MGT "Weather Around Us" - Clouds

Today we learned about the Letter C using our Mother Goose Time preschool curriculum materials and ideas.  After circle time (calendar, weather, intro to the Letter C, and a song), I made a large C on the floor using tape.  Putting their gross motor skills to use, the girls rolled a cotton ball along the path and whenever I said a "C" word, they crawled like a cat.

I asked the girls what happens if clouds are on the ground and was even able to point out the fog that was still left outside.  Then they put cotton balls on their LEGO structures to make it a cloudy day in LEGO land!  

We talked about what some of their favorite outdoor activities are and drew a picture on the cover of their MGT journal.  The girls get really excited to fill out these journals, it's hard to hold them back from completing it all at one sitting.

Drawing a picture of herself playing on the swings!
Next, we did some super fun (yet very easy!) science experiments...We discussed what we think clouds are made of and talked about what shapes we've seen in the sky.   

"Look Mom, I made a heart shape cloud!"
 I asked a lot of "I wonder" questions...  I wonder how we can make the sponge heavy or light and I wonder what happens if you squeeze the sponge quickly or if you squeeze it slowly.   The girls made several predictions and had a blast exploring with the water and sponges.

MGT supplied us with some starch noodles and by using a damp cloth and getting the noodles wet, the girls could stick them together and make cloud shapes.

At the end, I just let them go at it and do their own experiments - they wanted to see what happens if you completely soak the noodles and what would happen if you squish them all together.

 They concluded that the noodles dissolve, but not before making a mess!  :)

Spooktacular Halloween Party at English Gardens

Who: Kids ages 3 thru 12.

What:  Come dressed in your Halloween costume and bring a pre-decorated pumpkin for judging in our annual contest.

Where:  All English Garden stores

When:  Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 11:30am

Cost:  Free

MGT "Weather Around Us" - Day 1 Sunshine

The girls and I were elated when the Mother Goose Time school bus once again arrived on our doorstep last week!  The preschool theme this month is "Weather Around Us," which happens to be quite advantageous for us, since that's also the science topic our first grader is studying at school.  Not only will this make my four-year old feel "cool" that she's learning especially important things like Big Sis, but we can also use the lessons with the 6 year-old to corroborate what she is doing.

As for the weather outside, we've had all kinds this week - making our MGT lessons particularly easy for real-world connections.  

Day 1 = Sunshine

We discussed how we think the sun helps us to see, and then we explored and experimented with flashlights.  We took turns crawling under a table and shining the light on our nametags.

To demonstrate how the suns warms the earth, we placed two bowls of water outside, one warm and one with ice.  We counted how many ice cubes were in the one bowl and predicted what would happen over the next 15 minutes.  We kept checking back until all of the ice had melted.  We did this every day throughout the week to see if the same number of ice cubes would melt faster or slower depending on the temperature.  The girls drew and explained to me what was happening.

We used the "Look and Find" poster to find similarities and differences between the four seasons.  

"Why can't we see the sun at night" is not exactly an easy thing for a preschooler to comprehend, but when they have materials to help them work through the thought process, all of a sudden the explanation makes much more sense.  

MGT supplied us with materials to create a visual of the earth and show how day and night work.  We first looked at a world map (also supplied by MGT) to examine the different shapes of the land masses and then we looked at where different kinds of animals live.  The 6 year-old chose to make Michigan and put a sticker of fish on it because of all of our lakes.  Why there is a zebra in the water, I don't know.

Testing it out!

Stay with DexterKids to see what other topics we examine this month and what our preschool friends think about this curriculum...

Goldfish Swim School Halloween Bash Oct. 24, 2014  Everyone!

What:  Come dressed in costume to trick-or-treat around the lobby where we will have local businesses come with prizes as well.  The pool will be open from 7pm-8pm and all families MUST preregister!  Sign up by stopping by the front desk, or calling us at 734-864-5555.

Where:  Goldfish Swim School Ann Arbor

When:  Friday, October, 24 from 7:00pm-8:30pm

"Their Name is Today" Book Review and GIVEAWAY!!

I don't have much time to read books these days, but I do love getting my hands on some good parenting advice every now and then and I wasn't going to pass this opportunity up.  I'm so glad I didn't.
Is there any hope for childhood? Will 2014 be remembered as the year when  children spent more time in virtual worlds than with their parents? In Their Name is Today, Johann Arnold reviews sweeping changes in the way our society treats children. He also addresses technology, standardized testing, overstimulation, academic pressure, marketing to children, over-diagnosis and much more, calling on everyone who loves children to cobalt these thetas to childhood and help children flourish.

When I first began reading the book, Arnold points out many of the negatives that our children are faced with every day.  This was quite depressing to me, but as I kept reading, I ended up feeling very inspired and hopeful.  I realized that I CAN be a courageous parent that can "turn the tide" and help reclaim childhood!  I highly recommend it to any parent.

For your chance to win a copy of Their Name is Today, enter the rafflecopter below.

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Halloween Fun at Hudson Mills - Oct. 19, 2014

Who:  Everyone!

What:  Make cider, take a hayride, and create “spooky” crafts. These kid friendly activities will get you in the Halloween sprit.

Where:  Hudson Mills Metropark

When:  Sunday, October 19, 2014.  10am OR 1pm

Cost:  $6/child, $3/adult - Admission is by advance ticket purchase only. Tickets are limited and available for purchase starting October 1.

Dexter Apple Daze - Oct. 4, 2014

Dexter Apple Daze

Monument Park

Saturday, October 4, 2014

10am - 4pm

Presented by Dexter Lions Club

Delicious food, music, and more!

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