• Routines and Transitions

    One of the reasons that I love Mother Goose Time is that wonderful individuals that make up this company are constantly tweaking, redesigning, and creating new tools to better improve the learning experiences for students, as well as the teaching experience for us teachers! One of the ways that this is represented was in this nifty little Free Resource kit that was included in October’s Weather All Around Us box. Most kids, and definitely mine included, struggle when it comes to transitioning from one task to another. This is usually when the whines and fits come in around my house. I approach a transition too quickly, not giving my kids…

  • Weather All Around Us

    October’s Mother Goose Time theme is Weather All Around Us, and it couldn’t be more timely. With the crazy weather that has been hitting the past few months in the States and Islands in the Atlantic Ocean, storms have been one of the main topics of conversation. We had family come stay with us while Irma hit Florida and Georgia, and into the northern states, and we’ve been heavyhearted as friends’ loved ones have been affected by the devastation in Puerto Rico. Even at this age, we want our kids to be aware of the world around them and that even though we may not feel the direct impact of…

  • Be Brave

    October is here and we are SO excited that it is fall! Well, at least I am. My daughter has told me on more than one account that shes’ a little tired of how excited I am about fall. But I cannot help it! I just love this season! (I can hear Olaf in my head. “I love all things fall,  and wind, and all things cold-ish!) So now that it’s October, we will be reading about the story of Esther for Peter’s Bible curriculum, Mother Goose Time‘s Experience God! The theme is “Be Brave” and I know my daughter will be excited, as Esther is one of her favorite…

  • Sensing a New Season

    Today is the beginning of my favorite season! My kids are already sick of me talking about how much I love Fall! But I really do! I love all things fall! The cooler weather, which allows us to open our windows and enjoy fresh air comfortably! I already love hot coffee, so now I can drink that more comfortably now wherever I am! Fall just makes me happy! So studying our five senses today with our Mother Goose Time curriculum was a perfect way to end our school week, since mine were already heightened with excitement! And the kids were stocked because Fridays mean a little bit of a different…

  • Hidden Treasures

    I’ve found that sometimes the simplest of plans are the most effective. Take our set-up routine, for example. Each month with our Mother Goose Time curriculum, we receive a new calendar with separate date pieces to assemble. The first go-around with Mother Goose Time, when my oldest was 4, I would the calendar, along with the other Circle Time board pieces, before we started our month. Everything was in place and ready to go come the 1st of the month. We would identify what day of the week and date it was, mark it off, and get going with our day. Now with two, more out of necessity any strategy,…

  • September's School Theme: My Amazing Body

    While we are not officially starting our 2017-2018 school year until next Monday, when your little boy asks you if you can do some Mother Goose Time, you pull out your lesson for next Monday and just decide to dive in early. Now, don’t get the wrong impression. My kids are not constantly asking me for school work! HA! Far from it. But when they are ready and especially with a fun curriculum like Mother Goose Time, it’s easy to pull out a lesson on the spur and get going. And so that is what we did! We started out our lesson with the second Bible story from the Experience…

  • Getting Ready

    It is officially September and we are gearing up for our new school year! I’m pretty excited and optimistic about this year’s dynamic with two kiddos participating in the school day! We won’t get officially started until Monday, September 11th, so we are wrapping up our current theme and this mama is getting all her materials together in the curriculum closet (more on that later). Over the summer, both kids have enjoyed Peter’s preschool curriculum, Mother Goose Time, and it’s allowed us to stay in somewhat of a school routine, but also with a low-key nature to give ourselves a little breather between school years. We’ve really enjoyed August’s theme,…

  • Pinecones and Purpose

    This Monday morning started out hopeful and optimistic. I had quite a bit on my to-do list portion of my planner and the week ahead of me to knock it out. Despite a little bit of a sore throat, I was ready to face the week. A week full of purposeful activities planned out ahead of me. I swung my feet over the side of the bed and my feet touched the floor. All bets were off after that. Isn’t that how most days go? Or is it just me? I have pie-in-the-sky ideals of how my day with my two littles is going to go, and then I wake…

  • The Best Gifts

    I have this friend. She says that she pursued me and convinced me to be her friend. I will only agree with her on the fact that she did come over to my house about a week or two after our first babies were born (1 day apart), because Lord knows I wasn’t going anywhere for the next month and she’s just crazy and independent enough to go traveling with her firstborn newborn like she’s been doing it all her life. Anyways, she may have initiated, but our friendship has been mutual, if not lopsided since. You see, she gave me one of the best gifts from the very beginning.…

  • In The Messy Middle

    This post has been a long time coming. A little over 3 months, to be more specific. I have sensed the Holy Spirit calling me to write for a while now. But I didn’t want to, plain and simple. I can give it a bunch of names and some pretty good excuses, but at the end of the day, no matter how dressed up I make it sound, it is disobedience. And believe me, that is really hard for this recovering perfectionist to admit. I chose poorly. I chose my own self-protection and laziness and agenda over the Lord’s, and I have carried the weight of that since. I thought…