Friday, July 14, 2017

Camping with Mother Goose Time

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This is such an awesome theme from Mother Goose Time!  We are learning all about camping, and guess what?  We are going camping in two weeks.  Day one we learned all about backpacks.  What kid doesn't love a backpack.

We got our My Little Journals in day ones box this month and Adam wanted to draw a picture on it right away.  He drew a backpack, which actually really resembled the shape of a backpack.  
 As always, my big 8 year old even joined in.  He drew a quick face on his backpack.
Then I had him write his last name on the name tag and practice spelling it out loud.  We have a LONG last name.  Other eight year olds may already have theirs memorized, but I have been afraid to tackle ours.
Peter, who is 6, traced and cut out hands for his backpack craft which he ended up turning into a puppet.
Adam, who is 3, has gotten really good at cutting so I gave him the alphabet cards that we were supposed to cut and put in our backpacks.  But this time he decided to try to cut them all together at once.  When I stopped him, he was heart broken and mad.  It took us a while to recover.  I really should know better by now.  I just really have a hard time seeing the beautiful Mother Goose Time tools get destroyed.   But I know the heart of the CEO of MGT and she would be genuinely happy for a child to just enjoy and be happy creating and learning however they see fit.  And cutting three pieces of card stock at once sure would build hand strength!
 When he had finished cutting his letters he put them all in his backpack.
 Peter's puppet just got out of the pool and is wrapped in a green towel.
 He put on his backpack . . .
 and herded chickens out of our house.
When he was in the backyard I took one of the extra name tags and wrote Adam's first and middle name on it with a red marker.  He had already written his "name" on one at the start of the day.  But his name as written by him is a bunch of zigzags.  I asked him to follow the lines of his name and he sat down and made sure to get them all.
 I took a video of him hard at work.  I love watching him concentrate.
And here is my table after they have all cleared out.  My coffee, which is now cold.  The egg we collected from the coop, papers everywhere.
Not to mention soggy cereal that never got finished.  I don't know why I keep doing this. I always jump into Mother Goose Time when we are at the table for breakfast.  It really works the best for us because with out the idea of food being served, my boys wouldn't stop long enough to come to the table.  But so much wasted cereal . . .
Mother Goose Time really can be done anywhere, I just need to get better about bringing it to them.

I put the Look & Find Glasses in Adam's backpack and set his backpack under the theme poster which I have taped on the wall this time.
 I put Adam's two name tags that he did this month on the back of our display board where you can see the progress he has made through out the year.
And then I cleaned up our table leaving just a few of the items they had been working on at their place setting so they can pick it up again at lunch or the next time they run by the table and it happens to catch their eye.  I also left the teacher guide out in my spot so that I could glance at it easily.  I often like to use the discussion questions as conversation starters through out the day.
We pretty quickly moved through this day of lessons and there is so much more that we could do.  We really could dive into each day of lessons for a few actual days.  I just keep telling myself, doing something is better than nothing.

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