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Our first week of Experience Early Learning’s “Winter in the Woods” (December) unit is about Forest Animals.
Today, Week 1 Lesson 3 is about Bears. Set up in the creative corner is a Bear Den activity.
These are the supplies that Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) provided:
– Title Display
– Inspiration Photo
– Bowls (for each child)
– Bear Photos (for each child)
All that we needed to supply to complete this project were nature items. The bear dens turned out really cute! We talked about hibernation and why bears hibernate. During their project we talked about the different kinds of bears. Experience Early Learning
has a clever way of taking the most simple task and turning it into a fun and engaging educational experience for young children.
Bonus Idea – Teacher Angel Tree
One of our sweet parents decided to do a Teacher Angel Tree at our school. She provided tags for the teachers and they filled them out with wish list items for either their classrooms or themselves and we hung them on the tree. If the parents want to participate they choose a tag off of the tree and return the wrapped item under the tree. This was a really thoughtful idea, and one that our teachers have really appreciated!
I love that Experience Early Learning with Mother Goose Time makes the planning easy. It’s inevitable that teachers are going to get sick this time of the year. After all, we work with a lot of little people who share all their germs. When a teacher calls out sick, especially on Monday morning, I appreciate that the curriculum is all laid out and easy to use. When I’m subbing in a classroom last minute I’m glad that I can pull out the day’s activities and everything is pretty much ready to go. Maintaining consistency with our little ones is especially important when their regular teacher is unavailable. The poster for the week told me immediately that this week is about “Resourcefulness”. There were four cards (the activities for the day), a book to read, stickers for one of the activities and the weekly newsletter. The lesson cards are easy to use – especially nice when you are normally not a Toddler teacher!
These activities in the Experience Toddler curriculum are definitely more age appropriate for this group. They are working on skills that are going to benefit them in our preschool class. We appreciate that Experience Early Learning puts in all of the effort to plan these awesome activities. Not only do our Toddlers love these activities, but the teachers do too!
We have had fun kicking off our Community Helpers unit with Experience Preschool, formerly Mother Goose Time. Week 1, Lesson 1 was all about Firefighters. During circle time we talked about what Firefighters do and how they help us. We took the opportunity with this topic to talk about fire safety with our classes. What should we do if we hear a smoke detector go off? Where is our meeting place at school? Do they have a meeting place at home if they have a fire? Fires are scary, however, it’s important to review safety tips with children so that they know what to do in case of an emergency. We talked about getting low and how that helps us, and reviewed our rules on exiting the school quickly and safely. Every month we have a fire drill, so this was a good time to talk more about it and why we do these drills every month. This week was a great week to learn or review 911 as well.
Experience Preschool (formerly Mother Goose Time) provides great art projects as well. After we talked about fire safety the children got to make a Fire Fork Painting – Experience Preschool provided all of the materials, we just needed the paint! The children had fun using the forks to make the flames for their fire. So far they are enjoying this unit. We have a lot of dramatic play going on with fun dress up items for them to try on! We are looking forward to our second week with the Community Helpers unit and learning more about the people who help out our community.
We had so much fun at our Halloween Party this year! We had a couple different sensory activities, crafts and games. We even had a Trick-or-Treat Costume Parade where each class got to hand out some goodies to their friends.
Slimy Noodles and plastic eyeballs were a sensory hit!
We dyed the rice orange and added some cinnamon for this fun scoop and pour activity. We had orange rice everywhere, but they loved it!
Felt projects, spider webs with tweezers, gluing foam pieces to make a spider puppet, Pumpkin Bowling, build your own snack mix… needless to say, we were pretty busy!
And then we went trick-or-treating! We try to limit the sugar intake, especially on big days like Halloween, so since the trail mix activity had some sweets, we handed out little cutie orange jack-o-lanterns, pencils, erasers, notepads, and a variety of other little goodies.
It was a great day and it was so fun to see everyone in their wonderful costumes!
We really enjoyed our field trip to Detering Orchard, in Junction City, OR. We enjoyed our covered Hayride, and we learned about apple trees. We got to pick our own apples and pumpkins, and have a cider tasting with lunch.
Here is a few of the precious highlights from our rainy day down on the farm!
We just received a complimentary sample box of the new Experience Toddler curriculum (formerly known as Mother Goose Time). Right away we love the look of it!
It comes with the Experience Toddler Curriculum Guide, which lays everything out nicely. We love the 4-part system they have in place – Plan, Play, Connect with Families, and Observe & Document Growth. This new curriculum makes planning easy with grab and go play cards. They are numbered which makes it easy to know which cards are for which day.
With the Experience Toddler curriculum they will develop 40 skills throughout the month, and everything is really geared towards their age which we love. They have their own newsletter each week which will keep parents informed on what their child is working on.
Each weekly theme comes in one package, complete with a calendar for the week, art supplies, the grab and go cards, and other curriculum materials. In the box we also received an egg carton and a cube, things that they will be using this month.
We are so excited to dive into this box of curriculum and see how it works with our Toddlers!
For more information about Experience Toddler, please visit the Mother Goose Time website!
Our preschool teacher created a fun Halloween themed assessment today using an outline of a piece of candy corn. She drew three shapes to review – a circle, a square, and a triangle. They also reviewed three colors with this project – white, orange, and yellow. She cut out white triangles, orange squares, and yellow circles. They reviewed the shapes and colors before starting. She sat out glue and asked the children to match the shapes to the shape on the paper. She observed as the children did this to see if they followed directions and if they were able to match the shape/color.
This was a fun bonus activity to go along with Halloween this month and worked as a great assessment. After they ate their lunch they got to eat a piece of candy corn!
Experience Preschool (formally known as Mother Goose Time) also has curriculum for ages 18 months – 2 ½ years, called Experience Toddler. This curriculum box comes complete with a Little Goose Toddler Teacher Guide, which helps teachers adjust the level of activities and materials to various age groups. There is a big difference between 18 months and 2 ½ years, and authentic assessment is going to look different for every age group.
With toddlers, observations are key. They may not be able to communicate with words, so watching what they are doing and the milestones they meet is vital. Toddlers love to color and there are a couple of things that the teacher is watching for as they are doing so. The teacher is looking to see if they can hold the crayon – instead of trying to eat it – do they have the mature grip to hold it correctly? When they are coloring, the teacher is looking to see if they are specific when coloring, such as coloring one object instead of the entire paper. Can they follow single step directions? As they get older they should be able to start following single step directions. You can learn a lot about a child just from observing them. The different activities provided by Experience Toddler (formerly Mother Goose Time) and the teacher allows for authentic assessment because the children are learning through play.
The teachers also watch for how the children are using their full bodies and their gross motor skills. For example, one child didn’t realize that they could climb over the tire and into the sandbox, he stood there and waited for help. Whereas when they get older they figure out that they can climb – up the stairs to go down the slide and over the tire into the sandbox. They are quicker to climb over obstacles as they get a little bit older.
Our toddler teacher set out a sensory bin and the goal for this activity was to scoop and pour. Some of the children followed directions and practiced scooping and pouring, while others explored however they wanted to. They are also working on color matching in that classroom. Today’s lesson was Egg (Experience Preschool Week 2, Lesson 11 in Down on the Farm). They worked on color matching with the plastic eggs and one to one correspondence by placing one chick in one egg. The teacher watched to see if they could grip well enough to open and close the egg. The children have no idea that the teacher is watching for certain things throughout their activities, they are just having fun with the process!
We love that Experience Preschool is a curriculum that isn’t just geared towards preschoolers – but babies and toddlers too. They make authentic assessment for all ages easy with play-based curriculum.
Authentic Assessment comes easy when using Experience Preschool, formally known as Mother Goose Time, in the classroom. Authentic Assessment allows the teachers to capture learning as it happens, and it leads to an improved experience with teaching and learning. Observations are important in the preschool classroom. Teachers learn a lot about each child through observations and authentic assessment.
Experience Preschool sends a ‘My Little Journal’ for each child with each unit. This month our unit is “Down on the Farm.” Inside each journal is a list of journal ideas for each concept.
The first page is always the color of the month, this month our color is blue. The journal idea for this concept was to draw a square barn. The children used blue markers or crayons to draw a square barn, and the teacher observed the children while they worked on their squares. Did they follow directions? Were they able to draw a square? Being able to follow directions is one thing the teachers are observing while working on the journals.
Sometimes the teachers adjust the journal ideas based on their class and the materials on hand. For the letter L the teacher had the children glue craft sticks down in the shape of the letter. Could they create the letter L? Did they place the craft sticks together or far apart? As you are observing your class, ask yourself questions and take notes. How did they approach the activity? What is our current pencil grip? How are we doing with scissors, spacial awareness, basic concepts, etc. The goal is always to see progress, however large or small. As you work on their portfolios throughout the year, taking pictures of some of the activities that get sent home (such as their journals) is a great way to capture some of these observations that were made. A snapshot of their activity with a quick note on what was observed during the activity is always great to look back on to watch their progress throughout the year.
If you are looking for a preschool curriculum to use in your classroom, Experience Preschool is a great choice! They make authentic assessment in your classroom easy by providing plenty of resources to help you document each child’s learning progress throughout the year.
We had a very unique experience yesterday- a field trip fundraiser!
Our center is next door to Force of One Martial Arts in Corvallis, OR. They partnered with us for a class. Parents paid for their child to attend the class, like any other field trip or special experience. Then the Taekwondo school gave a percentage of that money back to our school. A total win-win situation! They exposed our children to something new, and they loved it. They focused their brains and got some wiggles out at the same time. Martial Arts is a wonderful practice of control and mindfulness and we really appreciate Force of One and their willingness to give back to the community in such a unique way!