Although this week isn’t actually the last week of summer meteorologically speaking, it is the end of summer in every other way. Next week my oldest daughter will go back to school and we will kick our homeschool endeavors into full gear. The days of sleeping in and spending afternoons lounging by the pool will come to an end. Overall we’ve had a great summer, but it seemed to be shorter this year than previous years. I still have a huge list of things I wanted to do this summer that never happened. I’ll just add them to our list for next year. We’ve been taking things pretty easy this week as we savor the last few moments of summer, but we’ve still had time to do a few Mother Goose Time days.
My son has really enjoyed the fables and folktales unit, and this last week has been the best one yet. The focus of this week had been international folktales, and we have been enjoying stories from around the globe. Here’s a peek at some of our fun…
Learning about Sharing
First up this week, we learned all about sharing by reading the Native American tale, How the Rainbow Was Made. After the story, my son decorated a sharing bird which he wore around the house to show all of his siblings how well he could share (hahaha, he’s three and the baby of the house, need I say more). At least it was a good opportunity to discuss sharing with him.
Using a rainbow game card, color cube, and pom poms we raced each other to see which color of the rainbow would fill up first.
I tweaked this activity a little bit to suit our needs. Using an alphabet puzzle and bag, my son picked out one letter at a time. We said its name and sound, and then I showed him how to write the letter on his rainbow letter sheet.
Later in the week, we read the African tale, The Black Snake & the Eggs. My son’s favorite activity on this day was stringing noodles onto a piece of yarn to make a snake necklace.
We finished the day with some Mother Goose Time style math, using the manipulatives included in our monthly box.
What a fantastic week to end our summer, now for a weekend full of friends, boat rides, pool time, and barbecues. 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.