The first week of Mother Goose Time has been lots of fun! And I’m also quite exhausted from trying to take advantage of ALL the really fun, hands-on activities that were suggested this week.
I wish I had some pictures of show you some of our Circle Time experiences, but I’ve been enjoying it so much with the kids that I haven’t forgotten to have my camera out. The kids LOVE this time, and I was surprised to see Peter’s excitement in dancing around during the opening song each day. His little dance – so sweet!
Monday (Day 2), we focused on Seeds.
Day 2’s packet came with some fun shape manipulatives that were very similiar to some others the kids were given for Christmas, so we had enough for them to share without a mutiny on my hands! They spent a good bit of time playing on their own, which was fun to watch their little minds working.
I really think they could have stayed with the shapes longer, but there were so many more fun things to move on to.
And even now, as the kids are seeing me post these pictures, they are wanting to go back and play.
We moved on to planting our shapes in our own sand gardens in the backyard. We hadn’t really discussed gardens before, so I printed out a few pictures so that the kids could see that each type of seed is planted in the same row, and that there can be different designs in a garden as well.
We talked about order and also labeling what we have planted so that we’ll know what we are producing.
(I can see so many biblical principles in these lessons and look forward to building on them over the next few weeks. One being that our God is a God of order. We have discussed how in Genesis 1 that God created each plant to produce its own type of seed, so that we can know that apples will always produce apples. In the same way, God was the same yesterday, is the same today, and will be the same tomorrow. We can rely on Him. This is just one of the exciting ways that we can build off these lessons.)
I had made little flags ahead of time (toothpicks & slivers of post-it notes) to label our rows for each sand garden –
After we were done, I asked Natalie would she thought her shape garden would grow. She said that her blue diamonds would produce blueberries (as she explained because they are blue). I asked her if she thought they would be diamond-shaped, and she said, “No, of course not. Blueberries aren’t diamond-shaped.” So, there you go. She is an interesting mix of imagination and reason.
When then came inside to play with some real seeds.
I tried to encourage Peter to sort the seeds by type, but he found that the more efficient way to get the seeds from the plate into the egg carton was to dump them. I guess he’s not really interested in the order of things quite yet. 🙂
(I am also learning that I’m having to be so ‘hands-on’ with Peter that I’m failing to get pictures of Natalie. I will definitely be working on that in the future.)
Peterman isn’t much of a color-er, so I opted to cut some stems and leaves for him to maybe just draw a flower.
He wasn’t very interested in the idea, so we decided to glue some beans for the flowers instead.
As I was looking on Pinterest earlier this week to try to find some activities that would reinforce what we are learning with our Experiencing God devos this month (see my previous post about this month’s focus on The Parable of the Sower), I ran across this really cute idea. Since we already had the beans for this lesson, it was an easy addition to our day. And a great reminder to ask the Lord to transform our hearts into good soil, so that His truth can take root and produce fruit in our lives (Psalm 51:10, Ephesians 3:16-19, Colossians 3:16).
This was a suggested Little Goose activity for Peter while Natalie drew her garden picture ahead.
In the middle of all of this, I saw Peter just sitting in his chair, kicking his feet. And I realized that he was so grown up. My baby was not a baby anymore. I am so thankful that I get to spend this time with them each day. It’s speeding by and I can hardly catch my breath for a moment to take it in.
Our kitchen counter now doubles as my work space, seeing as our home doesn’t offer a designated school room currently.
Maybe I will find a better system after I have a few days or week under my belt, but I was a pretty hot mess flipping between the teacher’s guide & Little Goose guide today, trying to take notes and pictures. It’s a work in progress, but we’re learning and growing, and I’m embracing the imperfection even in this.