Happy New Year!

I am very excited for the new year.

Each month, Mother Goose Time sends a celebration kit in their curriculum box. January’s celebration kit is a “Celebration of Peace.”

Mother Goose Time gives a suggested order of activities and the amount of time to spend on each activity. I find this helpful because it frees up some of the time I would spend planning.

This celebration kit can be used at any time during the month. I couldn’t wait to use it so we used it the first day of the month.

In the kit, there are invitations to send to the students and parents that tell when the celebration is going to be. I never use these because  I only like parents to come to 2 parties a year (Christmas and the end of the year celebration).

I usually start off with the suggested song and story. This month’s story is about Martin Luther King Jr. I love the question they want you to ask before reading the story. “What do you think peace means? Peace means ‘no fighting’.” I love getting preschool aged children thinking about how they can be kind, accepting, and show peace towards one another. They always have the best, most simple ways.

After our story, we usually do art, followed by snack. I love that this calendar shows the student’s growth. We can see how much they grew in one year. They are also learning about years, months, days, and dates. “What dates of the year are special to you? Let’s circle them on the calendar.”

Then, we play a few games. This celebration kit comes with a matching game and a movement game.

There are two station suggestions. Sometimes I use the stations, and sometimes we don’t have enough time for them. A lot of the times I will use them as a whole class activity so I can monitor and direct their exploration as needed.

The students love the celebration kits because it’s a little different from the day to day activities and it’s a little bit more relaxing of a day.

** I receive curriculum from Mother Goose Time for honest and authentic stories resulting from my daily experiences using the curriculum. This is my 2nd year using Mother Goose Time, and I am pleased to promote quality educational learning experiences through play with Mother Goose Time!

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