Mother Goose Time’s January curriculum is called “Going on Safari.” This month, children will learn about getting ready for safari, wild safari animals, life in the grasslands, and backyard safari. They will discover valuable lessons while having fun.
On Day 3, we are introduced to the story book, Giraffes Can’t Dance, about a clumsy giraffe named Gerald. Every year there is a jungle dance party, and all of the animals know how to do various dances like the tango, cha-cha, waltz, etc. When it is Gerald’s turn to dance, all of the animals begin laughing because they think Gerald can’t dance and shouldn’t even try. Gerald runs away sad. A cricket finds him and shows him that he can dance when he finds music that he loves. Sure enough, Gerald is a wonderful dancer. All of the animals admire his impressive dance skills.
On Day 5, gather together the safari counters, safari matching cards and wild animal spinner. First spread out the safari counters, pick five pairs of safari matching cards that match the counters and put the other pairs to the side. Talk about how animals stay together in herds when there are predators nearby. Make a pile with the matching cards, spin the animal spinner and talk about if the animal on the spinner is a friend or predator on the matching card. If it is a predator, take the safari counters that match the card and form a herd. Ask the children to count the animals in the herd.
On Day 4, you are going to make a giraffe snack. Pull together the ingredients on the recipe card. Spread out plastic knifes, craft sticks and bananas. What how the kids experiment with slicing the bananas. Have the children show how they wash their hands. Help them cut the tortilla into long strips for the giraffe’s neck. Next, they can spread peanut butter on the tortilla and add slices of bananas and raisins to represent spots.
On Day 20, gather together the Going on Safari CD, the Wild Animal Spinner and the Movement Cube. Play a song and encourage each child to pretend to be their favorite safari animal and dance to the music. Ask each child to spin the spinner and roll the movement cube. The child will then move like the animal in the way described on the cube.
On Day 6, each child will make a Lion Mask. Assist each child with cutting out the middle of their plates. Then they can paint the outside brown. Next, they can cut strips out of the yellow paper. They can curl the paper by wrapping it around a pencil and then gluing the strips to the plate. They can cut ears from the yellow paper as well and attach them to the plate with glue. Last, attach the craft stick for a handle. After the children have completed their masks, they can pretend to be a lion and play “Follow the Leader”.
On Day 8, children get to create their own Rhino Horn. First, the children each decorate their cones. Each child gets a half piece of elastic which can be attached to the cone. Ask the children to wear their beautiful horns and pretend to be a rhino. Go outside and build a place for the rhino to live. Discuss what the rhinos will need in their habitat.
On Day 12, children get to make their own Play Hut. Give each child a cup, and ask them to go outside and find items that will fit inside the cup. Assist the children in cutting out a door in the cup. Flip the cup over and glue sand to it. The children can play with the paper people and pretend they are living with the Maasai tribe. Set out the objects they found outside for the paper people to play with.
33 Skills Built, Every Month
This month, children practice developing several different skills including sorting by color, type and other features with the Animal Classify and Sort activity on Day 3, sorting and matching on Day 13 with the Elephant Matching activity, and counting, matching and adding with the Spots in the Grass activity on Day 16.
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. Each month’s newsletter encourages parents to engage with their children and continue to talk with them about what they have been learning. 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 Wild Animal Chase game on Day 5. Encourage the children to run around while you chase them. Watch how each child reacts to being chased. Place a blanket in the middle of the floor. Tell the children that the blanket is a safe place for animals to rest. Have the children take turns spinning the spinner and have the children pretend to be the animal that the spinner lands on. If the child lands on the lion, he gets to chase everyone to the blanket.
On Day 10, they will play a game called Giraffe Spots game. Talk with the children about how each giraffe has a different spot pattern on their body. Ask a child to pick a number card and put that man foam oval spots on the giraffe poster. Together, count the spots to make sure it matches the number on the card. Ask another child to draw a card. Talk about if the new number is more or less than the previous number. Ask the child to remove that number of spots. Talk about if any spots remain. Continue taking turns.
On Day 19, the children will play the Choose-a-Beetle game. Place a shape bead on each square of the first column of the poster. Ask the children to decide how to place the extra beads on the poster. Put out two or three Would You Rather Cards on the poster. Have each child answer a question by putting a bead by their choice on the graph. Talk about which choice had the most beads. Repeat the process with another Would You Rather Question.
Each child will receive a My Little Journal. In this journal, children will practice drawing ovals, using the color ‘yellow’, writing numbers 9 and 10, and writing letters E, S, and Z in upper and lower case. On the back of the journal, children get to help the wildebeest through the maze to the watering hole. 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 “out”, “of”, “in”, “it” and “jumps”, as well as “monkey”, “lion”, and “elephant”. They will see these words often in their I Can Read! book.
This month, children will study upper and lower case letters E, S, and Z. They will practice identifying objects that begin with these letters.
Children will learn upper and lower case letters E, S, and Z, numbers 9 and 10, the color yellow, as well as a new shape – oval! They will also make new global friends in Egypt, Senegal, Zimbabwe.
This month, children will learn about being patient.
A 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.
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 “Going on Safari,” or you can join in on the fun in February with Mother Goose Time’s “Food & Fitness” curriculum! Not sure if you want to dive all the way in yet? Check out one of Mother Goose Time’s samples!
Celebration of Peace – A Complete Celebration Kit
Included January’s box is a Celebration of Peace party kit. In the kit you will find invitations, a wall display, games, art projects, and much, much more!