One Crazy Week

This past week was one crazy week for my family, as we had a family vacation planned, complete with a two and a half hour plane ride each way.  This was our first time we flying with all four kids in tow!  In the weeks leading up to the trip, the kids’ excitement was elevating itself to almost unmanageable levels. Not only were they excited about the trip, but also about having a week off of school.  The trip also meant a week break from our homeschool preschool for my youngest son.  Seeing as he’s only two this wouldn’t be a huge deal – the lack of a consistent routine was much more worrisome. My son thrives in a structured environment when he can eat his meals and nap at consistent times.  Another point of concern was the two and a half hour plane ride.  My son had not been on an airplane before and does not enjoy sitting still for long periods of time.  I was filled with pure dread over the chaos we would surely invoke on our flight.

In preparation for the flight, I packed an arsenal of toddler-friendly items, including snacks, coloring books, crayons, books and even img_7337.jpgsome of our Mother Goose Time lessons in hopes of keeping him busy.  In the end, the books, crayons, and snacks did little to keep him entertained.  It wasn’t until I pulled out some of our Mother Goose Time activities, that he actually settled down.  He had a grand time working with the button manipulatives and pattern strips, which kept him busy for almost a half an hour.   We finished things off with a book from the monthly reading list, and before I knew it he was asleep.   Just like that, we had made it through his first airplane ride without creating too much mayhem.

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We ended up having a fantastic, but tiring week on vacation.  We returned home on Thursday and had planned Friday as a recovery day for the kids and ourselves.  However, as soon as we finished breakfast, my little one asked to go to “Mommy School”, so we pulled out the lesson on hand washing and had a great time doing the art project and practicing our writing skills with shaving cream.

The mother Goose Time curriculum continues to be a wonderful part of our daily lives and I am so grateful for all it provides for my little ones.  Next week we will be moving onto our next unit, Weather and Changing Seasons.  As always if you have any questions or comments, please let me now, and join me again for more Chaos on the Creek.

19510309_1588341684509993_3025539560496814781_nDisclaimer:  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.

 

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​Art Time

IMG_7219.JPGOne look at our homeschool art gallery and it’s easy to tell that school is back in session.  It is so gratifying to look at our little art gallery and to see all of my two-year old’s masterpieces hanging there.  All of my children love art, and it is easily our favorite time of the day.  What’s even better is how easy Mother Goose Time makes art with a two-year-old.  Mother Goose Time provides almost all of the materials (excluding paint and glue), so it is so easy to set up and get going on an art project.

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The new Invitation to Create Informational sheet.

I have posted previously (The Creative Process) on the Mother Goose Time art features and don’t want to be redundant, so today I want to focus on one of the new additions to the Invitation to Create projects that I’m really excited about.  This year Mother Goose Time recreated the informational sheet that accompanies each Invitation to Create. They added a brief overview of the artistic technique being used in the project and/or some information about the artist that created the inspirational piece.  While my two-year-old isn’t particularly taken with information about Van Gough and his painting Starry Nights, it is great information for older preschool children and beyond who may be working alongside a younger child.  I also find the information to be a nice art history refresher for myself and enjoy the brief bit of culture added into our day.  It is a great example of how versatile Mother Goose Time can be, and how easily it can be used with a variety of ages.

Mother Goose Time continues to add the suggestive prompts in the teacher guide to help a child who may be struggling with the more freeform artistic process.  In addition, Mother Goose time has included some tags to help identify the different steps of the project, which we don’t use, but may be useful to kids who prefer more structure.

Although these tweaks aren’t huge, they have made the Invitation to Create even more interesting than it was before.  Here are some of the projects we worked on this week.  Enjoy!

Exploring Pointillism

Van Gough’s Starry Night

As always if you have any questions or comments, let me know in the comment section.  Join me next week for more Chaos on the Creek.

19510309_1588341684509993_3025539560496814781_nDisclaimer:  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.

Sensory Overload

 

In homeschool preschool last week we continued our Amazing Body unit, focusing our attention on the five senses.  My little guy has been having so much fun this year with the Mother Goose Time curriculum, and last week was one of his best yet.  Here are some of the two-year-old approved activities we worked on as we explored sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell

Sight

To explore our sense of sight we worked on shape and color identification.

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Using our newfound knowledge about shapes we explored some of Piet Mondrian’s masterpieces, which are largely created using lines and rectangles.  Then we finished the day by creating our own Mondrian work of art.

 

Smell

We explored our sense of smell by creating our own flower garden using floral foam and Mother Goose Time provided us with paper flowers and popsicle sticks to make our own flowers.  I kicked our garden up a notch by adding a cotton ball, with a few drops of essential oil on it, to each flower.

Sound

Not surprisingly, things got a little loud in our house when we learned about the sense of hearing. We discussed the difference between loud and soft and experimented with our own voices.  Then we got the instruments down and really made some noise.

Touch

The letter ‘A’ was introduced on the same day we were exploring the sense of touch, and what better way to learn about new letters than in a tactile way.  Rather than writing the letter on the chalkboard or a piece of paper, we worked on tracing the letter in the sand, at first with our fingers and then using a toy bulldozer. Since my son hasn’t yet mastered the mechanics necessary to write letters, this was a great way to develop those skills.

We finished the day using colored sand to create our own tactile masterpieces.

Taste

To explore our sense of taste we created a rainbow fruit platter and explored the different flavor of each fruit.  Not only did we have a yummy snack, but we also explored the concept of eating a rainbow each day.

Thanks for joining me for our weekly homeschool adventures.  Come back next week for more Chaos on the Creek.

19510309_1588341684509993_3025539560496814781_nDisclaimer:  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.

What’s in The Box-October Edition

Here is a sneak peak of the Mother Goose Time, October box.  The theme for October is Weather All Around Us and looks like it is going to be so much fun.

Teacher Toolbag

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The Teacher Guides-

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Celebration Kit

October’s celebration kit includes everything to throw an awesome Pumpkin Patch inspired party.

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Suprise Free Gift

Mother Goose Time included some schedule cards along with some cute songs to help create smoother transitions and routines throughout the day.

Manipulatives

My son loves playing with the new manipulatives as soon as they arrive, and this month was no exception.

Week 1- Wonder About Weather

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Week 2- Wonder About Seasons

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Week 3- Wonder About Changes

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Week 4- Wonder About Storms

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Thanks for taking a peek into the October box with me.  Join me for more Chaos on the Creek later this week.
19510309_1588341684509993_3025539560496814781_nDisclaimer:  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.

Our First Day of School

IMG_6821My little guy and I officially began our 2017/2018 school year this week, and so far things are going well.  Reluctantly, I sent my other three kids off to school, leaving just myself and my two-year-old at home this year.  My little guy was quite upset when his big brother boarded the big yellow bus and went to school without him, and truthfully I didn’t take it well either.  However, once we settled into our routine, it was kind of nice.  Having some one on one time with mom will be great for my little guy, with three other siblings, it’s not something he gets to experience very often.

For the second year in a row, we will be using the Mother Goose Time Curriculum in conjunction with their Little Goose supplement.  The Little Goose supplement explains how to make the daily activities more toddler-friendly, and also adds some other fun toddler activities to do with your toddler each day.  Our first unit of study this year will be focusing on our amazing bodies and looks like it will be so much fun.

Our First Day

Morning Walk

Before we got to work with homeschool, we took a moment to get some fresh air and started off our day with a walk around our meadow.  My son was thrilled with being able to have all of my attention focused on him, as we smelled all the flowers we could find and explored the meadow.  I love getting my kids outside, and it was a great way to get our day started out on the right foot.

Circle Time

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Our Circle Time Area

Once we returned, refreshed and relaxed from our walk, we got started with circle time and talked about the calendar and weather.  My son loved having complete control over this whole process and was thrilled when he got to glue the date up all by himself.   He also spent a lot of time pointing out different images on the calendar and talking about what they were.  He is all about learning new words right now so this was a great activity for him.

Nametag Activity

When we finished our circle time, we moved onto the name tag activity, which is featured in each month of the Mother Goose Time curriculum.  At this point, my two-year-old is not writing, so I write his name on the name tag for him and let him scribble over it.   During this activity, we also practiced some of our writing skills on the chalk board by drawing different shapes.  By the end of our lesson my son was able to recognize his name, and would gleefully shout “Me” whenever he saw his name tag throughout the day.

Cuddle and Snuggle Time

After working on our name for a little bit, we took a break and moved onto our cuddle and snuggle activity.  The Little Goose supplement features a new cuddle and snuggle activity each day.  This is a great opportunity to have a quiet, bonding moment with your toddler.  Today my son sat on my lap and looked at himself in a mirror.  We worked together to point out different features on his face, including his eyes, ears, and mouth.  He loved this activity and was quite mesmerized with himself.  He especially loved making silly faces at himself.

Art Time

Normally my son loves art time, but that was not the case today.  We were supposed to work on self-portraits, but my son had no interest in drawing a picture of himself.  I even sat next to him and showed him how to draw a circle and then add eyes and a mouth, but to no avail. He was more interested in his new crayons and discussing what colors they were, so that’s what we worked on.

Block Time

We finished our day with an activity involving blocks.  We practiced stacking them and then attempted to make block towers as tall as ourselves.  However like most two-year-olds, my son had more interest in knocking the towers down, so we never were able to get a tower as tall as either of us.  Nonetheless, this was his favorite activity of the day, and we proceeded to build towers for almost a half an hour.  In a two-year old’s world, thirty minutes is an eternity.

All in all, our day was a success.  It was definitely different having just my little guy home, but I think it will be a very beneficial year for both of us.   My little guy will continue to grow and thrive with the Mother Goose Time curriculum and my undivided attention.  There are lots of things I hope we accomplish this year, most importantly being potty trained and getting rid of diapers for good (it’s been 10 years since we have been diaper free). I am looking forward to sharing our adventures with you this year.

See you next week for more Chaos on the Creek.

19510309_1588341684509993_3025539560496814781_nDisclaimer:  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.