Back in May, when we opened our Alphabet Island box from Mother Goose Time, my son excitedly pawed through the daily bags and shrieked with excitement. He had found the treasure map from an upcoming lesson and could barely contain himself. At that moment I made a mental note way back in the recesses of my mommy brain that I would have to plan something special for this lesson. When Treasure Map day arrived at the beginning of last week my son was overflowing with excitement, most importantly he wanted to know if he was going to get to go on a treasure hunt and if there was going to be real treasure at the end.
The lesson plan for the day included an activity that discussed landmarks and how to use them to guide your way to different destinations. My son used a set of story cards (provided by Mother Goose Time)to create a story about a little boy on a treasure hunt. Next, we focused on shape review, and found various jewels around our school room and raced to put them in the treasure chest.
To Culminate our day we read a book about pirates on a treasure hunt, and the kids were supposed to create their own treasure maps. However, before they got to that activity I had one more surprise activity in store for them.
I had planned a treasure hunt around our yard, which would help review the alphabet at the same time. I also tied in some of the concepts we had learned about landmarks earlier in the day by using some of the kids’ favorite places in our yard on my treasure map. At each landmark in our yard, my son identified what letter it started with, and collected the corresponding letter card. Each month Mother Goose Time has sent us three new letter cards, over the year we have collected a whole set. I laminated them for extra durability.
First things first, my boys needed to dress the part, so we gathered some of our pirate gear out of the dress up bin and got ready for an adventure.
Then I released the crew, and they were off on a swashbuckling journey which ended with a treasure chest full of treasure. I found the treasure chest on Amazon (it’s Melissa and Doug) and filled it with a rock and mineral grab bag (also from Amazon). My kiddos were thrilled with the rocks and minerals and spent the rest of the day sorting them into colors and using a chart that accompanied them to identify what they were.
‘X’ Marks the Spot
After the treasure hunt, my little ones spent a lot of time organizing their treasure but then decided to move on and make treasure maps of their own. They loved leading their siblings on a wild goose chase in and around our house. It was so much fun doing this lesson with my kiddos, and I loved being able to get creative and embellish the lesson a little bit. Mother Goose Time is so flexible and can be used in such a variety of ways, whether you have a daycare full of kids or just have one little one at home. We have had so much fun with the Alphabet Island Unit and look forward to wrapping it up this week and moving onto our Camping Unit in July. If you have any questions or comments please let me know, and 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.