• Pattern Play

    One morning this week, we decided to do some pattern play with our tangram shapes that we have received in an earlier month’s package of Mother Goose Time curriculum, making abstract Christmas trees while trying to stick with patterns. It wasn’t super complicated, but it was fun to see how the kids were innovative with their creations. Unfortunately I didn’t get any pictures of Peter’s, since I was more hands-on with him, but here are two of Natalie’s. Although I don’t have to be sneaky with math with you, as she LOVES pretty much all things math so far, it’s nice to know that I have bring in some math…

  • Thankful Turkey

    This week have been hit hard with the fall sickies. It started with Peter and spread pretty quickly the rest of us, with the exception of Natalie. Somehow she managed to come through the week unscathed (amazing gummy vitamins for the win!).  So we’ve had a pretty low-key week when it comes to pretty much everything. I did, however, pull out our Thanksgiving bag from the November’s Mother Goose Time On The Go box so we could at least take advantage of some of the fun activities before Thanksgiving! So here is a fun slideshow of the kiddos decorating their Thankful Turkey. Peter was having a little trouble figuring out…

  • On The Go

    I’ve mentioned before how impressed I am with Mother Goose Time, the preschool curriculum that we started this past June. It’s been a huge blessing for us as we’ve started to incorporate Peter into more of our structured homeschool day, and allowed for him to be right there with us as we’ve been doing crafts, lessons, and activities. I wanted to give you a closer glimpse at how well this curriculum equips parents and teachers to make the most out of the curriculum, as well as adapt it to individual settings (homeschool, preschool, etc.). All of these links below are located in the Member Resources section of the main website,…

  • T is for Turtle (and Thankfulness)

    This week we are wrapping out the October In The Orchard theme from Mother Goose Time with some critter fun. We have been learning about turtles through Natalie’s Kindergarten curriculum and so we decided to make some turtle pets out of previous MGT materials that we have had laying around for a couple of months. These were what we came up with and I think they turned turned out pretty well.  (Peter’s turtle)  (Natalie’s turtle & one of the cute airplanes that came with next month’s manipulative set)   While the kids were decorating, I was able to discuss some turtle facts and ask questions. It was a great way…

  • N is for Nest

    This was such a fun activity! We’ve been studying nests this past week through my daughter’s Kindergarten curriculum, and so when I ran across Day 12’s “Baby Nest” activity in our Mother Goose Time curriciulum, I was so excited how well it would flow into our lesson plan for the day. Here is a glimpse into the Teacher’s Guide. I love that it’s so visually appealing, as well as practical and educational. It doesn’t have to be, but the extra effort the development team puts into making the Teacher’s Guide more attractive is a huge investment in the parents and teachers that use them. It’s all the attention to the…

  • Rejoicing in the Little (and we have a reader!)

    This week we rejoiced in the little things. And for me, that is a BIG thing. Let me explain… This week was hard. I’m not going to sugarcoat it or try to put a positive spin on things. It was just hard. I saw a lot of my selfishness, my lack of patience, my short temper. And it’s never easy to come face to face with your own sin. Parenting is definitely the hardest thing I have ever done (and I’m only 5 years & 2 kids in!). This week I was reminded that I am in the middle of the ocean. Because of God’s tremendous grace in some many…

  • When It All Comes Together

    This is my first official fall homeschooling and I am discovering how much I love, love, love being able to gear our lessons around seasonal fun, like ripe apples and changing fall leaves. We just started incorporating an official “recess” time because Natalie insisted this was her favorite part of our Wednesday Co-Op day. I have to say it’s a win-win. The weather is gorgeous and I get a few free minutes to myself to finish my coffee, which at this point has been reheated approximately 3.2 times. We both share a love for leaves. This one was amazing. Right now it is so easy to find additional resources to…

  • Serving Jesus

    A while back, a friend encouraged me to surround myself with meaningful things, objects that would remind me of what God has been speaking to me, as well as reminders of what He had spoken and done in the past.  I had resigned from my full-time position at a local church to be home with my babies, stepping into the role that God has been preparing me for who knows how long. (well, He knew) So I had found myself at home, full-time.  Like in my house, a lot. Duh, right. Kind of part of the package when you’re a SAHM (Stay-At-Home-Mama for those of you not up to date…

  • Leaves and Laughter

    As I mentioned before, we’re doing a unit on leaves right now with Natalie’s My Father’s World Kindergarten curriculum. And it just so happens that Day 5 of our October “In the Orchard” theme for Peter’s Mother Goose Time curriculum is on leaves! I love it when things come together! So tonight we had a good time exploring one of the activities for Day 5 based around the Very Hungry Caterpillar story.   Surprisingly I couldn’t find the book in our local library system, but good ‘ole youtube came through again, and read by Eric Carle himself.   Then we headed into the school room, otherwise known as the kitchen,…

  • October: A Week At a Glance

    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…