One of the most exciting days of our week is when we get in our shiny new little school bus box, otherwise known as BOX DAY!
However, the beginning of the school year (September) means an extra special box, because it includes the “Getting Started” kit! YAY!!! We received one of these kits this past May when we started with Mother Goose Time, but this new additional booklet is an excellent resource that walks you through the start up process wonderfully, step by step. I already knew that this curriculum was so helpful and user-friendly, but this really took it to the next level. Being new to homeschooling this year, it was great to have a lot of the mystery eliminated for me and it freed me to focus on important things, like starting a new rhythm for my kids and making sure I was available for them mentally and emotionally during this new transition process, not wiped out from hours of pre-planning and distracted by trying to follow complicated processes.
I love this! I am such a visual person, so I love that they took the time to break everything down so you know how to really these resources to their fullest potential.
Included in this month’s box was the Getting Started Booklet (which the following pictures will be out of), as well as the Teacher Toolbag (you get one of these every month in your box), the Circle Time bag with fun new supplies for your circle time board (I will have this posted at the very end of this post), as well as the usual 20 Daily Discovery Bags (these are the bags that have most of the materials you will need for a day’s agenda found in the Teacher’s Guide), and the super fun Math Manipulative bag that you get each month as well with fun new toys. We’ve started quite the stockpile of these since starting in May, and the kids love them. In fact, they are playing with a set in front of the TV as I type this post.
Each Daily Discovery bag is sealed individually, with about 90% of all the materials you will need for the activities involved. It’s actually pretty amazing how detail-oriented this company is.
I fell in love with this. Started this past May as a Blog Ambassador, I thankfully had a community of other women that had gone before me that I could pull ideas from and that shared pictures of their set-ups. That was SO helpful when it came to setting up my circle time board at home. However, to see this provided in the Getting Started Packet – it’s perfect. AND the fact that it breaks down all the supplies on the following page to allow you to see the intended purpose, it just takes the work out of it all.
This is a tri-fold board so that you can easily put it away at the end fo the day, if you don’t want a permanent display in your room or classroom. This is great for us since we don’t currently have a dedicated homeschool room, and share the office space for other purposes.
As you can see, we’ll be adding letter flags, friendly bees that represent different character traits (the first we received is Respectful), shapes, colors, etc.
Here is some of the reasons behind the idea of a Circle Time board, as well as suggestions for different stations you can set-up to expand the learning opportunities, and roles that each student/child can play to learn responsibility. Although the stations are more geared towards a traditional classroom/preschool setting, we still use the ideas for activities occasionally around our home, even without the designated spot. We just pick and choose what works best for us.
Here the Getting Started book breaks down the elements in the Teacher Tool Bag, which is in each monthly box. It has the theme poster, the planning journal, the Teacher’s Guide that has the daily lesson plans already designed, as well as a supply list to let you know what minimal supplies you will need to gather each day (broken down by day – I mean, seriously, how could you ask for more?!), and then the assessment chart to let you know what skills are being covered on what days of that month’s curriculum.
In some of the daily bags, you’ll find the flag letters that represent 1 of the 3 letters the child/children will be focusing on that month, as well as one book each month (YES, I said a book), games, number cards, and more.
If you are a teacher or mama that care about tracking developmental goals and achievements, there is a built in assessment process with each month, letting you know what skilsl are being taught during what activities each day, and how to best track those.
All throughout my experience with Mother Goose Time so far, it’s evident that the people behind the company have a passion for helping children (and teachers/parents) learn. It’s neat to see how thorough and holistic their approach truly is.
Gotta love a pretty chart, right?
And then here are additional resources, not included in the monthly packets, that you can order to compliment each monthly theme, such as a Toy box, the Experiencing God add-on (which is a-mazing!), the Little Goose guide which offers variations to the daily activities in the Teacher’s Guide to accommodate younger children (ages 18-30 months), Dance ‘n Beats , and the More Math & Literacy workbooks (which we also love that help provide some reinforcement for my oldest that goes along with the month theme).
I get so giddy with all the cuteness.
(Pictures of my updated Circle Time Board to come, as soon as I get it finished!)
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