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, 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. 

Thursday, January 7, 2016

MGT - Focus Topic Routines

Even though  I am not a planner I do have my daily routines that I do every day.  I have noticed that my preschool children (and my own school age children) thrive better when they can expect certain things in an order or at certain time of day.
For the Mother Goose Time Focus Topic Routines it really set me thinking.  Do I have the perfect routine for my preschool students or am am lacking majorly? I believe both are needed to be bettered by myself.

Here is a typical preschool day with Mother Goose Time looks like: (obliviously all times are in the morning) Granted,  all times are flexible but the activities are more set.  I try to do activities in rotation of sitting - up and around - sitting -- up and around. 
  • 8:45-9:00  Student arrive  At this time I have the coloring sheets out for the students to color as we wait for the other students to arrive and the start time.  I have the Monthly theme CD playing in the background.  
  • 9:00-9:10 Circle Time - Calendar, weather, shape of the month, numbers and letters of the week, songs, and discussion for the day.  I use the Daily topic Circle time ideas in the Teacher Guide.
  • 9:20-9:30 - Letter / Reading Activity 
  • 9:30 - 9:45 - Math
  • 9:45 - 10:00 Art and Crafts with Clean Up
  • 10:00-10:15 Snack prepare/ eat and Story Time last couple minutes we do snack clean up (each boy takes turn helping to prepare and serve each other the snack. They each help clean up there snack dishes.  
  • 10:15 - 10:30 - Game or Science 
  • 10:30 - 11:00 - Free Play or Work -  I put out My Little Journals, Games, Manipulative,  Blocks, More Math and More Literature (for those that want to work on them)  Dance and Beats, or play out side usually acting out what we have been learning about.   Parent Pick Up
 My boys know what is going to happen and are more eager to work sitting and focusing if they know the next one we will be up and doing a more physical activity.  I really don't have issues of "I don't want to do this"  if I stick with the schedule and I myself are prepared for the day. 

Friday, January 1, 2016

Winter Nights

We have been learn all about Mother Goose Time's monthly theme of Winter Sights and Sounds this month and this week it has been focused on Light/Darkness.

The Winter Nights was one of the best days we have had. I combined today with Candle day.  The boys really enjoyed the pajama day we had today in school.  We learned about Winter nights and why they are so long, along with reviewing everything we have learned this month.  We then had a nice "Nap/Sleep over"

Learn discrimination of sizes are an important concept to learn and we did have a frustrating yet fun time working on the Winter Night size stripes. I had to really make it simple for them.  Started with the smallest on one side and tallest on the other then worked our way down.  Once they were looking for the smaller one they were able to do this activity by themselves a couple of times.  With many smiles afterward.

Once we talked about winter nights it was time to put our Concept Cards to bed.  I had hidden them around the room and called out one concept at a time until all were found.  The boys tucked them into bed and then we read them Curious George stories. 

After that activity the boys decided they were also tired so we had a nice nap.  We put our candle crafts next to us so we could see in the "dark."  Pretending is fun.
I found that adding the concept cards and vocabulary cards to a ring, helps from losing them but a great resource for the boys to go back to and practice everything we have learned so far this year.  Each boy has their own ring.