October 19, 2016

More Math, More Literacy - Mother Goose Time

Mother Goose Time has more than just their basic curriculum.  As I have shared many times, they have a plethora of add-ons that can enrich you and your child's Mother Goose Time experience.  In the past I have talked about the Experience God add-on, which is a great way to teach your children truths about God, in a pre-school friendly way.  I didn't feel that we were using this add-on to its fullest, because frankly, my time management skills suck.  So I decided to try something new: More Math and Literacy.
More Math and Literacy is a math and literacy program designed for children 4-6 years old.  It focuses on preparing children for the academics of school.  Little Guy is a little younger than their target demographic, but there is a readiness test on the website and he passed it.  He can't do them as independently as I was hoping (even if he passed the readiness test, he is at the very, very early stages of being ready), but he enjoys them. 

Mother Goose Time is the queen of the theme, so of course they match the theme PERFECTLY!  He gets to practice forming letters, sounds, writing and recognizing numbers, counting, basic math, and more.  There are even some/true false questions to prepare them for school tests. 

As I said, he is a little bit young for them, so I am writing the answers in with highlighter (okay I don't own highlighters, its an orange marker) and he is tracing over the top.  He loves them, and he hasn't even gotten to the cutting pages yet!

I am impressed with the quality of the workbooks, as well as the scope of what they cover.  In the back is a place to keep track of how the children are doing, assessment-wise, in each subject.  They are very colorful, and the pictures engage children, as well as being very cohesive with the artwork in the rest of the curriculum.

As someone that really values bookwork and back to basics education, this is a perfect add-on for my son's education.  I am really happy that he can focus on these important subjects, while still benefiting from the hands-on approach of the curriculum.

Little Guy and I get this awesome stuff for free, so we can share how much fun it is with you guys!  All opinions are my own!

October 18, 2016

Experiencing God Through His Names by Sheryl Giesbrecht - A Review

There are some things I never think of, but should.  One of these is what all the names of God mean.  I mean I know the Amy Grant (I went to my first concert in second grade, my mom took me to see Amy Grant!) song "Emmanuel" based on Isaiah 9:6, but I never put any thought into it. 

Not so with Sheryl Giesbrecht.  She has written a devotional book that goes through 31 of the different names for God.  The book touches on some common names, such as Father, and some more obscure names that are only mentioned once or twice in the Bible.

I love the idea behind this book.  It is a fresh look at our Father in Heaven, one that many of us probably have not thoroughly investigated.  Sheryl writes in a great voice, friendly and open, with a nice mix of personal stories and Bible stories.  The daily readings are quick enough to do everyday, even if you are busy.

My only problem is that the books seems like it was rushed to publication.  There are some very obvious typos that bother me in a published book.  On a blog, or in an e-book, I can easily look over them, but when you are being published, their should be editors to catch mistakes.  The formatting is a little awkward, it doesn't look polished.  Both of these could be overlooked if the content was amazing, but while the parts that are written are wonderful, I feel like it is missing information.  When I am reading about a topic that I don't know much about, I want a lot of facts.  I wanted the Bible verses that the name was used in, so I could see them for myself. 

It isn't a bad book by any means.  It was a unique idea, and Sheryl is an excellent writer.  It just feels incomplete.

For more information, or to purchase your own copy, click here!

I received this book free of charge from the LitFuse in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

October 17, 2016

There's A Cow in My House - Mother Goose Time

Every month we get a new CD included with our Mother Goose Time curriculum.  Each month has a different style of music, ranging from rock to classical, but with songs for children that match VERY well with the theme of the month.  This month is country inspired, and out of the 11 CDs we've received so far, it my favorite.  The songs are fun and catchy, and we've been listening to the whole thing every day. 

There is one song - Cow In My House - that is especially fun.  As I was looking through my Teacher Guide, I realized that our Storybook of the Month is called There's a Cow in My House.  So we skipped a few days and learned about cows. 

We started out using one of our new manipulatives: COW COUNTERS!  Something that Little Guy was not very good at when we started (which was almost a year ago now!) was sorting by one feature, then sorting by another.  He has improved by leaps and bounds, and has no problem sorting by color, then by size or shape. 

We used a Rhyme Time Poster to practice the sound that "C" makes, as well as rhyming.  We worked together to find the word "cow" and put a cow counter on the word.  After we went over the rhyme a few times, I let him move onto his all-time favorite activity: Playing with Animal Counters in Cornmeal.  Seriously, he did this for over an hour!

 Then we did a Make and Play activity, to make a Cow Mask.  I was 90% hands off on this project, letting Little Guy do the whole thing himself.  The only thing I did was cut out the cow ears, and draw an oval on the pink paper so he could cut it out on the line.  Which he did not do.  But, he was pretty happy with it anyways.

Little Guy and I receive Mother Goose Time Curriculum free of charge in exchange for our pictures and posts!

October 16, 2016

Don't Drop the Chicken Egg - Mother Goose Time

This month we are Down on the Farm with Mother Goose Time.  I love the variety of sub-topics each each month.  For the first week of activities we were looking at Farm Animals, starting with chickens.  In the next couple of weeks we will explore things you find in the barn, food that comes from the farm, and farming. 

For our first day on the farm we were learning about chickens. 

We started with Chicken Eggs.  First Little Guy learned that chickens only lay one egg everyday (he thought they laid two).  After that we used tweezers to pick up "eggs" (cotton balls) and count them as we put them on a chicken nest card.  Little Guy has never used tweezers before, but he did very well. 

We also did Names in the Barn, which was a fun nametag activity for the first day of the month.  I actually messed it up and had him draw his animal on the back of the barn instead of on the front, oops.  He traced his name on the inside, and drew a cow (which he said was his favorite farm animal) on the back.  It ended up pretty cute.

Our last activity was an Invitation to Create called Chicken Feathers.  My son loves art, but he isn't good at it.  His favorite thing to do is cut (which he does upside down unless I am hovering over him correcting him), with gluing being a close second.  For Chicken Feathers he got to do both, so he was pretty happy.  He also got to use feathers and paint. 

Little Guy and I are Blog Ambassadors for Mother Goose Time, which means we get to enjoy free curriculum in exchange for sharing our experiences.  All opinions are my own!