & snuggle activity. The cuddle & snuggle activity is featured each day, and provides an opportunity to have some quiet, bonding time with your little one. My son loves this part of the day because he gets to climb into my lap, and get some much-needed mommy time. Today we talked about how ostriches put their heads into holes to check on their eggs. We mimicked this behavior by using our math manipulatives and putting them into a sock then pulling them out.
We finished up our time together by taking a sneak peek at the storybook of the day, and pointing out all the ostriches we saw. After that my son moved onto his tray play activity, which is another great part of the Little Goose time supplement. I like to use the tray play activities to keep my toddler busy while I work with his older brother. Today our activity featured different bottle and jar lids, paper and crayons. My son had a great time playing with the various lids, and even made a good attempt at tracing them with the crayons.
While my little one worked on his toddler stuff, My older son and I were able to start working on his activities, without too many interruptions from his younger brother. We ended our homeschool day together, with story time and dance time. The boys practiced moving their heads in different ways like an ostrich, as we listened to a Mother Goose Time song entitled, “Ostrich Eyes”. My little one decided to look for his eggs, and stuck his head down on the ground, and then proceeded to jump all over the room. Dance time is a great time to get rid of some of that endless Toddler energy, and its a great way to end our lesson.
I hope you enjoyed hearing about our Little Goose Experience, and if you have any questions or comments, please let me know I’d love to hear from you. Join me next week for more Chaos on the Creek.
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.