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Why I Love Themes!

One of my favorite things about Mother Goose Time is how well they plan their themes.  There are many things that we get that are quite similar every month, but is completely matched to the month's theme.  I love that each month is new and different, but still predictable, which is nice for both Little Guy and me. 

Our Circle Time display gets a new poster, a new calendar, new shapes, letters, numbers, and colors every month, to match the new theme and the new basics we are learning.  I love updating my Circle Time display, and Little Guy loves to see what is new.

Every month we get a storybook that matches the theme.  We get manipulatives that go with the theme, as well as pattern cards, "board" games, story problem cards, and so many more things, all tied into the same theme.  I absolutely love it!

I think that the theme study is great for small children.  It allows for their knowledge and experience to build throughout the month.  For example when we were studying about bees in April, we spent the first week learning about how bees live (work, babies, hives, etc.), then the second week learning about different kinds of bees.  If we had just spent a day learning all about bees, it is unlikely that the information would have stuck nearly as well as it did when we spent 10 days playing games, reading stories, and doing art projects all about bees.

Themed things have always been something I enjoy.  If I were a creative person I would totally put together fun theme studies on my own.  But I am not creative, and while I am an excellent planner (seriously making lists is like a hobby for me...) I am really lacking in execution abilities.  So Mother Goose Time lets my son have amazingly well thought out theme studies, and lets me give him a very thorough education without having to do much planning that will inevitably never be followed through with.

The curriculum design of Mother Goose Time is wonderful.  Little Guy and I are so blessed to be able to use this curriculum free of charge in exchange for sharing our experiences and honest opinions.

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