All About Penguins

This week was Christmas and, sadly, we did not do any preschool. We took the week off to spend time with family that was in town for the holiday.

As I was reflecting on the month, I was thinking about all the fun we had with the theme “Winter Wonderland.” I have loved all the little sub-themes. I was super excited for a particular theme that we never got to, but I wanted to talk about it in this post because I am hoping to go back and teach this next week before we start our dinosaur theme. That theme is “Penguins”.

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Penguins are such a facinating topic to learn about. I love how all the activities align with the daily theme. I took some of the materials from other days as well that I was going to use to teach concepts for this day.

Mother Goose Time sends a book for every month that goes along with the theme. This month’s book was about a Penguin named Perry.

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My absolute favorite part about this though, is that they also send magnetic story pieces, a storytelling scene, and a puzzle that tie to the book and theme as well.

The students can do so many things with these storytelling pieces. First, they can act out what they think is going to happen in the story. Next, after reading the story, the students can retell the story using the storytelling set. This will help me know if they comprehended the story as well. Finally, the students can make up their own story. Whether it is a different ending to the story we just read, or an extension of the story we read, or a competely different story the students will have fun being creative and making up their own story using the scene and magnetic story pieces.

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The Puzzle is also another fun item for the kids to use that always cooresponds to the story. The students love to put the puzzle together and talk about what they remember about the story. Puzzles are also great for practicing fine motor skills.

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Another thing that I love about the Mother Goose Time curriculum is that there is always an art project that goes along with the theme. It is somethimes a “Make and Play” craft and sometimes it is an “Invitation to Create” project. Either way, the students are always engaged in a fun craft that goes along with the theme.

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The last thing that I love about the daily activities is that they also align with the theme. Whether it is a math game about counting penguin eggs, or a reading activity about the letter ‘p’, or a writing activity about a penguin, everything seems to fit together, which helps make transitions smooth.

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I can’t believe the school year is half over!! I am excited and looking forward to the rest of the year and the fun themes that are coming up.

** 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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