When the school bus box arrives at your door and the children SQUEAL, you know you've got a winner! From the garden themed number display, to the flower pot site words and color flowers, the the "character" bird feathers, to the abc flip cards. There is NO lack of imagination and HANDS ON learning with Mother Goose Time!
Each day's circle time activities are full color displays that resemble magazines for tiny hands. I LOVE the world map and the curriculum web that maps out how houses, chores, nests, and termite hills all collide for a month filled with unique topics.
They sent boats, bubbles, puppets, music c.d.'s, paint sponges, games, manipulatives, and TONS of math and science. Some curriculum are heavy on literature, which I LOVE, but are weaker when it comes to math, science, and social studies (which I don't love); leaving the teacher to fill in those gaps, not Mother Goose Time! I would have to say this one is very conscious of little ones need to experience with his/her whole body.
If you have a group of little learners that enjoy floating and making boats, discovering ant hills, spider webs, crave painting with more than a brush, singing and dancing to snappy pop rhythms this is for YOU!
If you are a teacher that needs a well organized curriculum that keeps the children away from the chairs and tables and allows active bodies to learn through play...this is for YOU!!!
Here are the items included in their June curriculum box... (see below).
As you can see this is the "out of the box" state, prior to use. Even though the month of June is about "Houses," they have done a SUPER job of having something exciting and new everyday. It moves from the different types of homes (castles included!), to the rooms of our home and what we do and find there, to animal homes (a SUPER lead to from our Funshine Express "Baby Animals" theme we studied prior!!), to helping out around the house with chores, pets, welcoming friends...
Though there are printables, this is a very PLAY BASED curriculum. I am in L.O.V.E.!!!
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I have taken a lot of heat from preschool teachers for reviewing "Out Of The Box" ready made curriculum.
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The assumption seemed to be that a prepared curriculum was rigid, didn't consider a child's interests, didn't allow for spontaneous or emergent play, and was...therefore...inferior. I also believe that none of these comments were from "in-home" providers, but rather those that were center or school based.
The life of an in-home provider is far different than that of a "for hire" teacher. I do not doubt the passion of either, the level of commitment, and am not saying one is better. It is simply very different. The in-home provider works a minimum of 12 hours in the direct care of children. This doesn't include grocery shopping, cleaning, meal planning, curriculum planning, party planning, web and social media business strategies, and certainly doesn't include time spent with his/her own family (who needs sleep???) The in-home provider seldom gets sick days and very few, if any vacation days. This makes for a VERY committed provider!
The three curriculum I have reviewed so far; Mother Goose Time, The Learning Box Preschool, and FunShine Express have all done an amazing job of valuing the child's interests, level of attention, differing ages and personalities, time of the provider, and expense, WHILE meeting state standards and providing research based Theme Web's that encompass Math, Literature, Science, Social/Emotional, Social Studies, Language and Literacy, and Creative Arts; AND being F.U.N. for ALL!!!
I am THRILLED to have been able to review these amazing curriculum and would be more than happy to provide any one of them with my preschool/childcare daily routines.
I Have So Much More To Show YOU!
Science almost daily!
This was just one of the science lessons from Mother Goose Time called, "Don't Sink The Boat!" There is a beautiful cardboard science display for the teacher and children to refer too that gives ideas for making aluminum foil boats and object they can utilize to try and sink their boat. We opted for materials in our play yard. Our littles discovered that if their boat was wide and long, it took more items to sink it. If their boat was small or wadded up like a ball, it didn't take very much at all!
Mother Goose Time gets a GIANT kid approved high five for engaging play that promotes thinking, creativity and learning for the whole child and whole class regardless of age!
I hope these reviews are helping you in your search for a high quality curriculum for your little learners!
I wish you well and I hope you get to play today!
Life is made of moments...
"There isn't anything more full of hope, joy and peace than a child's smile... It captures the mundane and makes it extraordinary." - LaDonna Woolsey
I am a Mother Goose Time Blogger. I decided to become one after trying their products because I they are comprehensive and serve my mixed age group well. I do receive products to review from Mother Goose Time and do so with my own honest and thorough opinions. For more information, please contact me at Ladonna@woolseyacademy.com