Each month, the Mother Goose Time box includes a family newsletter. Although it is intended as a concise method to communicate to the parents of preschoolers attending school outside the home, I actually find them quite beneficial. This month was no exception.
Typically, I focus on the ‘Recommended Reads’ listed. I absolutely love books and with the help of the library, we are on a mission to read 1000 unique books before kindergarten. The Mother Goose Time monthly planning guide lists 20 books to correspond with the daily lessons. The newsletter provides 8-10 additional suggestions that match the overarching theme for the month. Most of the books are available through the local library or I am able to find a similar substitute with little effort.
Next, I skim the paragraphs explaining the month’s theme and included activities and then move to the application segments. There are two areas that provide helpful advice for caregivers. One provides suggested family activities to apply the lessons learned outside the classroom. It is a quick read and can be great way for my husband to reinforce the lessons. The other article tackles an issue of interest to parents and caregivers alike.
This month, the segment addressed ‘Improving Transitions.’ In the past, my children did okay with transitions if I remembered to do a 5 minute warning and then followed through with setting the timer on my phone for 5 minutes. Previously, the timer was final and the transition was achieved with little protest. Unfortunately, they have recently decided the timer indicates it is time to start negotiations. Often, even transitions to something positive can be met with resistance.
The article was a great reminder to do better with announcing upcoming changes and expectations. We can also adopt the suggestion to be a little more creative than the traditional “Clean Up” song when the task is not so pleasant. However, I absolutely loved the idea to use ‘movement sticks.’ The article suggests encouraging the child to move to the next activity in a creative manner, like hopping on one foot. My kids are very energetic and silly, so this really will resonate well with them. I believe applying these strategies will truly help the kids adapt better to our everyday transitions, as well as the chaos the holidays can bring to our normal schedule.