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All About Apples

This months topic in our Mother Goose Time Curriculum  is in the Orchard. During the first week the kids spent time learning about the lifecycle of trees. During the second week we learned about fruit trees. While we learned about 5 different fruit trees, we ended up spending a few days learning about Apples as well as Johnny Appleseed. The reason we extended our apple unit is because in Michigan this time of year there are LOTS of apples. So we do many different things with apples, we go to the orchard and pick apples, we can homemade applesauce, make Continue Reading…

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A Look Into Our Preschool Day

A Look Into our day using Mother Goose Time Preschool Lesson Plans Today I am going to give you a look into a day using Mother Goose Time Preschool curriculum. The Mother Goose Time curriculum provides everything you need each day from the preschool lesson plans to almost all of the materials needed to do every activity. You can read THIS post to see all of the wonderful things included in your introductory shipment as well as your regular monthly shipments when you sign up for Mother Goose Time Curriculum. Each day is started with circle & Calendar time. Each month Continue Reading…

Mother Goose Time Curriculum-Weather All Around Us

Weather All Around Us

Different Types of Weather We recently finished our first couple weeks of the Mother Goose Time Curriculum with Gabe. Both Gabe, and myself are really enjoying the program. I am really love the fact that everything is put together already in separate bags ready to go. You can read my first post about Mother Goose Time curriculum to see all the great things that are included with your monthly subscription. Gabe is really loving the fact that he is doing fun hands on learning, crafts, finger plays, helping in the kitchen to make our snack each day, and many of the Continue Reading…

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Ice Pillar

Me and Jake looked into the sky one VERY cold night and this is what we seen. Neither of us had any clue as to what they were, but both agreed they were very interesting. We noticed that the lights seemed like they were shooting up from all the area lights, well we were right. I saw the following video on the local news the next day that told me exactly what it was something I had never even heard of let alone seen, Ice Pillar. Ice Pillar are a type of optical phenomenon from the reflection of the lights Continue Reading…

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Over 100″ of Snow ~ Polar Vortex 2014

We had some really crazy weather this winter and are making new records regularly for our area. In December we ended up getting quite a bit of snow and 2 different ice storms which caused a lot of problems. Some people in the area without power for over a week due to the ice storms and if that wasn’t bad enough it was the week of Christmas so yes some towns had no power on Christmas Day… We lost power for both of the storms, the first one was just over 24 hours without power and the second one we only Continue Reading…

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Over 50 Sensory Bin Ideas

We have created and used MANY different sensory bins the last few years. Now we usually just use the same type of sensory bin but maybe change it up a little with different fillers or a few new things inside them. It keeps the little ones very happy, teaches them great fine motor skills, and are used very regularly. My wonderful hubby made us 2 different DIY sensory tables which are what we use most of the time now when we make them. 1. Bird Seed Sensory Bin with scoops and bowls. 2. Give finger nail brushes to wash your Continue Reading…

Summer-Sensory-Bin

Summer Sensory Bin

Last summer we enjoyed playing in our colored ice summer sensory bin so much during hot days since then the little boys love it when we make our fun summer sensory bin to play in and stay cool. We also love excavating toys from ice as well to stay cool. Both ideas are super easy, practically cost nothing and keep the kids busy for quite a while! To make your own colored ice cubes, all you do is add food coloring to water and them pour different colors into all the ice cube trays we have. Because of all the Continue Reading…

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Day Camp or Overnight Camp?

***This is a sponsored Guest Post*** First Summer Camp Experience: Day Camp vs. Overnight Camp When it’s finally summertime, kids are ready to kick back and have some fun. A great option to keep children active and entertained during the summer months is a summer camp program. They can learn new skills (French, cello, volleyball), enjoy the outdoors and best of all, make new friends. If you are considering sending your little one to camp for the first time, you may be deciding whether day camp or overnight camp is the better choice. Read on to find out which type Continue Reading…

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100 Pounds of Strawberries

Since we have been working to remove all processed food from our diet, I have been learning how to can everything I can. The last week the strawberries in the area became ripe last Monday, so on Tuesday I headed out to a local organic pick your own strawberries with 7 kids. It took us about 2 hours to get them picked and ended up with almost 100 pounds of strawberries, no joke!! So if you were wondering what 100 pounds of strawberries looked like today is your lucky day  ;-)! All the kids had so much fun, and there Continue Reading…

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Butterfly Craft For Kids

With us visiting the butterfly gardens a few times in March and April the kids had fun making a super easy butterfly craft for kids! I picked up this craft kit from Oriental Trading Company for the kids and set it out on a tray so it was ready to go when they wanted to do it! Each kit comes with 25 butterflies, sticks to scratch off the covering, and string to hang them with. The boys have loved working on this and we quickly had lots of butterfly decorations all around the house, it it such a simple butterfly Continue Reading…

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Field Trip Friday ~ To The Butterfly Gardens

One of our favorite field trips every year is to Fredrick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture to see the Butterflies! During the month of March and April every year they host the countries biggest display of butterflies, it is  a 15,000 square foot tropical conservatory where more than 6,000 tropical butterflies flying around freely. They have more then 40 different species, it is so amazing for the kids they get the opportunity to see each step of the lifecycle of the butterfly. Outside in the children’s garden they have a bunch of fun butterfly learning and activities for the kids to Continue Reading…

The Beauty Of The Snow

Winter came late for us this year, by the end of December we had maybe received 3″ of snow! Well we are making up for it now, the first day of spring we got a snow storm. There are no days that will get above 40′ for the next 10 day. I don’t mind winter but I would be very happy if it would just warm up. My boys are starting to go stir crazy, they are still going outside but not staying out for as long because it is still so cold! There is something about the winter snow Continue Reading…