My March Mother Goose Time box arrived yesterday so I have it opened up and reviewed for you! Not only is this post all about What’s in the Box? Blast Off to Space but I’ll show you how I prep my materials at the beginning of the month.
Why Prep Your Mother Goose Time Kit?
The beauty of purchasing a professionally pre-made curriculum is that you don’t *have* to do much prep, but there’s still a certain amount that is necessary. Some users say they don’t do any prep, just pull out a bag and get started and you definitely can do that. I can say I certainly have but I do know that if I’m prepared, I’m a better teacher.
If I haven’t looked at the lesson for the day, prepped anything or thought about how I will use it with my group, I don’t feel I do the best job I can. Sometimes I’ve actually wished I had looked at the lesson earlier so because ideas came to mind that now I no longer have time for or don’t have something I wish I had boughten to go along with it.
When all my materials are organized, laminated, cut and ready to go, I am less stressed and have more time to do what I need to with my child care group. Plus, as a family child care provider with a mixed age group, you never know what a day will bring! Sometimes we have time to spare and other days, nothing goes right.
Spending a little time in advance to make the most of my Mother Goose Time kit, really makes a difference for me. I would say it takes 45 minutes to an hour to go through the box, open each bag, laminate or cut as desired and put it in drawers. Of course, it depends on how many interruptions I have and that includes taking photos of each bag like I show in the What’s in the Box? posts. I do hurry through this process because time is of the essence, I’ve done it many times and I know what works for me.
What’s in the Box? Blast Off to Space
3…2…1… Blast off! Children will pretend to be astronauts and fly off in a homemade rocket ship. They will count the stars, create constellations and explore rock and gaseous planets. Children will make their own stargazers as they play with light and look up into the sky during this incredible space adventure.
Space From Earth
Teacher Tool Bag
- Lessons 1-5: Space From Earth
- Lessons 6-10: Rock Planets
- Lessons 11-15: Giant Planets
- Lessons 16-20: Exploring Space
Easter Celebration Kit
Lesson 1: Stars
As I’m opening each daily bag (and taking pictures for you) I start to prep all my materials. Anything that needs to be laminated or cut apart, I do that right away. It saves me the time when I really need to be teaching.
Laminating everything at once eliminates pulling out the laminator and paper cutter multiple times each month. If I don’t do it in advance, it’s likely I won’t bother with laminating at the last minute and then my materials won’t be a nice for the children to use or hold up for reusing them in the future.
There – Day 1 materials all laminated and cut apart. Anything small like the star cards I put into a baggie.
Calendar Set & My Creative MindDaily Notes Week 1
I store all the daily lessons in a 10 drawer cart. A 20 drawer cart would be amazing but I don’t have a lot of space so I make this work for me. I have the drawers labeled Mon-Fri x 2. The first day of March is a Thursday so I put my lesson 1 materials in the top Thursday drawer.
I always put the daily topic poster on top and any other materials underneath so I know which materials belong to each day. As you can see, I have materials for the current month in that drawer yet.
Anything I want to have available on the first day of the theme, I put in a monthly folder including:
- theme poster
- alphabet posters, alphabet pocket cube cards, hands-on letters
- hands on numbers/number cards
- magnet set
- parent newsletters
- teacher guides
- Theme web/resource pages from Teacher Tool Bag
This system has been helpful to contain all the month’s related materials other than the actual daily bags. Otherwise, I’m always looking for the next teacher guide, etc.
If you have a little one that’s keen to help, give them the job of separating the calendar numbers and putting them in order.
Lesson 2: Sun
Lesson 3: Moon
I laminate my posters using two laminating sheets like shown below.
Fold it and put it through your laminator – it works! You may need to reinforce the seam on the back with a piece of packing tape or it may separate. Now the poster will last for years to come!
Lesson 4: Astronomers
Lesson 6: Earth
My Creative Mind Daily Notes Week 2
Lesson 7: Mercury
Lesson 8: Mars
Lesson 9: Venus
Lesson 10: Pluto
Lesson 11: Jupiter
Lesson 12: Uranus
Lesson 13: Neptune
Lesson 14: Saturn
Lesson 15: Galaxies
Lesson 16: Astronauts
Lesson 17: Gravity
Lesson 18: Space Food
Lesson 19: Rocket Ships
Lesson 20: Observatories
Anything that’s large that doesn’t fit in the drawers I put in a basket on the top of the cart. Everything for March and 1/2 of February’s themes is in this cart.
Here’s another look at a couple days of lessons in one cart. If today is Friday, I go to the Friday drawer, open it and take out everything for the lesson that’s on top.
My Creative Mind Daily Notes
The Creative Mind Daily Notes are awesome for sharing with parents so they understand what the art project concept was. I also put them on any pieces that go into the child’s portfolio because it’s a nice explanation of the artifact.
What to do with those My Creative Mind Daily Notes? I cut them apart for the whole month and put them in my supply cabinet. Then they are already cut apart to glue on the back of art or to take a photo of one for my parents to see online. I don’t use them for every project so if I don’t, I throw what’s not used out at the end of the month. My kids seem to think they are little treasures so sometimes I put them in the scrap box for them to use as they wish during free time art as well.
Blast Off to Space promises to be full of learning and fun! I hope this little overview of prepping my Mother Goose Time kit has been helpful as well.