This month Mother Goose Time is taking us on safari! We’re looking forward to learning about how to get ready to go on safari, the wild animals we may see on safari, what life is like in Africa, and how to go on our very own safari in the backyard. Click here to see all the monthly themes for January – August 2016.
Daily Child Projects
“Going On Safari” is jam packed with wonderful craft projects. We’ll be making passports, creating safari hats, crafting binoculars, and creating one of the kids’ favorite animals, the flamingo! A quick pictorial overview of the crafts included in this month is shown below. Follow us on Instagram to see the finished projects 🙂
This month focuses a lot on building skills in the following areas:
- earth science – exploring ecosystems
- gross motor – building strength and balance
- fine motor – controlling small movements
- identifying letters and words
- number concepts – counting to determine quantity
Calendar and Daily Activities
Comparing the size of chicken versus ostrich eggs, playing safari with our new African animal manipulatives, and making a spotted giraffe snack are just a few of the fun activities we are looking forward to this month. The included story of the month is “Giraffes Can’t Dance” by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees. We also have a whole new list of suggested books and outdoor and free play ideas. We’ll be sure to share some of our favorites!
Each month comes with thematic manipulatives. This month, an African animal set and a wooden sewing bead set are included. The animals are an elephant, a giraffe, a gorilla, a lion, and a rhinoceros (Ladybug’s favorite). These manipulatives are used in several of the Mother Goose Time activities and we are most looking forward to using them for thematic play, counting, and expanding our fine motor coordination.
We will also be focusing on the following concepts:
- Color – yellow
- Shape – oval
- Friendly Bee – Patient
- Letters – E, Z, S
- Numbers – 9 and 10
Mother Goose Time always includes at least one Spanish activity to encourage second language acquisition skills. There are also flash cards available in online member resources that encourage the incorporation of Spanish vocabulary while engaging in the varied daily activities. The coloring sheets, also available online, provide the Spanish word for several additional thematic objects. This month they include African elephants, travel vehicles, and tools such as binoculars.
Three different global friends arrive each month that encourage the children to use and more fully understand the world map that Mother Goose Time provided when we first started using the curriculum. Our new global friends are from Egypt, Senegal, and Zimbabwe. Each friend will introduce the kids to a new cultural element through pictures, games, or storybooks.
This month also includes a celebration kit focusing on peace. There are tools included for each child to create their own personal calendar and memento for the year ahead. A printable to make sharing the story of Martin Luther King Jr at a level appropriate and interesting for preschoolers is also included.
We will also be learning about “Daniel in the Lion’s Den” with Experience God (Christian curriculum add-on) and “Dancing on Safari” with our new Dance ‘n Beats (dance and fitness program). The toddler is always included thanks to the Little Goose Program (toddler supplement). We hope you’ll join us on our safari adventures!
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