Mother Goose Time Preschool Curriculum

We are all really excited here at my home. We will be starting to use the Mother Goose Time preschool curriculum. I hope you will join and enjoy our learning adventures with us. We will be blogging often so come back soon to see how we are growing and how we are learning about the world around us.

Friday, June 26, 2015

MGT Ambassador's Monthly Focus - Professionalism

This week we as MGT Ambassadors are focusing on  Marketing.
The 3 most important things I do for children are:
  • First, instill a love of learning into their lives, whether that learning is through reading, play, experiment, art, music or movement.  
  • Second, prepare them for life and peer socializing.  As a class we each have our responsibilities, whether it be calendar, picking up trash, cleaning off the snack table, passing out papers, or leading the Pledge of Allegiance.  We take turns and work together.   Once the children arrive this is a safe area, we need to be nice, speak kindly, take turns and help each other.  
  • Third, we work on determination and perseverance.  Not everything comes easy, and we all struggle with somethings.  We keep trying and practicing.  Yes, it is hard but as we work it will get easier.  
I find that emails and face to face talking with parents is the best way to communicate this.  If we have issues we discuss it when the child is picked up or I will make a phone call.  I also praise the child in front of the parent if we had an awesome day.

Mother Goose Time helps me achieve these goals by setting up their lessons with group play, imaginative play and questions to ask the children to lead a discussion.  We practice writing names often, almost every day.  Many writing and counting skills are repeated through out the monthly lessons in different varieties.  Some times it is counting objects, next it is graphing and finding greatest and least.
The lessons are flexable to fit the needs of the children and most can be done outside in nature.

Friday, June 19, 2015

MGT - Alphebet House

Helping Around the House
This week in MGT - The Alphabet House we learned about chores.  In our family each of us have a weekly chore.  Along with normal daily chores, we are all members of the family we each need to take care of our house.  
Not only did we have fun learning about laundry and cleaning, Mr. I also got to show off his skills.  
Mr. I loves to help with the laundry, and it wasn't surprising that this was his favorite day to learn about.    He first, sorted - Whites, Colors, Jeans, Sheets and Towels.... It is amazing how much clothing my family goes through. 
Now, off to the Washing Machine.  I do allow my children to pour the soap in and load the clothes, of course I am right there helping to make sure the load is level. 

On the the Folding.  Mr. I helped me match socks.  He also put the pile of clothes on each person's bed.  Matching some of the socks with its friend was tricky at times, but we made it through.

Friday, June 12, 2015

MGT Week Learning: Rooms in the House

This week we learned about the different rooms in our house and what happens in each of those rooms.

Favorite rooms: Bathroom and Bedroom

I pretty sure that it is safe to conclude that most children love to blow bubbles in their drinks, especially milk.  This activity combined this favorite pastime with art.  We used water and food coloring (instead of paint) , just in case  any was ingested by accident.  So the art wasn't very pretty but the children had a blast blowing bubbles in the water and watching the colored water go flying out of their dish.
I loved this activity because it teaches breathing control, breathing techniques, and cause and effect and
WARNING: Put a towel, that you don't care about, or an absorbent rag down under the paper you are working with. 
We also worked on how to correctly wash our hand after using the bathroom.
The daily lesson included a poster that we hung up on the bathroom wall to remind us how it is done.  

For the bedroom we practiced makes our beds and picking up toys. This is a work in progress.  We are very excited when we do accomplish these tasks though.

One of our favorite rhymes in our house is 5 Little Monkeys.  We were able to play with and say the rhyme over and over again.  So much fun.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Dancing Through The City

Mother Goose Time has an awesome program for your preschool children to stay active and learn at the same time.  It is called Dance 'N Beats.  My children love having these DVDs put in and dancing along with them.  The dance routines have 3-4 movements and repeat through the song.  This makes it easier for my little ones to master the steps and by the end of the month they are dancing along even with the monthly CD.

This Dance, City That Is So Pretty,  we did when learning about the different types of rooms in a home, was one of the favorites of the boys.  it was a repeating adding movement upon movement song and dance. At first we had problems and was getting frustrated but with practice Mr. "I" was able to master this dance.  We love the instructor too, she moves slowly and even though we are watching her on a DVD she is connecting to my boys. 

Friday, June 5, 2015

MGT -- The Alpabet House

I am loving the July theme for Mother Goose Time.  The Alphabet House.  We are going to be learning about the different types of house people live in....Parts and rooms of the house, How to help around the house, finally different animal houses.
Now there is a huge difference between and house and a home and I tried to teach that to my children this month.  A house is just a building, and Home is the people and LOVE inside that house.  We really worked on showing love to each other during this first week.
We, as a family also started our summer vacation.. fun times.
We learned that house, apartment, RV, House Boats, and castles though they look different they are all places for people to live in.

 This was a fun activity during the week.  Mr Independent first cut all the number cards apart then  matched the number card to the row and color the the Letter Apartment Building.   Inside each box was a letter, and we needed to know their address.   Along with the matching number and color we had a letter tracing page that as he covered a letter he took the corresponding color (purple, green, or blue) and traced the letter.
Building with foam shapes.  Mr Independent loves to build, design things.  He used foam block to build different houses then designed his own house on a blank page.  Loved it.  It was amazing to see such imaginative designs.  

Science Experiment --  House Boat... This was a fun one.  Foil, water, and a bunch of pennies.  Mr I designed his boat then we headed to the kitchen sink.  Filled it up with water and started dropping pennies into it until it sunk.  We got up to 25 pennies and then he himself started a storm in the sink and sunk the boat.  

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

My Mission and Vision in Teaching - MTG

 I have always loved being with and learning/ teaching children.  I find their openness and love for learning contagious and refreshing.  Reminds me that I need to relax and enjoy the ride and just have fun with it. 
 I decided to dedicate my time and energy to teaching young children for this very reason. I have four children of my own, all love to learn new things, but they are very different learning styles and personalities.  One reason I love working with children, especially my own is because there are some aspects of life that I want to have the discussions about and the say-so.  I believe the parents are responsible mainly for teaching their children life lessons, character, and social graces, among many other things.  With this in mind I try to help other children have the same time of uplifting education.  Which is much more than just books, ABC's and 123's...  above all I want my children, they ones I teach and my own children to love learning, have a passion knowledge, experiment, make mistakes in a safe environment and have loving support around them. 

My guiding values in working with children are --  1) Love  2) Respect  3) Patience  4) Imagination 
For a few years I had actually been using my own ideas and ideas I found online for teaching  my children in preschool.  I felt that it just wasn't enough and I was spending too much time researching instead of having fun with my children.  When I was researching different preschool curriculum out there,  I found Mother Goose Time and instintaly feel in love with it.  It was themed, it had science and art/crafts, that is what really sold me. As I have been using it I find that I can adapt the lessons to my children's needs.  Most of the time we are having so much fun singing songs, playing games and experimenting with the ideas that my children forget they are learning.  They are having fun and that right there is the whole point of education, at least in my mind. 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

MGT Focus Topic Curriculum Design

This weeks theme for the MGT ambassador focus topic is:  Themes

As you know from reading my blog Mother Goose Time has monthly themes and every week is a sub theme with every day being a single topic.  I love this aspect, and honestly I think the children do to.  Instead of learning a bunch of ideas that went to together but not necessarily focused, like we had been at the beginning of the year.  We are now focused and the children are learning more about each topic.   Here is a theme poster example that you will find with each monthly curriculum box.

Each day there are daily  posters, honestly I love them and save each one.  At circle time I show the children the picture and they talk about what they see and guess what we will be learning about for the day.  I ask the daily question found on the poster to each child just to get a discussion going.  Usually, there is excitement for the day.   I post the daily poster on our fold-able poster board so we can all see and go back and see the past days.  They stay out all month.  After the month is over I place the daily posters sheet protectors in a binder with any activities that my own son has worked on for that particular day, that way he also can go back and look at the posters again and see how much he has improved in his preschool skills month by month.

I personally love theme based learning. It is focused and fun.  I like how the children learn more skills and details of the them, than if I was just piecing everything together.