Time Again for the DUMC Rummage Sale!!


'Monkey Kingdom' Movie Review by a 4 year-old!

Funny.  Sad.  Cute little babies.  That's how the 4 year-old described Monkey Kingdom.  My husband agreed with her.  Thanks to Disney, they were both able to attend the screening this week and really enjoyed the film and even learned a lot!  If you've seen the Disneynature's Chimpanzee, it's quite similar...


Life is an adventure for Maya, the clever and resourceful blonde-bobbed monkey in “Monkey Kingdom,” Disneynature’s new feature film set among ancient ruins in the storied jungles of South Asia. Maya’s world is forever changed when she welcomes her son, Kip, into her complicated extended family. Like all families, Maya’s has more than its share of colorful personalities—and she’s determined to give her son a leg up in the world. When their longtime home at Castle Rock is taken over by powerful neighboring monkeys, Maya's whole family is forced to relocate, and she uses her street smarts and ingenuity to lead them to untapped resources amidst strange new creatures and unsettling surroundings. Ultimately, they will all have to work together to reclaim Castle Rock, where Maya can hopefully realize her dreams for her son’s future. Featuring a rich variety of characters, including a mischievous mongoose, simple-minded langur monkeys, predatory leopards and monitor lizards, “Monkey Kingdom” is directed by Mark Linfield (“Chimpanzee,” “Earth”) and co-directed by Alastair Fothergill (“Chimpanzee,” “Bears”). With music from award-winning composer Harry Gregson-Williams ("The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," “Shrek” movies), Disneynature’s eighth True Life Adventure—the follow-up to 2014’s “Bears”—swings into theaters April 17, 2015. (DISNEYNATURE) 
 This film is rated G.


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 In Theaters Now

See MONKEY KINGDOM opening week (April 17-23) and Disneynature will make a donation in your honor to Conservation International to help protect monkeys and other endangered species in their natural habitats. Learn more at http://nature.disney.com/monkey-kingdom.

Local Mom2Mom Sales Sat. April 18, 2015

Mom2Mom sales are in full swing and we have two great ones in our area this Saturday.

For the first time ever, Ann Arbor Christian is hosting a Mom2Mom sale!  What I like about this one (besides FREE admission!) is that it is a PreK - 8th grade school, so there will kid stuff for every age - not just the wee little ones!  


The other sale has been a favorite of mine for many years now, 
the Chelsea MOPs sale...

Whether you have a kid or know someone that's expecting, these sales are always fun to check out and score some fantastic deals! 

B2B 10K Fun Run/Walk - May 2, 2015

West River Trail 10K Fun Run/Walk!

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. sharp. The race will begin at 9 a.m. when participants will run/walk from Hudson Mills Metropark to the Village of Dexter. WAVE transportation will return participants back to Hudson Mills Metropark between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Entry Fees:
$20 - 10K Run (timed)
$10 - Fun Run/Walk (not timed; ages 10 and older)
Free - Fun Run/Walk (not timed; ages 9 and younger)
All paid participants will receive a T-shirt.

Click here to print a registration form drop it off at the Hudson Mills Metropark Office.
Registration forms can also be mailed to:

Hudson Mills Metropark
P.O. Box 337
Dexter, MI 48130

Science All Around!

Last month, our Mother Goose Time blogger topic was Beyond Math.  In April, we're taking a closer look at how SCIENCE is all around us.  

On Mother Goose Time's Developmental Continuum, the science skills presented include scientific reasoning, life science, physical science, earth science, and technology.  Under each of those skills are listed goals and benchmarks.  


Along with our daily MGT lessons, my husband and I try to incorporate as many of those skills into our daily lives as possible - and the girls love it!  The 6 yr-old has a blast in the after-school science clubs, we do "Super Science Saturday" in our home every week, one of the girls' favorite tv program's is Popular Mechanics, and we take as many "field trips" as possible - to the hands-on museums, aquariums, zoos, Daddy's (engineering) work, local science fairs, the parks, our yard, and even just puddle hopping down the muddy road collecting worms - always exploring, observing, inquiring, experimenting, predicting, classifying, and evaluating!

Here's a look at how we've continued the learning during spring break this week...

From MGT

Scientific Reasoning

Describes and compares observations.
Investigates a group of objects in multiple ways.
Can you guess if this is the salty or sweet water?

 How many seconds can you hold your breadth?

 When given a question, guesses a possible outcome.

Earth Science & Life Science

Identifies familiar animals.
Making an oyster, complete with a pearl bracelet!
Shares discoveries with others.
 Exploring motion by moving and rolling (into a seashell).
Explores scientific phenomenon and records observations by drawing.
Describes a habitat and it's characteristics - exploring under water sea caves.

Sort organisms as living and non-living - hunting for treasures!

 Sea fan coral!

Learning about whales...

...and Octopuses!

Impression 5 Museum

Identifies basic needs.
 Physical Science

Manipulates matter and observes any physical changes - making slime!

Uses on off (color changing) switches.
Experiments with and explains invisible forces (magnets).
Potter Park Zoo

Explain how animals move.
Describes what familiar animals eat and where they live.
Around the House
Explains how weather and climate changes may affect personal life.  Identifies the current season.
Asks questions or shows curiosity about scientific phenomenon (Pop-Rocks!).
How do you incorporate science skills into your routine?
By introducing these skills to your children and using them on a daily basis, you are growing empathetic and caring children for each other and the environment, helping your children better understand how they can take care of each other and the earth. - MGT
A huge thanks to MGT, who kick starts our day and gets our juices flowing!