Earlier this week, I had “Meet The Teacher.” I am excited about the new group of students I have this year. At “Meet the Teacher”, I read my students “Maisy Goes to Preschool” by Lucy Cousins. As Maisy goes through each activity at preschool, I had my own students do a little activity that was similar. I wanted to get them excited about coming to preschool and make it a little less scary for them. We “painted” with shaving cream, ate a little snack, played musical instruments, sang a song, and played with the toys.
As the students were playing, I called each one back to trace their hand. I hung their hands up in our “growing garden” on my front door. The students are going to love seeing their hand on the door as they come to preschool each day. This idea was sent in my Mother Goose Time box. I changed the activity a little to fit better with my teaching style. Each month, Mother Goose Time includes a celebration package. September’s bag is full of ideas and activities to do at an Open House. Instead of doing an open house, I always do a Meet the Teacher.
Also included in the box this year are daily notes for the art projects. I love that these are included. Sometimes the students invitation to create projects look like a mess…. like they just glued a bunch of random materials on a piece of paper. The daily note cards get parents to ask questions about their student’s artwork, helping them understand what their student was thinking when they created what they did. It helps them see the thinking process their child went through to create their masterpiece. I also feels like it helps them see the artwork in a whole different way. Instead of seeing a mess, they see a masterpiece.
I am excited for the new section in the teaching manual that includes outdoor activities to do with the kids. This first week, the outdoor activity is tracing our body outlines with chalk. I love that outdoor activities are added. A lot of times, I would try to extend an activity to outside to make the learning more real. I would let the students explore nature around them and how things work in nature. Outdoor play is such an important part of learning, exploring, and growing.
Last year, at the beginning of the school year, I wrote about my top 3 reasons for why I love the Mother Goose Time preschool curriculum. My excitement for this curriculum grows even more as they add new things and change things to make it better. But, those original 3 reasons are still the same:
- Saves me time! My first year, I did everything myself and I would spend hours getting everything ready for each preschool day. I would spend hours preparing the craft, making games, researching good books, etc. With Mother Goose Time, everything is ready to go each day. There may be a few things I need to prep before each preschool day, but instead of spending my time cutting and preparing, I can focus on the kids and each of their individual needs.
- The students love it! Each day we do different activities that teach a concept. Mother Goose Time activities are engaging, kid friendly, and easy to prepare for.
- Gets kids thinking! Each month, there are suggested investigation stations for the kids to do. This year they are called STEAM stations and they are all listed at the beginning of each week’s activities. I use this a little differently than Mother Goose Time suggests, but we do these at the beginning of each class day. I usually propose a question and see if kids can discover the answer for themselves. Everyone participates in the activity all together instead of doing it on their own at a center.
I’m excited for a new year!
** 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!