Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Mother Goose Time: Welcome Kit


 It came! It finally came!
Sweet Pea and I were so excited to see our new Mother Goose Time box on our doorstep Monday.  
Lately, each time she sees it, she decides she has to ride the bus, aka sit on the box.
She wouldn't give me a smile as she was too distracted by the dog in our yard. 


Today I only want to discuss the Welcome Getting Started Kit that comes with your first order or the order in September to kick off a new school year.
When we started MGT last year, Sweet Pea had just turned 2, and I wasn't very good about being diligent at doing our stuff everyday.  She turned 3 at the end of July, and with her vocabulary expanding and imagination beginning to come out more, I really do think we can have some fun and make time for our daily learning adventures.

What's in the Welcome Kit?

Developmental Continuum of Skills


Before September creeps in, I want to really take a good look at the developmental continuum of skills MGT provides... especially the Quick Reference Guide!
This will help me challenge Sweet Pea in areas we have never explored together all the while keeping me in check at what she is actually supposed to be doing at her young age.  
I definitely do NOT want her to feel like she isn't meeting my standards.  
Here's a quick video I made about the Developmental Continuum of Skills:


Pocket Cube Card Holder and Basic Cards


This is somewhat new this year! We had the cube last year and used it every month with different games both math and literacy.  But the added bonus this year are some basic cards that will be used constantly, like number cards 0-20, basic colors, and shapes.  

Circle Time Display Materials


Inside the Welcome booklet, there's this handy dandy picture of what you can make your Circle Time board look like.  I tried a board last year, and you can read about that disaster here.
Eventually, everything fell off and I ended up mounting most of the board to our windows in our breakfast room turned play space. It worked great after that! 
Currently, I have moved all our MGT to her playroom and did a complete overhaul this past weekend which I will post about later. However, I did include a pic of our finished Circle Time "board" at the end of this post. 

Weather Cards, Mother Goose, and Calendar Month Cards


I punched out all the above items and laminated them since they will be used or touched more often than our daily bag materials.  Mother Goose can hide somewhere in your classroom or home and the child can search for her and place her back in the nest.  This would be a fun thing to do each morning and maybe the kid who finds her receives a special moment to lead or hold the door or pick something out first.  For us, Sweet Pea just enjoys finding her and putting Mother Goose back where she belong- her nest.

Clouds: Days, Topic, Letter, Number and Extra Fluff


We use these clouds everyday.
We go over the calendar and Sweet Pea finds the cloud with that day of the week printed on there and places the card near Mother Goose and her nest. There are some extra white clouds that you could add to your board or write something on or place sticker names on.

Number Tree and Letter Grass


These are new for us this year.
Last year, our numbers were on fish, and we only received a few fish each month which was a little awkward.  But this year, I have all the numbers 1-20 and placed them on our tree..  I laminated these as well because I can see us removing many numbers each day and week matching and counting.  Having all the numbers now will provide more opportunities for better discussion on numerals.

Our Finished "Board"


Really this is only part of the finished product. 
I didnt use a board, but a window and I used sticky tack to mount everything to the window.  I love how Sweet Pea can look out, actually observe the weather, and pick the corresponding weather cards to place above Mother Goose.  This window is also the center of one of our walls, and her little table is in front of it, giving her access to looking at the display throughout the day.

The cloud shape cards are from last year's curriculum supplies and I just incorporated them into this years, as I did not notice a shape of the month, but MGT may be including that elsewhere. 
I'm also a hoarder when it comes to educational supplies and struggle all the time at throwing anything away that could be beneficial in the learning process.

Stay tuned for how we set up our new playroom/school room in the next few days... or weeks... 
I gotta figure out how to edit videos. Yikes.

Until then,
Happy Beginning of the School Year!







Thursday, August 10, 2017

Superhero Study: Invisibility

Whenever I think of invisibility, I always think of God.  Specifically, I think of Joshua 1:9, 
"Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
We may not see our invisible God like we see the world around us, but that does not mean that He does not reveal Himself to us through His creation. He is with us wherever we go.
This is what I tried to tell Sweet Pea as she created her Resist Art during our Invisibility Day using our Mother Goose Time materials. 


She first colored with her white crayon all over her white paper, but she could not see her markings and I could tell she was a little frustrated.  (She even went to grab a few other colored crayons later)

I told her sometimes we can't see God (and that can be frustrating), 
but that does not mean that He is not there.


He reveals Himself in time; often through His creation and circumstances. 
Sweet Pea then revealed her white crayon markings by placing watercolor all over her paper.  
(I made these water colors with water and food coloring).



I simply love the above picture!  She was so tickled to see her lines appear as she added on the paint. When her painting dried, it was hard to see the white lines anymore.  I think it's because this paper is cardstock and not watercolor paper specifically.  But you can still see some of the lines and I love the way the colors blended together.  The frame MGT sent is the perfect addition to this 


Invisibility Day didn't end there, though.
After painting, we had a blast in the kitchen making a snack of Invisibility Toast! MGT sends Recipe Cards with simple instructions of how to have fun making a simple snack with your kiddos.  Sweet Pea studied the card, and although she can not read words, she knew exactly what to do from the pictures. 


She worked on cutting and tearing foil (she just turned three) but older kids could cut letters or trace cookie cutters. Once she was done tearing pieces of foil, she placed it on a piece of wheat bread that I provided on a baking tray.  We talked about what she thought the bread would look like when it came out of the oven.
"Hot." lol!


I wish I had gotten a non fuzzy picture of the finished product, but it worked well.  The foil kept the bread from being toasted in that particular area.  It acted as a way to keep the toast invisible to the heat.  In order to see the contrast better, white bread would have worked better than wheat. 
I added some cinnamon and sugar to Sweet Pea's toast, and she ate her afternoon snack while our poor pooch, Peyton, begged her to share.  
She finally gave him her crust.

He was not invisible to her. :) 


What a great day on studying Invisibility.  
Feeling invisible can be an awful feeling, but how incredible is it that our God sees us constantly even all the while being invisible to our untrained eyes?


Hoping you and your kiddos never feel invisible!





Monday, August 7, 2017

John the Baptist for Preschoolers


Trying to teach about God to preschoolers is a tough job, but our Experience God pack makes it so easy for us at home. This month we are studying that God is Light through the story of John the Baptist.


Our first story card has a picture of John living in the wilderness.  Perfect timing since last month we talked about camping with our Camping Unit from Mother Goose Time.  I told Sweet Pea about John living alone in the desert and how he would eat bugs!  
My teacher guide had this little game (pic below) as a suggestion, but I tweaked it a little bit with the help of some of our manipulative from our unit on Bugs and Crawly things.  
She couldn't wait to get started!


Instead of paper pieces, I grabbed our bug manipulatives from that unit of study, and placed them on our purple tray with a foam die we had from a previous month.  When I told Sweet Pea we were going to make John some bug dinner, she ran and grabbed the green plates from her play kitchen.

She practiced rolling the die, counting the dots, counting bugs, and then placing them on her plate. 
"Here you go, John," she said as she pushed the plate towards the picture.
My heart melted. 
 



Tomorrow we will talk about how John baptized those who turned towards God.  I'll use tons of her Little People and our water table outside to demonstrate baptism.

Watching your child grow in the knowledge of the Lord is one of the most rewarding sights I have been blessed with.  I pray she comes to know Him sooner rather than later. 



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