Experience a Day with Mother Goose Time is a one-day sample kit. The sample kits are used by Mother Goose Time for nonprofit organizations who provide training and home visits to child care providers, or for training with Mother Goose Time. The sample kit I reviewed was a gardening theme, Seeds. Oh so welcome to think about in the middle of a Wisconsin winter!
Included in the Experience a Day of Learning with Mother Goose Time one day sample kit:
- Teacher guide
- Circle Time Calendar, and numbers, Letter S, Opening rhyme
- Colors in the Garden folder game
- Growing Seeds: seeds, feathers/bowl/eyes
- Counting Beans: beans & counting beans sheet
- Jack and the Beanstalk participation story, storytelling Scene and pieces
- Water Table suggestion
- Closing Time: discussion question prompts, song/video link with movements
Teacher Guide: Circle Time
Everyday starts out very similar to the example below.
Calendar Grid & Numbers
Mother Goose Time has amazing printed materials! I just love the look of this calendar. The dirt looks real. I think these details just add to the whole learning experience. A calendar grid and a set of numbers is included. We use a glue stick to attach the numbers. The number cards also feature patterning. With the calendar we can discuss the month, days of the week, Spanish words for each day of the week, patterns, counting, special events and holidays.
Garden photo cards
The garden photo cards are for the opening rhyme activity but in the end, could be used many ways. Consider sorting by fruits or vegetables, asking children what food is their favorite, which they grow in their gardens or the colors of the foods.
Jack and the Beanstalk Storytelling Set
Story can be read and children can participate by holding up the appropriate story piece during the story. Later, children can retell the story on their own using the storytelling pieces. The storytelling scene is a quality printed sheet and the storytelling pieces are heavy cardstock. I usually laminate these pieces for keeping.
Counting Beans and Grass Seed
The counting beans go along with the Planting and Counting Beans sheet (below). Children can use the beans for fine motor play, scooping and transferring in containers. They can also estimate how many they have in their container and count them. As an added sensory experience, you could fill a pan with dirt and pretend to plant beans.
The grass seed is used to plant the bird cup. Another activity that I think is great, is to fill a tray with dirt and press the Hands-On letter S into the dirt to create an imprint. Grass seed can be planted in the S shape and you can watch it grow!
Growing Seeds Visual Art/Bird Cup
Materials included are: seeds, feathers, bowl, giggle eyes and black paper. Cup can be colored or painted.
Adorable! It would be so cute with grass growing in it for spring!
Colors in the Garden Game
A heavy, beautifully printed came board is included with a game cube and pieces. These games are great to extend your theme and teach the concept of counting, taking turns and winning and losing, waiting and developing patience and attention spans.
Teacher Guide: Closing Time, Sensory Table Idea & Music & Movement Activity
So much included in just one day! Some you’ll do over & over again and others you may not get to but the beauty of the curriculum is you can make it work for you.
The Experience a Day with Mother Goose Time all-inclusive sample kit is a wonderful example of the quality learning materials provided in every kit. Click on the image below to sign up and download the sample day materials!