Sunday, August 9, 2015

The Lion and the Mouse

The Lion and the Mouse

Synchronicity at its best this month with our new theme for the month. Fables and Folktales! First, I am a writer and have been itching to begin my first novel, so to spend an entire month on stories is inspirational! Second, Sonia has found her love for math but not so much reading. A lot of the activities, so far, have been math based but with reading comprehension and of course the sight words in other lesson plans. This is making her reading more fun and I can see she is beginning to enjoy it more!

Once again, all around amazing curriculum.

Each day, Daniella, my curious almost 3 year old, gets more and more involved. It is going to be so much fun to challenge myself to truly carry out this curriculum in September on two majorly different levels. What I love about MGT, is that most of the activities end up, at some point, becoming independent play and they send manipulatives each month that can be used over and over however the child likes. I imagine that I will set up each child with some individual play items from MGT while I work independently with the other child to make sure that each child's educational needs are being met.

Home schooling is NOT easy but it is, by far, worth every single second!

I am also beginning a Toddler and After School Program in my home so I'm going to enjoy teaching the material to children in my area as well.

I started todays lesson on opening with this question with this question, "What is a Fable? What is a Folktale?" After I gave her my best explanation. The answer that Sonia now tells me is, "a story that has a lesson." I'm very happy with that. I will begin to expand on this as the days go on and introduce the word moral and delve a little deeper into practicing each moral in our day to day lives.

A Kindness is Never Wasted

What a great way to open up this month. The Lion and The Mouse taught us that no matter the situation, being kind is always the best option.
We read our story, which was short and sweet. Both girls paid attention the whole time and listened for the word "lion". Every time they heard the word, I had them jump up and ROAR! We even read it again and they listened for "mouse" and squeaked each time I read it. Impressive!
I asked, "when might an animal need your help?" Sonia said, "When its stuck in a tree. When it's owners left it at a shelter. When it's sick. When it needs love." 
I had wrapped some of the girls stuffed animals in yarn and gave them scissors to pretend they were mice teeth and save all of the animals! As fellow animal rescuers, they thoroughly enjoyed this!

Then it was time for some free art time. I set out all of the supplies and gave minimal directions. I helped when asked. I encouraged the entire time. And the projects came out fantastic!

** Mother Goose Time allows me to follow two of my biggest passions. Educating my children and writing! I am honored to work with Mother Goose Time. I do receive the curriculum in exchange for my blog posts but every word in here is honest and a true example of this curriculum in a multi age home practice.

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