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Bring Heavenly Father into your Preschool with Experience God from Mother Goose Time!

Bring Heavenly Father into your homeschool for little ones with Experience God from Mother Goose Time! #mgtblogger

Faith is very important to us. We are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and yes, we are Christian. Bringing Heavenly Father into our homeschool is something we do daily with prayer (family and personal), scripture study, and personal history lessons of our LDS prophets. Faith is one of the top reasons we decided to homeschool our children, one of many reasons.  Elion loves the Experience God through Mother Goose Time. She receives lessons about Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, scripture study, and she grows with prayer through Experience God.

What is Experience God with MGT?

Bring Heavenly Father into your preschool with Experience God from Mother Goose Time! Read how the Book Wishes mama adds this into her daughters homeschooling daily. #mgtblogger

Experience God Story Cards

 

Experience God is a additional Christian program that Mother Goose Time offers Christian parents or preschool/daycare providers. With this additional program, we added a daily devotion into Elion’s circle time. Elion not only gets crafts to do to expand her learning of the scriptures, she also gets story cards to better understand what she is reading. For a preschooler, the bible can be hard to understand so Mother Goose Time makes it easier for her. Plus, she loves it!

Learning about Heavenly Father can be so much fun for your preschooler. See how with Experience God from Mother Goose Time. #mgtblogger

How we use Experience God with MGT.

We have bible and scripture time daily in our home. Before we start our homeschool, we say a prayer together. Then, the first thing we do is fill ourselves with the living word. Next, my older children do their copywork for 20 min each morning after scripture study. While my older children are busy with copywork, I have one on one time with Elion and do her Experience God.

Experience God with Mother Goose Time is a fun way for a preschooler to learn the bible! #mgtblogger

First, Elion and I have a prayer together. She picks who says the prayer. Most of the time its herself! LOL

The story scene, I set it out all at once and I read the King James Bible version for each part of the story before I read the wonderful story on back of each card. Of course, Elion doesn’t really understand the KJV (King James Version) of the bible. I want her to get the feel for reading it with me. I love how she can understand the story with these amazing story cards. Mother Goose Time allows Elion to fully understand the bible through the illustrations on the cards, acting out the actions given to her on the cards, and the way the story is written for her to understand! She loves it and so do I!

I also do the let’s discuss that on the weekly parents newsletters. These are amazing teaching tools that help guide me in our discussions. We then complete, in random order, the activity, the coloring, and the craft.

Bring Heavenly Father into your homeschool for little ones with Experience God from Mother Goose Time! #mgtblogger

This month her favorite craft so far is the Jonah in the boat!

Bring Heavenly Father into your homeschool for little ones with Experience God from Mother Goose Time! #mgtblogger

What other items do you find helpful in the Experience God program that bring your daughter closer to her Father in Heaven?

I love the coloring pages that Elion has and the crafts. After coloring a page or putting a craft together, she relates to the scriptures (I can tell that she really understands and applies what she has learned). Her scripture strength is growing and she has a wonderful item that she has made in her words, “this is for Jesus, mommy” for Jesus!

Bring Heavenly Father into your homeschool for little ones with Experience God from Mother Goose Time! #mgtblogger

Experience God is a wonderful Christian program and every month the theme changes. Elion moves through the scriptures and gains knowledge bringing her closer to Heavenly Father. I would recommend reading the statement of faith to see if Experience God is a good fit for your child. Then order yours, anytime, to add to your already wonderful preschool curriculum.

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Eat Your Way Through The USA by Loree’ Pettit **Learning Geography in your Kitchen with GeoMatters!**

 

Eat Your Way Through The USA **Learning Geography in the Kitchen with GeoMatters**Eat Your Way Through The USA by Loree’ Pettit has been such a blessing to our homeschool. Both my oldest daughter, Curie (11), and my oldest son, Einstein (12), have asked me over the last year to teach them to cook. Of course this busy mom of 5 loves to cook. We eat gluten free and very sparing on the meat. Seafood is king in our home! However, teaching takes an ordinary meal cooking time and doubles it. So, with this I often shy away from the lessons. I know! I know! What a horrible mom!

Eat Your Way Through the USA

Then, GeoMatters brought a wonderful book into our life through the Trail Guide to Learning Paths of Settlement complete package with Eat Your Way Through the USA by Loree’ Pettit. Learning about the states now takes us into the kitchen for lessons. They have been so much fun.

We started off the year by cooking some meals from Massachusetts. There are a lot of meals that are so yummy, 6 recipes to be exact.

How we used Eat Your Way Through The USA, is by having my oldest son or daughter have the younger children vote on what they wanted. I figured my older children got to cook (or help cook) the meal so this way involved everyone. Then, we went shopping and I wanted to give them a sense of how much it would cost to make the meal. Also, if the meal called for gluten, I helped with coming up with an alternative for that ingredient. Most of the recipes are well adapted and their are many varieties of recipes.

Massachusetts was are first state that we cooked an inspired meal for. Elion cooked corn muffins. At first, the cooking lessons were lengthy, however, as time has moved on Elion and Einstein have become fimilair with how to read a recipe and how to follow the directions. I have been very impressed with their skill at a young age.

Also, in the book with each state are food facts. My children have so much fun reading these interesting facts. My children have loved this book so much that when I cook something new, they look it up in the index in the back of the book. They want to read about what state that meal is from.

I love this new book that has come into our kitchen and our homeschool. Adding geography into home economics or in this case an elective course for my two middle schoolers, has been wonderful. A real eye opener for me in not dragging my heals next time my children want to learn a new skill.

Want to add this wonderful book in your schooling or just for fun in the kitchen, GeoMatters has Eat Your Way Through The USA by Loree’ Pettit paperback for 14.95. I personally really like the binding on this book as well. Because it is spiral bound so it lays flat on the counter top and is easy for little hands to hold!

Overall, this is a must have addition to our geography study because my children can travel to all the states, learn the history, and now, taste the food without even leaving our home. However, I do know that because they are learning about the states, this will spark the interest to travel and see each one someday! Happy Travels with Full Tummies! Thanks GeoMatters!


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Discovering The Importance of Sensory Learning with Mother Goose Time!

Discovering the importance of sensory learning with Mother Goose Time. Do you use sensory in your homeschool? Read why the Book Wishes family loves to use sensory with Mother Goose Time! #mgtbloggerSensory in schooling is very important to my family. I believe that sensory is a must when learning for developing skills. Also, I have two children with autism spectrum disorder and with ASD, sensory sensitivity can have a huge effect on my children. So adding sensory into learning at a young age and continuing sensory throughout schooling into highschool can help your child develop skills like:

  • Cognitive Development
  • Language Development
  • Creative Development
  • Physical Development
  • also Social and Emotional Development

With Mother Goose Time, they understand sensory for a child and add sensory into my preschoolers daily learning.

This week, Elion learned about the ocean with studies, books, puzzles, and more but most importantly sensory. Some parents think that all sensory has to be messy fun. Sometimes, sensory can be made simple and not so messy as well.

Discovering the importance of sensory learning with Mother Goose Time. Do you use sensory in your homeschool? Read why the Book Wishes family loves to use sensory with Mother Goose Time! #mgtblogger Discovering the importance of sensory learning with Mother Goose Time. Do you use sensory in your homeschool? Read why the Book Wishes family loves to use sensory with Mother Goose Time! #mgtbloggerWhen learning about the sea star, Elion added sticky, bumpy pearls to her sea star cut out. She learned how the sea star has a bumpy skin for defense against its predators. Elion got a chance to learn how a sea star feels and apply touch sensory to her lesson.

Discovering the importance of sensory learning with Mother Goose Time. Do you use sensory in your homeschool? Read why the Book Wishes family loves to use sensory with Mother Goose Time! #mgtblogger Discovering the importance of sensory learning with Mother Goose Time. Do you use sensory in your homeschool? Read why the Book Wishes family loves to use sensory with Mother Goose Time! #mgtbloggerAfter she was done feeling her new bumpy sea star, Elion made a healthy gluten-free treat. She cut out stars from gluten-free bread. Then spread vegan cream cheese on the top and added some gluten-free granola mix. My children loved this snack, exploring sensory by taste.

Discovering the importance of sensory learning with Mother Goose Time. Do you use sensory in your homeschool? Read why the Book Wishes family loves to use sensory with Mother Goose Time! #mgtblogger Discovering the importance of sensory learning with Mother Goose Time. Do you use sensory in your homeschool? Read why the Book Wishes family loves to use sensory with Mother Goose Time! #mgtbloggerNow for the messy sensory fun for Elion, she played in a water-sea life sensory bin. I placed sand at the bottom for her and shells on top with some plastic sea life, along with some sparkly pom-poms for sea urchins. Elion has so much fun in her sensory play, she rarely ever plays alone. Water sensory is fun but also educational. We talked about all the science that we have learned this month with Mother Goose Time’s ocean commotion. Little does Elion know through her sensory play, she is developing creative skills as she played pretend with the sea-life. As she related her learning to her sensory play, she was developing her cognitive learning. However, to Elion, she is just playing in water, but to this homeschooling mother, she is learning in a great way!

Discovering the importance of sensory learning with Mother Goose Time. Do you use sensory in your homeschool? Read why the Book Wishes family loves to use sensory with Mother Goose Time! #mgtblogger Discover the importance of having sensory in your homeschool with Book Wishes. #mgtbloggerElion created her own sensory bottle (Jelly Fish in a Bottle from Bhoomplay’s Blog) this week with ocean commotion. From my oldest (12) to Elion (5) my youngest, sensory is a major learning tool in our home. Why is sensory so important in a learning environment? Not only does sensory play develop important skills for young learners, sensory is a way for a child to further their learning. Since birth, a child has been touching, seeing, and exploring their senses. We learn through our senses. The best way to learn is through more than just reading a book. It’s when we really get into learning with sensory and that is when are learning comes to life.

Mother Goose Time provides my daughter with many sensory activities throughout the month with each theme in order to grow her learning through sensory. One of the many reasons that Mother Goose Time fits our family!

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Next month with Mother Goose Time is Growing Gardens. Want to explore sensory learning with your child, hurry and order before this TOP Rated curriculum is gone!

 


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Around The World with Book Wishes ~ Bonjour! We are in France this week!

Around The World with Book Wishes! A series that helps children learn about other countries and explore world culture! This week they are in France. Make sure to follow them to get awesome resources  on culture for your children.Bonjour!

France is our next stop on the Book Wishes Around The World series! So far we have been to Russia, The Netherlands and Denmark! We are excited to share all the wonderful resources, books, curriculum, crafts and more about the beautiful country of France.

Books

E is for Eiffel Tower a wonderful book to read when learning about France. E is for Eiffel Tower by Helen L. Wilbur is a wonderful book for children. I personally love the illustrations from Yan Nascimbene, the illustrations themselves are very vintage looking. Giving this book a wonderfully different look! My children really enjoyed learning the culture and history of France with E is for Eiffel Tower!

If You Were Me and Lived in....France by Carole P. Roman If You Were Me and Lived in France by Carole p. Roman,  a wonderful children’s book that introduces French culture. There is no doubt that author Carole P. Roman is one of my families favorite authors! We love her cultural series, If You Were Me and Lived in…. My children learned about what a child in France might be named, eat, play with and where they would go to school. Another wonderful book that brings culture into our home.

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans is set in Paris, France. I really love that we added this to our study of France because this book gives wonderful illustrations of Paris. Also the story line is wonderful, this allowed our youngest daughter into our France study (with a fun picture book)!

Curriculum

My France Lapbook from Homeschool Share FREE

France ~ by The Worlds In Your Hands from TeachersPayTeachers 2.40

France Booklet (A Country Study) by Emily Nut Bynum TeachersPayTeachers 3.50

Galloping The Globe from GeoMatters 29.95 (family favorite)

Galloping the Globe Activity CD from GeoMatters 14.95

French Music for your Kids from Let’s Play Music FREE

Passport from A Happy Adventure FREE

France Book Printable from A Happy Adventure FREE (family favorite)

French Word Sheets from Education. com (membership needed)

I can speak French from A Happy Adventure (Little World France) FREE

Georges Seurat, French painter printables and more from The Crafty Classroom FREE (family favorite)

 

Crafts

Around The World with Book Wishes! A series that helps children learn about other countries and explore world culture! This week they are in France. Make sure to follow them to get awesome resources  on culture for your children.We made a tooth pick and marshmallow Eiffel Tower. Was this a total success? No, however, it was a lot of fun for the kids. We did several different Eiffel Towers and none of them seemed to stick together. You can see the many Eiffel tower ideas on my Culture / Geography Pinterest Board.

Madeline Coloring Pages– We colored these after reading Madeline!

Around The World with Book Wishes! A series that helps children learn about other countries and explore world culture! This week they are in France. Make sure to follow them to get awesome resources  on culture for your children.

We made some great French peg people inspired by Micador.  Complete instructions and pictures, HERE.

Around The World with Book Wishes! A series that helps children learn about other countries and explore world culture! This week they are in France. Make sure to follow them to get awesome resources  on culture for your children.

Eiffel Tower Printable from Shabby Brocante, HERE.

Resources

Interesting Facts about France for Kids from Kids World Travel Guide, HERE.

Global Trek for kids from Scholastic, HERE.

 

More!

We printed out these wonderful European capital sheets and marked the capital on our map for France. Find these awesome FREE capital printable sheets from Kids Press Magazine, HERE.

Another great FREE resources we used are the flags and maps from Kids Press Magazine, HERE.

Have your children write a letter to their pen pal, grandparent, or friend with a postcard from France. My children wrote to each other, about all the items they were learning for France. Find great FREE printable postcards for France on Activity Village, HERE

Mini paper France HERE! Free from Made by Joel’s this paper city scene is wonderful. Elion, loved playing with it and it is small enough to put away for travel play.

Print out a wonderful binder cover for your child’s France unit study for FREE from Kid Press Magazine, HERE.

I have no idea what country we will be studying next. Where ever we end up traveling too, it will be fun! Make sure to follow us via email in the top right corner so you can follow us on our Around The World travels and never miss a post!


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Do the Jelly Fish Jiggle and Make A Jelly Fish Wand! **Dance N’ Beats**

Do the Jelly Fish Jiggle! Make a Jelly Fish Wand! Great kids crafts and ideas at this wonderful site Book Wishes! #mgtbloggerDance N’ Beats has become part of Elion’s morning routine and this week with ocean commotion she did the jelly fish jiggle with her jelly fish wand.

Do the Jelly Fish Jiggle! Make a Jelly Fish Wand! Great kids crafts and ideas at this wonderful site Book Wishes! #mgtbloggerFirst, Elion cut a paper plate in half (for the jelly fish body). She then drew eyes on her jelly fish. I had googly eyes for her but she wanted to draw them on instead. After she was done drawing the eyes, she made her jelly fish face and colored the plate.

Do the Jelly Fish Jiggle! Make a Jelly Fish Wand! Great kids crafts and ideas at this wonderful site Book Wishes! #mgtbloggerThen she added different kinds of ribbon to the back. Each Dance N’ Beats comes with a dance DVD for Elion to learn and develop movement skill while having fun. Also, Dance N’ Beats comes with a book that has so much for her to learn and grow with. She can learn the words to the song, each movement, and every musical note. She loves all of it, however, her favorite by far is the creative crafts that she does for some of the dances.

Do the Jelly Fish Jiggle! Make a Jelly Fish Wand! Great kids crafts and ideas at this wonderful site Book Wishes! #mgtbloggerElion wanted to add a stick to her jelly fish to make it easier to hold as she moved in the dance the jelly fish jiggle!

Do the Jelly Fish Jiggle! Make a Jelly Fish Wand! Great kids crafts and ideas at this wonderful site Book Wishes! #mgtbloggerElion starts her day with a warm- up then the dance of her choice! I love how Dance N’ Beats gets Elion moving first thing and ready for her day by using up some physical energy so she is ready to listen and learn!

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The Boxford Stories (A Short Story Collection) by Kristen Carson ** 50.00 Cash Giveaway**

Boxford Stories

The Boxford Stories by Kristen Carson

‘Welcome to the world of the Runyons and the Feldsteds, two Mormon families in 1970s Maryland. Far from their Western American roots, they cling to each other like exiles clutching a precious box of topsoil from the old country.

“In The Boxford Stories you will meet Ada Runyon who always turns to Ruthalin Feldsted when she needs an ear—sharing her deepest confidences, her everyday musings, and her bits of horrified gossip. Yet Ada dies inside whenever Ruthalin’s country-cousin manners poke out in public.

“Latham Runyon, a history professor, and Erval Feldsted, a hospital engineer, bond every Sunday night over gooey desserts and vigorous religious discussion, a game their children call Stump the Rabbi. Underneath their balding heads and graying temples, each man desperately seeks a sign that God would choose him as a buddy.

“The Feldsted and Runyon children, running breathlessly through each other’s houses and backyards, have long considered each other substitute cousins. However, Ginni Runyon plots to change herself from the girl next door to the girl Marc Feldsted can’t live without.

“And when Boxford’s Mormons mix with the rest of the town, everybody could use a field guide to the other species.

“Laugh, cry, and shake your head with the Runyons and Feldsteds as they make their way through the decade that brought us leisure suits and urban decay.”

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Excerpt:

Now Latham stood before the steam-clouded mirror. He squirted shaving cream into his hand and swabbed it over his face.

It was not the best face, to be sure. He imagined how it would look to those sitting beside him in conference tomorrow. There he’d be, his arms folded as he sat on a hard metal chair way at the back of the gym, looking for all the world like Joe Mormon, with the standard white shirt, the standard wing tips, the standard bald spot, and the standard case of scriptures with a sagging, broken spine.

The young fathers nearby would look at him and think, I hope I don’t become that in twenty years. Their young wives would study his pocked cheeks and try to imagine just how bad the teenage acne had been. And teenage girls would decide that he was, no doubt, ten times cornier than their own dads. . . .

Then, when his name echoed forth from the pulpit, and he stood up, his seat-neighbors would look up from their chairs, surprised. They would kick themselves mentally for not taking note of him sooner, for not recognizing his eminence.

His children would look up. Our dad? God wants our dad?

His wife would bow her head humbly and compose a few eloquent remarks, in case they summoned wives to speak.

And as he walked up to take his new place, people would look up from their seats, squinting at him. And when he reached the stand, Elder Sperry would smile, remembering: Oh, yes, him. The one that likes Great Biographies, just like me. Elder Sperry would shake his hand, motion him towards his very own theatre-style seat, a far cry from the metal chairs at the back. Elder Sperry would make him say a few words at the pulpit, where Latham could look down on all those surprised people, who were still taking it in that Latham Runyon was their new stake president.

 

Praise for the book:

“Standouts include “Gypsy Holiday,” in which Ada’s anxiety over family friends not coming to Thanksgiving devolves into a stark admission of her loneliness and inability to connect with outsiders; “A Little Five-Minute Thrown-Together Something,” which lays bare the squirming insecurities of teenage crushes; and “Flirting Lessons,” which sees Ada’s teenage daughter, Ginni, taking a cross-country road trip with two friends that leads to panic when one goes missing. These stories are unexpected in their subtlety as they explore the reality of what it means to be Mormon—and human.”

–Kirkus Reviews

“’In an almost Faulknerian way, Carson finds the pulse of ambition and uses that tick to reveal the inner voices that can haunt us all, if allowed. We should be looking to the eternities, of course, but in the meantime, we have so many other things to worry us onward into the night, or at least until the next priesthood interview.”

–Association for Mormon Letters on “‘Atta Boy” in The Boxford Stories

 

Boxford authorAuthor Kristen Carson

“Kristen Carson was born in Idaho, the caboose baby in a family of six girls. She studied at Brigham Young University.

“Hearing tales of how green the grass was elsewhere, she pledged to move east of the 100th Meridian. Even though she’s never lived in the #1 place on her list (Lexington, Kentucky–have you seen those beautiful bluegrass hills?!), she enjoyed her years in Texas, Illinois and Pennsylvania. She currently lives in Indiana.

“Kristen’s stories and articles have appeared in The Indianapolis Star, Chicago Parent, Indianapolis Monthly, Dialogue: a Journal of Mormon Thought and Irreantum.

“She and her husband are the parents of four adult children.

“She loves her two cats for their affection, their paranoia and their sense of entitlement. She takes long walks wherever she goes, because she thinks the best way to see the world is at 3 miles an hour. She loves cooking. All the chopping, stirring and inhaling lend the perfect capstone to her day.

“Kristen is also an avid reader. No doubt she won’t live long enough to finish all the books on her list. Her favorite authors are Herman Wouk, Diana Gabaldon and Tom Wolfe.

“Check out her blog, where she writes about whatever she’s reading and cooking.

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Years and an Ocean by Jo Noelle **Book Blog Tour and 25.00 Paypay Cash/Amazon Gift Card Giveaway** Plus a wonderful sneak peek excerpt, inside the book!

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Years and an Ocean by Jo Noelle

Going to a séance was supposed to be a harmless diversion in Victorian England, but for Delia Spencer, it was life altering. Since that day, she has been plagued by fainting spells, while her consciousness visits Elle Thomas more than a century in the future. In modern-day New York, Elle has kept secret the dream-like memories of Delia’s life. As the visits have become more frequent, Elle is confused about what is her life and what is not. Back in England, Delia’s father is determined to marry her off to any marginally suitable man before her illness becomes known to society. But will Delia consent, now that she’s had a taste of Elle’s independence?

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I enjoyed this fresh take on characters that connect over differing time periods. The characters were rich and interesting, and I loved the historical aspect with the modern. Clean romance is a bonus. The light fantasy elements bordered on paranormal, but never got out of the realm of plausibility. Good writing and a story I can recommend. ~Renae Mackley

This book was not at all predictable, which I love! Just when I thought I had the ending figured out, Jo Noelle took me for a ride. ~Stacy Carroll

 

Years and an Ocean, Excerpt for Book Wishes Readers: (Sneak Peek Inside The Book!)

Cool grass tickles against the back of my calves, and my palms press flat to the ground to hold me up. It feels light here, and I know I have a wide smile. There are people cheering around me on all sides—our shoulders bump now and again as we enjoy the game. We’re watching soccer teams at the summer six-on-six tournament. Lately, orienting my brain to this other life takes a moment for Elle’s consciousness to kick in and push mine back. Sometimes my thoughts and confusions push through, disturbing us both.

During the early days of my visions, I felt scandalized by the wanton fashions and vulgar language of Elle and her friends. But with so many visits over the years, I realize they are just like me, only they’re free. Now I embrace the visits and look forward to them.

Sometimes the memories come slowly—like now. I should know that guy—Elle does. A familiar man on the red team slows his pace and stops in front of our group, cocking his head to the side expectantly. The girls around me break into applause, to which he bows and runs up and down the side of the field again, warming up to sub in a bit.

“Is Ty obvious, or do you think Meg still thinks he’s just a friend?” Cami asks.

Before I can respond, Meg leans over me and throws water on Cami’s legs. “Yes, we’re just friends. He flirts with everyone.”

“Um, no.” Cami’s deadpan expression clearly shows she thinks Meg is clueless—or delusional.

“Not with me either,” Avery answers, confirming Cami’s suggestion.

Cami rubs the water into her legs. “Don’t deny it—you love his attention, and you know it. Attention’s not a bad thing though—I would love attention from David, or Marc, or even Sean.”

“Sure, whatever.” Meg’s retort is halfhearted.

Cami continues, “Or Tim, or James, or the other keeper out there—who’s he? He’s pretty hot.”

Avery starts in too. “So Meg, do you like Ty?”

“I don’t know. I mean he’s hot, but he totally flirts with everyone.”

“Not me. He jokes with all of us, but he’s serious with you. You should give him a chance. He’s nice,” Avery says.

Everyone turns to look at me, “Okay, Elle, you’ve been quiet. What’s your opinion?” Cami says.

“Yeah, he’s cute.” I shrug. Honestly, my eyes have been following someone on his team, but I can’t quite place him. It seems like I should with the way my heart feels drawn to him. When he runs past, I watch with excitement, hoping he’ll look my way.

Cami isn’t satisfied “But…?”

“The taller forward is hot—in fact, I’ve been watching just him this whole time. I can’t wait till the end of the game. I hope he pulls his shirt off,” I say, struggling to hold back the dizzying attraction I feel.

Laughter roars around me.

“It’s the truth.”

Meg spews soda out her nose. Avery, still giggling, hands her a tissue from her bag.

I look at Cami, hoping for an explanation, but my answer comes from Avery.

“Luke? As in Cami’s older brother, Luke? You don’t need to be so cryptic calling him ‘the forward’. No shocker—you’re always watching him.”

Cami turns to look at me straight in the eyes, “When did that start up again? Aren’t you in the off position of your off-on-off-on relationship?”

Why would I ever stop dating him? “I don’t know? Not long, maybe since kick off? He’s amazing—it’s not like I can’t appreciate it.”

“Okay, so you’ve forgotten whatever it was that made you end things all of two mighty weeks ago?” Cami asks.

I ended it? Confusion gives way to an emotion more centered in my chest—a dull ache. “Nope, I’m just enjoying the view.” I shrug as Cami mimes sticking her finger down her throat gagging. “He’s cute right, Meg?” I look at her, waiting.

“I sorta just see him as Cami’s older brother too. So, no. Sorry.”

“Avery?”

“Incredibly, smokin’, Greek-god hot. But I’m taken.” Avery turns her eyes toward Cami. “I’m with her on this one,” she says, pointing at me.

“Thank you.” The ache grows, and another sensation pushes forward. Hurt, the kind that comes from betrayal. I try to capture a memory to match the emotion, but it’s just out of reach.

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Jo NoelleAuthor Jo Noelle

Jo Noelle grew up in Colorado and Utah but also spent time in Idaho and California. She has two adult children and three small kids. She teaches teachers and students about reading and writing, grows freakishly large tomatoes, enjoys cooking especially for desserts, builds furniture, sews beautiful dresses, and likes to go hiking in the nearby mountains. Oh, and by the way, she’s two people—

Canda Mortensen and Deanna Henderson, a mother/daughter writing team.

They began writing separately several years ago but found the process much more fun when they started collaborating. They are debut authors, with Lexi’s Pathetic Fictional Love Life as their first completed work. Other titles include Newbie and Damnation.

Deanna attended college before marrying and starting her family.

Canda received a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, a Reading Specialist endorsement, and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. Her day job focuses on teaching teachers and children about literacy.

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Sharks, Sea Turtles and Literature Connections **Learning About the Ocean In Preschool**

 

Sharks, Sea Turtles and Literature Connections **Learning About The Ocean In Preschool** Learn how the Book Wishes family uses literature connections in their ocean study with Mother Goose Time! Studying the ocean is so much fun this month with Mother Goose Time’s Ocean Commotion. There are so many parts to this ocean unit that are exciting. This week, Elion learned about sea-life. The two she really focused on are sharks and sea turtles!

For sharks, she explored the 5 senses of the shark (Not the shark senses but her own).

Touch– First, she explored the skin of a shark and what it might feel like to touch one!

Sharks, Sea Turtles and Literature Connections **Learning About The Ocean In Preschool** Learn how the Book Wishes family uses literature connections in their ocean study with Mother Goose Time!Elion made her own shark fin using a triangle cut-out and then she added a stick to the bottom. Then she spread glue across the fin with a foam brush. Next, Elion added black sand. Last, we gave it a little time to dry.

Sharks, Sea Turtles and Literature Connections **Learning About The Ocean In Preschool** Learn how the Book Wishes family uses literature connections in their ocean study with Mother Goose Time!When the shark fin was dry, Elion felt what shark skin might feel like if she were too touch it up close!

Taste– At the beginning of this ocean unit with Mother Goose Time, Elion did an experiment with salty and sweet. She tasted water that had a little salt in it for the salty and then water that had sugar for the sweet. I asked her what she thought shark would taste like and she said, “Salty because the ocean is salty.” Also, we talked about what a shark would eat.

Sharks, Sea Turtles and Literature Connections **Learning About The Ocean In Preschool** Learn how the Book Wishes family uses literature connections in their ocean study with Mother Goose Time!Then, Elion got to feed the shark. With Mother Goose Time member resources, we were able to put in the code that MGT gives with the unit and print out this hungry shark. Which Elion turned into a shark eating puppet!

Sharks, Sea Turtles and Literature Connections **Learning About The Ocean In Preschool** Learn how the Book Wishes family uses literature connections in their ocean study with Mother Goose Time!Elion became a shark as her sister and brothers fed the shark with his favorite, chocolate! Oh and healthy raisins as well. She made a special shark snack for her shark. Then she tried to catch the ones being thrown at the shark mouth. (She cut a hole in the paper bag so she could catch them!)

Smell– Exploring the smell was tricky, however, I bought several items to cook this last week for Elion to try that come from the ocean such as Clams, Salmon, and Catfish. Before I cooked them, I had Elion smell them. She actually liked the way they smelled. Now, she wants to smell a shark. I explained that would be dangerous and she just laughed! Gotta love a preschooler!

Sight– With Mother Goose Time, Elion gets some wonderful pictures that are the front cover for each day. Also, I had an instagram friend share two websites with me for Elion to see more sea-life. WDC and Discovery are wonderful websites for more sea-life viewing!

Hearing– Elion explored what it would sound like underwater as a shark with the shark fin cam from Discovery!

Elion’s Sea Turtle Fun

Sharks, Sea Turtles and Literature Connections **Learning About The Ocean In Preschool** Learn how the Book Wishes family uses literature connections in their ocean study with Mother Goose Time!

Books!

Sharks, Sea Turtles and Literature Connections **Learning About The Ocean In Preschool** Learn how the Book Wishes family uses literature connections in their ocean study with Mother Goose Time!

Pictures and Facts!

Sharks, Sea Turtles and Literature Connections **Learning About The Ocean In Preschool** Learn how the Book Wishes family uses literature connections in their ocean study with Mother Goose Time!

Sea Turtle Hatching Game!

In preschool, adding literature to a lesson is a wonderful idea. Children at a young age not only start to love literature/books but also make a connection between what they are learning and the literature they are reading.

What is a literature connection in preschool? In preschool, a literature connection is when the child connects the lesson or what they are learning to the material you are reading to them. Mother Goose Time gives each member through the member resources page on their website a suggested book list to further the lessons for each child.

This month with Ocean Commotion there are many great books. MGT gives a suggestion for each day and lays it out like a calendar. I like to print these lists out and keep them because having a master book list for each topic is a wonderful resource for me.

As I read a book from the list or a ocean book that I have added on my own, I notice that Elion makes connections to the sea-life she has learned about. I stop reading as she tells me about the animal. The key is to stop and let the child connect with the literature. In letting her connect, she grows in other areas, as well as, through the text in the book.

Vocabulary -She recalls words from the lessons or stops to say I knew that.

Communication– She teaches me about that animal and/or maybe a sibling. Elion likes to share with her brothers and sister. As she is doing this, she gains better communication and verbalization skills.

Reading Comprehension – Because she knows about the subject, she responds to the book. Elion retells the story to me, her daddy, and others.

Connections with literature can also be personal after we visit an aquarium. I am sure when I read the book The Berenstein Bears at the Aquarium or Curious George visits the Aquarium, she will connect her experience to the book. Learning to love literature at a young age insures that Elion will love literature when she is older.

Sharks, Sea Turtles and Literature Connections **Learning About The Ocean In Preschool** Learn how the Book Wishes family uses literature connections in their ocean study with Mother Goose Time!

Rhyming Words!

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Sharks, Sea Turtles and Literature Connections **Learning About The Ocean In Preschool** Learn how the Book Wishes family uses literature connections in their ocean study with Mother Goose Time!


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Octopus Wind Sock from Mother Goose Time **Ocean Commotion** Step By Step

mgt9You can make an octopus windsock with your preschooler via Mother Goose Time creativity! This is a fun activity when your preschooler is learning about the ocean or just to have fun!

Items Needed:

  • Colored Cardstock (color, your choice) Mother Goose Time provided us with light purple
  • Googly Eyes
  • Glue or Sticky Dots
  • Safety Scissors
  • Markers
  • Hole Punch
  • Piece of Yarn (for hanging)
  • White Binder Ring Hole Stickers (optional)
  • Tape

Mother Goose Time's Octopus Windsock! Make a awesome windsock with your preschooler. Step by Step tutorial!First, cut 8 even strips on the bottom of the paper for the octopus arms. The best way to do this is to draw lines for your preschooler first. Then, add glue or sticky dots where the eyes are going. We used sticky dots and put the googly eyes on top.

Mother Goose Time Octopus Windsock, step by step tutorial for your preschooler.Next, have your son or daughter decorate the octopus with markers or even paint if you would like. Then add the white binder ring hole stickers. They are the octopus’ suction cups!

Mother Goose Time Octopus Craft for preschoolers. Step by step tutorial with Book Wishes a MGT Ambassador!Next, make a circle with the cardstock paper and tape the sides together. Next, hole punch a hole on each side at the top and add your string!

Make a Mother Goose Time octopus wind sock with your preschooler. Check out this step by step tutorial from Book Wishes.Now your little one has a wonderful octopus windsock to hang while they learn more about the ocean or just decorate the space around them! My daughter, Elion, hung her octopus windsock from our living room lamp! She loves all the wonderful educational crafts that Mother Goose Time has to offer her.

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Learning Science in Preschool with Mother Goose Time’s Ocean Commotion! **Fun, Engaging and Easy**

Learning Science in Preschool with Mother Goose Time's Ocean Commotion. Read how Kris at Book Wishes teaches her preschooler science with Mother Goose Time. Get ideas, tips and crafts for Ocean Commotion, ocean study for little ones.Learning Science in Preschool should be fun, engaging, and easy for a preschooler. This months theme with Mother Goose Time is the ocean with Ocean Commotion! I like how Mother Goose Time incorporates all the sciences for children in this fantastic curriculum. Life science, earth science, and physical science along with scientific reasoning, is all added into this month’s fun-filled learning with Ocean Commotion.

Earth Science for a preschooler is basic identification of weather, climates, habitats, and ecosystems. This week, Elion got her earth science groove on starting with coral! She is learning all about the coral reef!

Learning Science in Preschool with Mother Goose Time's Ocean Commotion. Read how Kris at Book Wishes teaches her preschooler science with Mother Goose Time. Get ideas, tips and crafts for Ocean Commotion, ocean study for little ones.Elion learned about the coral reefs and about how the coral lives in shallow water, that coral is a living organism, and how the coral can be dangerous as well. She also learned that coral reefs cover less than 2 percent of the ocean, however, they have 25 percent of the marine’s fish species! Elion identified a coral reefs ecosystem with a wonderful video that explains more about ecosystems for preschool and kindergarten I found from Make Me a Genius!

Learning Science in Preschool with Mother Goose Time's Ocean Commotion. Read how Kris at Book Wishes teaches her preschooler science with Mother Goose Time. Get ideas, tips and crafts for Ocean Commotion, ocean study for little ones.Elion discovered how to identify parts of an ecosystem using scientific reasoning. We talked about all the living organisms and all the non-living organisms. As we talked about the coral reef together, Elion made her own coral reef by using some plastic mesh. She carefully cut out her coral shapes. Then, using a plastic yarn needle and some multi-colored yarn, Elion was able to explore physical science.  She was having trouble with the needle, as I helped, I explained motion to Elion!

Learning Science in Preschool with Mother Goose Time's Ocean Commotion. Read how Kris at Book Wishes teaches her preschooler science with Mother Goose Time. Get ideas, tips and crafts for Ocean Commotion, ocean study for little ones.Above is Elion’s AH HA face that she really got it! Elion is discovering the beauty of science through her ocean studies.

Learning Science in Preschool with Mother Goose Time's Ocean Commotion. Read how Kris at Book Wishes teaches her preschooler science with Mother Goose Time. Get ideas, tips and crafts for Ocean Commotion, ocean study for little ones.Elion has written down all her scientific hypothesis’ as we have continued her ocean study this month. This month, her My Little Journal has been a book of all the subjects math, writing, and reading. Plus, we have added her science to the book. She has expressed wanting to do this every month and I love it! Above, she is drawing a whale!

Learning Science in Preschool with Mother Goose Time's Ocean Commotion. Read how Kris at Book Wishes teaches her preschooler science with Mother Goose Time. Get ideas, tips and crafts for Ocean Commotion, ocean study for little ones. Learning Science in Preschool with Mother Goose Time's Ocean Commotion. Read how Kris at Book Wishes teaches her preschooler science with Mother Goose Time. Get ideas, tips and crafts for Ocean Commotion, ocean study for little ones.Physical Science, for preschool, is identifying the properties of matter, exploring forces, and motions. Simple and Easy. Elion made a whale this week where she learned about the blow-hole and how it works. Carefully using a straw, she went around the room seeing if she could move different objects with air pressure just like the whale pushes water up through the blow-hole! Learning about pressure and motion.

Learning Science in Preschool with Mother Goose Time's Ocean Commotion. Read how Kris at Book Wishes teaches her preschooler science with Mother Goose Time. Get ideas, tips and crafts for Ocean Commotion, ocean study for little ones.Science in preschool must be simple, engaging, easy, and fun. With little children, their first exploration of science has to give them a love for it. Mother Goose Time is a wonderful way to learn science with little ones. Mother Goose Time engages Elion with fun crafts that she wants to learn more about. The different ways that she learns scientific study is simple and not to hard or over complicated for her age.

Learning Science in Preschool with Mother Goose Time's Ocean Commotion. Read how Kris at Book Wishes teaches her preschooler science with Mother Goose Time. Get ideas, tips and crafts for Ocean Commotion, ocean study for little ones.Everything is so much fun. Even my older kids want to jump in and play! Elion and her older brother Einstein like to make up games together to add-on to the wonderful ones that Mother Goose Time gives to Elion every month!

Learning Science in Preschool with Mother Goose Time's Ocean Commotion. Read how Kris at Book Wishes teaches her preschooler science with Mother Goose Time. Get ideas, tips and crafts for Ocean Commotion, ocean study for little ones.In having fun with science (life science) in the picture above, Elion learns more each day. Growing that love for science when children are young helps them love it when they are older, as well as, understand science. Life science this week so far has been Elion classifying organisms. She began by separating each sea creature. Then we learned about each one and read about why that creature might live in that particular depth of the ocean.

Science in preschool is so much fun with Mother Goose Time. Heck, I have to stop to remember this is schooling because I forget with all the fun we are having. Then again who ever said education had to be boring and dull? Whether you are teaching life, physical, or earth science to your preschooler, remember to make it simple, fun, engaging, and take the lessons slow this month while focusing on science. I have tried not to rush her so she can really get all the wonderful education that Mother Goose Time offers!

Next month you can discover science with your preschooler and other subjects with Growing Gardens. Hurry and order so you don’t miss out!

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