May 28, 2016

How to Weep in Public by Jacqueline Novak - A Review

Most things I review get positive reviews.  Some things do not.  This book is one of the "do nots".

How to Weep in Public was SUPPOSED to be a funny book about depression.  I know, I know, not politically correct to joke about, but then I am not politically correct.  Instead it was a depressing, offensive book about depression.

Funny books make me laugh.  This one didn't even make me smirk (in its defense, I only read about 1/4 of it before I gave up) so it wasn't that funny.  It wasn't my mood, because the book bored me so much that I read it over the course of like two months. 

It was offensive.  Lots of sexual jokes and disrespect for religion.  But in all honesty, offensive things often make me laugh.  These didn't, they just made me offended or uncomfortable.  I wanted to like this book.  I really like humor books, and I am not actually very easily offended.  I was very disappointed by this book, and certainly don't recommend it.

I received this book free of charge in exchange for my honest opinion.

May 25, 2016

Rainbow Day - Mother Goose Time

Bubbles, Boats and Floats has been such a fun theme! 

Rainbow Day was really fun.  The first thing we did was talk about how rainbows were made.  First I asked who made rainbows, and he knew God did, so I was happy about that.  After we established who created rainbows, I told him that when rain and sun are out at the same time it makes a rainbow.  Mother Goose Time provided us with Rainbow Weather pieces.  We were supposed to put them in a bag and draw two, but I just laid them face down, and we flipped over two of them.  If one was rain and the other was sun we brought out the rainbow.

Then we played Rainbow Dominoes, which doesn't really need any explanation. 

Rain, Rain, Go Away was a Rhyme Time poster with a letter matching twist.  We just laid the poster on the ground, because I seem to be out of scotch tape.  After we said the rhyme a few times we got out the hands-on letters and he matched them to the letters on the poster.

Our final Rainbow Day activity was making a Rainbow Dancer.  I let Little Guy do it all by himself

(okay, like 90% by himself, I taped the strips on the back - no scotch tape, and I'm not letting a three year old use packaging tape! - and put the dots of glue on for the clouds), and it turned out pretty cute. 

He is still pretty bad with scissors...

Little Guy and I receive our Mother Goose Time curriculum free of charge in exchange for sharing our experiences!

May 24, 2016

My Mini Scientist - Mother Goose Time

Mother Goose Time offers ample opportunity to learn about every subject you can think of for preschoolers.  Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, Bible, Reading, and of course, Science.  This summer we will have a whole month dedicated to Science, which I am pretty excited about, but Bubbles, Boats and Floats had quite a few awesome experiments we did last week.

This first series of pictures is of an activity called Bubble Sock.  While he was eating breakfast I cut the bottom off of a plastic bottle and put a sock over the top, which he was very curious about, but I was quite vague in answering his questions.

After breakfast we did the activity. 

Little Guy "reading" the instructions

Dipping the bottom of the bottle in the bubble solution.  He has no idea what is going to happen next.

SO many bubbles!!! 
This was really fun.  When he first blew in the bottle the bubbles just fell off the end of the sock and he didn't notice what was going on at all.  So I took it from him and showed him what was happening.  After that he was pretty excited.  It was all fun and games until he sucked IN instead of blowing OUT and got a mouth full of bubbles.  He was not impressed with eating bubbles, but was still mad that the activity was over. 

I am not sure if he had more fun blowing the bubbles, or watching them fall on the floor.

Our next experiment was called Bubble Science.  We did something similar back in December with Fizzy Ice, but he wasn't particularly interested.  Back then I realized that if I left out the food coloring, he could do the experiment himself, rather than just watching me.  It was a big hit this time.  I put baking soda in 11 of the muffin tin spots, and filled the last one with vinegar.  I don't think you need a lot of explanation here.

It was really cute to watch him, he had a really hard time with the eyedropper at first, he liked to put it in, squeeze it, take it out, then let go.  He picked up on the idea after I showed him a few times.  He was very sweet, and initiated taking turns with me.

I love these simple science experiments.  For adults they are silly, but for kids they are educational and entertaining. 

Mother Goose Time is provided to Little Guy and I free of charge in exchange for sharing our experiences (and experiments!) with everyone!

May 23, 2016

Dishes and Laundry - More Bubbles, Boats, and Floats Fun with Mother Goose Time

This month has been a lot of fun with Mother Goose Time

I only have one picture from Dishes Day, and it was of Little Guy using the pattern cards.  The activity was called Scrub, Rinse, Dry.  He always calls us this activity "making a long train", and he likes it to start with, but gets a little bored at the end.  He did fairly well with the ABC pattern.

On Dishes Day we also did Painting Plates, where he used a fork to paint on a paper plate, but I apparently used my camera to take a picture instead of my phone.

On Laundry Day (also known as EVERY day at my house LOL) we played Laundry Words, which is a word family game.  Honestly, Little Guy is not good at sounding out words at this point.  He did have fun using clothespins, and matching the letters, but he didn't really sound out anything.  We also did a really fun activity called Bubble Sock, but I am not going to talk about it on this post. 

Little Guy and I receive FREE Mother Goose Time curriculum in exchange for sharing our honest opinions, experiences, and pictures :D