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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Mother Goose Time Sample Kit- Seeds

As a Mother Goose Time blogger we get to experience Mother Goose Time's Sample Kit first hand. They sent the kit to us and asked us to give it a try. So we did just that today and had so much fun! The sample kit is a great way to find out all that Mother Goose Time has to offer.

 We started the day with calendar time. Mason put the number on the garden calendar. During calendar time I play Mother Goose Time's Circle Time CD and run the bubble machine. The kids love it! We then count on the number line and sing the ABC's with Mother Goose Time's Circle Time aids. 

Next we talked about, what do you think a seed needs to grow? Luckily we have talked about this before and Mason was quick to to say dirt, water, and sunlight.  We then got out our hands-on letter S. 
We talked about what sound S makes and talked about that seeds start with the letter S. 
Then we spread out all the garden pictures in a circle. The kids each picked a picture and we recited the rhyme:

Deep under ground,
Is a seed small and round.
What will it be? 1-2-3
Mason, tell me what you see.

The kids had a great time picking different pictures and telling me what they found. 

Next we played the game Colors in the Garden. We started by talking about what we find in our garden. Mason said we have a lot of tomatoes in our garden and he doesn't really like them. : ) 
We then got out our folder game and game cube. I let the kids take turns rolling the cube and finding things in the room that matched the color on the cube. Then Mason and I sat down and played the game together. 

Next we talked about where we can find seeds. Mason said sometimes there are seeds in his food. He also said that we buy seeds from the store and plant them in our garden. I set out a bowl and the beans provided by Mother Goose Time. The kids had fun scooping the beans from bowl to bowl. 

I then encouraged Mason to scoop some and guess how many he scooped. We then put the on the planting and counting beans sheet to find out how many he actually scooped. 

He enjoyed getting them all in a line.

Our next activity was Jack and the Beanstalk. I asked them what they tallest thing was that they have ever seen. Mason said a tree. Hailey then also said a tree. : ) 
We then got some blocks out and tried to make some really tall towers. 

 I then showed them the Jack and the Beanstalk storytelling scene and pieces. While I read the story to them they picked out the pieces I was talking about. They had a fun time retelling the story when I was finished reading. 

Our last activity is an ongoing activity called Growing Seeds. Mason first decorated a planter like a bird. We then planted some seeds in our planter and are looking forward to watching it grow. 

We talked about that Mason has to be responsible and water his plant and make sure it has the right things to grow. : ) 

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.

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