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 some 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.
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.
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.