Fall is here! I am so so happy about this. It has allowed this past week’s gloomy and rainy weather to be a little bit more bearable, knowing that fall has arrived with all things good: sweaters, hot beverages always, smores, scarves, fires, brightly colored leaves. I could go on and on.
As I mentioned here, October’s theme for our Mother Goose Time curriculum is “In The Orchard” and holds some of the treasures of fall: Trees, leaves, fall fruits, and we’re even studying some fun little critters and their behaviors during the fall. And this has lined up beautifully with the Kindergarten curriculum that we chose for Natalie this year, My Father’s World, with Unit 3 being L is for Leaf. I love it when the Lord’s timing is so evident. He doesn’t have to sync things like this up for us, but it makes things so much more full and is a little bit easier for me, and for this I am thankful.
So I thought I would show you our MGT Week 1’s activities at a glance, and all the fun materials that come in our little school bus box each month. But first, let me show you my new circle time board!
I’m so excited that I have this ready for October’s fun! Little Peter was crying, literally, for Circle Time the other morning, and seeing as how he had demolished our previous board while I was on vacation last week, it was actually not an option. So he was so excited when he woke up this past week to see the board. He asked if it was from Target. 🙂 Can you tell where Mommy likes to shop?
As you can see, there is room for the monthly theme poster at the bottom of the middle section, so that will be changing monthly, as well as obviously the calendar. The other features will be fairly permanent, rotating out the weather, shape, number, and letters each month as well.
Here are our Letter cards we get each month (the larger being our flag letters that we can later string up in our office for an alphabet banner, the smaller ones with pictures on the back to help associate letter with cooresponding words with the same beginning letter, and then also our white manipulative letters that we have fun tracing and just as a learning tool), and then our number tree, getting new leaves and numbers to hang each month.
Okay, on to Week 1!
All of this was in the individually packaged Day 1 bag. Have I mentioned how much their organization makes me happy?! So, as you can see, you can get a pretty good idea of what you’ll be doing just by pulling out your materials for the day, before even opening the Teacher’s Guide.
This is a glimpse at the Teacher’s Guide for Day 1, with the instructions for each activity, identifying what supplies have been provided and what you may need to gather.
Day 2: Roots!
Our first month with Mother Goose Time was themed “Growing Gardens” and we talked a lot about the structure of a plant (seed, root, bud, leaf, etc.), so this will be a fun review to see what information Natalie and Peter can recall from May.
as well as looking at the rings in a tree trunk and using some of our pattern pieces that came in our Music and Manipulative bag.
And then this activity looks the most fun! The activity includes this cute little video that will introduce the kiddos (and myself) to an ermine (which I just learned is a northern weasel).
That’s the week at a glance – minimal prep time means maximizing my time and energy to have with the kids. Such a blessing!
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