The kids and I have had a fantastic month reviewing all the letters of the alphabet with Mother Goose Time’s A-Zoo play based curriculum. We have read a ton of great books, played a bunch of fun, active games, and created all kinds of animal-inspired artwork.
My favorite part of the A-Zoo Curriculum package was the CD of fabulous songs that concentrated on both the letter and the sound it made by pairing it with a representative from the animal kingdom. For example,
“D” is for dolphin diving deep down.
Listen to the dolphin and hear the letter D sound.
The tunes were unbelievably catchy and I can’t stop singing some of them! Fortunately, neither can the kids.
This simple technique of pairing the letters with sounds in combination with visual aids has been incredibly effective in teaching the kids their letters and letter sounds.
The visual aids included:
daily posters (which we hung up on the wall around our kitchen table),
daily coloring pages,
a book about the animals (A-Z),
and individual alphabet ring bound booklets for each kid (which my kids used as songbooks).
Learning the letters and sounds has taken virtually no effort on my part. I just have to push play on the CD player and sing along 🙂 Like most toddlers and preschoolers, mine too are fans of parental participation 🙂
Our mornings are filled with requests to turn on the CD before, during, and after breakfast. The kids use the ring booklets like song books and turn the pages to find the letters and animals that correspond to the letters of the alphabet in the lyrics of the songs.
A to Z Animals by Michael Kania was one of my most precious memories from this month with Mother Goose Time.
The pages showed a picture of the featured animal on the left. The right side of the book shared some fun facts about the animal, but then (my favorite) there was also a question posed to the kids. For example, the moose page seen here asked, “What can you do now that you couldn’t do as a baby?”
There were wonderful questions like that one on every other page. I had some of the most wonderful conversations with my daughter based on these questions. It was a fantastic book to snuggle up and discuss. I learned so much about her and realized just how much my little girl has grown and learned since we started home school preschool with Mother Goose Time.
The A-Zoo songs and booklets have been an absolute blast for us as a family. The activities, games, and crafts that were included to go along with each letter were a nice bonus 🙂
There are so many wonderful memories that happen with our home school preschool that I can’t possibly share them all on the blog. We’re too busy having fun and learning! So, I’ve started being more proactive about sharing them on Instagram and Facebook!
Join us there to see tons more of Mother Goose Time! Search @mothergoosetime and #mgtblogger
Here are just a few highlights from our Instagram Reel from the past month.
"L" is for llama with @mothergoosetime Ladybug's llama is on the left – she wanted to use the yarn to make hay for the Llama to eat instead of using it for wool for his body, because it's summertime and too hot to have wool like that! Owl's llama is on the right….. he may also have wool glued to his own body at least until lunch time… LOL #mgtblogger #A-Zoo #kidcrafts #prayspecies
I feel confident that the daily posters, A to Zoo Animals CD, and mini booklets/song booklets will be adorning our breakfast table for weeks (possibly) months to come.
What have you been up to this month in your home school?