September is “Friends and Feelings” month with Mother Goose Time. The first week is concentrated on making friends. We spent sometime reviewing the many ways we can say hello to our friends; waving, speaking or signing “hello,” or sharing hugs and kisses. We discussed the many places we can find current friends and make new ones including many places in our community and neighborhood. We looked at old pictures and identified some of our favorite places for play including the beach, park, our big backyard, etc.
We made friend puppets with supplies right out of the box from Mother Goose Time. All I had to supply was some glue and scissors. Ladybug cut the triangle for the shirt and then cut out the bottom of the swimsuit on the red head. I cut out the shorts and the top of the swim suit. Her shapes may look better than mine. We practiced letting the puppets say hello to each other in a variety of ways including a verbal hello, a high-five, a hug, a wave, and in Spanish. Hola!
Mother Goose Time offers lots of learning opportunities called investigation stations for use with a block area, the outdoors, a library, dramatic play, manipulatives, art, math, writing, technology, and sensory experiences. One of Ladybug’s favorite activities is playing with blocks. I love that Mother Goose Time uses a natural and favorite form of her play to reinforce concepts such as letter recognition and basic spelling. Today we worked on identifying the letters necessary to spell “Hello.” She enjoyed this activity so much we have repeated it through the week with a variety of other words including her name and the name of her family and friends.
Mother Goose Time provides manipulatives for each month. Included with “Friends and Feelings” were these adorable primary colored buses, which we used to drive to the same colored bus station (i.e. same colored index card). This activity was really fun for both my newly turned 3 year old (Ladybug) and my 21 month old (Owl).
Mother Goose Time also provides a book list for each month with enough titles to have a story time each day. Each month of Mother Goose Time has 20 days of structured activities included in the box with several more activities for special and extra days that fit within the theme included online. “Hello! Good-Bye!” by Aliki was the featured book for the first of the month and covered several different ways to say hello and goodbye including those are difficult or tricky as well as in a variety of languages. It was fun to practice saying hello and goodbye in the manner of several of the characters in the book using our friend puppets.
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