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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Mother Goose Time's "Alphabet House" Book List

May's Mother Goose Time curriculum "Growing Gardens" has been a ton of dirty fun but we are already looking toward June's curriculum "Alphabet House". With every new curriculum I like to find new books to go along with the unit. Here is a list of books to assist you each day of "Alphabet House" in teaching the children around you. 

Week 1: Where do people live?

The Three Little Pigs by Patricia Seibert
Apartment Book by Leo Hartas and Richard Platt
Road Trip by Roger Eschbacher

Week 2: How do we decorate different rooms?

Houses and Homes by Ann Morris
Alphabet Soup by Kate Banks
The Napping House by Audrey Wood

Week 3: How can I be a helper around the home?

Laundry Day by Maurie J. Manning
If Dogs Could Do Chores by Jacquelyn Smith-Induni
A Visitor for Bear by Bonny Becker

Week 4: Where do animals live?

The Berenstain Bears' Moving Day by Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain
Be Nice to Spiders by Margaret Bloy Graham 
Home for Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
Animal Homes by Debbie Martin
Ant Cities by Arthur Dorros

Inside the "Alphabet House" Box

This month we are in the middle of Mother Goose Time's "Growing Gardens" curriculum. The kids have had a lot of fun doing many of the activities outside and getting dirty. We even took the time to plant our own garden.

Mother Goose Time's June curriculum is called "Alphabet House". This unit looks like a really fun way to review letters and numbers the kids have learned throughout the school year.

Library-Style Story Time Book, Every Month


 This month we are introduced to our story book on day two of the unit. This book is a fun retelling of the classic Goldilocks. While you are reading the story aloud to the children they are actively looking for punctuation in the story.
 On day seven children will participate in the activity Cozy Chairs. They will find a cozy spot in the house and work together to put the Story Sequence Wands in the correct order.
Finally on day 16 while learning about lodges and dens children will discuss where bears live. They will work together to build their very own den. They then will retell the story of Goldilocks using the Storytelling Set. 

 33 Skills Built. Every Month




On day one children will discuss what they would use to build a house. They then will try to build their own block house. Children will then write their name on their nametag and try to make the first letter of their name with blocks. 
On day two children will start by talking about the tallest building they have seen. They then will explore the area outside to find the tallest buildings. They will then cut apart their apartment cards and match the letter cards to those on the writing paper.
Children will have a chance to work with shapes with both the RV Night Puzzle and House Shapes activities.
13+ Art Projects, Every Month





On day six children will talk about what rooms have windows and doors. They then will work with paper and a paper bag to create a house with windows and doors. 
On day ten children will create their own bed for the monkeys and tuck them in. They then will act out monkeys jumping on the bed as it is read to them.
125 Active Discovery Tools, Every Month


 On day four children will be learning about houseboats. They will have a chance to act like their boats are in the middle of a storm by shaking them on a sheet. On day seven children will have the chance to discuss fun things they do with their family. They then will draw a picture on their postcard of something fun they do with their family.
20 Brand New Sing-Along Songs, Every Month

Hear a sample of this month's CD here!

If your child enjoys Mother Goose Time's music CDs provided every month check out Mother Goose Time's Dance n' Beats curriculum. A new series is available every month that goes along with the monthly theme.

Parents Want the Best, Every Month

 Caregivers are provided with a monthly Family Newsletter they can give to parents each month. This month's newsletter introduces parents to this month's book Goldilocks and gives a suggested book list. Lastly, it suggests at home activities parents can do with their children outside of preschool. More Family Connect Tools can be found here.

Child-led Exploration, Every Month


 At the bottom of many of the activities there are suggestions on how to simplify or make an activity more challenging. I feel I mostly need to simplify the activities for my 2 year old. I find that Mother Goose Time's Little Goose curriculum is very helpful for finding things I can do with just her while my three year old does the other activities in the curriculum. If you are finding your child needs more of a challenge please check out Mother Goose Time's More Math and Literacy.

Discover Games, Every Month


 Children will play the game Choose a Chore on day 11. They will be given a number of chores and they have to choose which one they would prefer over the others.
Children will also have the chance to build their own bird and home and play Guess Which Door this month.
New My Little Journal, Every Month


 Children will review their letters and number this month in their My Little Journal. For more writing practice please check out Mother Goose Time's More Literacy resource.

New I Can Read, Every Month



 This month children will practice the sight words for,my, and make. They will see these words often in their I Can Read! book. I keep our letter and sight word flowers close during circle time and we look at them each time we do circle time. Many of the resources I use for our circle time are from Mother Goose Time's Welcome Kit. The kids especially love our Circle Time CD. When it starts to play they know it is time to start the day!

New Letters, Numbers, and Shapes, Every Month! 



This month students will review their letters, numbers, and colors. During circle time children will add at least one letter to their alphabet house. At the end of the month they will build their own house. Students will visit the letter sets over and over again throughout the month. They are a great long time addition to your learning space also. 

New Friendship Feathers, Every Month


 This month children will focus on being helpful. Children will add the helpful friendship feather to the others on their bird house. They will also have their very own I am honest bracelet.
Monthly Skills Chart, Every Month
 A helpful skills chart and gathering list are included every month. The skills chart is a great piece to hang where parents can see. I refer to the gathering list each week before I go to the grocery store. 

Teacher Guide with Built-in Assessment, Extensions, Every Month

 You can find other resources under Member Resources on Mother Goose Time's website. The member code is included in your Teacher Guide each month.There are many other Teacher Tools included each month that makes the learning more interesting and the planning much easier!!

There is still time to order your very own Alphabet House or you can join in the fun in July with Mother Goose Time's Nature Detectives curriculum! Not sure if you want to dive all the way in yet? Check out one of Mother Goose Time's samples!!



I received curriculum from Mother Goose Time for honest and authentic stories resulting from my daily experiences in using the curriculum. I applied to be an official Mother Goose Time blogger and will continue to share my experiences throughout the 2014/15 school year.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Mother Goose Time "Growing Gardens"- Sun and Water, Roots, and Worm

It has been very cool and rainy here lately so we have lots of time to do some Mother Goose Time activities. The first activity we did was with the kids' My Little Journal. 


Mason went through the journal and practiced his letters. When we got to the end is asked "What is growing in the garden?" Mason asked me if I would draw what he wanted  in the garden. He really wants to grow carrots this year. We will try. 

We then used the Counting Cards: 9 and 10 to work on one to one correspondence with Hailey. We worked on covering each of the diamonds with the pattern blocks. 

When Mason saw the pattern blocks he asked "What can I make?" I knew he was looking for the Shape Design Mat. So I went ahead and got them out from day eight. Mason enjoyed making flowers out of the pattern blocks. He did a really good job fitting the pieces correctly. 


Our last activity came from day five: Worm. We talked about what worms feel like. I then gave the kids their own rubber worm. They then used their rubber worm to paint their worm picture.





It quickly turned into finger painting. : )  

While they painted I read this month's storybook Lettuce Turnip the Beet. I enjoyed this book because I really enjoy corny jokes.