Too Many Beaches, Not Enough Time…

We started the week by playing hooky from homeschool, work, and reality and visited three different beaches in three days.  These visits were all very impromptu and complete surprises for the kids, and they had a great time.  It was a wonderful way to close out the month of June and spend some quality time together as a family.     The kids had a blast playing in the waves, looking for treasures, and exploring the various coastlines.  What was even better was that all of the beaches were within a two hour or less car ride/boat ride from our house.   Living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland during the summertime definitely has its perks.

However, by the end of our third beach trip, I could see the exhaustion setting in and knew that the next few days would be lazy ones.  Nevertheless, we did manage to squeeze in a few homeschool moments as we finished up our Alphabet House unit.   While my older daughters opted out of the activities this week in favor of reading their new load of books from the library, my three-year-old and six-year-old had a ball with the Mother Goose Time activities.

Here are some of our favorite activities from this week…

Alphabet Sweep

Using material provided to us in our Mother Goose Time bag we made our own mini mops and used them to clean our Alphabet sheets and review the alphabet at the same time.  Then we got out the paint and glitter and made some messy masterpieces.

 

Clean Up Toys

During this activity, we practiced our scissor skills and reviewed our colors at the same time.

Dinner Menu

The boys created their own restaurant menu for an imaginary restaurant (both boys came up with the menu items and my older son did the writing).  Next, they got out our play food and set up their pretend cafe, and took turns serving me.   Interestingly, every time I ordered something off the menu, they were sold out of it, and the boys made me some exceptional culinary treats.

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This is their menu featuring chicken nuggets, peanut butter and jelly and a chicken patty sandwich.

Overall we had a great week, and it was a great way to end what has been a very crazy month for us.  We are all looking forward to starting the Nature Detective unit next month.  In addition, we will also be beginning a new adventure…we will be homeschooling 3 out of 4 of our kiddos.  After much contemplating over the past year, we have come to the decision to begin this journey with our rising third grader, first grader, and of course my three-year-old.   We are all super excited to start and can’t wait to get started.  I will continue to share our weekly adventures with Mother Gosse Time, but please let me know in the comment section below if you would also be interested in hearing about my homeschooling adventures with my older children.  As always let me know if you have any questions, and I will see you soon 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.

 

The Summer Solstice

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Our current monthly theme is the alphabet house and focuses on all types of homes, including a week solely devoted to animal homes.   This ended up being the perfect subject to discuss this past week since it was also the summer solstice and I had a fun hike planned to celebrate the first official day of summer.  Even though we were doing our Mother Goose Time weeks out of order, the hike provided us with a great opportunity to get out into nature and spot animal homes in the wild.

In the days leading up to our big Summer Solstice hike, we learned all about beaver lodges, spider webs, and bird’s nests.  My sons loved creating handprint spiders and making a web to go along with it.

 

The geoboard and rubber bands supplied in this month’s box, were also a highlight of our spider web day, as the boys used them to create their own web creations.

 

On bird nest day, my youngest son had a great time using the materials in our daily bag to create a bird’s nest, which he even sat on to keep his eggs warm.

 

Next, the boys gathered all the blankets they could find in our house to create a human-sized nest which they snuggled in during storytime and then used to have a popcorn snack in later in the lesson.

 

We even took some time to investigate a real bird’s nest out of our nature collection.

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So when the much anticipated Summer Solstice arrived, my son was ready to hike and search for animal homes in the wild.   While we didn’t find any beaver lodges, we did spot a few spider webs and a bird’s nest.  We also found some toads, turtles, and butterflies.  Overall it was a fantastic hike and we got to enjoy the first official day of summer outside enjoying nature.

 

Although our Summer Solstice hike wasn’t an official part of our Mother Goose time curriculum it was so easy to add to our week and tied in with the curriculum so easily.  I love that my son can learn about his letters while concurrently learning about different animal homes, and then we can tie everything in with a hike at the end of the week.  When I first started thinking about homeschooling, this is exactly the experience I wanted my boys to have.

This week we will be wrapping up our Alphabet House unit – I can’t believe June is almost over!   Let me know in the comment section if you have any questions or just drop by and say hi.  See you soon for more Chaos on the Creek.

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What’s In the Box-Nature Detectives Edition

Even though we have just started digging into our Alphabet House box this week, our July Mother Goose Time box just arrived!   The theme for July is Nature Detectives and looks like it will be a ton of fun for all of my kiddos.  Here is a sneak peek at what’s inside…

Teacher Toolbag

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Celebration Kit-Independence Day

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Manipulatives

Storytelling Set

Each month Mother Goose Time includes a book, magnetic storytelling pieces, and a puzzle in each monthly box.

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Week 1

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Week 2

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Week 3

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Week 4

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Our summer here at Chaos on the Creek is sure to be filled with lots of excitement as all four of my kiddos will be joining in on the fun!   I will also be making a special announcement within the next few weeks about some of our exciting plans for this summer and the 2018/2019 school year.  See you soon 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.

 

An Impromptu Break

Last week my little guy played hooky from homeschool. Instead, we took the time to just hang out together and enjoy each others’ company.  I knew that this was going to be the last week that it would just be the two of us at home since summer break was starting shortly for my older kids, and I wanted to savor our last moments of peace.  Not to mention that we have been working on homeschool pretty diligently since Christmas, and a break was long overdue.

So, what did we do during our week off?  A whole lot of NOTHING…  We caught up on some of my son’s favorite TV shows, we went on lots of walks, we took some great naps together, picked strawberries with Grandpa, and we just had fun together.   We also did a deep clean on the homeschool room and got everything ready for Mommy Camp.  Overall it was a great week and was exactly what we both needed to recharge ourselves for the fun, chaos filled weeks of summer ahead of us.

 

By the end of the week, we both missed our Mother Goose Time and we’re thrilled to dive into our new Alphabet House Unit this week.  When I announced that it was school time on Tuesday he eagerly ran into the school room and got straight to work.   I love seeing him so happy about learning and most of all I love that he is actually learning.

The current unit that we are working on is actually a review unit of all of the things we have learned over the past year.   Review units like this are a great way to see how much your child has learned over the course of a year and can also help identify areas that you may need to concentrate more on during the next school year.  Most importantly, Mother Goose Time does a fantastic job of making review fun and interesting.

Here’s a peek at some of the things we’ve been up to this week…

Handwriting Practice…

My son has made so much progress with his handwriting over the year.

 

Art Time…

We reviewed colors while we painted our own houses (even big brother joined in).

 

Math Time…

We used a variety of stuffed animals and boxes to compare sizes and create imaginary homes for the animals.

 

STEAM Time…

My son’s favorite part of all was building houses using marshmallows and toothpicks, although I think he enjoyed eating the marshmallows most of all.

 

Like all of our Mother Goose Time units, The Alphabet House has been a ton of fun so far.      Even my older children have enjoyed participating in some of the activities.  I can’t wait to see what this summer has in store for us.  Whatever happens, I know that we will probably have some tears, some chaos, and most importantly, lots of fun!  I can’t wait to share it all with you.   See you soon 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.