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Friday, June 26, 2015

Mother Goose Time's "Nature Detectives" Book List

July's Mother Goose Time curriculum is called "Nature Detectives". Included in Mother Goose Time's monthly curriculum is a list of books that coordinate with the month's curriculum. This month includes many picture books for children to learn more about nature. 

Week 1: Mystery in the Trees

Week 2: Mystery in the Air

Curious George and the Hot Air Balloon by H.A. Rey and Margret Ray
Amazing Airplanes by Tony Mitton and Ant Parker
The Lorax by Dr Seuss
Shapes in the Sky: A Book About Clouds by Josepha Sherman
Oscar and the Bat: A Book About Sound by Geoff Waring

Week 3:Mystery in the Water

Water Dance by Thomas Locker
Germs Are Not for Sharing by Elizabeth Verdick
Mud by Mary Lyn Ray

Week 4: Mystery in the Dirt

Wiggling Worms at Work by Wendy Pfeffer
Jump into Science: Dirt by Steve Tomecek
Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion
Mud Pies and Other Recipes by Marjorie Winslow

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Mother Goose Time Alphabet House- "House"

Today we began Mother Goose Time's June curriculum "Alphabet House". We started the day with our circle time. We put the date on the calendar, determined the weather, and review our other circle time pieces. We then started building our alphabet house that we will be adding to throughout the month.When I showed Mason the theme poster for the day he said "We live in a house too. But it doesn't look like that."

While looking at the theme poster we talked about what our house looks like compared to the house pictured. Mason said our house is white and red. He also said our house is small. I then asked him what he sees on the Theme Poster. He pointed out many of the animals and we talked about how there are not just houses for people but houses for animals too. We then looked at the Looking Glasses and found the different things on the Theme Poster. 

Next we tried to build our own house out of blocks. We talked about what we use to build houses and what animals use to build houses. 
I then wrote their names on their nametags and we made the letter M out of our blocks. Mason is able to write his own name but he said he would rather do it on a big piece of paper. We are working on spelling our name with Hailey. 
Our last activity for the day was House Painting. We talked about what our address is. This is something we have been working on with Mason. He is getting there. : ) The kids then were about to paint their own house. 

It was kind of fun because Mason learned a little about mixing colors by mixing his paint while he was painting. 

After we finished painting we went for a walk and looked for house numbers on the houses. Mason noticed that there are also numbers on the mailboxes. We decided that the numbers matched those on the houses. They had a fun first day of The Alphabet House.

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.