Hanging Out: Sloth Flow

I love sloths. I think that they’re magical, and my husband recently told me about this program in California (correct me if I’m wrong!) where you can have an overnight with a sloth. Let me repeat that: YOU CAN HAVE AN OVERNIGHT WITH A SLOTH. So, I’ve clearly added to my bucket list to have an overnight sleepover with these nocturnal magical creatures to feed them and watch them hang out, while the rest of the world is sleeping. In the meantime, I’ll gladly participate in activity with my children which requires them to mimic like a sloth, just like this upside-down artwork from our Mother Goose Time Curriculum this week.

While we were setting up their art station, I showed them some supplemental videos that I found on YouTube about DiVinci and his paintings, and together the kids and I discussed what they thought it must have felt like for DiVinci to complete so many of his paintings lying on his stomach and his back. The kids sat down in their chairs and then asked how they were going to draw. When I told them “On your backs. Like a sloth. Like DiVinci”…they were definitely not too excited about completing this task. You can even tell in the first two pictures below that Charlotte was not thrilled with being unable to draw the way in which she’s most familiar.

Creative Development

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Trying new things isn’t always fun!

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Charlotte’s expression tells us all exactly how frustrating this was for her!

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See? Keep trying! Getting better the longer she drew upside down.

Charlotte was more than happy to be done with her upside-down art project. Charlotte will confidently be reading before she starts Kindergarten this coming Fall, and she’s building her confidence even more with the I Can Read books provided each month with our curriculum. The sight words each month are already pre-cut and I need to get around to laminating them so I can put all of them together on a binder clip. I think that this will be ideal for our busy life, and for Charlotte and Theo to both have easy on-the-go access to a variety of site words.

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I had Charlotte circle the words that were the same on the arrow site word cards.

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Theo preferred coloring over the words, which was a win in my book! He’s slowly starting to like writing with intention and purpose!

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Theo started circling the first word on this passage, and then quickly changed his mind and decided to color the pages.

Thank you for joining us and reading about some of the things we did this past week with our Mother Goose Time curriculum! See you next week!

 

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Rainforest Week Two

This is our second week in exploring the Rainforest Adventure with our Mother Goose Time Curriculum. Here’s a glance at some of the activities we did this week!

Mathematics and Reasoning

I fondly remember singing the song “Five Little Monkeys” with my Preschoolers when I was teaching in a brick and mortar school. It’s always easier for me to engage in a lesson with my own children when it’s something that I’ve done in the past. It’s always been easier for me personally, to teach other children than my own children.

In this particular lesson, the instructions said to tie the string between two chairs, or the wall and the chair. We tried a couple of different times to secure the string to the wall, and I couldn’t find my trusty 3M hooks, so my oldest had the brilliant idea of hanging the string from the cup-hooks that are always on the underside of our mantel for our Christmas stockings-genius! The kids insisted on hanging the poster right next to the string, so I had a label nearby from an earlier project.

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Five Little Monkeys. I love that the provided materials with the lessons are so colorful but simple at the same time!

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The trio quietly sang the part of Mr. Jaguar, quiet as can be to snap the monkey out of the tree!

I love that this lesson was great for both Math and Reasoning, but also for Language and Literacy and Social and Emotional Development. Theo’s been struggling with number correspondence, so this was a huge improvement for him to show me that there were two monkeys left, after counting out “One…two…” monkeys that were left on the string. This may not seem like a lot, but this was one of the more recent activities where he’s not lost all of his confidence in not getting the answer correct the first time.

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Creative Development

I was really excited to work on this Aboriginal Dot Art project with the trio! Whenever I get my monthly curriculum, I quickly glance over the necessary materials that I may need to get if I don’t currently have a specific supply on hand. I had recently purchased some bolder colored paints (per request by Charlotte). As I anticipated, she did choose to use some of the brighter and bolder colors for this project. How beautiful is the example to show what Aboriginal Dot Art looks like?

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Carefully making small dots on their geckos.

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Theo decided that he needed a series of lines and dots.

 

 

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My attention-to-detail kid, needed to make sure that the gecko had fingernails.

Looking forward to our lessons next week! Thanks for reading about our week!

 

 

AS A MOTHER GOOSE TIME BLOG AMBASSADOR, I RECEIVE MOTHER GOOSE TIME CURRICULUM IN EXCHANGE FOR MY HONEST AND AUTHENTIC STORIES RESULTING FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCES IN IMPLEMENTING THIS CURRICULUM WITH MY CHILDREN. ALL OPINIONSAND THOUGHTS ARE MY OWN AND ARE IN NO WAY INFLUENCED BY OTHERS.

 

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Rainforest: Week One!

If you have any kiddos in your home who love science as much as mine do, you’re going to LOVE this week’s lesson with Mother Goose Time. We took a glance at what we were doing this week in our STEAM Stations, and the kids were all so excited and wanted to jump in right then and start learning!

Here’s a glance into how we incorporated some of our lessons from this past week!

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Taking turns with the dropper to add water to our bread for our experiment with mold growth.

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My youngest is still building strength with those important fine motor skills that are a precursor for writing. This was also a great lesson with the theme this month of Family and Togetherness. His sister carefully talked him through how to “capture” the water and then how to squeeze it again to release the water.

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Nothing to see here. Totally normal to have three pieces of bread hanging in my kitchen window. I labeled these as Bread with Water, Control: No Change, and Toasted Bread.

After our discussion of how mold grows, we got sidetracked talking about fermented foods. The things these kids come up with! The next day, we carefully followed the directions with our potato and root experience.

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Theo and I had quite the conversation at the grocery store while picking out our potato. After handling pretty much all of the potatoes (sorry, Wal-Mart in South Euclid, Ohio), Theo decided that this was the potato we should get. This one was already sprouting buds, which he thought was pretty cool, and I agreed would help to show the growth process!

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Ta-da! Our potato are ready to get some sunlight!

 

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I quickly drew  these little cups (I’m no artist!) and had the kids draw what they saw as part of their observation. I love seeing the difference of their observations!

Check back next week to see how our mold growth experiment and root experiment are going!

 

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AS A MOTHER GOOSE TIME BLOG AMBASSADOR, I RECEIVE MOTHER GOOSE TIME CURRICULUM IN EXCHANGE FOR MY HONEST AND AUTHENTIC STORIES RESULTING FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCES IN IMPLEMENTING THIS CURRICULUM WITH MY CHILDREN. ALL OPINIONSAND THOUGHTS ARE MY OWN AND ARE IN NO WAY INFLUENCED BY OTHERS.

Recommended Reading: Rainforest Edition

I just received my November curriculum yesterday, and November is going to be so fun! I’m especially looking forward to the STEAM Stations! Growing mold, exploring the Forest Floor, and Building a Nest are top on my list to share with my children.

With a new month quickly approaching, I’ve taken the guesswork out for you and have curated my top picks for books from Usborne Books & More for you to add to either your home or classrooms. Check out the list below and find out what made my #1 Must Have resource for November’s Theme Web on Rainforest Adventure.

Rainforests

Secrets Of The Rainforest

Rainforest to Color

Above and Below

Shine-A-Light Secrets of our Earth

Great Animal Search 

Ants

Underpants for Ants

Monkeys

Snakes

Deadly Animals

The Jungle Challenge (NEW title by Bear Grylls!)

Frog on a Log

Tadpoles and Frogs

Lift-the-flap Opposites 

My number one-must-have for the month of November and learning about the Rainforest is:

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This awesome activity comes with 10 3-D masks. Think of all the great Dramatic Play and Music & Movement activities you can come up with!

I hope you enjoyed my recommendations! As a special thank you for checking out my list, I’d love to offer to you a savings, but you must email me to receive the reimbursement, as my online ordering system does not accept coupon codes. Please email me at: beth.with.usborne@gmail.com and I’m happy to pass on to you this exclusive savings!

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Beth

As a Mother Goose Time Blog Ambassador, I receive Mother Goose Time curriculum in exchange for my honest and authentic stories resulting from personal experiences in implementing this curriculum with my children. All opinionsand thoughts are my own and are in no way influenced by others.

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Creating a Reading Environment

My oldest son began reading when he was almost five, and in his last year of Preschool. The classroom that he was in had children who had birthdays later in the school year. We chose for him to start Kindergarten just shortly after turning six, instead of shortly after he turned five. We chose to do the same with Charlotte, and I’m so happy with the decision that we made for her, both emotionally and educationally.

I love the program that my children have attended half-day at The Learning Advantage, but for my sanity at home, I’ve found that I need to keep my trio really engaged instead of suggesting that they go play. I’m betting some of you reading this would agree that your child also need more concise directions, instead of saying “go play”.

One thing as a parent that I’ve always tried to foster for my children is a love of reading. In fact, it’s one of the number one reasons why I joined with Usborne Books & More. I wanted to surround my children with high-quality books that would help to build their creativity, boost their confidence…and so much more. Usborne and Kane Miller books allow that to happen. I was so excited to see how engaging all of the Language and Literacy objectives have been with Mother Goose Time!

In conjunction with the Literacy-rich environment that has been created for my children, my children are learning even more from the objectives provided by this curriculum. Charlotte is really starting to piece together (very rapidly, I might add!) all the parts of language and the written word. I know that her emerging skills are exactly where I’ve anticipated them to be, based on the skills she’s mastered so far looking at the Developmental Continuum.

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By using the picture cues and words, Charlotte can decipher what next word is in the sentence sequence.

 

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Charlotte decided that she needed to use the word “I” when reading the words as she was talking about herself. Oh, my heart!

I need to laminate the word arrows and the other pieces that go with it and punch them and put them on a binder ring. I swear this curriculum has thought of everything!

Keep Reading!

Beth

19510309_1588341684509993_3025539560496814781_nAs a Mother Goose Time Blog Ambassador, I receive Mother Goose Time curriculum in exchange for my honest and authentic stories resulting from personal experiences in implementing this curriculum with my children. All opinions and thoughts are my own and are in no way influenced by others.

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Handwriting 101

I lovingly (and jokingly) will ask my husband when paperwork needs to be filled out if he’d like me to fill it out for him. It’s not that his handwriting is bad, it’s just different than my handwriting and the detail that I put into making sure what I’m writing is legible, especially when it comes to important documents.

My oldest is still working on his penmanship, and I know that he’s probably slightly behind his peers on his handwriting skills, mainly because of his vision impairment during his Preschool years. Some things simply got left out of our day to day routine, as we spent more time focusing on distracting him to keep his patch over his good eye to build up his weaker eye. My daughter loves to write, draw, doodle, color…you name it and she’s doing it! I know that I’ve mentioned before Theo’s hesitation in writing, and I’m so please with how he’s been doing lately! Thank you, Mother Goose Time!

It’s been so easy to see the progress that my younger two have made in just a few short weeks by naturally observing their skills when working on our lessons together, and also through a casual observation when they’re playing together or independently. It’s called Authentic Assessment for a reason, and I’ve taken some steps back this week in observing their lessons, focusing primarily on Theo’s recognition of the letters in his name and his first name, and in how Charlotte chooses to use her writing materials, especially when printing her name.

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I grabbed these wipe-clean pocket folders from Target in the Dollar Spot mid-summer. They’ve come in so handy! This month I slipped their writing plate that corresponds with this month’s theme. For Theo, I drew on two of the name plates: once using all capital letters, and the second time using the right way to print his name with both upper and lower case letters.

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Cross-referencing the Developmental Continuum, I’m able to keep track of this Authentic Assessment to add to Theo’s portfolio.

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Charlie’s working hard on remembering to hold her writing tool the correct way each time!

We did some traveling this week too to Atlanta for a wedding. I love these Wipe-Clean cards from Usborne Books & More to engage the kids and entertain them while I can quietly sip coffee in restaurants.

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Authentic Assessment in action! Observing how my children handle their materials when drawing, doodling, and drawing. It’s great to see their creativity at work!

 

What did you observe this week? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

 

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Beth

 

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As a Mother Goose Time Blog Ambassador, I receive Mother Goose Time curriculum in exchange for my honest and authentic stories resulting from personal experiences in implementing this curriculum with my children. All opinions and thoughts are my own and are in no way influenced by others.

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A Book for Every Season

Whew! It’s almost October! You know what that means?!

Pumpkin Spice Lattes! Leaves changing colors! Cooler temperatures! Sweater Weather! Kids donning their favorite Halloween Costume! and, and, and….

It’s also by far the busiest month here at Heights Happiness, both social and work related. The madness is sprinkled with some travel out of state for a wedding, celebrating our ninth wedding anniversary, my daughter turns five, my niece (and Goddaughter) gets baptized, and while we’re mentioning it, two words every parent dreads: Halloween Costumes. October is also my absolute favorite month, and I wish it lasted longer in conjunction with everything that is filling the pages of my overflowing planner.

So, it’s an exciting time, and also a stressful time. Maybe you’re reading this, and like me, you’re contemplating how you’re going to A. Pull this month off and B. If it’s easier to hide under a blanket with your tenth PSL for the month. Amiright? Well, the good news for all Mother Goose Time families and educators is that I’m going to now provide to you my Top Picks from Usborne Books & More for October’s Theme: Weather & Changing Seasons.

Week One: Weather 

This week we’ll learn more about the Sun, Wind, Clouds, Snow, and Rainbows. Titles to add to your curriculum this week include:

Sun, Moon & Stars

Weather

Snowflake in My Pocket

Crow in the Snow

What makes it rain? 

Week Two: Seasons

Teaching about seasons is one of my absolute favorites! There were more titles that I could have added, and narrowed it down to the list that made the “cut”.

Cut & Color Playbook Seasons

Waiting for Winter

On the Seashore

Shine-A-Light Secrets of the Seashore

Shine-A-Light Secrets of the Apple Tree

Shine-A-Light Secrets of Winter

Week Three: Changes

This reminds me that here in Ohio, it’s gong to be Daylight Savings Time all too soon! Brace yourselves! Top picks to highlight the changes that happen in our World include:

Night Animals

Owls

Science with Air

Goose on the Loose

See Inside Weather & Climate

Weather & Climate Changes (also great for lessons during week four!)

Week Four: Storms

I’m SOOOO excited about the lessons in the Teacher Guide for the last week of the month! Here are some other resource books to add to the lesson for the final week of October.

Science Activities Volume 1

Science Activities Volume 2

Science Activities Volume 3 (this book also has great resources for week one’s lessons on clouds and rain).

Storms & Hurricanes

365 Science Activities

My top recommendation from Usborne Books & More to add to your home or school library as an additional resource for the month of October (and fantastic any time of year) is the Weather Picture Book Pack. This bundled collection of 4 books covers all the seasons. It’s a steal too at $14.99 for 4 books, that’s $3.75 for each book in the collection, and of course is backed by the lifetime 50% guarantee when you buy from an Independent Consultant (hint! That’s me!)

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I currently own many of the titles that I mentioned in this post, so I’ll be sharing them next month how I embed these books along with the recommended books listed in the Mother Goose Time Teacher Guide. 

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Beth

19510309_1588341684509993_3025539560496814781_nAs a Mother Goose Time Blog Ambassador, I receive Mother Goose Time curriculum in exchange for my honest and authentic stories resulting from personal experiences in implementing this curriculum with my children. All opinions and thoughts are my own and are in no way influenced by others.