Recently in a Mother Goose Time Blog Ambassador group, one of the mothers mentioned having more ideas on how to use the friendly bees in their homeschool. So, I wanted to highlight the circle time display materials and how they are used. Mother Goose Time gives me so many ideas on how to use them, as well as, how we can expand our learning with these wonderful materials.
In each teachers guide, Mother Goose Time gives you day by day instruction on the lesson, as well as, the materials you are using. On each day page on the left hand side you will read, Circle Time. This area is where you will find how to use the circle time display materials for that day. (pictured below)
Under Concept Intro, you will find ideas on how to use the material. We use those ideas and then if I would like to create more circle time learning, I expand on the ideas. For example, day One, Seed concept idea is below.
I do the concept by having my daughter learn the number three by counting three beans just like MGT has written. Then, I ask her to tell me three things that she likes about learning. I then use the number 3 cardboard cut out and have her wrap it with yarn, helping with her motor skills. As she wraps the cardboard number three card, I mention some books that we have read that highlight the number 3. For example, The Three Little Pigs or a poem we have read Three White Dresses.
After circle time and the end of her lesson, we begin closing time with the circle as well. For us, it’s not much of a circle only including Elion or sometimes her brother Hubble. At closing time, I make sure to introduce the concept for tomorrow in my way.
I know day 2 is going to introduce the Honesty Bee as her friendly bee. Therefore, I ask her what she thinks it means to be honest? How does being honest make her feel? Just some questions about the concept that month.
Mother Goose Time gives me Concept Intro’s on each page to help me use my calendar time material with my daughter. I use those and expand. The friendly bee’s are wonderful and I have come up this month with many ways to use them. I have included a list below to add to the wonderful concept circle time ideas Mother Goose Time gives me.
Honesty Bee Ideas for In The Orchard:
- Have your child include honesty in his/her My Little Journal Cover Design. Place the honesty bee on the table and ask them about honesty. Maybe, they can draw a picture of something they think is honest. My daughter amazes me in her creativity.
- When presenting the honesty badge bring the honesty bee out. As you ask the discussion questions, have the child hold the honesty bee.
- Use the honesty bee in your investigation stations. Day 3 for Investigation Station is tall trunks. After they are done building the tree trunk with blocks, have the bee placed on top for a job well done!
- This months circle time color is green. Ask what colors might make green. Have your child look at some of the circle time material and pick out colors that make green, using the bee as yellow. (Yellow and Blue make Green)
5. Use the circle time display to add to the journal topic questions. I love the journal prompts page in the teacher’s guide, however, now that Elion is in Kindergarten, I like to pick some harder topics. Think of questions that you would want your child to expand on. For Elion, I like to include some like, Why is your honestly badge important to you? What items around our home are rectangle?
I also use the questions that are on the prompts or sometimes I give her a choice as to what she wants to write about.
All in All reading your teacher’s guide thoroughly will help with using the materials that Mother Goose Time sends. Use their concepts, ideas, and make your own. You know your child best. You may want to use a particular circle time item more or create new ideas after you have read Mother Goose Time because they have some wonderful ways to be creative with each item.
I also highly recommend using the planning journal for helping write down ideas such as what you want your child to learn that week. I love writing down ideas such as what I want to expand on with Elion. I use most of the material in our circle time, some more than others. Best way for me to get the most out of the material is to plan ahead, write down ideas, and read your teacher’s guide to guide you with your child on their learning journey.