Counting Garden Interactive Board

I have to tell yall about this amazing interactive board I just put together for my 3 year old and 6 year old! Yes, they can both use it! As an Experience Early Learning (EEL) Blogger, I receive the EEL Preschool Curriculum in exchange for my honest opinions and authentic stories about our experiences using the curriculum. All opinions and thoughts are completely my own. Counting...

Preschool: Cactus Math and Other Desert Fun

"Momma, we live in the woods."This has been one of my preschooler's recent observations, and I think it is because she's really understanding different climates as we have been enjoying our Desert Discovery box from Mother Goose Time.  As we studied the Mojave Desert this week, we had some special fun learning about Cacti.  Cactus SimulationMy girl had never really seen cactus...

Preschool Ocean Math Games

It's been an Ocean Commotion in our house this month and we have had a blast!Avaleigh is obsessed with Octonauts, so all these ocean activities have been right up her ally.Mother Goose Time has sent us some wonderful math games this month along with real shells to use as manipulatives! Here's how you can recreate some of these games at home.Fishing for ShellsBuild a cave with a large sheet and...

Preschool Moon Rock Math

Finally, we have seen the sun!  After weeks of gloom and rain, the most glorious days have arrived and we are soaking as much time outdoors as we can. So when our Mother Goose Time suggested a game called "Counting Moon Rocks" during our Space Unit, I tweaked it to be outdoors and it was perfect!  In fact, this game kept my girl busy for 45 minutes straight!Here's what we...

Preschool Math: “Rocking” Out

We journeyed to Ayers Rock this week.Have you ever heard of it?  I hadn't until our Mother Goose Time curriculum introduced me to this stunning red rock in Australia.Using our monthly manipulatives, Avaleigh "rocked" out her math lesson on Ayers Rock day :)Check out this 20 second video and catch some highlights of our day!So much of math is understanding abstract concepts.In order to make...

Math Made Easy with Mother Goose Time

  I am loving the new set up of teacher materials for Mother Goose Time. Instead of placing the theme web on my fridge like I had been in the past, I am now putting the large Activity Calendar.  This bad boy lets me see exactly what activities MGT is providing that day, including what skills they fall under such as math (the ones highlighted below).     Another thing I am loving is the Quick...

1, 2 Buckle My Shoe

1, 2 Buckle my shoe3,4 Shut the door5,6 Pick up sticks7,8 Lay them straight9,10 Do it again!We are absolutely LOVING this month's Nursery Rhyme Unit from Mother Goose Time!Each day we learn a new little rhyme with motions to go with it.This rhyme was on our 2nd day, but Sweet Pea keeps coming back to it- she loves to act it out. My teacher guide gave some great examples of what to do with...

Crunch Time…. Clock Partners

Oh. My. Goodness.  Where did my summer go?  I am sitting here on the couch on my last day of summer.  Tomorrow I return for my first day of in-service.  Who starts in-service on a FRIDAY??  Who does THAT???  and more importantly... why did the school district to that to us?!?!  ugh....I know I sound like I am complaining.... well yes.... I am complaining but not...

Linky Party: Music In the Classroom….Nay or YAY!!!!

YAY!!! I know yall know how much I like to search You Tube for school videos.... so I thought about making a little linky party for all those great finds all us teachers search high and low for.Let me tell yall a little secret... I am not a fan of rap, hip-hop, or much of today's music.  I grew up on the alternative radio of the '90's (love it), but I now listen to Texas Country and...

MNM: Area of Trapezoids… WHY??

WHY?!?! The most intriguing question that I ask and try to have an answer for.  So I was about to teach how to find area of a trapezoid, and I thought I could just teach them the formula and how to use it, but then the question hit me... Why??  Why is the formula like this???My students had a formula chart we refer to as the "cheat sheet" (they get to use this on their STAAR test)...