Sunday, June 25, 2017

Shape Stamps - Collecting Learning Tools All Year Long with Mother Goose Time

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Every month with Mother Goose Time we receive new and amazing learning tools.  When you add all of them up for the year you have one complete set.  We get alphabet cards, I Can Read books, puzzles, color wands, number counting sheets, alphabet cookie cutters and this year we got shape stamps.
This is why I recommend to my friends who are interested in using Mother Goose Time to buy a full year in a row.  If I wasn't so blessed to receive MGT for free in exchange for blogging, this is what I would do.  I would find a way, somehow, to buy one full year of MGT when my child was three.  I would use MGT 2 days a week when the child was three and 3 days a week when the child turns four.  This would allow you to use the 1 year of MGT for 2 full years of preschool at home.  The other thing to think about is that it's only about another $5 approximately to add material for another child.  So you could buy materials for 2 or 3 children during this one year and file it away to use it for another 2 years of school for your second child.  But if you can afford to just keep ordering new boxes, you won't be disappointed, they are always adding more and improving upon themselves.  

On this day, Adam wanted to use our complete set of shape stamps.  At the beginning of the year when we got our first stamp, Adam tried to stamp by placing the wood side on the ink and then on the paper.  Here we are at the end of the year and he knows exactly how to use them, what a difference a year makes.  I still cover the wood portion with packing tape so that if ink gets on them they don't get ruined.
We use a lot of scrap paper around here.  I gave Adam the blank backside and he flipped it over to stamp on the words. He had no rhyme or reason for where he stamped or what he stamped as far as I could tell.  But as he worked we talked about each shape he was using.
He celebrated with each successful stamp.

These are tools we will come back to over and over again and not just for stamping.  We have used the shape stamps for stacking and we have hauled them around in our trucks, all while talking about shapes.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Random Mother Goose Time and Experience God Learning

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Although my follow through of Mother Goose Time lessons may be random, what they teach and how they teach it is not.  That I know for sure.

We have implemented the new 10 drawer system which has lead to bits and pieces of Mother Goose Time done here and there.  I don't see that as a negative though because it has given my 3 year old much more choice and freedom in how he wants to do "school".   He is able to initiate school time which has lead to some really amazing time together.  So this post is going to include random MGT and Experience God activities we have done here and there.

First up is an Experience God lesson.  We have taken a long break from Experience God because I just didn't feel like I was using it to it's full potential.  What we did instead was read little daily devotionals from the Jesus is Calling book or spent some time memorizing scriptures from our Awana book.  Although these are great and quick options, Experience God really makes things interactive and brings a whole new level to biblical truths.  This month is called "God is Eternal" and in week one we are learning that God Always Was, Is and Will Be.  All three boys were sitting at the counter eating breakfast and I was across from them, I thought it was perfect time to pull out the tri-fold paper I had pre-folded.  I painted a pattern on the center section, then folded one side in and then the other.  Then I showed them that the shape was the same in all three sections and I pointed to them and called the first section, "yesterday", middle section "today" and the right section "forever".  Each day has a little blue box with a simple synopsis of the lesson.  "God never changes.  We can trust him to always love us."  Then I added, He is the same yesterday, today and always.
And then we went to the beach for our anniversary with a plus one and ate gelato.
Now onto day 1 learning about islands. We actually completed most of this days lessons.  First Adam got to explore the new foam letters and numbers.  I sent numbers one through six with him to the bathroom sink.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Alphabet Island

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It's never ending fun with Mother Goose Time.  This time we are learning about islands and boats and much much more.  This post is going to be a bit different for me.  I am mostly going to show you what we have been up to with videos.

This first activity was called Boat Game.  They first put together a little brown boat complete with white stickers for windows.  Adam drew pictures of "chickens" in the windows of his boat.  Then he cut out the set of matching cards all by himself.  I gave him step by step instructions on how to set up the game.  I told him to take one of each of the animals and hand them to me and to keep the rest.  He was able to follow all my instructions and do it all on his own, I was so proud of him!
Next we played the game.  I handed him a card and he had to take his boat across the floor to find the match.

I think it was the next day when I pulled out our display board and turned it around.  We keep our Theme Poster on the backside.  Then I gave him the Look and Find Glasses and had him search for those items in the poster.  When he found the ship he told me it was brown.  When we found the palm tree, we counted all the trees to see how many there were.  Then he decided to move on to reviewing all his colors.  

We also spent some time with last months puzzle.

We get one of these in each box and every month they get more challenging as we work through the year.
 He was so excited to get all the pieces in.
I have started using our 10 drawer system to put our Mother Goose Time activities and it's really working great now that Adam has figured it out.  When he is looking for something to do, he will wonder over there and grab a drawer and bring it to me.  This has made our days with Mother Goose Time a little more mix and match because we fit one or two activities in when we have a moment and don't necessarily complete a whole day.  I have also been keeping some of our favorite activities in the drawer, even if we have done it already, so that we can do it again.  Even if it doesn't match up with the days theme.  So sometimes we will go back to our bug theme and then learn about something from our island theme.  The other day he brought me the story drawer which contained the I Can Read book from MGT and these story sequence cards.
We worked through the whole box.