Happy New Year!!! My year ended with me and my three kids being trapped in an elevator. But it began with family time and much needed rest. Here’s to a great year ahead of us!
There were a lot of difficult times last year. As I reflect back on the year, and preschool in particular, I am so grateful for Mother Goose Time’s curriculum. I am grateful that the themes and activities are already prepared and ready to use. I am grateful that I don’t have to spend a lot of time preparing each day and each new month. I am grateful that the standards are already implemented into each activity.
I had some help unpacking the preschool box this week. The girls were so excited to see what was in the box and my youngest was excited to see what she was going to be learning this month. There is so much fun and learning in these boxes.
The box comes with 20 lessons. Each month we learn 3 new letters, 1 new shape, 1 new color, and 1 new character trait. The box comes with two books: One book goes with the character trait and the other goes along with the theme.
The first lesson for January’s theme “Going on Safari”, is all about “Passports”. Below is a picture of everything that comes in the bag for day 1. Included every month are nametags for practicing writing our names. I have noticed a big improvement with each student as we practice our names each month. We are all on different levels, but we have all progressed. Some students are still learning how to write the letters in their name, but most of them can tell me what each letter is in their name. Some students write their name so beautifully and are working on adding their last name. The majority of the students are somewhere in the middle. They can write most of their letters (or all) but we are working on perfecting letter formation. I love that Mother Goose Time’s activities can be used with all students at whatever level they are at.
Day 1 also includes the calendar for the month. The calendar is a great way to sneak in some pattern practice. It looks like this month we are learning the ABCD pattern.
Another thing that comes in the box is the family newsletter. I used to do my own newsletter but after a year of doing my own, I discovered that Mother Goose Time’s newsletter was pretty much the same. I decided that I didn’t need to spend my time doing my own newsletter when I could just use the one that comes in the box. It gives the same information that I wanted to give the parents (maybe more) and it looks good!
I also wanted to show a sneak peek into how the lessons are laid out in the teacher manual. Every lesson includes circle time ideas, a community challenge (which is one of my student’s favorite activities each day because they are always very engaging and informative), an art activity, a literacy activity, a math activity, and ideas for closing time. It also suggests a story to use with the lesson and a S.T.E.A.M station activity idea. At the bottom of each activity there are questions for the teachers to help them make observations and do an informal assessment for each student. The lesson activities are simply laid out and easy to follow.
I am excited for the students to come back from break. I am excited to get started on our Safari adventure! We will discover lions, elephants, rhinos, and more!
** 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!