Mother Goose Time offers the option to “Experience a Day” through their curriculum sample kits. These kits currently aren’t for sale to the general public. But MGT distributes them for free to various non-profits who provide training to childcare providers. The kits include one full day’s worth of lessons and activities. It’s a great way to experience a day in the life of a MGT student and teacher. As a Mother Goose Time Blog Ambassador I was sent one of these sample kits to highlight the contents. Mother Goose Time was originally meant for daycares and preschools but it easily adapts to our homeschool environment, or even to a non-traditional school setting. You can read our full review of the monthly subscription boxes here and here.
The sample kit included everything needed to complete a full day’s worth of activities. There were beans, grass seeds, everything needed for a potted plant/bird craft (except the soil), calendar materials, a folder game, letter of the day, storytelling kit, and teacher lesson book.
We started with calendar time. We don’t typically do a traditional circle time like many preschools. I’ve tried but it usually just falls flat in our homeschool. We usually just put on our Days of the Week song from our Mother Goose Time CD (not included in the sample box), sing the song, and apply the current day’s number to the calendar. We chart the weather and then we move back to the table for “discussion”. I’ve mentioned before that the discussion part is Oliver’s least favorite. But he obliges and I get creative with it so he’s not keen on what I’m doing. In our house the lesson plan, although wonderfully scripted, must be read more organically or he stages a coup over the discussion questions. He’s polite. But it’s always some form of “okaaaaaay mom.”
Many times I have him help with cutting out the more straightforward materials like these garden photos. He needs practice with fine motor skills and I need the help with prep work. It’s a symbiotic teacher/student thing we’ve got going on here. Plus it buys me some time and stretches out the lesson. I sometimes think Oliver likes to see how much Mother Goose Time he can do in a day. His favorite phrase during the school day is “what’s next mom?” The boy is just goal-oriented, what can I say?
Getting messy with projects is still not totally his thing. The projects, yes. The glue on his hands, not so much. So I lend a hand every now and then when there’s glue involved.
We explored different kinds of seeds and the letter ‘S’. He’s totally expecting the beans he planted to turn into magic, giant beanstalks….overnight. So, we need further lessons on seed germination and the actual size of bean stalks. But he’s excited either way.
The board games are always a hit. They’re easy for him to understand but still apply the important concepts. This particular game not only had us focusing on colors and counting but also the identification of vegetables. Potatoes and tomatoes are easy words to mix up.
And here’s the proof that “discussion” is not his favorite. He sat quietly and listened to me read the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. But when I inquired about the details of what he just learned, this was the face he gave. It’s a terribly grouchy face. On this particular day it just wasn’t happening. He retold the story a bit but his heart just wasn’t in it. Clearly. Never a dull moment with this bunch.
As you can see, Mother Goose Time is designed to work in many ways. It’s a thoughtfully designed curriculum but it leaves plenty of room for flexibility in your own unique environment. There are a 1,000 ways to use the curriculum while still maintaining the learning objectives.