Mi Programs

Mi Families (“my families”) is preparing for our winter semester – since it’s snowing outside while I write this!

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We’re preparing for provider trainings, parent workshops, family events, and youth services.  Youth services include one-on-one tutoring sessions, as well as large and small group classes.  Classes are held in community buildings, such as the Northern Michigan Homeschool Partnership in Interlochen. We have about 200 (k-12) students enjoying elective courses in life skills, PE, music, art…

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This semester my husband and I are teaching art classes, robotics, journalism, drama, movie making, self defense, and child development at the Partnership.  Myself and other team-members are also teaching daycare providers, teachers and parents various subject matters.  One of the subjects adults work on is child development and truly understanding the stages of the children in their care.

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Our “education through recreation” programs are stage before age focused, meaning they are multi age designed to accommodate kids who are below or ahead of grade level. It is often the responsibility of the parent to decide which stage courses best meet their child. I do offer academic / developmental assessments upon request.

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Most assessments are through authentic observation, meaning student’s are observed while working within groups or during one-on-one tutoring sessions.  Tutoring sessions are individually designed to help students master basic skills.  I also try and lesson plan for group activities with intent to observe each child’s skills and struggles.

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To work on areas of struggle I focus on individual strengths and interests.  Often this means teaching through theme based units.  Right now my students are coming off their candy-high from Halloween and anticipating Thanksgiving dinner – so we’re focusing on our food groups, brushing our teeth, and other healthy habits.

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This theme transitioned from our Mother Goose Time’s Orchard based curriculum.  As we get closer to holidays we’re moving into MGT’s transportation theme with an “over the river and through the woods” traveling unit.  MGT is a preschool curriculum that I often simplify for little learners and expand on for older students.

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MGT is an easy to use curriculum that includes lesson plans, project materials, manipulatives, music, assessments… CLICK HERE to learn more about Mother Goose TimeCLICK here to learn more about Mi Families programs.  If you have any questions or would like to enroll a student for tutoring email Christi@MiFamilies.com.  You can also network with our team/members on LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest…

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Halloween Homework

Parents and teachers have often told me they don’t do any homework during holidays…

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I tell them we do extra – and kids love it! Holidays and seasons provide great opportunities to learn!

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For example a seasonal item, such as pumpkins, can be used to teach all subjects.

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STREAMS – or Science, Technology, Reading (&wRiting), Engineering, Art, (Music&) Math, Social Studies (&hiStory)…

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We learned across all subject matters through a Halloween theme this week.

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Curriculums such as Mother Goose Time provide preschoolers a different theme each month.

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MGT’s theme based kits can be simplified for little learners or expanded on for older students.

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This past month we’ve been exploring farms and orchards with their materials.

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I often have extra materials from past themes or use their holiday-sub-themes to transition through lessons.

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We transitioned from fall to apples to pumpkins … next week we’ll finish up our orchard theme focusing on healthy harvests.

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As we learn about healthy habits (after finishing up our Halloween candy) – I’ll assess what was retained from our orchard theme lessons.

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Most assessments with my little learners are through authentic observation – meaning I observe them during hands on activities.

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Using MGT’s developmental continuum and other tools I note their strengths and area’s of struggle.

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Using students strengths and interests I help them work through struggling areas across all subject matters.

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Some students thrive in our large and small group programs, while others prefer one-on-one tutoring sessions.

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All services are stage before age focused meaning assessments and activities are individualized based on the students.

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Mi Families (“my families”) has “education through recreation” programs for children, their parents, and providers.

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If you are interested in learning more about provider trainings, family workshops, or youth services email Christi@MiFamilies.com.

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Visit www.MiFamilies.com to learn more or network with our team/members on LinkedIN, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest … and learn more about Mother Goose Time HERE

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Autumn Assessment

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I had to laugh when everyone was crying about snow last week. I think many forget that northern Michigan often has snow in October.  Seasons are simply dates on a calendar here.  But, seasons help us with festive lesson planning.

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This week we continued to transition through fall activities – whether it looked like fall or winter outside. We transitioned through weather change lessons to using our senses to find signs of fall.  We learned about tree life, discovered tree ages using truck circles, and “built” trees with sticks and leaves.

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We identified types of trees and apples.  We made applesauce, and apple art using apples as painting stamps.  We explored seeds, skins, and shells of fruits and veggies and nuts that grow on trees.  We talked about produce and animals found in nature and on farms.

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We played “limbo while riding horses under barb wire,” and instead of hot potato we played “red hot apple” – using the MGT CD for music.  MGT stands for “Mother Goose Time,” which is a preschool curriculum.  Each month MGT provides a theme based kit with lesson plans, crafts, manipulatives and a CD.

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Although MGT kits are designed for preschoolers – lessons can be simplified for the littlest of learners, and activities can be expanded on for older students.  Older students love to help younger ones learn new concepts while they build on the themes.

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Mi Families (“my families) programs are stage before age designed so students can work through themes at their own pace. Large and small learning groups, and one on one tutoring sessions, are designed with each students strengths and struggles in mind.

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Mi Families programming meets individual needs by building confidence through ones strengths and interests.  We follow a continuum of learning guideline and use various assessments, such as authentic observations, to gather information about student progress.

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ALL students progress in our programs.  Some are on the “slow and steady wins the race” path and others leap over developmental areas, but ALL students progress.  Our “education through recreation” activities make learning fun for tots to tweens and parents / providers.

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If you’d like to learn more about our programs or assessment options email Christi@MiFamilies.com or visit www.MiFamilies.com.  You can also network with our team or members on LinkedIN, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest … and you can find out more about the curriculum pictured at www.MotherGooseTime.com

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Mi Families (“my families”) LLC facilitates programs for children, their parents, and their providers (such as teachers). All programs have an “education through recreation” focus – meaning participants learn through fun activities.

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Activities are offered for multi age classes through community groups and homeschool partnerships.  Depending on the class and age-range we have top rated curriculums to choose from!

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Curriculums choosen often have an open-ended approach to assist in meeting the students diverse needs.  For example many of the pictures showcased in this article are from Mother Goose Time…

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MGT is a preschool focused curriculum that can be simplified for the littlest learners and expanded on for older students.  My child development class encourages tweens and teens to think of ways to utilize the materials with 0-5 year olds.

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Themed based curriculums help us transition topics.  Last month we used MGT’s
“Friends and Feelings” kit which we transitioned to friends around the world – then weather/seasons around the world.  Now we are focusing on the season of fall.

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Fall will transition to farming and orchard topics.  Themed based topics can be used to teach all subject matters to all types of learners. Students who are “gifted and talented” are encouraged to expand on lessons and assist in teaching others.

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Special needs students are included in our programs and work through activities in their own way and in their own time.  One-on-one and small group tutor times are also available to assist them in developing new skills and meeting developmental needs.

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If you’d like to learn more about our programs visit www.MiFamilies.com or email Christi@MiFamilies.com.  You can also network with our team or members on LinkedIN, Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube… You can also learn more about Mother Goose Time’s curriculum by visiting www.MotherGooseTime.com.

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My World

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This fall started off with learning about ourselves and our families.

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We learned about how special and unique ourselves and our families are.

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We learned about using our strengths to help others who are struggling.

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All of our programs talked about ways to show family and friends love.

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Infants through adults worked on caring community projects.

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Participants learned ways to communicate with people near and far.

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Technology helps us communicate and create around the world.

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Technology helps us learn more about other places, people, and animals.

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We focused on responsibility and respect for everything and everyone.

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Our littlest learners used Mother Goose Time to learn about “Friends & Feelings.”

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Older students expanded on the lessons and helped plan transitional topics.

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Topics are flowing from people around the world to world weather.

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Weather transitions to seasons and learning about local fall changes.

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Mother Goose Time’s “Orchard Harvest” pack will help us learn about tree life.

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Tree life will lead to wonderful lessons on primary to secondary color mixing in our art classes… We have many classes for children, parents, and providers and I can’t believe it’s time to start planning our winter courses.  If you have thoughts on what you’d like us to offer please contact Christi@MiFamilies.com.  Check www.MiFamilies.com to see what we have been offering and visit us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Pinterest, & YouTube to network with our members and team !

To learn more about MOTHER GOOSE TIME visit  https://www.mothergoosetime.com/

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Transition Time

Exactly 1 month ago we started our fall schedule.  It still felt like summer then, but it feels like fall now – actually it feels like winter!

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Snow was reported in spots of Northern Michigan where some trees are still green, but leaves are changing and falling fast!

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As the seasons transition so do our lessons.  We started off this semester with lessons about ourselves, our families, and our friends.

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We learned about reading “feeling faces” as we discussed emotions using Mother Goose Time’s “Friends and Feelings” curriculum.

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MGT is a prepackaged curriculum designed for preschoolers, which can be simplified for the littlest learners and expanded on for older students.

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As our youngest friends learned concepts of emotions, older students researched ways to communicate their feelings.

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MGT provided crafts, workbooks, storybooks, manipulatives and other supplies that kept our classes busy learning!

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Mi Families uses many top rated curriculums throughout our programs for families and those who work with families.

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Those who work with families, such as teachers, love our unique trainings. CLICK HERE for more information!

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Parents can CLICK HERE to learn about our parent and family workshops.

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Trainings, workshops, and youth classes continue to grow and continue to “reach out with resources.”

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All of our programs have an “education through recreation” approach meaning we make learning fun!

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Our hands on learning approach is designed with take home resources for each class.

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While learning about people and emotions connection resources were sent home and crafts were made to showcase learning.

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After learning about emotions we transitioned to learning about how we communicate through feeling faces, body language, writing and spoken words.

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Young students played communication games with each other, wrote letters to people, and created pretend computers and phones.

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Playing with phones led to lessons on when to use 911 and what to do in case of an emergency.

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Emergency lessons and basic safety is taught each week in our child care courses for adult providers, as well as in our teen child-development class.

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Our child-development students will continue learning about keeping kiddos safe, while also learning how to keep them busy.

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Our future teachers and caregivers are learning how to plan activities and transition through activities.

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We transition through activities and themes to keep student interested.

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Making smooth transitions helps students build connections in their learning.

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Building connections across themes helps students relate lessons to the world around them.

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From colors to shapes to math to reading and writing – all subject matters can be taught through a simple theme.

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Our youth services incorporate all subject matters (STREAMS) Science, Technology, Reading (&wRiting), Engineering, Art, (Music&) Math, Social Studies (&hiStory).

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Our parent and provider programs can show you how to incorporate hands on learning themes into your homes or programs.

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Parent and provider programs can help you develop schedules and routines for your home and programs.

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Parent and provider programs can share ways to turn chaos into calmness, organize environments, complete “homework without tears…”

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Parent and provider programs can help you learn ways to communicate with children – and help you teach children to communicate with others.

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Communication is the key to success in any home or program.  For our programs to continue to grow tell us what services you’d like us to provide! Share your thoughts and network with our members and team on Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, and LinkedIN!

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2day’s 2do’s

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weekly and daily schedules…

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Do you keep a calendar for appointments? Do you write out to-do-lists for work, chores, shopping, etc? Most adults have a plan of what their day will look like and what they hope to accomplish. It keeps us feeling in control, even if it doesn’t always go as planned.

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all about me… my family and friends…

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Recently I asked kids about the plan for their day and many expressed frustration that they never know what to expect.  Even young children need predictable daily routines or at least warnings before activity transitions. For toddlers and preschoolers I’ve always hung up picture schedules.

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creating friendship puzzles

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As my own kids and students get older I have them help define schedules and remind them of transitions. We talk through what goals need to be accomplished and how to prioritize the schedule order. Learning how to schedule activities is a life skill.

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MGT craft kits

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Learning how to organize our life helps us feel more in control. Feeling in control makes our world seem more calm – and less chaotic!  This week we talked about other ways to feel calm and in control.  As we continue learning about ourselves, our families and our friends, we talked about supportive people and our own “mindfulness.”

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Hands on learning

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Next week we’ll transition to lessons on feelings.  How to know when we’re feeling overwhelmed and how to know what others are feeling.  We’ve been using the “Friends and Feelings” curriculum from Mother Goose Time. Lessons are simplified for our littlest learners and expanded on for our older students.

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MGT manipulatives&books

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We have access to top rated curriculums and learning materials for our homeschool classes, tutoring programs, parent workshops and provider trainings.  We’re filling up quickly, but some fall services still have spaces if you’d like to enroll.  Contact Christi@MiFamiles.com or visit www.MiFamilies.com for more information! Also find MiFamilies on Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, and LinkedIn!

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and just like that – summers over

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Chaos2Calm

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The beginning of the school year feels chaotic to many.  Many parents, students, and teachers feel overwhelmed with changes to their environments and schedules.  I try and keep our schedule flexible, but with similar routines year round to make seasonal transitions easier.  In the fall when I have new students, or new classes, I start by letting everyone know what to expect – what the routine will be during our time together.  We go over the rules so students know what is expected of them.  The rules are simple: be responsible and respectful.

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Being responsible means learning to take care of oneself.  It means making sure you brush your teeth and do your homework, etc.  Being respectful means learning to care for other people.  It means being kind and helpful, helping others with chores and helping others learn… We talk about reasons we want to be respectful and responsible, and reasons we have rules. Rules help turn chaotic environments into calm areas. Rules help keep us safe.  Safety drills also help keep us safe.

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During the first couple sessions we go over drills and safety plans for homes, schools, and out in the community.  We talk about how we learn to stay calm in drills, so if there is ever an emergency we can stay as safe as possible.  We want everyone safe and healthy, because everyone is special – important – valued…  Everyone is a part of our team – a hero team.  We start off the school year with an “all about me” theme talking about how everyone is a hero who can help others.

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This last week we transitioned from the theme of ME to the theme of family.  We talked about how each family is a unique team.  We talked about team work and helping out our families.  I teach infants through adults so such lessons look differently depending on the class.  Preschoolers might talk about helping pick up toys, elementary students might draw a picture of why their family is special, teens might write ways their family can help the community, parents might learn new team building games to play at home with their kids…

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Different stages learn differently.  Mi Families (“my families”) programs are stage before age based and include provider trainings, parent workshops, individualized tutoring services, and group class (such as Body and Brain builders (lg/sm motor development), Sensory Studies (art class), Journalism, Child Development… Parent and Me Playgroups, etc..).  To learn more about program options visit www.MiFamilies.com. To enroll your child in tutor time email Christi@MiFamilies.com.

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All programs, especially tutoring services, include “education through recreation” activities through top rated curriculums, such as our early-education Mother Goose Time curriculum.  This month MGT has prepared a “Friends and Feelings” kit we’re transitioning to next week as we go from ourselves, to our families, to our friends, and learning more about our world. Our world studies will help us continue learning how to be responsible and respectful – to ourselves, other people, and the world around us.

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You Rule & New Rules

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You Rule! Yes – you.  Everyone who reads this is post is awesome. Taking time to read makes you smarter, so your awesome and smart.  Reading articles about kids and families means you’re a caring person.  You’re an awesome, smart, and caring person. I might not know you, but I’m thankful for you. I’m thankful you’re taking a moment to read this.

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I’m thankful for your support and hope you have supportive people in your life. During a recent youth survey many kiddos reported they felt no-one supported them.  They felt no-one appreciated them or complimented their efforts.  It’d be weird to walk around town telling everyone they are awesome, but I will try and make everyone in my programs feel valued.

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This week we started our Back2School programs. I have a few tutoring spots left for fall students if you know anyone who’d love some ideas for “homework without tears.” I’m also scheduling other youth services, parent workshops and provider trainings… My husband and I also keep busy teaching through our public – school / home – school partnership.

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There are amazing classes offered through the partnership.  Some of the classes my husband’s taught are photography and photoshop, filmmaking, drama, robotics, martial arts… I’ve taught cooking classes, parent and me preschool programs, child development, and elementary art classes.  This semester I’m also teaching a small/large motor skill class and sensory studies.

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School settings, community environments, and home based programs all need to be structured differently.  The way a setting is organized sets up participants for success vs struggles.  This month I focus on spaces to be user-friendly with activities to promote self worth.  This month all my programs will have a “you are awesome” focus.  Our youngest participants will be using Mother Goose Time’s “Friends and Feelings” curriculum to build on their awesome social/emotional development.

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As the month builds we’ll transition from learning about our selves – to our family and friends – and learn about responsibility and respect.  We’ll learn ways to feel confident in our responsibilities.  We’ll learn ways to be respectful towards others.  We’ll learn how rules keep us kind and safe …and how our senses keep us safe and healthy.  Feel free to check back to see what we’re up to and contact Christi@MiFamilies.com to join in the fun! Also visit www.MiFamilies.com for more information and find us on LinkedIN, Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, ect…

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Back-2-School

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It’s Labor Day – meaning summer is ending.  It’s time to prepare for fall! For many fall means Back 2 School.  Mi Families is preparing back-2-school programs for providers, parents, and youth.  Our learning adventures have an “education through recreation” focus.  This means we’ll learn through hands on and open ended activities, using our bodies and brains to heighten our senses, while making us stronger and smarter.

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One of our classes is actually called “Body and Brain Builders,” and another is “Sensory  Studies.” Our director, Christi Morgan, will be teaching these classes, along with Journalism, Debate, Child Development, and Early Education at a homeschool partnership – through a Northern Michigan public school program. These programs (and others) are also available through other public and private groups.

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Christi also offers group and individual tutoring sessions, parent and me preschool playgroups, family workshops, and teacher trainings… One training teachers, caregivers, and homeschool parents have enjoyed is “curriculum combat.”  Deciding which curriculum to use is a challenge with so many options, and most are pre-packed for particular age groups. Students need stage before age options…

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Every student learns at their own pace and in their own way.  Open ended curriculums, such as Mother Goose Time, make lesson planning easy and can be simplified for the littlest of learners and expanded upon for older students.  Students need open ended experiences and environments to learn through. Environments outdoors, in centers, and in homes can be maximized for learning.

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Christi is trained to help maximize learning environments.  As she sets up her program areas, feel free to ask her to come help set up yours! Providers can earn credit hours for environment education!  This past week kids learned lots about learning environments during the last week of Mi-mini-camps.  We prepared our bodies and brains for school, while exploring fables and folktales about sharing our knowledge, interests, and talents with others.

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For more information about how we share knowledge through Mi Families (“my families”) LLC – visit www.MiFamilies.com.  Also feel free to network with our team and family members on Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, LinkedIn… and feel free to learn more about Mother Goose Time at www.MotherGooseTime.com (Some of the pics posted showcase their curriculum materials.)

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Email Christi@MiFamilies.com to sign up for programs!

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Also email Christi for more information about the Homeschool Partnership or services her husband (Jeff Morgan) provides from film/video work and instructional courses, photography/photoshop work and classes, computer programming and robotics courses, self defense classes and more!

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