- Reviewed on Friday, January 1, 2010
- Grades Used: Ages 2-4
- Dates used: 2009-2013
2013: I loved Mother Goose Time for a number of years. I must say, I'm a loyal customer and really, REALLY believe in this curriculum. I have seen it significantly help children who are now in grade school. The Mother Goose Time system is so well organized and is consistent in its hands-on approach to learning. I was able to easily adapt it to the specific developmental levels of my children. Now they are in grade school and I use a different curriculum because Mother Goose Time is exclusively a preschool - PreK program. I would use it again any day. Below is my original review in 2009.
2009 Reviewed: I love Mother Goose Time preschool curriculum. This is my first year to use it - but every month I am more impressed. As an educator myself, I thought I would put together my own curriculum as I started homeschooling my two children this year. But after hearing from a friend of mine that Mother Goose Time was more than a bunch of crafts and projects but a truly well thought-through, reserach-based program, I decided to give it a try. I couldn't believe all the creative projects, art supplies, and professional children's music that was included. The lesson plan book is very well written and easy to follow. Each day is a different topic...For example if the month is all about Trees, one day we focus on leaves, another day on birds living in the trees.
The art is open-ended so both my younger and older child can successfully participate. Everything is so hands-on and I love the folder game that comes every month. We've saved them and play them in the evenings as a family.
I've researched many various curriculum resources and this is the most comprehensive and affordable for the quality it offers.
- Reviewed on Sunday, December 21, 2008
- Grades Used: Pre-K
- Dates used: 2007-2008
I used this curriculum-in-a-box when my daughter was two years old. It was great for her then. We skipped a lot of the stuff that was aimed towards groups, but generally there was enough to do, that that was fine with us. My daughter mainly loved the crafts, and I mainly loved the little to no preparation! I just pull out the day's packet, look at the curriculum guide and did what we could. My daughter begged to do "school." There were quite a few activities that my daughter (at 2) was not yet ready for yet though.
Now that my daughter is three this curriculum seems much to simple in general. My daughter is a little advanced, so perhaps this will be great for most. But my daughter has started reading already and is starting 1st grade phonics, she already knows her shapes, colors, numbers, letters, etc. She cuts and pastes well. So, I find that, other than the crafts (wonderful!), this really isn't meeting her needs. I presently use Click N Read Phonics (www.clicknkids.com) and Hooked on Phonics K. I ordered enough materials last year from Mother Goose Times (for three children, because it cost so little extra), that we are doing the crafts we skipped and doing some again this year that we did last year, and she still loves it. So, I haven't been able to justify the cost this year. BUT, that said, if I didn't have the leftovers from last year this kit would almost be worth it for the crafts--there are a lot of them and the materials are provided. If I tried to put that much together each month it would cost me more than $50! and I would never actually get around to it! Plus, you get a book (sometimes good, sometimes not), and a CD (well, my daughter likes them).
I got "The Learning Box" for one month and it was set up pretty much exactly like Mother Goose Times (not sure who copied who). But the main difference in the two is that Mother Goose Times' curriculum was very simple (for younger kids or those not as advanced yet perhaps), but The Learning Box had kids learning about things more in depth and with discussions. Take a look at the sample pages each place provides and I think you may see what I mean. I think the month I had we learned about the arctic fox, snowy owl, polar bears, seals, etc. their environment, etc. So, it takes a much more advanced child (mine wasn't really ready at the time) for it, IMHO. So, if your child is older or needs more engaging material, that might be the one to go with.
If I were to pay this price (~$50/mo.), I'd probably go with The Learning Box at this point for the good discussions since that would offer something more for us than just the crafts. But if a curriculum-in-a-box appeals to you and your child isn't ready for such in depth stuff, then Mother Goose Times might be great for you. Oh, and the crafts are not all "cookie cutter" (every kid's project comes out identical, with little free expression)--most are "open ended", apparently at one point they were not. Thankfully, you can get just one month and try it!