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, August 28, 2015

MGT - Lessons from Folktales

This week is the final week of the Mother Goose Time Fables and Folktales.  We read folktales from around the world and all had something to do with pots. 
Lessons we learned: Sharing, and Being Honest
This was a week for of Math activities for us to learn with.

 We read an Native American story called:  How the Rainbow was Made. 
Skills we learned - Color matching,  counting, and greater and less than

For the folktale: The Black Snake and the Eggs, we learned about addition, subtractions and equal amounts.  We also learned how to take care of things that are important to us.  

We colored noddles to make snake necklaces we baked them in the oven for about 5 minutes and the colors came out bright.  

Here we were making Pots of Wisdom from the African Folktale of Anansi and the Pot of Wisdom.
We learned that everyone learns and knows different things and that is good.  We need to learn from each other, and we must share what we know. 

 We used colored chalk to decorate our pots, then practiced are sewing skills. 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

More Math - Pot of Wisdom

Mother Goose Time More Math  - Today we are learning about the story of the Pot of Wisdom. 
For the tale Pot of Wisdom, we played a game for math, "Collecting Wisdom". We found it in the More Math workbook. Mr.  E loves this game, we played it more then once. I honestly think it has to do with being able to eat chocolate chips after it is over.  He did a good job counting how much wisdom he collected (or lost), and even counting out the new total in his cup, each turn. Of course he loved that he got to eat the morsels at the end of the game.

Friday, August 21, 2015

MGT Weekly Wrap Up - Paul Bunyan

I grew up reading and listening to Tall Tales, Paul Bunyan, Johnny Appleseed, Pecos Bill, I loved them all.  This week has been super exciting for us because i get to share some of the wonder and awe with my preschoolers.

This week in the Mother Goose Time: Fables and Folklore we have been reading stories about Paul Bunyan.  The children have had so much fun, they love Babe and Bessie, so I should say we are learning stories about Babe the Blue Ox and Bessie, his friend.  

In the Kitchen:

Paul Bunyan loved Flapjacks, so we made flapjacks (or pancakes, my kids just could get flapjacks out). They were all big helpers and set the table all by themselves, including water in the cups.  See the proud faces

 I believe the flapjacks are a hit.  Better be the children helped make them. 




We had an art project that lit up the eyes and had the most ooh and aah I have heard from the children so far.  It was a very simple activity...  We had blue paint and yellow paint.  Each child had 2 paint brushes "Babe" for BLUE ONLY and "Bessie" for YELLOW ONLY.  We have problems mixing pain in the dishes.  I gave them free reign and they could paint anything they wanted.  They all started with blue.  Then covered the blue with yellow.... "Teacher, Teacher... The blue and yellow changes to green"   ooohhhhh

Watch Me Grow

There was a Growth cart this week the we used to compare our heights now to our birth lengths,  very cool.  It is amazing to me how fast and how much a child grows in three - four years.  

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

MGT - Focus Topic: Environment

Room Set-Up 
How do you set up your room with Mother Goose Time materials? 
Since I hold preschool in my home I can't really have preschool items all over the place.  Last year I added all my circle time items to my walls, but my family wasn't to happy with me taking over the main room (great room, nice for somethings, most of the time I HATE the great room idea).  I then added all my circle time to a presentation board that I could fold up and put away.  
I love that Mother Goose Time made circle time to fit on a presentation board.  Here is our circle time area and basically everything else area. 

I have a coffee table on wheels that we position around the room for coloring or writing practice. In the background you can see wire shelves with our Daily Supplies,  Math, Reading, Writing, Science, and Game boxes on it.

Our Physical activities are done in the great room after we move the table to the side.  Basically, everything for preschool is done in the Great Room, Outside and Art and Snack at the Kitchen table.  I only have the preschool kiddos for a couple hours a day, so my house really needs to stay family oriented. 

Friday, August 14, 2015

MGT - Fables

This week we are still learning about fables, using Mother Goose Time, it has been a fun past couple weeks.
Two of our favorites for this week are: The Milkmaid  and Her Pail and Bell on the Cat
With "The Milkmaid and Her Pail"  we learned about 'Not counting our chicks before they hatch' we discussed disappointments we had had looked forward to.  Part of life, even for these little children. 

One activity we did was trying to balance pillows and books (separate times of course) on our heads and walk around.  This was a fun, silly, then frustrating activity for the children.  Sorry no pictures of this they wouldn't hold still to get a good shot.   With this activity we working on determination and Keep Practicing.  It was not easy for any of them and there was frustration, but we kept trying and they are practicing every day. 

Patterns:  We also practices patterns This was a fun one that was easier to master. We were able to continue it also.  YEAH!!

We also made up our own patterns for each other to finish.  The two lines in the middle go together.

Game Time:  This was a fun dice, color number recognition game.  It went long but the children kept interest in it until all the coloring was done.  We played it so you colored one egg for each roll.  Guess we could have shortened it by coloring two or all eggs for one roll. 

The Bell on the Cat 

This was a fun story for the children.  I have a youngish cat that loves to play.  It does like to go after bare walking feet, never to hurt but enough to get annoying.  There have been surprise attacks in preschool.  The children love it though.  We can sympathize with the mice in the story.

Rhyming - This is an aspect that needs to be worked on. We made Homes for the rhyming mice to protect them from the -AT cat
Don't ask what the purpose of the dinosaur was I don't know. 
 Art - We also made Mice headbands and ran around out side like mice. 

MGT - Monthly Focus: Environments

Week 2 -- Outside Learning 

We love to go out side and learn.  Some days it is harder to come up with a way to go outside with the topics, but even if it just for play, we go outside.
Most times we will go outside for art, science, and pretend play.   Fresh air clears the mind and body. Nature sparks imagination and thoughtfulness. 

Most time we are outside to explore and play.  I try to have a structured investigation play then a free play time, which of course I believe every child needs, the longer the better.   

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

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Hieroglyphics Math

King Tut Mini Unit - Educents Use these fun pages to practice place value and/or addition and subtraction skills! Page 12 of the King Tut Mini-Unit Freebie asks students use the symbols to determine the number. The following page goes a step further and asks students add or subtract numbers.

Fun facts about Ancient Egypt:

  • The Egyptian alphabet contained more than 700 hieroglyphs!
  • Egyptians believed cats were a sacred animal and having a pet cat would bring a household good luck.
  • Ancient Egyptians invented pens, toothpaste, and a game very similar to bowling.

More Ancient Egypt resources:

Mini Bio: King Tut - Here's a mini bio about King Tut to go with your mini unit! Ancient Egypt Lapbook - Study interesting facts about the discovery of hieroglyphic writing, the Rosetta Stone, the great King Tutankhamun, the lovely Cleopatra and more. Recipes From Egypt - Delight your little cooks with two authentic and easy-to-make recipes from Egypt: Tameya (the original veggie burger), and Basboosa (Semolina cake with honey and lemon). My Book About Egypt - My Book About Egypt takes elementary students to the cities of Cairo, Alexandria, Damietta, and Giza.   King Tut Mini Unit - Educents Want free lessons for kids about Ancient Egypt? Download the King Tut Mini-Unit Freebie on Educents!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

MGT Focus Topic -- Environments

Week 1 - Encouraging Choice:
  • Investigation Stations.  In the Mother Goose Time Teacher Guide, there is an investigation station suggestion.  There is a new one everyday of the month.  Details for each station can be found in the front of the book, (sorry my computer is being finicky about the pictures at the moment or I would show this page too.)  We love the investigation stations.  With my small group though we just incorporate it into our daily class time, usually free play time or right before snack.     Below you can see Mr. I in the dramatic play for the Ant and the Grasshopper.  He was pretending to be and ant and was building a tall tower to live in. 

With the Investigation Stations, this is a perfect time for me to step back and let the children lead the class.  The only time I do step in is if there is physical touching, or verbal communication that is not nice.  Most of the time the children Cooperate (our word of the week) together nicely.  Sometime they make or do their own things but most of the time they make the investigation a group effort, especially if it is science and water oriented.
We love investigation stations, this is the true time to see what the children have learned and how to apply it into life and play

Friday, August 7, 2015

MGT - Fables and Folktales

This month starts our Mother Goose Time Fables and Folktales.  We learned some Aesop's fables this week.  I think the Lion and the Mouse was the all time favorite, everyday the children wanted to here that one over and over and over again, which of course I let them.  

The Lion and the Mouse was the very first fable we read for these theme.  There was an adorable craft where the children made their own lion and mouse.  After they completed it, they wanted to do a puppet show for me.  So I pushed play on the Fables and Folktales CD and watched and very cut puppet play about 4 times in a row.  

Our second favorite fable that we like is the Ant and the Grasshopper.  This one we also learned a new word, Cooperation, which my children can tell you what it means since we talk about it everyday.  "Cooperation means Work Together"  
This day we leaned about Working together, walking in a straight line, and the different things our feet can do.  Math was also a huge part of this day.

Mr. I as an ant walking with "food".  Follow the ant trail
 With our counting activity we were able to cover many aspects of math in a game.  Number recognition (which I know we need to work on), counting object to 12 (no problem) and greater and less than.

Of course the over all winner was the ant.