A Glimpse Inside “Fables and Folktales!”

Mother Goose Time’s August curriculum is called “Fables and Folktales.”  This month, children will have fun learning about well-known fables and folktales.  They will learn valuable lessons while having fun by discovering Aesop’s Fables, International Folktales and Paul Bunyan Tall Tales!

Library-Style Story Time Book, Every Month

Book - Aesop's FablesOn Day 1, we are introduced to the story book, Aesop’s Fables!  We go through the book a little bit each day as we delve into different fables, so keep the book close at hand.  Children are able to apply different lessons learned from the fables to their lives through various games, activities, and art projects.  There are ten fables to discover along the way.

125 Active Discovery Tools, Every Month

Activity - Find the MouseOn Day 1, invite your children to grab their magnifying glasses to find various objects and animals in the theme poster.  They can also identify different fable or folktale characters on the poster.  The looking glasses have directions for finding certain items.  You can talk about favorite animals while exploring the poster.
Activity - Breakfast PanOn Day 13, you can help each child create their own breakfast pan just like Paul Bunyan.  After they have assembled their griddle breakfasts with the supplies provided, they can pretend to cook and serve the food.  You can add extra plates and forks for additional play.
Activity - Flapjack RecipeAlso on Day 13, it’s time to make some Flapjacks of your very own.  A recipe card is provided.  Have the children assist with measuring and pouring the various ingredients.  They will love tasting the final creation, and it will encourage them to try new foods and flavors.

13+ Art Projects, Every Month
On Day 5, each child  gets to make their own Dog Mask.  A cutout for the mask and bone, a foam square for the nose and elastic are all provided to make this cute little creation.  Children can wear their masks and search for bones hidden around the room.

Art - Dog MaskOn Day 6, children get to have fun making a Crow Shaker.  First, they cut out a beak from the yellow paper and wings from the black paper.  They then attach them along with eyes to the provided tube.  The children fill the tube with peas and glue the tube shut with lids.  They can play their shakers along to the music on the Fables and Folktales CD!

Art - Crow ShakerOn Day 17, children are invited to create their own Snake Necklace.  They each get a piece of yarn and thread noodles on it to create a necklace.  Add two foam dots to one of the end noodles which are the snake’s eyes.  Children can wear the necklaces while retelling one of the fables “The Black Snake and the Eggs”.Art - Snake Necklace33 Skills Built, Every Month

This month, children practice developing several different skills including counting with Counting Sticks on Day 2, more counting on Day 3 with Counting Corn, and constructing patterns with the Egg Patterns activity on Day 9.

Day 2 - Counting Sticks
Day 2 – Counting Sticks
Day 3 - Counting Corn
Day 3 – Counting Corn
Day 9 - Egg Patterns
Day 9 – Egg Patterns

20 Brand New Sing-Along Songs, Every Month

MusicClick here to hear a sample of this month’s CD!  Every month, Mother Goose Time provides a CD filled with easy to sing songs.  If your child enjoys them, then you need to check out Mother Goose Time’s Dance ‘n Beats curriculum.  A new series is available every month, and it ties in with the monthly theme.  You are encouraged to play different songs throughout the month as your children complete various activities.

Parents Want the Best, Every Month

Family Support - Family Newsletter Page 1Caregivers are provided with a monthly Family Newsletter they can give to parents each month.  This month’s newsletter explains various skills the children will be exposed to in different categories such as mathematics and reasoning, language and literacy, and social and emotional development.  It also suggests activities that parents can do with their children outside of preschool and provides a reading list.  More Family Connect Tools can be found here.

Child-led Exploration, Every Month

Individualization
At the bottom of many of the activities there are suggestions on how to simplify them or make them more challenging.  Mother Goose Time’s Little Goose curriculum is very helpful for finding things that you can do with your younger children while the older children do the regular activities.  If you are finding your child needs more of a challenge please check out Mother Goose Time’s More Math and Literacy.

Discover Games, Every Month

Game - Leap to SafetyThere are many fun games included in the curriculum that incorporate learning.  This month, children will play a Leap to Safety game on Day 7.  They will flip the plastic frogs onto the pond game board and name the different colors of the lily pads.  Children will collect color cards until they have one of every color.

Game - Roll and ColorOn Day 9, they will play a game called Roll and Color.  Children will roll the die and identify the number on top.  They will then consult the color guide and color the egg or chick that has the matching number. A way to challenge the children would be to keep a tally sheet for the number of rolls it takes them to color all of the chicks and eggs.

Game - Continent JumpOn Day 18, children are introduced to a game called Continent Jump.  Seven towels should be placed around a room.  About 3-4 letter cards should be set out on each town.  Children will stand on a continent towel.  You will call out a number and children will try to hop to a new continent using the number of hops you called out.  They will pick up a letter card on the new towel and eventually have a pile of letters that they are encouraged to put in order.

New My Little Journal, Every Month

JournalEach child will receive a My Little Journal.  In this journal, children will practice drawing ovals, using the color ‘blue’, practice writing numbers 1-10, and writing letters A, B, and C in upper and lower case. They have room to draw pictures in their journal and write about their favorite fable or folktale.  For more writing practice please check out Mother Goose Time’s More Literacy resource.

New I Can Read!, Every Month
This month children will practice the sight words “is”, “the”, and “likes”.  They will see these words often in their I Can Read! book. I Can Read - Babe and Bessie

Letter Set, Every Month

This month, children will study upper and lower case letters A, B, and C.  They will practice identifying objects that begin with these letters.Letter Set - Page 1Letter Set - Page 2

New Letters, Numbers and Shapes, Every Month

Children will learn upper and lower case letters A, B, and C, numbers 1 through 10 and well as a new shape – oval!Shape - Oval

New Friendship Feathers, Every Month

This month, children will learn about sharing.Bird Badge - Sharing

Monthly Skills Chart, Every Month

Educator Support - Skills ChartA skills chart and gathering list are included every month to help you get organized before the month begins.

The skills chart is a great piece to hang where parents can see it.  It shows you which skills your children will be focusing on each day.

You can refer to the gathering list each week before you go to the grocery or craft store so that you have everything you need to do all of the activities.

Teacher Guide with Built-in Assessment, Extensions, Every Month

Teacher GuideYou can find other resources under Member Resources on Mother Goose Time’s website.  The member code is included in your Teacher Guide each month.  There are many other Teacher Tools included each month that makes the learning more interesting and the planning much easier!

There is still time to order your very own “Fables and Folktales,” or you can join in on the fun in September with Mother Goose Time’s “Friends and Feelings” curriculum! Not sure if you want to dive all the way in yet? Check out one of Mother Goose Time’s samples!

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