Teaching preschool has always been my dream job. I got my teaching degree and taught in public school for 5 years before I was finally ready to start my own home preschool. Teaching preschool in my home has been truly rewarding for me and my family. I get to do what I love, teach amazing kids, and be a stay-at-home mom. I love working with preschool-aged children. They are so enthusiastic and love to learn. There is so much to expose them to and it’s satisfying watching them grow as a learner. I’m amazed at how much preschoolers can learn at such a young age.
When I first started teaching preschool, I would spend hours getting ready for a 15 minute lesson. It was a lot more work than I had originally thought it would be. Then, I found Mother Goose Time. Mother Goose Time has a preschool curriculum that matched my personality and style of teaching. But, the best part was that I cut my planning time in half. Materials are sent to me for each activity all ready to use. Occasionally some cutting is needed, but still faster prep time than when I did the whole curriculum planning on my own. The themes are kid friendly and fun. And the lessons give students hands-on experiences.
Mother Goose Time’s mission is “to inspire educators and children to experience learning through creative expression, play, and open-ended discovery.” Their curriculum “supports a child’s social-emotional, physical, and cognitive development.”
My teaching goals are similar. Alphabet Bears Preschool strives to offer children physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and sensory development through a multi-sensory approach. Music, rhyme, and singing are important elements to the preschool curriculum; students glean listening and language skills though these activities.
Mother Goose Time’s curriculum offered all of the things that I was trying to include in my own curriculum. For me, it made sense to buy a curriculum that would save me time on lesson planning so I could spent a few extra hours playing with my own kids.
The one criticism I would have to say about Mother Goose Time’s curriculum is that the phonics foundation is a bit weak. I have noticed more phonics lessons throughout the monthly curriculum themes, which is a nice improvement. As a result, I augment the Mother Goose Time curriculum with my own phonics lessons. Having said that, Mother Goose Time has workbooks called: More Literacy and More Math. I haven’t had the chance to use them yet. But, I am excited to start in the fall.
This month’s theme is camping. There was an awesome phonics game for one of the activities. I am planning on laminating these cards and using them again. My preschooler had a lot of fun playing the game and finding the matches. I was pleased to see this game in the box.
The game is like memory. There were 2 types of cards: cards with a picture on the back and cards with a letter on the back. We separately spread both piles out on the table, being careful not to mix the piles. My preschooler picked one letter card and one picture card. I asked her questions like: What picture did you pick? What sound do you hear at the beginning of the word? What letter makes that sound? What letter did you pick? What sound does that letter make? If the letter she picked matched the initial sound/letter of the picture she picked, then she had a match. If not, she turned the cards back over and tried again.
We had so much fun playing this game.
** I receive curriculum from Mother Goose Time for honest and authentic stories resulting from my daily experiences using the curriculum. This is my 3rd year using Mother Goose Time, and I am pleased to promote quality educational learning experiences through play with Mother Goose Time!