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Homeschooling with Mother Goose Time

If you are like me, you looked into Experience Early Learning (Mother Goose Time) for your toddler or preschooler, but maybe have wondered how you could use it for all of your children. I am here to help you execute this idea!

I have three boys (rising first grade, rising kindergarten, and toddler) and they all LOVE Mother Goose Time. The topics are fun, engaging, and hands-on. I extend for my first grader (and kindergartner depending on the theme) and break it down for the youngest.

Fine Motor skills toddler preschool
Fine Motor skills toddler preschool

Suggestions for breaking it down with toddlers:

  • Read aloud (a lot) - use the books from the kit and find books at your local library to supplement

  • Use small figures, animals, and the manipulative materials from the monthly kit to create sensory bins (add scoopers, grabbers, and pinchers for fine motor skills)

  • Use bingo markers and large crayons for them to decorate the inside of their monthly journal

  • Let them craft with everyone else and don't worry if it looks nothing like the actual craft

  • Let them be participate in science experiments and exploration

  • Lay out cups and let them sort objects and manipulative pieces from the monthly kit

Handwriting Without Tears Kindergarten First Second Grade
Handwriting Without Tears Kindergarten First Second Grade

Suggestions for extending with older children:

  • Allow them to research an animal (or insect) further and complete a research report

  • Read fiction books aloud or have them read to you and then complete a fiction book report

  • Use double dice instead of regular dice, so they have to add numbers together and then move (during games)

  • Have them choose two numbers on a spinner or game card instead of one (practice addition and subtraction this way)

  • Use manipulative pieces and counters to skip count (2's, 3's, 4's, 5's, 10's)

  • Choose books that match their reading level or you can do a shared reading with

  • Have them use a weekly reflection journal to draw and write (I like the ones from Handwriting Without Tears level A or B)

Homeschool curriculum toddler, prek, kindergarten and first grade
Homeschool curriculum toddler, prek, kindergarten and first grade

Want to learn more? Watch the video below!

In the video I mentioned a couple free resources! you can find them below! These links are free for the next 24 hours!


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