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Boats and a Bible Lesson

After a very fun first day of our trip to Alphabet Island this month, we were ready to learn about boats!  You can't very well set sail with out something to sail in after all!

Once again we started our day with our brand new coloring books, this time putting some "b's" on a boat before coloring it.  Little Guy said the b's were something, but I can't remember what...  I should write down notes more often.

They we did some Island Exploring, which was using our "magnifying glasses" to look at the theme poster.  On the back of the magnifying glasses there is always a question and a charades style prompt, adding to the fun.  Little Guy has always loved this part of Mother Goose Time, probably because he has always been good at it.  One of the twins actually did really well at finding the matching picture too.  I was supposed to bury the magnifying glasses in sand and have them dig to find them, but since I don't have any clean sand, and I don't…

Five Easy Ways to Save Money on Children's Clothes

Raising children can be expensive.  According to Wikipedia (the ever reliable sort) the average spending per year, per child, is approximately $9500 for dual parent families, making less than $59,410.  I am about 99% sure that I don't spend nearly that much on Little Guy, and 100% sure that families with more than 3 children cannot possibly spend that much, seeing as how the average income of the families surveyed was $38,000.  
Regardless of how much children do or do not cost, it is always great to find ways to make it less expensive.  One of the easiest ways to save money is to spend less on clothes.
Shop at Second-Hand Stores! Children grow quickly, so spending $25 on a pair of jeans that will only fit them for a few months isn't the wisest way to spend money.  Purchasing second hand clothes is ecological as well as economical.  If no one bought used clothes, all of the clothes that no longer fit children would be in landfills, despite having lots of wear left in it.There i…

Setting Sail to Alphabet Island - Mother Goose Time

Now for most people. this might not be brag-worthy, but for me, it is a bit of an accomplishment: We have done ALL of the activities (well, not the STEAM stations) for FOUR DAYS IN A ROW!

Last month we tried to do Mother Goose Time with the boys that I baby-sit, but it wasn't a huge a huge success, unless torn paper and slobbery manipulatives are successful.

I decided that I would try again at the beginning of each month, because at two, children really can mature a lot in 30 days.  I had much better luck, and although I don't think the little boys are really grasping the point of anything, I think they at least kind of like it.  Little Guy is pretty stoked because now we can do Mother Goose Time everyday again.

This month's theme is Alphabet Island, and for the first week we were "Setting Sail".

The summer months with Mother Goose Time are all about review, hence the alphabet twist to the island theme.  Day one was just about Islands in general.

There are alway…

Learning About Praying Mantises with Mother Goose Time

So.  May, much like April, was not our biggest success, Mother Goose Time-wise.  What we did was fun, but it was not very much.  The last day (that we completed) was Praying Mantis Day.  
We started out with the Invitation to Create, which would have been much better if I had brought regular glue, rather than a glue stick, but either way, Little Guy had fun, which is really what matters when it comes to art projects.  

I don't remember exactly what he did with each thing, because the glue didn't hold the pipe cleaners on, so it went in the garbage as soon as he wasn't paying attention, but he did tell me what everything was.  It wasn't until the last few months that he has really planned what he is doing, and been able to describe his art to me after he finishes, so I am always happy when he can.

Little Guy is so good at cutting now, but his children's scissors were no match for his limited cutting skills, so for the pipe cleaners, he told me where to cut and I cu…

Beautiful Butterflies - Mother Goose Time

Butterflies are one of the only tolerable bugs in my opinion.  Ladybugs and bees are the only other bugs that don't send me in the other direction.  Butterfly day with Mother Goose Time this month had such fun activities!
We started out with Camouflage Matching, which was a matching game focusing on the way that butterflies can blend in with their surroundings.  Little Guy doesn't LOVE matching games, because he is always a bit perturbed when he doesn't get a match and I won't let him flip over more until he gets a match.  However, he actually is very good at the game after the first few turns.  After we played I had him count how many cards I had and how many he had, then tell me who had a greater amount.  
Then we played Butterfly Migration.  After talking about what kind of weather butterflies like, as well as what kind of weather Little Guy likes (sunny on both counts), I had Little Guy go clean up his playroom while I hid the puzzle pieces around the room.  Then …

Losing Baby Girl

We have had many, many foster children.  Since July 2013 we have had more than 20 children live with us for some period of time.  
I am going to be super honest here.  We are not amazing, selfless people.  The reason we started doing foster care was to adopt a baby.  I can't get pregnant, and I wanted to be a mother.  Out of the 20 plus children we have had, only a handful of them have felt like "ours".  Miss Baby was our first placement, and it killed me inside when she left to go live with her grandma.  Little Guy never left, he really is ours!  In March 2016 Bitty Baby went to live with her dad.  Although I was sad to see her leave, I was very happy that her dad was going to have her (he wanted her as soon as he found out she was his).  Tomorrow, Baby Girl is leaving.  
The fact that this was surprising to me is my own fault!!  There was a family member that wanted her, but wasn't able to get certified.  Once they told us that she wouldn't be leaving to go liv…

Bees, Art, and Mother Goose Time

Last April we did an entire unit on Bees & Butterflies, so Little Guy has had a fondness for bees since then.  He was quite happy about Bee Day being included in Bugs & Crawly Things.  
We started with There Are Bugs, which is our storybook this month.  Each month we get a new book to add to our collection.  It is great because they are unique books, most of the time created specifically for Mother Goose Time, plus they offer a lot of variety.  Some months we get fiction books, others the book is non-fiction or a concept book (like the alphabet, counting, or mixing colors).  I always leave the Mother Goose Time books out for Little Guy to look at when we are done.  *I have also recently found that the binding is ideal for reading aloud to groups of children.  They are sturdy enough to stand up without much support, but light enough to hold comfortably in your hand.*
There Are Bugs is a fun book that mixes the Mother Goose Time illustration style with photographs of bugs.   Th…

Creepy Crawlies with Mother Goose Time

This month we are learning all about the types of creatures that I hate.  The theme is literally called Bugs & Crawly Things.  YUCK!

However, Mother Goose Time can make even the grossest things interesting and fun.  For the first week we were learning about Backyard Bugs.

Let me start by stating the obvious:  We are behind (again).

I started baby-sitting this week, and although I had planned on bringing the MGT goodness with me to do with the boys, they simply tore apart all of the art projects and chewed on the manipulatives.  But we are gone all day, and getting up early, so finding time for MGT is problematic.  We leave at 6:30 am, and get back around 5:00.  After dinner it is basically bedtime for the kids.

Change is inevitable.  I hate that.  I don't function very effectively without a schedule, and every time I get something set up that is working, something changes, and I fall apart.

Anywho.  Bugs, yucky stuff.


Let's start with the tiniest little bug: Baby Girl!  …

Learning About Exotic Birds with Mother Goose Time

We did it.  We were a week late, but we finished our Birds & Eggs curriculum.  Yes, the art projects were skipped, but a lot of learning and a lot of fun were had.  For the next unit, we will just make sure we do a bunch of the art projects to make up for it!

Our last week was all about Exotic Birds.  I think this was Little Guy's favorite week, just because he knows the names of most of them.  We didn't do the Birdwatcher day at the end, although I might let him make the binoculars another day, because he made a pair last winter during "Going on Safari" and promptly broke them.  Which he still talks about.  That and his rhino horn that he took to my mother-in-law's house and left there.

Ostrich:

Bird Egg, Big Egg was fun.  We talked about how big an ostrich is, as well as how big their eggs can get.  Mother Goose Time provided us with a photo of an ostrich egg, and we compared other items in the room (a really weird assortment of items including our pocket c…

Learning About Tree Birds with Mother Goose Time

I know it is May now, and we SHOULD be moving onto Bugs & Crawly Things (EWWWW...), but we are still doing catch-up for Birds & Eggs.  
Today we went even more against the grain, and we did a Mother Goose Time marathon after dinner.  We learned A LOT about Tree Birds yesterday, and I was amazed at seeing some of the things Little Guy has caught onto recently!
Bluebird:
Our first activity was Word House, which was a phonological awareness activity.  Little Guy knows all of his letter sounds, but struggles with putting them together to actually read.  This time we were focusing on the -it family of words.  
We had a bird house, a lot of letter cards, and a card with a blank space and -it on it.  Imagine my surprise when Little Guy first drew an "s", stuck it on the blank space, and said "S it.  Sit."  He continued to read all of the words correctly, without any assistance!   We also did Bird Patterns, which was our pattern card for the month.  It was an ABC pa…

Bird Bodies with Mother Goose Time

April has not been a particularly productive month for us.  I was going to say homeschooling-wise, but then I realized that it was pretty unproductive overall judging by how my house looked most days this month.

Yesterday, on the homeschooling front anyways, we did some serious catching up on our Mother Goose Time.  Instead of doing one day's activities, we did a whole weeks worth!  There are only a couple of days left in April, so we are doing marathons!
Little Guy was a little perturbed by the fact that we skipped all of the art projects, because, while art projects are his favorite part most days, they are also the most time consuming and therefore not conducive to productivity numbers.  However, I have warned him that if he can't participate nicely in Mother Goose Time, I will have to have them stop sending it to us.  This isn't because I am mean, but because I need to be able to blog regularly.  I think he had this in mind because he participated perfectly, with no a…

April is For the Birds with Mother Goose Time

We have not had a great month with Mother Goose Time.  I was really excited about this month, and the activities were so, so fun!  Sadly, between taking a few days off to visit friends, and my getting lax on consistent discipline, we have not gotten much done, and we are more than halfway through the month.

Little Guy was getting really good at obeying, after I finally got consistent, but since he was doing so well, I got lax again, and when I get bad at parenting, he gets bad at obeying.  Now we are back to square two, which is a little better than square one, but not where I like to be.

What does this have to do with Mother Goose Time?  Well, every time we get started, after a few minutes, he decides he doesn't want to obey.  Like today.  We were playing a game where he rolled the pocket cube, and then either colored in a matching egg, or did an action, depending on what he rolled.  He did great at it.  His coloring was better than ever, he matched everything perfectly, and was…