Halloween with Mother Goose Time

Today is Halloween, which means I’m going to have a house full of sugared up kids in just a few hours! My older three kids are off at school, having lots of fun participating in class parties, parades, and lots of other excitement.  Meanwhile, My little one and I are relaxing at home and enjoying the calm before the storm. This may sound a little anti-climatic seeing as its Halloween,  but don’t worry we still had lots of fun.

Lucky for us, Mother Goose Time has us covered, with their monthly Celebration Kit.  Each box from Mother Goose Time features a new celebration kit which corresponds with whatever holiday is being celebrated that month.  This month Mother Goose Time sent us everything we needed (except paint and a pumpkin) to have a fantastic Pumpkin Patch party.

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Here’s a peek of all the fun we had at our Pumpkin Patch celebration…

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A Halloween Themed Counting Game

 

Design Your Own Pumpkin

 

Pin the Patch on the Scarecrow

 

Pumpkin Pounding/ Pumpkin Dissection

 

Storytime

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A Halloween Themed Lunch

 

My son and I had a great time doing all of these Halloween themed activities.  After lunch, he even asked to go back into the school room and do more school!  Unfortunately for him, it was naptime, but there’s always tomorrow.   Tomorrow will mark the beginning of the month, and we will be starting a new unit tomorrow.  Join us as we explore the rainforest and of course experience 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-November Edition

I can’t believe that it will be November next week!  It seems like October flew by in the blink of an eye.  Nonetheless, our Mother Goose Time box arrived today, and I’d thought I’d share what was inside.  November’s theme is Rainforest Adventure and we can’t wait.

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Teacher Toolbag

 

Teacher Guides

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Monthly Celebration Kit

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Bonus Gift

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Manipulatives

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Week 1

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Week 2

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Week 3

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These are the new magnetic storytelling pieces included in each monthly box.  They have been one of our favorite new additions to the Mother Goose Time curriculum this year.

 

Week 4

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Thanks for taking a peek at the November box with me.  Join me later this 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.

 

 

Day In The Life- Of A Homeschooled Two-Year-Old​

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

img_7722.jpgMy 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

img_7725.jpgSince 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.

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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

IMG_7757IMG_7758After 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

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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.

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1:30 pm Naptime

Finally, we arrived home and everyone immediately went down for a nap.

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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.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Watching Your Little Ones Grow

When my first child was born I loved checking the milestone charts to see how she was progressing.  I was always elated when she met a milestone ahead of schedule and filled with dread when she wasn’t meeting other ones.  Of course, her pediatrician reassured me that she was doing excellently,  and I didn’t need to worry. By the time my second daughter came into the picture, I was much more relaxed about the whole thing and only checked the charts on an intermittent basis.  When my two boys arrived I had given up the practice altogether and relied on my kids’ teachers and doctors to point out any red flags to me, otherwise, I assumed everything was progressing as it should.

IMG_7660Fast forward to present day and my youngest is now two and a half years old.  Typically this would be the time that I would enroll him in preschool.   Afterall that’s what we did with the other three kids.  Like many children, my other 3 kids all learned their colors, shapes, numbers, and letters in a traditional preschool setting, and I had routine meetings with their teachers to monitor their progress. I was never unhappy with this setup but was itching for a change. So I decided to give home preschool and try and loved it.

Being able to watch the learning process unfold and happen on a day to day basis has been amazing.  However, there are times when I second guess myself, and wonder if I’m doing a good enough job.  When my older kids were in preschool, there were always the parent-teacher conferences that provided the reassurance that your children were progressing as they should. Now assessments of my child are left up to me.  Luckily our Mother Goose Time Curriculum has a wonderful assessment system that gives me the confidence that what I’m doing is actually working.

In the back of each Mother Goose Time teacher guide, including the Little Goose Guide, there is a developmental continuum chart.  This chart lists roughly 33 skills, that your child will be working on throughout the month, and then provides benchmarks to measure your child’s progress.  Although this may sound complicated, these benchmarks are based on easily observable behaviors and make it very easy to assess your child.  To give you an idea of how it works, here is the system in action.

First, complete the chosen activity with your child, and make observations as you work with them.

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Then follow these steps to assess…

#1 Pick your activity and find the skills and corresponding skill numbers in the teacher guide.

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#2 Use the number to find the skill on the Developmental Continuum at the back of the teacher guide.

 

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#3 Use your child’s work and or your observations to assess which benchmark most closely aligns with your child.

That’s it! As easy as 1-2-3!

Typically I don’t assess my child every day, but I do check up on things every now and then.  I really appreciate these tools being part of the curriculum and the peace of mind that they give me. I love knowing that what I’m doing is working with my son and that he actually is making progress.   Most importantly, my son has a love of learning and is excited for school time.

Please let me know in the comment section if you have any questions or comments, and join me again 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.

 

 

 

Ice Painting

We started a new Mother Goose Time unit this week all about weather and the changing seasons.  This week we focused on weather, and have learned all about the Sun, wind, clouds, snow, and rainbows.  My son and I have had so much fun with this unit,  it has been a wonderful experience to watch him learning new concepts and growing each day.  So far this week, we have made our own sun/moon craft, painted cloud pictures, and made homemade snow dough (aka playdough with no coloring, glitter, and some peppermint essential oil).

 

 

 

 

While all those activities were fun, my son’s favorite activity was ice painting.  It kept him occupied for a decent amount of time, and he created multiple pieces of artwork. Here are the steps we followed so that you can do this craft with your own little ones.

Ice Painting 101

#1 Put a drop or two of food coloring or liquid watercolor into an ice cube tray.  I used gel food coloring because I knew it would create very vibrant colors.

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#2 Fill the ice cube tray with water, being careful not to splash water from one cube into the others.

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#3 Place tray in the freezer for two hours or so.

#4 Once the water is semi-frozen place popsicle sticks in the tray.  This helps keep the food dye or watercolor from staining little fingers and also helps little ones who might be bothered by the colored temperature.

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#5 Freeze Overnight

#6 Paint Away.  We started painting inside, and then took the cubes outside to watch them melt.

 

#7 Enjoy your masterpieces!

 

 

Thanks for tuning in and reading about our adventures.  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.