When I first started using Mother Goose Time a year and a half ago, I was unsure of how to schedule our days. I found it very helpful to read other blogs to see how others implemented the program in their own homes. Now that I have some experience under my belt, I thought it would be fun to do our own day in the life. I should preface this by letting you know that we did have some unexpected hiccups on this particular day, but that’s what makes things exciting. So without further adieu…
6:30 am Rise and Shine
My little one normally wakes up between 6:00 and 6:30, so we were lucky on this particular day that he was on the later side of things. He had a little bit of a cold on this morning and was not thrilled with me taking his photo. His sour mood quickly changed once he got his morning milk and was comfortably curled up on the couch with his blanket. While he enjoyed his milk, I packed lunches for my other three children, got them dressed, made their breakfasts, and packed their bookbags.
7:50 Bus Time
Since we live down a dirt road, the school bus will not come directly to our house. Instead, I have to pile the kids into the car and drive everyone to the bus stop at the main road. My little guy loves seeing the bus arrive each morning (what two-year-old boy doesn’t love a big yellow bus) and loves waving bye-bye to his big sister and big brother. My other daughter goes to another school across town and is dropped off by my husband on his way to work.
8:00-9:00 am Breakfast Time and Morning Chores
Once the morning rush was over, my little guy and I took advantage of the peace and quiet and enjoyed a pleasant breakfast together. After breakfast, my son enjoyed having the toys to himself and played for a little bit, while I got started on morning chores.
9:00 am Tray Play Time and Homeschool Setup
After 30 or 40 minutes of independent play, my little one is ready to move onto the next thing and I have a few more chores to finish up. So I pull out our tray play activity for the day. Each day, the Little Goose teacher’s guide features a new tray play idea, complete with a picture of how to set it up. These activities are a great way for toddlers to work independently and develop skills. On this day we were going to be learning about daylight and darkness, and the tray play activity was entitled ‘Cutting Sunshine’. The premise of the activity was to cut yellow strips of paper (sunshine) and glue them onto a blue piece of paper. I tweaked the activity and added both a blue and black sheet of paper and white and yellow strips of paper to cut. I told my son that the black paper represented nighttime and the blue was daytime.
My son happily practiced his scissor skills, while I got everything ready for our school day. Mother Goose Time takes all the hassle out of preparing for the school day. I just pull out our daily bag, my little goose guide, and teacher guides. I quickly read over the activities for the day, cut out anything that needs to be cut out, and set up the art project supplies. Then we are good to go.
9:30am Time For School
In order to provide a smooth transition from playtime into school time, we start our lessons with circle time each day. During circle time we put the day’s date on the calendar, hang up the day of the week, discuss the day’s weather, and talk about the daily topic. My son loves being able to participate in all of these activities and loves hanging the date up each day.
9:40am Art Time
After circle time, we moved onto Art time. My son loves doing the daily art project, and will not focus on anything else until it’s done. On this day we made an ‘N’ out of black strips of paper and stuck star stickers to it. We talked about how ‘Night’ starts with the letter ‘N’, and that the stars and moon come out at night. While this project sounds pretty mundane, the act of peeling the stickers off the sticker sheet and placing them onto the ‘N’, actually required quite a bit of hand-eye coordination.
10:00 Counting Stars
Next, we moved onto to some of the other daily activities. During this activity, my son had to pull a shape link out of a box and match the link to the star on the carpet with the same color.
10:15 Outside Time
My little guy was getting antsy, so we take a break and headed outside. On this day we had a great time playing fetch with our dog. ‘
10:40 Shining Letters
After a little fresh air, we were ready to get back to work. During this activity, my son used a flashlight to find different objects around our classroom, including some of the letters he is familiar with.
11:00 Reading Time
We always finish up our school time by reading a story together. We read Goodnight Sun, Hello Moon, by Karen Viola, which paired well with the topic of the day.
11:15 Lunch Time
11:30 More Play time
12:00 Time to pick up Sister
His sister had an early dismissal on this day, so we had to head into town to pick her up. On our way, we got a call from the nurse at my other childrens’ school letting us know that my other daughter had a sore throat and fever, and I needed to come and pick her up. So after we did pick up at the first school we drove across town to get my other daughter.
1:30 pm Naptime
Finally, we arrived home and everyone immediately went down for a nap.
With a few exceptions, this is pretty much what a typic day looks like for us. This schedule works well for my son and me, giving us a nice balance between learning time and open-ended playtime.
If you have any questions about Mother Goose Time, let me know in the comment section. See you 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.