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If you’ve been following along with what we’ve been up to lately, then you probably already know that we’re at home full-time now. Oh, and the little guy is just about 2 1/2, so I also thought it might be time to switch things up again.
Say what? Yep! Soon, the little guy will trade Little Goose for Experience God. Out with the old and in with the new, right? We really haven’t been using the Little Goose Teacher Guide anywhere near as much. You know, because he’s growing up and all. Who would’ve thought!
As much as I love the daily tray play ideas, it’s unfortunately time to say so long and farewell. We’re movin’ on to Preschool with Mother Goose Time. Can you believe it?
And you know what? Since the little guy was so excited, I wanted to do something for him that was all kinds of awesome. Enter our preschool workboxes.
The little guy definitely loves having his own “school stuff.” And while most homeschooling mamas use workboxes as a sort of to-do list for each day, we’re using them more along the lines of busy boxes. I know what you’re probably thinking… why go to all the hassle, right?
I wanted him to be able to find educational yet fun stuff to do while I was working in the evenings. Oh, and I also wanted certain books, games, and puzzles to be easy for him to get out and put away on his own.
We were out shopping the other night and you know how that usually goes, don’t you? Needless to say, I bought us a brand-spankin’-new shelf because I wanted to put together an art space for the little guy.
I can’t even tell you how head over heels we are with the changes this year. A while back, I found this little three-compartment serving tray and we’re using it to organize all of our shape stamps and letter cookie cutters. The little guy uses them for both print-making and Play-Doh.
Mother Goose Time works so perfectly what we were already doing. If you’re interested, check out why we chose Timberdoodle + Sonlight, what happened when we added Mother Goose Time to the mix, and how we’re making it all work together.
One thing led to another and before I knew it, I was printing and laminating labels.
Somehow we ended up with a few of the same 10-drawer rolling carts that I’m pretty sure every homeschooling mama in America has. They’re apparently pretty popular when it comes to creating workboxes and I kind of figured sure, why not. Lol…
I grabbed one, labelled the drawers, and filled each of them up with fun stuff for the little guy. Some of it was of course stuff that we already had. And I added lots of what we got in this month’s Mother Goose Time curriculum kit too. Here’s what’s we ended up with:
Bible – Our Family Time Bible in Pictures as well as the Awana Puggles at Home Kit and Coloring & Activity Book. Oh, and I added a special pack of colored pencils just for bible coloring. I ordered myself a coloring bible and a pack of colored pencils and I thought it made sense to do the same for him.
Critical Thinking & Thinking Skills – Building Critical Thinking Skills – Beginning, Dot to Dot for Tiny Tots, and a few puzzles. The link manipulatives that came with this month’s Mother Goose Time curriculum kit are also in this drawer.
Math – Montessori Number Work, Mathematical Reasoning Beginning 1, Farmland Math, and of course this month’s cow counters that came with our Mother Goose Time curriculum kit.
Handwriting – the little guy’s notebook and stickers, Kumon Grow to Know Tracing, A is for Apple, and our My Little Journal from Mother Goose Time.
Spelling – Magnetic Poetry Really Big Words and Bananagrams Wild Tiles. The little guy uses the Scrabble-type tiles to identify and sort letters.
Phonics – Montessori Letter Work
Reading – Lots of awesome farm-themed books including, but not limited to, Farm Anatomy, Our Friends at Maple Hill Farm, and this month’s storybook and I Can Read! book from Mother Goose Time.
Science – Usborne First Illustrated Science Dictionary as well as our experiment cards from our Learning Resources Primary Science Lab Set.
History & Geography – Montessori Map Work
Arts & Crafts – This is where I keep our daily discovery bag from Mother Goose Time for the next day. I prep as much as I can the night before and put what’s left in this drawer. Usually, that ends up being the supplies for our invitation to create activity.
Of course what’s in each of our workboxes will definitely change. Every month, Mother Goose Time sends us lots of awesome things that we can add.
And then there’s everything we end up finding on our own too. Suffice it to say, it’s a well-established fact around here that either the little guy has a stuff issue or I have a shopping issue. Shh… Don’t tell anyone. Got it? Lol…
I’ll be sure to give y’all an update on what’s in our workboxes after the holidays. 😉
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