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.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

If You Were Me and Lived in... Elizabethan England by Carole P. Roman

I would like to thank Chelshire, Inc. for the opportunity they have given our family to review this wonderful, general, historic overview of  If You Were Me and Lived in... Elizabethan England written by Carole P. Roman (click on her name and it will take you to her blog) We found a question sheet that my children can answer while reading. Other books have questions and or worksheets.

My daughter loves Carole P. Roman books and has devoured these If You Were Me and Lived in.... series books that we do have.  History can be so dry and boring, but it we as parents can find books like these to have our children read/ read to, it will make it more exciting.  Hopefully, she will keep her love of history alive because these books gave her a good foundation.

Her favorite parts of #Elizabethan were learning about all the clothing that they had to put on to get dressed. (I would have to take a nap after all that) and learning about the homes they lived in.  She didn't think it fair that the boys got to learn and work. Girls had to learn how to keep a home and sew, and got married really young.


We are also working on a lap book that will go more in depth of this time period.  Most of the items we have been getting online for free especially from Tina's Dynamic Homeschool  I have gotten a few good ideas from pictures we have seen just need to make them our own.

You can find this and other Carole P. Roman books on amazon. Here is the link to this book.  (I am NOT compensated for you clicking or buying this book)

Friday, September 16, 2016

Fabric Letters - All About Learning pattern and tutorial

Re-post from last year but slightly different.
** Scroll down to see a way to receive one of two sets (previously used by my preschoolers)

I have been following All About Learning for a while now. 
By clicking on this link http://allaboutlearningpress.net and purchasing from the All About Learning store, I will be compensated monetarily. 
One of the very first items I noticed on their site was the Make Your Own Fabric Alphabet.  This is a free tutorial with patterns to make your own fabric letters.  Of course I had to make them for my preschool and my children love using them to help learn letter formation and spelling out basic CVC words that we are learning.  
These letters can be made easily and the best part, I was able to use up some of my scrap material.  I made 5-6 of each letter, that way all my preschool children can use them at once.  

Click on the above picture to be taking to the All About Learning website to get your own pattern and to see the tutorial. 

Here is a picture of my fabric letters I made from this pattern:
 

I have been cleaning out my preschool items, since I am no longer in that age group.  I have 2 sets of these fabric letters wanting to find a nice home.  (Not all the letters will be in the fabric shown) All still look nice and none have been in mouths. I do live in a house with a cat... 
If you would like a set I have two up for grabs.  
Just comment below with your favorite Letter and why?  


Fabric Letters - All About Learning pattern and tutorial

Re-post from last year but slightly different.
** Scroll down to see a way to receive one of two sets (previously used by my preschoolers)

I have been following All About Learning for a while now. 
By clicking on this link http://allaboutlearningpress.net and purchasing from the All About Learning store, I will be compensated monetarily. 
One of the very first items I noticed on their site was the Make Your Own Fabric Alphabet.  This is a free tutorial with patterns to make your own fabric letters.  Of course I had to make them for my preschool and my children love using them to help learn letter formation and spelling out basic CVC words that we are learning.  
These letters can be made easily and the best part, I was able to use up some of my scrap material.  I made 5-6 of each letter, that way all my preschool children can use them at once.  

Click on the above picture to be taking to the All About Learning website to get your own pattern and to see the tutorial. 

Here is a picture of my fabric letters I made from this pattern:
 

I have been cleaning out my preschool items, since I am no longer in that age group.  I have 2 sets of these fabric letters wanting to find a nice home.  (Not all the letters will be in the fabric shown) All still look nice and none have been in mouths. I do live in a house with a cat... 
If you would like a set I have two up for grabs.  
Just comment below with your favorite Letter and why?  


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

A Fun Series for History For Your Children

I have a daughter who loves to read and lately has been interested in History.  This could be because we have received Carole P. Roman's If You Where Me and Lived in...The Middle Ages. We received this book free from Cheshire Inc. for our honest review.

Carole P. Roman has a whole series of If You Were Me and Lived In..... which you can find on Amazon here at Ms Roman's author page. (I will NOT be compensated for any sales you may make from this link.)

I had been looking for fun, historical books for my children to read, since I really want them to understand and learn History in a fun way this year. They are younger and History text books seem to be so Borrrrring even for me.  Let us make History fun as it should be.
This story follows a girl from the #MiddleAges, and how she and her family lived day to day life. The pictures are drawn like a cartoon, but are nicely done, faded colors.
My daughter loved reading about the clothing the family wears.
I like this book because though it tells a story from a land owner daughter view point, there is also detail of how peasants and upper nobles also lived.

You will also find a glossary of terms along with a page of pictures and descriptions of famous people of that time and place. These are great jumping off point to learn more about this time period.
This is a great book to give the general overview of that time period. If my children want to learn more in depth then we can then advance to more in depth history. I would recommend this to 6-9 year old children. My eight year old really enjoyed the story and learning what it would be like to be a child then. She is asking me for some more in this series.

You can find this book in printed or Kindle form on Amazon here.




Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Review: If You Were Me and Lived in...Colonial America


Summer Reading Fun

I was very excited about receiving this book. I have been looking for fun, historical books for my children to read. Wanted them to understand and learn American History this year, along with ancient and world history.
This story follows a boy from England to Plymouth Rock, and what happens to him and his family. The wording sounds more like first person like, "You are a boy and this is what you did, ate, wore...." The pictures are drawn like a cartoon. Some are nice and bright, but a few are darker, brown and black colors as background.
You will also find a glossary of terms along with a page of pictures and descriptions of famous people of that time and place. Which is helpful when ask "Mom...What is jerkin?" or any other like term.
This is a great book to give the general overview of that time period. If my children want to learn more in depth then we can then advance to more in depth history. I would recommend this to 6-9 year old children, but can be used to older children also. My eight year old really enjoyed the story and learning what it would be like to be a child then. She is asking me for some more in this series.
In fact her are her words about it. "I like the history and I read it and it feels like I am in the story, watching my brother work with dad building our house. The story just sucks me into it."

You can find this product on here on  Amazon (I am NOT being compensated for you clicking on this link or making a purchase)
I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

Review: The Scissor Skills Sourcebook PLUS Giveaway


I want to Say a HUGE Thank You to Josiana Caron Santha, an occupational therapist from Quebec, Canada. She is also the author and founder of MadyMax PublicationsTo learn more about Josiana Caron Sanatha, visit her site here.

She gave me the colored PDF e-book English version to try with my children,in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. 
For my French speaking fans there is a French version.  

Do you have a child that is ready for cutting with scissors? This a a wonderful book/workbook to be using either in classrooms or in a home school setting. The first part of the book deals with parts of the scissors, how to hold them properly, body positioning, along with activities and exercises to strengthen your child/ren gross and fine motor skills.


There are two sections to this book:


Section 1: Theory, Advice, Strategies and Tools

Professional knowledge, theory, fun exercises and activities, advice on what to do, how to do it, when to do it, and strategies for solving small problems. 
Includes: How to introduce a child to using scissors, cutting skills, development phases, gross motor activities, fine motor activities, hand dominance, finger position, and most of all, strategies for solving issues with scissor grip, hand position, changing direction, isolating elements, task management, and much more.  (From website)

Section 2: The Sequential Order Cutting Program
Includes 50 different multi-page cutting projects, categorized into four learning steps (1. straight lines, 2. geometric shapes, 3. curves and circles, 4. complex shapes), each available in 3 separate versions depending on the age and competency level of the child (for a total of almost 150 projects).  Multiple theme-based activities are provided with each project to keep the fun going. (from website)

I liked the fact that each project had three versions, we could work on the same project with multiple abilities, and I can keep the book for my lower level children. As they progress in abilities we can move up to harder levels of scissor skills.


My children have enjoyed this skills book and have shown fast progress in these skills.


I received this PDF e-book free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.


Here is Mr. I working on the Candy Bag Project.  He works on the version B of the projects. Once he gets, "A Little Bit of Glue Goes a Long Way" we will move on to the version C, where he gets to design his own page(I know that gluing has very little to do with cutting, but you usually glue what you cut and he I really wants to use and understand how liquid glue works.) I have older children working on these skills too, but the didn't want to be in the pictures.  They work with the version C. 




Since we are still working on cutting a straight line and turning the page, we review this concept before we go onto the project for the day.  Mr I always reminds me that "Mistakes are OK, I just have to keep practicing."

All my children love working with these project.  They are art and crafts, learning, brain and muscle building.  
I like the Scissor Skills Source Book as a parent and teacher by empowering me with basic scissor knowledge, tips, movement routines for my children to do to strengthen muscles. The project are simple, fun and engaging to all ability levels and ages of children. This isn't just a book for preschoolers, it can be used by children of any age with special needs (we love those children in this home) that need that extra help.

I have been allowed to share with all of you a free 4-project excerpt of this wonderful book. You can either click on the picture to the left of  Click Here 


You can buy the Scissor Skills Source book at the MadyMax Shop you will find pdf versions and hard copy version. Or or on Amazon.com.Amazon.com printed version only.  (I am NOT being compensated for giving you the links or any purchases made.  This is just a service to you.) 



NOW FOR THE TIME YOU HAVE WAITED FOR....GIVEAWAY TIME.  Good Luck to all.

Josiana Caron Santha has gracefully offered to give one of my readers a PDF e-book, colored version of her Scissor Skills Source Book.  

*** NOTE on the Pin an image-  I don't know how to fix this entry.  For now just click on the web link and post the image from there.  Sorry for the hassle****


Saturday, May 14, 2016

Learning Letter Sounds with Magnetic Letters

I am using a sponsored product in this post. 

My son has struggled with letters and their sounds.  When I received these Magnetic Letters from #Somasix. You can also find them ">here on Amazon. I knew I had a new tool that could help in making these concepts more fun for him. 

We have Montessori inspired lower case letters as you can see on the bottom of these new letters. Which personally I do prefer, it getting my children realizing and learning the vowels. 
The #Somasix letter are twice as big and very colorful. 

I have been putting rhyming picture cards on the fridge the past few days and Mr. "I" has been trying to break the sounds apart and then spelling them out. I am not so worried about if he gets the word spelt right but I wanted to see if he could get the sounds. 
The cards I received a few years back from a literacy program one of my other children and I attended through our local library. 

Today, I also added a sight word for him to spell out.  This was more for Letter Recognition we did good until we got to A the magnet letter actually spells the little a just like your computer would.  Nice because these little guts need to realize that A can be written more than one way and often is.  I am surprised that he didn't reach for the small red "a" in the Montessori magnets though. 
 The Vocab cards I got over at HomeschoolCreations.com and then clicked on the "Good Night Moon" link.  She has the "Read, Build, Write" mats you can download plus  vocabulary cards for book units, themes and letters, numbers, shapes, colors.  These have been a great help in my preschool and teaching vocabulary. 


Friday, January 29, 2016

Movement with Mother Goose Time Dance 'N Beats

It is so hard to get an action shot with this camera. The speed is so slow. 
This month for Dance 'N Beats we are Dancing on Safari.  The music is African music inspired.  The one thing about this month that we found was at this dances we're a little harder and faster. My little piece girls had a hard time keeping up. Their favorite dance was the Jumping Dance. High energy and easy to do. I could put in the CD and the boys would dance around.
Having visited Africa myself when I was a teen, I saw a Masi Jumping Dance. It was awe-some.  Something I will never forget.  They jumped higher than anyone I have ever seen jump.  The music was enthralling also.
We also danced around like animals, built a hut, Elephant  Stomp was second favorite.  We did find the Baboon and Big African Animals the hardest. 
We liked these two dances just couldn't keep up.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

MGT - On Safari: Back Yard Safari

Day 16 - Grass,  had to be the favorite of the boys this week.

We used today as a Science Exploration day.  We also practiced cutting and tearing, with this we made a picture of a grassy Savannah.  Made Grass Crowns, and practiced our reading with what we found in the grass.

For our Art activity, I put out paper, glue, and scissors.  The boys were told the the green paper they were to cut and the tan paper they were to tear.  then glue them down on the blue paper to make a grass art piece.  Not only was this art but they were working and developing their fine motor skills.  Which most preschools I have observed need practice doing.
 Reading - What can we find in the grass?  As a group we practiced the words to the sentence.  Then we each took turns pulling something out of the grass then reading our sentence.  Yes, I do encourage my preschoolers to point as they read.
  The Grass Crown - was a hit with the boys, I didn't think they would like this one, but they surprised me.  In fact I had parents tell me that their boy wore their crown all day long.  I think it was the bug stickers that did it.  You can see one of the grass tear and cut art pieces in this photo. 

  

Monday, January 25, 2016

MGT - Focus Topic: Routines

This week I would like to write about Transitions, and how I use them in the classroom

I mentioned in my Jan. 7th post: MGT - Focus Topic Routines what the daily schedule looks like.  Here is how I use transitions when moving from one activity to the next. 
How do you help the child stop whatever they are currently doing and transition into Circle Time? What do you do to capture their attention?  When it is time for circle Time, I play the Circle Time Song, from the Circle Time cd,   The boys have learned very fast that when they hear "jump, turn around, and now sit down, they better be at the rug to start.  I do start with or without everyone.  If it is a child's turn to do a certain chore, like weather or calendar, and they aren't at Circle Time when it starts they forfeit their right.  Harsh? maybe, but the children have learned and they are punctual. 
I do a follow the lead of the children in terms of how long to spend on the MGT activities during the day.  There are some activities that they just get bored of easily, sometimes it has to do with the day, weather, whether a bird is singing.  Other times it is because they don't get it.  If this is the case we break for free play for 2-5 minutes then come back to the activity, and try it again.
Other time activities really capture them in this case we play it out, sometime we only get one thing done a day.  I feel that if a child can learn from one activity and understand the concept we are trying to teach then it is worth it.  
The flexibility of Mother Goose Time helps me  maintain a routine and transition throughout the day according to the needs and interests of my children I am teaching.  They do this by having four main daily activities from Craft, Reading/Writing, Math, Science, Pretend Play,  add to these daily activities, My Little Journal, daily center ideas, Opening Circle Time, and Closing Thought, along with Extra Add-On Dance 'Beats (and the activity for the dances), More Math and More Literature, the are a few more.  The children or teacher are not at a loss of things to do, explore, and play.  If something isn't working choose something else and move on.  you can come back to it later or skip it. 

Going with this day with the beetle...  The Boys loved looking at the beetles on the poster we got for the day.  They would talk about the colors, shapes, sizes, and anything else they could think of.   The Beetle Design was a great activity also, coloring is a favorite activity for them.  On this day we saw many colored beetles.  A to Z Beetle was short and sweet, they struggle with letter sounds and names. I do encourage them to try and we do go over it, but they get frustrated and maybe spend 5 minutes practicing and that is it.  The journal prompt we also had fun with. Making ten beetles in our Little Journal.  Click, Click Beetle was an activity we actually didn't get to do this day.  We ran out of time.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

On Safari - Review

It has been amazing to see the amount of progress that my boys have made since the beginning of using Mother Goose Time as our preschool curriculum. They have all learned not only the ABC's their numbers, colors, and shapes, but they've also learned self control, sharing, character and imagination play.
More Math and More Literacy workbooks have been a huge help in their academic development. Every month it follows the theme that we're learning about.
At the back of each work book is a reveiw section to see how the child has grasped the concepts being taught each month. 
I have seen a huge improvements with all me boys as they work through the reviews. 

Friday, January 15, 2016

Monthly Story Book

This month the boys have really loved listening to our Mother Goose Time monthly Story Book. This month the story is "Giraffes Can't Dance" by Giles Andrea and Guy Parker-Rees.   

Gerald is a giraffe that is very clumsy.  One night the jungle animals were having a Dance.  Gerald wanted to join in but the other animals made fun of him. Gerald, his feelings hurt, went off by himself.  He learns, from a cricket, to listen to the jungle and hear it's own music.  Gerald found the "jungle music" and being moved by it danced his own dance.  The other jungle animals seeing Gerald dance beautifully were impressed and all watched him.  They loved his dance. 

The boys love this story and so far we read it every day.  We have had good discussions of making fun of each other, including others, feelings, and of course the different animals we can find on a Safari. 

MGT - Safari Animals

What little kid does not like safari animal? This week for Mother Goose Time: On Safari  we're learning about wild animals we see on a safari. We had a ton of fun pretending to act like these animals, reading stories, plane games, and doing artwork. We learned a lot of new things to...

Math + running = FUN
When talking and learning about lion's we learned that they need a lot on patience.  
"What is Patience?"
child response "it is when we stand still and have to be quite."    
"Well, yes but that is not the whole idea.To be patient is to wait your turn without complained and in a good mood." 

Here we are playing a lion chasing zebra game, basically number recognition.  The children turn over on lion and then I have the zebras, which I turn over one at a time, when the numbers match the boys jump up, run to the door, and then back to their places.  We learned about patience, number recognition and being nice to each other.  
Craft Time
We made a lion mask.  To do so we worked on coloring and cutting.  We also learned a new technique, paper rolling... to make this easier for the boys we used markers and pencils.  they liked how the different rolls came out.

 We also had fun making out footprint giraffes.   

Reading and  Language Development
We used our vocabulary cards and practiced taping out the words, basically, learning to hear syllables. I was amazed how quick the boys caught on to this concept.  This was one activity that lasted a long time.  We taped out all different animal names we could think of.  This I didn't mind. Yeah fun with learning and so simple.  
 
For the take home story book we worked on finding words in the text.  Circling or underlining them when we did find them.  This proved to be a bit harder for the kiddo's.  We had to really look,"does the word have an i-n, then circle it".  More practice needed....
 
STORYTELLING - Why am I Small?
Reminded me of Eric Carle's: The Mixed-Up Chameleon .  Basically a meerkat, named Mo.  Wants to know whey he is small.  He wishes he had strong legs, trunk, wings, long neck.  Now he doesn't chance like the chameleon does, but at the end he realizes he is small so he can dig fast and get away quickly from the bigger animals. 

Friday, January 8, 2016

Safari Exploration

This week was the first week of our new Mother Goose Time theme of Going on Safari.

This week we put together our passport.  We used our world map and figured out where each Continents are we played a game were we rolled the Continent cube then colored the continent it rolled.  This activity took us all week since the boys got tired after coloring two Continents.  We did this once everyone arrived before Circle Time. 


At the end of the week we went on our Safari along our oval path, which we had a hard time staying on.  It was a nice day so we did this outside.  I used the animal manipulatives and the picture cards from Day 3, scattering them all around the back yard. 
Sorry about the pictures the boys were taking pictures of each other day and I didn't realize they were touching the lens.
 Free Play -  We played with the Safari Animal Manipulatives, we had fun exploring the animal actions, playing actions, and fighting techniques. The boys very seldom interacted or played with each other.  Each one was content with playing with their animals side by side.  We then tried to group them together by type and color.  Proved easy of some, harder for others.