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Learning About Cowboy Hats - Mother Goose Time

Wow.  After last month I would not have thought today was possible! 

We did Circle Time, Experience God, AND all FOUR preschool learning activities.  So it was basically the perfect preschool day.  To top it off, Little Guy did really well at most of the activities, which is always encouraging.

Experience God was a little tough for Little Guy today.  We were talking about how we should always obey God, and God will always tell us to do only good and helpful things.  To illustrate this we played "God says" which is like "Simon Says".  In all honesty it made me a little uncomfortable when I thought about it, because I am not God (and I was the one telling him what do to), and God doesn't tell people to do things like jump up and down.  Little Guy didn't get it anyways, and just did everything that I told him to do, whether I said "God says" first, or not.  I really like that doing the Experience God stuff before the rest of our school day reminds us to pray before school time.

Every month there are some preschool activities that are the same or very similar (nametags, journals, story telling sets, counting cards, etc.).  One of these that we do is using Looking Glasses and the Theme Poster.  We talked about all the things in the picture, then he used the Looking Glasses to find certain things, and then do an action listed on the back.  He really excels at this activity, and likes to talk about EVERYTHING in the picture. 
Cowboy Hat Colors was a unique matching game.  We had some cowboy and cowgirl cards, and each of them had a different color of boots, and some had kerchiefs.  First Little Guy sorted them by boys and girls, then by if they had a kerchief on.  He did great at the boys and girls, but not so hot with the kerchiefs.  Next he matched a cowboy hat color to the cowboy boot color.  Which was pretty much cake for him.
Sometimes I like to add to the activities laid out in our Teacher Guide.  Measure Your Head was one of those times.  Little Guy and I started Mother Goose Time late in the year, so we missed the first few numbers, letters and patterns.  Sometimes the pattern of the month is to difficult for Little Guy, so I wanted to help him work on a very simple pattern: AB.  For Measure Your Head we used the Connecting Cubes to measure how big his head was.  First I had him pick two colors of Connecting Cubes, then we built a tall tower using an AB pattern.  He didn't need much help once we got started, although sometimes he asked if the wrong color went next but I am 99% sure he was just being silly.  Then we broke the tower apart so it was the size of his head and he found which things were bigger than his head and which were smaller.  After that we decided which body parts were bigger or smaller than his head.
Almost every day Mother Goose Time provides an art activity for the kids to do.  They are really good at providing different things for the children to create art with.  Yesterday was the pokey ball boot design, and today he dragged a piece of twine through paint and then used it to drag across the cowboy hat to decorate it. 
Finishing two days in a row doesn't seem like much, but it feels like a great accomplishment considering how our last month went.  Still hoping it is momentum building!

Little Guy and I get to use Mother Goose Time for free in exchange for sharing our pictures and experiences.  All opinions are my own :)


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