Mother Goose Time’s October curriculum is called “In the Orchard.” This month, children will learn about the tastes, smells, sounds and colors in the orchard including different fruits and animals found in an orchard. They will learn valuable lessons while having fun by learning about the lifecycle of a tree, fruit trees, animals in an orchard, and skins and shells.
On Day 5, we are introduced to the story book, Johnny, about Johnny Appleseed. Children are asked where they think Johnny should plant an apple seed. You can talk with them about the pros and cons to each place. They then make predictions about the different choices Johnny encounters. They are also asked to talk about how the squirrel on each page might be feeling.
On Day 2, gather your looking glasses and yarn, and invite your children to look at the theme poster. You will cut up the yarn into various different lengths. Have the children compare the yarn to the different exposed roots of weeds that you pulled from outside. Next, ask each child to tape the yarn to the poster so it looks like roots. Then have the children use a looking glass to find the matching picture on the poster.
On Day 5, each child gathers a few colorful nature items from outside. After exploring the different smells, textures, colors, etc of the items, place them on a hard surface. Place some fabric on top of the items. After each child adorns their safety goggles, pound the mallet on the fabric until the colors from the nature items bleed through. Have the children draw pictures and describe what they see on the fabric.
On Day 13, you can help each child create their own Ladybug Pizza. Gather together the ingredients listed on the card. Have each child compare the photo of a ladybug to the ingredients on the table and discuss the similarities and differences. Next, have the children assemble their ladybug pizza. After the pizza have been cooked, enjoy the tasty snack together!
On Day 1, each child is able to make some Apple Seed Art. They will take a paper plate and cut out two leaf shapes from the sides. The leaves will be painted and then the rest of the plate is painted to look like an apple core. Using glue, each child will attach the leaves to the apple. After counting out the same number of seeds as the child is old, they will glue them to the core of the apple.
On Day 6, children get to have fun making a Johnny Puppet. First, the children are asked to decorate their puppets with the clothes and hat. Glue a craft stick to the bottom to make a puppet. For extended play, have the children retell the story of Johnny Appleseed using the puppet.
On Day 11, children get to make their own Pokey Porcupine Puppet. Each child gets some toothpicks, a porcupine puppet, a craft stick, a wiggle eye, a pompom and an adhesive. They are asked to decorate the porcupine body with the materials provided. Then they glue on the toothpicks to the body to create quills. This would be a great time to discuss with the children how to properly and safely use sharp objects.
This month, children practice developing several different skills including counting and matching with the Seed Counting Game on Day 1, matching and building on Day 8 with the Harvest Roll activity, and matching with the Matching Apples game on Day 15.
Click 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.
Caregivers are provided with a monthly Family Newsletter they can give to parents each month. This month’s newsletter encourages parents to get outside with their children. While out on a walk, engage the child in conversations about what they see outside including the colors of the leaves as they change. The newsletter also summarizes the different letters, shape, numbers and color that the children will be learning. It also suggests activities that caregivers can do with their children outside of preschool and provides a reading list. More Family Connect Tools can be found here.
At the bottom of many of the activities there are suggestions for 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.
There are many fun games included in the curriculum that incorporate learning. This month, children will play a What’s in Your Tree? game on Day 14. They will take turns spinning the spinner and watching what letter it lands on. They then find a card with the matching beginning letter to put on their tree. After eat tree has a card, ask the children to describe what is in each tree and what letter it begins each object.
On Day 15, they will play a game called Sammy Squirrel Math. You will read a math story to the children, and they will act out the story with their acorn cards and solve the story problem. After all of the stories have been solved, the children can practice counting out acorns.
On Day 2o, children are introduced to a game called Pit Voting. Place one question card out in front of the children and place each fruit card on a paper plate. Ask each child to cast their vote by putting a fruit bead on the plate corresponding with their choice. After everyone has voted, ask the children to count out the votes to see which was the winning answer.
Each child will receive a My Little Journal. In this journal, children will practice drawing rectangles, using the color ‘green’, writing numbers 3 and 4, and writing letters A, O, and R in upper and lower case. They have room to draw a picture of their favorite fruit. On the back of the journal, children also get to match the number of fruit to the numbers on the baskets. There are also blank pages in the journal for children to draw pictures or write different words or letters of their choosing. For more writing practice please check out Mother Goose Time’s More Literacy resource.
This month children will practice the sight words “I”, “have”, and “a”, as well as “tree”, “lemon”, and “pig”. They will see these words often in their I Can Read! book. Letter Set, Every Month
Children will learn upper and lower case letters A, O, and R, numbers 3 and 4, the color green, as well as a new shape – rectangle! They will also make new global friends in Oman, Russia, and Australia.
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.
You 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 “In the Orchard,” or you can join in on the fun in November with Mother Goose Time’s “On the Go” 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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