What’s in the Bag? Daily Discovery Bag

Welcome to a Micro Moment Trainings with Mother Goose Time. Today I am going to show you what is inside the Daily Discovery Bags.

This is a tricky micro moment … because what is in the bag is A LOT!

The first thing to know is that we have taken this big collection of tools that you receive every month, and sorted them into the day bags according to when you will first use them. Imagine you have a teacher’s assistant and she has just created and prepped all of your materials according to when you will use them throughout the month. Having a teacher assistant definitely is a time saver and keeps you organized.

If you do open all of the bags, I recommend that you use hanging files or a drawer to keep the materials organized by day. Once you open and use the materials, then you might want to keep them organized by type of material instead of day. Many of these tools you will use multiple times throughout the month in different ways.

Let’s talk about all of the different types of materials you receive in your discovery bags every month:

First, I will show you the Language and Literacy tools.

Daily Topic Posters have a big question printed on them to stimulate conversation and verbal skills.

Theme Poster and Looking Glasses also serve as a communication tool and encourages children to use new vocabulary related the theme of the month.’

Also to build listening and literacy skills, you will always have a Participation Story with Pieces. This verbal storytelling method invites children to engage through movement and participation.

Storybook of the month.

The book is referenced multiple times throughout the month. Also, throughout the year, you will receive a balance of fiction and nonfiction titles so that your children are exposed to a variety of literature as you build your library.

Storytelling pieces – go with the storybook and invite children to retell the story or make up their own with the same characters.

To complement the letter and phonic cards in your Circle Time bag, we also include letter cookie cutters every month.

We see letters in our every day environment. As children play with these letters and letter sounds, we also give you set of Bi-lingual Vocabulary cards to use with the Phonic photo cards. Both of these tools have photos and two-sided Spanish-English word cards.

You will also find a Rhyme Time Poster to build phonological awareness. For your more advanced students, we include a Word Family Game and feature a different word family every month. This is important for emergent reading skills.

Each child also receives a monthly I Can Read book. This book reinforces sight words. Sight word pointers make it fun to hunt for these common words in the I Can Read book and in any book that you might have. Be sure to save all of the Sight Word Pointers throughout the year and review them every month.

To support writing skills, we include three special tools: My Little Journal, Nametags for practice writing one’s name, and a postcard for children to decorate and write or dictate a message to their parents.

Those are the core tools just for language and literacy that are included every month. There are always a few specialty language and literacy tools or games that we include depending on the suggested activities.

Ok… let’s move on to the monthly Math and Logic Tools. I especially love this hands-on collection of materials.

Every month you receive a set of Counting Manipulatives and counting cards. Use these to both count and sort. There is always a number featured each month. We actually give you two numbers: one that is between 1-10 and another between 11-20. Use the lower number with your younger children and the higher number for children who can confidently already count from 1-10. By the end of the year, you will have covered all 20 numbers with your children.

Math Story Cards are simple but often a favorite amongst the children. Use these four cards to get your own imagination flowing and make up many of your own math stories for children to figure out and solve. These playful stories invite children to apply and use the numbers they are learning to solve simple problems. Use the counting manipulatives with these cards.

You will also get a new sturdy cardboard puzzle every month. This puzzle features images from the storybook of the month and connect literacy to math experiences.

You also receive a wooden rubber shape stamp every month. Save these and by the end of the year you will the 9 basic shapes for children to explore.

The Building Manipulatives offer open-ended design and problem-solving opportunities. These also come with a Design mat that has puzzle challenges for children to try and figure out how to recreate with the manipulatives.

Math Folder games encourage counting skills, team work and collaborative problem-solving. After introducing this game, be sure to leave it in a place where children can access it on their own. They love to repeat the games all month. by the end of the year, you will have a drawer full of educational games for children to play.

Pattern Strips reinforce the theme and encourage children to extend the pattern of the month.

This same pattern is featured on the Circle Time Calendar and day pieces. Notice how the pictures on the calendar follow a pattern such as ….

Finally, Would You Rather cards support graphing, voting and group decisision-making skills. Again, this tool offers you some starter prompts and questions to ask the children but the possibilities are endless. You can make up even more silly and fun ‘Would You Rather’ scenarios after you have collected a number of these photo cards after a few months.

Then, we also include some surprise extra math games each month like bingo, matching games and other quick and easy but very educational games to add to your collection.

Remember that tips and strategies for using these tools is always explained in your Teacher Guide.

So that brings us to the Science, Art and Global Community tools.

You have a collection of healthy recipe cards

These recipes are simple enough that the preschoolers can make them with a little support from you.

Science Experiment Cards. These science experiments excourage inquiry, investigation and reflection. Other hands-on STEM experiences are available in the daily STEAM STATIONS

Next, let me explain our Art and Design tools.

We have two programs integrated throughout the Mother Goose Time curriculum to support Process-based Art experiences and then also Engineering and Design experiences.

The Process-based art program is called Invitation to Create.

The Engineering and Design program is called Make and Play

The Invitation to Create program is based on a learning model connected to the Reggio Amelia approach. You will find 10-12 of these Invitation to Create set up cards every month. The focus with this type of experience is to put out art and natural materials in a way that inspire children to respond and express their creative ideas. There is no expected product, the focus is on the process of exploring the materials and allowing children the time to develop creative thinking skills.

We include both the supplies, the set-up suggestion and question prompts to support the children in the process.

To complement the creative thinking skills, we also integrate a program called ‘make and play.’ This is our engineering and design program that encourages children to use critical thinking and problem-solving skills to both build a tool and then adapt it as they continue to play and use it. Often these 3D puzzles are dramatic play props. You will find a collection of Make and Play photo cards that on the back feature two different challenges for children to problem-solve as they play with their constructed tool. It is not necessary for children to make their tool look exactly like this model, instead, they should connect their creative and critical thinking skills to make a tool that is useful for their own unique play.

Reading, writing, math, science, art and most importantly…nurturing warm and caring relationship skills. You have numerous character building tools including the

Giving Goslings and their friendship feathers. After you introduce this friendship trait, reference throughout the month as you naturally play games or problem-solve social challenges.

We also believe that it is important to offer real opportunities to build global competence and an appreciation of diversity. Diversity means a respect and acceptance of those with differing race, religion, nationality, gender, and ability. We believe that education equity and equality are foundational to a strong global future. Begin by hanging this World Map in your room and then participate in the online Global Goals to integrate a culture of peace and love.

Enjoy exploring all of these tools with your children.

Thank you for listening and I hope you check out another ‘What’s in the Bag’ Micro Moment trainings with Mother Goose Time.


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