Today we learned about mushrooms. We played a game where we passed a fake flower around and asked, “Is it okay to eat?” You could use a block for this game or make a paper mushroom. Then the students rolled a die. The die had 3 ‘yes’ answers and 3 ‘no’ answers on it. This game was awesome for teaching the students to read the words: yes and no. We learned that some mushrooms can be poisonous so we want to ask an adult if what we are about to eat is safe. We also talked about how we don’t eat food we find outside without asking a parent first.

Then, we made our own mushrooms. The students punched the mushroom caps out of the paper. They colored their mushrooms with markers. As they finished, I helped them tape their mushroom caps to their straw stems.

After the mushrooms were created, we set up our mushroom math game. The students used play dough to help their mushrooms stand up. We played this game individually, but you could also play as a whole group. The students turned over a number card, identified the number, then counted that many mushrooms as they took it off their mat.

Since my students are only 3 and 4, I’ve often wondered how much they tell their parents about what we learned in class that day. I have a private Facebook page where I post pictures (like the ones above) for the parents to see what we do that day in class. I still always wondered if parents looked through the pictures and could tell what we did that day. Mother Goose Time has included daily note cards this year for a specific activity we did in class. The one below is an example for the activity I mentioned above: the mushroom math game.

I love that parents get a little bit more details about what this activity was all about through these daily note cards. I feel like parents know exactly what their child is learning at my preschool and they know what we did each day through the daily notes and daily Facebook posts. Communicating with parents it’s not always easy. But I have found that using the daily notes each day and posting pictures on the private Facebook page have made it considerably easier for parents to see what we do each day and give them a little glimpse into their child’s day.

** 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!

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