If you had a chance to read my last post, you know that November got off to a rocky start. Unfortunately, things have not gotten better this week. Strep throat struck our house again, and we got even more behind with our homeschool lessons. Drastic times call for drastic measures and I’ve been taking advantage of the weekends to do some catching up. I know it sounds horrible to have school on the weekend, but luckily this is not the case with Mother Goose Time. In fact, my older kids love joining in our Mother Goose Time lessons. My ten-year-old acts as my assistant and my other two kids love participating alongside their little brother. I just tweak some of the activities to make them more age appropriate.
This month we have been learning about rainforests, and my older three children have been very eager to see what we’ve been doing each day. So when I announced that I was going to do a homeschool lesson on mushrooms this past Sunday, I had many eager participants.
We started the lesson off with a combination math/art activity. To begin, we created our own crop of mushrooms by coloring mushroom cutouts and then gluing them to straws. Using our delightful set of mushrooms and some brown play dough, we got to work doing some mushroom math. I was able to do simple counting problems with my two year old, and more complex addition and subtraction problems with my older kiddos.
Next we moved on to a science experiment. Using three pieces of bread, we toasted one, drizzled one with water, and left the other one alone. Then we placed each slice in their own plastic bag and hung the baggies in the window, in hopes of cultivating some mold. My older children have been thrilled with this experiment, and have been dutifully checking the bread each morning. Normally my little one is pretty neutral about stuff like this, but really fed off his siblings excitement, and has enjoyed this activity.
To finish up the lesson, we focused on developing fine motor skills. I placed a bunch of beads into some playdough and gave my son some tweezers to pull the beads out. He did really well with the first 3 or 4 beads and then grew frustrated with the tweezers, and started fussing. His older brother saw him struggling and jumped right in to help him. It was so heartwarming to see them working together and really made me miss the days of having them both at home.
Having my older children take part in the lesson made things much more exciting. Each one of them put a different spin on things and it was a great way for them to work together to achieve a common goal. It also kept them from compaining of boredom for at least an hour! Even though Mother Goose Time is meant for preschool aged children, I have used it with all my children during the summer and on school holidays to keep everyone entertained. The activities can easily be manipulated to challenge a variety of ages and the monthly themes are always great for engaging the whole family. Hopefully, we will be able to catch up this week and we will get back on track soon.
Join me soon for more Rainforest adventures, and 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.