Mother Goose Time’s “Bees & Butterflies” Book List

April’s Mother Goose Time curriculum is called “Bees & Butterflies”. Included in Mother Goose Time’s monthly curriculum is a list of books that coordinate with the month’s theme.  This month includes many picture books for children to learn more about bee basics, types of bees and wasps, metamorphosis, and the types of butterflies.

Week 1: Bee Basics

Curious George: A Home for Honeybees by H. A. Rey

The Very Greedy Bee by Steve Smallman

The Very Greedy Bee

Buzz-Buzz, Busy Bees by Dawn Bentley

Bee & Me by Elle J. McGuinness

Bear Wants More by Jane Chapman

Week 2: Types of Bees & Wasps

Honeybee’s Busy Day by Richard Fowler

Honeybee's Busy Day

Buzzy the Bumblebee by Denise Brennan-Nelson

All About Bees: A Picture Book for Kids About Bees by Emma Jacobs

I Can Read About Bees and Wasps by David Cutts

Hornets: Amazing Pictures and Facts About Hornets by Breanne Sartori

Week 3: Metamorphosis

Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert

Ten Little Caterpillars by Bill Martin Jr.

National Geographic Readers: Caterpillar to Butterfly by Laura Marsh

Are You a Butterfly? by Judy Allen

Are You a Butterfly?

Butterflies and Moths by Lisa M. Herrington

Week 4: Types of Butterflies

Monarch! Come Play with Me by Ba Rea

Where Butterflies Grow by Joanne Ryder

Butterfly Kisses for Grandma and Grandpa by Alayne Kay Christian

Butterfly Kisses

Caterpillars to Butterflies by Bobbie Kalman

Butterfly Colors and Counting by Jerry Pallotta

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Mother Goose Time’s “Discover the Desert” Book List

March’s Mother Goose Time curriculum is called “Discover the Desert”. Included in Mother Goose Time’s monthly curriculum is a list of books that coordinate with the month’s theme.  This month includes many picture books for children to learn more about being at the rodeo, the Sahara Desert, the Mojave Desert, and the desert night.

Week 1: At the Rodeo

I Want to Be a Cowboy by Dan Liebman

Gingerbread Cowboy by Janet Squires

Gingerbread Cowboy

Cowboy Wyatt by Sarah M. Hayes

Cowboy Small by Lois Lenski

Rodeo Rider by Mick Gowar

Week 2: Sahara Desert

Deserts by Emily K. Green

Camels (Nature’s Children) by Jennifer Zeiger

Who Lives Here? Desert Animals by Deborah Hodge

Who Lives Here?

Pyramids (A First Discovery Book) by Gallimard Jeunesse

Eye Wonder: Desert by DK Publishing

Week 3: Mojave Desert

Mojave by Diane Siebert

Desert Tortoises by Elizabeth Thomas

Little Burro by Jim Arnosky

Hug Me by Simona Ciraolo

The Cacti Are Having a Party by Sheila Biefeldt

The Cacti Are Having a Party

Week 4: Desert Night

Desert Night, Desert Day by Anthony Fredericks

Desert Night, Desert Day

Desert Babies by Kristen McCurry

Coyotes (Animals That Live in the Desert) by JoAnn Early Macken

Rattlesnake Rules by Conrad J. Storad

A Campfire for Cowboy Billy by Wendy K. Ulmer

Mother Goose Time’s “Food & Fitness” Book List

February’s Mother Goose Time curriculum is called “Food & Fitness”. Included in Mother Goose Time’s monthly curriculum is a list of books that coordinate with the month’s theme.  This month includes many picture books for children to learn more about food groups, being in the kitchen, health, and fitness.

Week 1: Food Groups 

Gregory, the Terrible Eater by Mitchell Sharmat

The Boy Who Loved Broccoli by Sarah A. Creighton

The Boy Who Loved Broccoli

How Did That Get in My Lunchbox by Christine Butterworth

The Milk Makers by Gail Gibbons

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

Week 2: In the Kitchen

C is for Cooking (Sesame Street) by Susan McQuillan

How to Make an Apple Pie by Marjorie Priceman

Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert

Tyler Makes Spaghetti by Tyler Florence

Tyler Makes Spaghetti

From the Garden by Michael Dahl

Week 3: Fitness

Curious George Race Day by H.A. Rey

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow

Ball by Mary Sullivan

Ball

Watch Me Throw the Ball! by Mo Willems

Stretch by Doreen Cronin

Week 4: Health

Biscuit Visits the Doctor by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

Biscuit Visits the Doctor

Love You Forever by Robert Munsch and Sheila McGraw

Maisy, Charley and the Wobbly Tooth by Lucy Cousins

Balancing Act by Ellen Stoll Walsh

Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes

A Glimpse Inside “Going on Safari”!

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.

Library-Style Story Time Book, Every Month

BookOn 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. 

125 Active Discovery Tools, Every Month

Activity - Protect the AnimalsOn 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.

Activity - Giraffe SnackOn 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.

Activity - Safari MovementsOn 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.

13+ Art Projects, Every Month

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”. Art - Lion Mask

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.Art - Rhino Horn
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.Art - Play Hut
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.

Skills - Animal Classify and Sort
Day 3 – Animal Classify and Sort
Skills - Elephant Matching
Day 13 – Elephant Matching
Skills - Spots in the Grass
Day 16 – Spots in the Grass

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 NewsletterCaregivers 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.

Child-led Exploration, Every Month

IndividualizationAt 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.

Discover Games, Every Month

Game - Wild Animal ChaseThere 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.

Game - Giraffe Spots GameOn 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.

Game - Choose-a-BeetleOn 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.

New My Little Journal, Every Month

My Little JournalEach 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.

New I Can Read!, Every Month

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.

I Can Read!

Letter Set, Every Month

This month, children will study upper and lower case letters E, S, and Z.  They will practice identifying objects that begin with these letters.

Letter Flags

New Letters, Colors, Numbers, Shapes, and Global Friends, Every Month

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.

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Paintbrush

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Global Friends

New Friendly Bee, Every Month

This month, children will learn about being patient.

Friendly Bee
Monthly Skills Chart, Every Month

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 “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

Celebration of Peace

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!

Mother Goose Time’s “Going on Safari” Book List

January’s Mother Goose Time curriculum is called “Going on Safari”. Included in Mother Goose Time’s monthly curriculum is a list of books that coordinate with the month’s theme.  This month includes many picture books for children to learn more about getting ready for safari, wild safari animals, life in the grasslands, and backyard safari.

Week 1: Getting Ready for Safari 

Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain by Verna Aardema

Handa’s Surprise by Eileen Browne

Handa's Surprise

We All Went on Safari by Laurie Krebs

The Matatu by Eric Walters

Way Far Away on a Wild Safari by Jan Peck

Week 2: Wild Safari Animals

National Geographic Readers: Safari by Gail Tuchman

A Baby Elephant in the Wild by Caitlin O’Connell

Rhinos by Peter Murray

Greedy Zebra by Mwenye Hadithi & Adrienne Kennaway

Greedy Zebra

Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae

Week 3: Life in the Grasslands

Pretty Salma by Niki Daly

Pretty Salma

A Is for Africa by Ifeoma Onyefulu

Great Migrations (National Geographic Kids) by Elizabeth Carney

Off to the Sweet Shores of Africa by Uzo Unobagha

Mama Panya’s Pancakes by Mary and Rich Chamberlin

Week 4: Backyard Safari

I Lost My Tooth in Africa by Penda Diakite

Ostrich and Lark by Marilyn Nelson

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ear by Verna Aardema

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears

The Very Clumsy Click Beetle by Eric Carle

Wangari’s Trees of Peace by Jeanette Winter

A Glimpse Inside “Sights & Sounds of Winter”!

Mother Goose Time’s December curriculum is called “Sights & Sounds of Winter.”  This month, children will learn about instruments, the things you will see and hear indoors and outdoors during the winter and shadows.  They will discover valuable lessons while having fun by learning the orchestra, sights and sounds outdoors, sights and sounds indoors and light and dark.

Library-Style Story Time Book, Every Month

BookOn Day 5, we are introduced to the story book, The Mississippi Musicians, about a donkey who is told he is too old and worthless to continue doing his job.  He decides to travel to the Mississippi and play in a blues band.  He makes a lot of friends along the way and together they form their own blues band right on the Mississippi River.  After reading this delightful story to the children, ask them to name the characters and the instruments they play.  Then have them invent a new ending to the book and come up with an additional animal who joins the band and plays the piano.

125 Active Discovery Tools, Every Month

Activity - Find the FluteOn Day 2, gather together this month’s theme poster and some looking glasses.  Ask the children to use a looking glass to find picture of things that make sounds.  Then ask them to find the flute.  After finding the flute, do the activity listed on the back of the looking glass.  Take turns finding pictures on the poster and following the instructions on the looking glasses.

Activity - Counting StringsOn Day 4, pull together the die, rubber bands and a shoebox.  Put the six rubber bands around the open shoebox.  Ask a child to roll the die and say what number is rolled.  Have the child pluck the rubber bands that same number of times.  Each child will take a turn rolling the die and plucking the rubber bands to make some music.

Activity - Teah SandwichesOn Day 12, gather together the ingredients listed on the recipe card.  Encourage each child to make a sandwich.  Assist them with the cookie cutters or plastic knifes to cute them into smaller pieces.  Once the sandwiches have been assembled, arrange them on a tray and ask the children to share the sandwiches with each other.  Have something to drink in teacups.  The children can practice saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you’.

13+ Art Projects, Every Month

On Day 6, each child will make a Reindeer Headband.  Ask each child to trace their hands on paper and cut them out.  They then can decorate the headband and affix the eyes and nose to it.  Help each child attach the handprints as antlers.  After the children have been fitted with their headbands, have them pretend to be a reindeer by walking or running through the woods or snow.

Art - Reindeer Headband

On Day 8, children get to create their own Snow Owl Puppet.  First, the children each decorate the owl cutout with markers and other materials you have on hand.  Second, glue the paper cup and google eyes with glue.  Last, attach the craft stick to the bottom of the puppet.  The children can then have conversations with each other using their puppets.  They can ask each other if they prefer to live in cold or warm climates, what they like to eat and where they like to build their nests.

Art - Snow Owl Puppet
On Day 11, children get to make their own Cooke Plate Art.  You will need to gather together the paper cookies, sprinkles, foam dots and paper plates.  Ask the children to decorate matching pairs of cookies: Two with sprinkles, two with “chocolate chips” and two with “frosting”.  For extended play, a pretend oven can be made out of a box.  The children can pretend to bake their cookies in the oven and then serve them to one another.

Art - Cookie Plate Art
33 Skills Built, Every Month

This month, children practice developing several different skills including matching and using listening skills with the Guess the Sound activity on Day 3, sorting colors and matching on Day 5 with the Piano Keys activity, and identifying patterns with the Pass the Pattern activity on Day 8.

Skills - Guess the Sound
Day 3 – Guess the Sound
Skills - Piano Keys
Day 5 – Piano Keys
Skills - Pass the Pattern
Day 8 – Pass the Pattern

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 NewsletterCaregivers 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.

Child-led Exploration, Every Month

IndividualizationAt 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.

Discover Games, Every Month

Game - Animal TracksThere are many fun games included in the curriculum that incorporate learning.  This month, children will play an Animal Tracks Game on Day 6.  Each child will choose a color.  Then ask the children to take turns spinning the arrow and placing the matching card in their color on the space in their section of the board.  The children will keep taking turns until each person has covered all of their spaces on their side of the board.

Games - Owl ShapesOn Day 8, they will play a game called Owl Shapes.  Place the different owl shapes on the floor.  Ask the children to sort the Shape Builders and stack them next to the matching owl shape.  Next, take turns calling out a child’s name and ask them to do a movement as they move from shape to shape.  For example, “Skip to the rectangular owl.”  Continue playing until each child has had a turn.

Game - Cat & MouseOn Day 14, have the children take turns rolling the die and moving a gray pom around the game board.  Pretend the poms are little mice moving on the board.  Keep playing the game until each child has made it to the mouse’s home.  For extended play, provide some cheese cubes for the children to snack on like mice while they play the game.  Encourage the children to use blankets and pillows to create a cozy mouse house.  Watch how they work together as they create the mouse house fort.

New My Little Journal, Every Month

My Little JournalEach child will receive a My Little Journal.  In this journal, children will practice drawing stars, using the color ‘white’, writing numbers 7 and 8, and writing letters V, X, and M in upper and lower case.  On the back of the journal, children get to follow different paths for the different numbered music notes.  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.

New I Can Read!, Every Month

This month children will practice the sight words “it”, “plays”, “at” and “look”, as well as “cat”, “hat”, “rat”, and “mat”.  They will see these words often in their I Can Read! book. 
I Can Read! Book

Letter Set, Every Month

This month, children will study upper and lower case letters V, X, and M.  They will practice identifying objects that begin with these letters.Letter Banners

New Letters, Colors, Numbers, Shapes, and Global Friends, Every Month

Children will learn upper and lower case letters M, X, and V, numbers 7 and 8, the color white, as well as a new shape – star!  They will also make new global friends in Mexica, Madagascar, and Venezuela.

Numbers

Paintbrush

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Global Friends

New Friendly Bee, Every Month

This month, children will learn about being loving.Version 3

Monthly Skills Chart, Every Month

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 “Sights & Sounds of Winter,” or you can join in on the fun in January with Mother Goose Time’s “Going on Safari” curriculum! Not sure if you want to dive all the way in yet? Check out one of Mother Goose Time’s samples!

Santa’s Workshop – A Complete Celebration Kit

Santa's WorkshopIncluded in December’s box is a Santa’s Workshop party kit.  In the kit you will find invitations, a wall display, games, art projects, and much, much more!

 

Mother Goose Time’s “Sights & Sounds of Winter” Book List

December’s Mother Goose Time curriculum is called “Sights & Sounds of Winter”. Included in Mother Goose Time’s monthly curriculum is a list of books that coordinate with the month’s theme.  This month includes many picture books for children to learn more about the orchestra, sights and sounds found outdoors, sights and sounds found indoors, and light and dark.

Week 1: Orchestra Instruments 

Olivia Forms a Band by Ian Falconer

Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin by Lloyd Moss

Tubby the Tuba by Paul Tripp

Tubby the Tuba

Meet the Orchestra by Ann Hayes

The Jazz Fly by Matthew W. Gallub

Week 2: Sights and Sounds Outdoors

Big Tracks, Little Tracks: Following Animal Prints by Millicent E. Selsam

Big Tracks, Little Tracks

Ivy’s Icicle: Book Three-Forgiving Others by Gary Bower and Josh McDowell

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

What Cheer, What Cheer, Says the Cardinal! by Martha Scott

Week 3: Sights and Sounds Indoors

May I Please Have a Cookie by Jennifer Morris

Miss Spider’s Tea Party by David Kirk

A Visitor for Bear by Bonny Becker

A Visitor for Bear

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff

No Dragons for Tea by Jean E Pendziwol

Week 4: Light and Dark

One Candle by Eve Bunting

The Sun Is My Favorite Star by Frank Asch

Shadows and Reflections by Tana Hoban

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

The Snowy Day

Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner