FALL 19′

Our Fall article/update will be posted soon! Thanks for your patience as we add our programs to the calendar …

So far we are excited to offer new tutoring options – offered in community locations as well as at our homebase Sunday thru Tuesdays.  We also have Musical Mornings and Art smART classes at our homebase on Thursdays and Fridays.  Saturday Social – Science and Sensory studies are coming back as well!

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Wednesdays we are excited to continue classes at the Interlochen school / Homeschool co-op.  Hr 1  4yr olds thru 4th graders are invited to our “My World” Social Science class. 2nd hr 2yr olds thru 2nd graders are invited to our ABC 123 smART class. 3rd hr 10 year old students and older can sign up for 1st Aid / Hero Training. 0-5 year old “little learners” and their parents are invited to a Parent Partnership group 4th hour.  3rd graders and up can come play Game On team builders 5th hr.  Click link below for more about our co-op classes:

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More classes descriptions, times, and information about other community collaborations will be posted soon! The leaves are starting to change and so are our programs! We had a wonderful Summer session, but are anxious to fall into fall fun!

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Summer School

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It’s almost time for SUMMER SCHOOL!

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Most students think of summer school as a punishment,

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except my students! Especially my own kids!

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Summer provides fun opportunities to learn about new things,

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and explore deeper into individual interests.

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Summer is a time for learning about growing!

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During the summer months we grow more in our individual interests and talents.

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As summer nears we are finishing up our unit on growing gardens.

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We’ve been learning about the importance of nature, and especially about the importance of water.

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This past week students have explored waterways, water transportation, water life…

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Water life lessons have taught us amazing facts about amazing creatures.

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Some lessons were taught through the Mother Goose Times “Bubbles, Boats, and Floats” theme.

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MGT provides easy lesson planning for the littlest learners, while older students enjoy expanding on the units.

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For example: while little learners focused in on what lives in water, older students learned more about animal habitats.

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This summer students will have opportunities to learn and explore through top rated curriculums.

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Students of (all ages) will discover how they learn best in our small groups and one-on-one programs.

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This summer Mi Families will offer “education through recreation” groups,

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as well as continue offering our individualized tutoring sessions.

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Throughout the summer we’ll be planning our fall classes for homeschoolers,

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as well as preparing for our fall provider trainings and parent workshops.

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To learn more about our past, present, and future programs visit www.MiFamilies.com or

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email Christi@MiFamilies.com to inquire about how your students can enjoy our summer school programs –

through focusing on their individual interests and talents!

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Bubbles to boats

What a wonder-filled-water-fun-week!

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This week we continued learning about taking care of the earth – especially the earths water.

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We learned about ways to conserve water and the importance of water.

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We learned about animals that swim in the water and water transportation.

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We created water transit and water life crafts.

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Our littlest learners and older students love to create art together.

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Many of our projects are opened ended with a process before product approach.

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Many of our projects have a stage before age approach so those of all abilities can join in the fun.

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All projects have a theme focus.  Our current theme is “Wonderful Water.”

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Our littlest learners are using Mother Goose Time’s “Bubbles, Boats, & Floats” curriculum.

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Many of the supplies pictured showcase MGT curriculum supplies.

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Mi Families uses top rated curriculums for all our programs.

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Mi Families facilitates programs for families and those who work with families.

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Our programs for the youngest of family members include group classes and tutor sessions.

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We also facilitate programs for parents and providers.

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Provider trainings and parent workshops provide resources, such as curriculum reviews.

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Mi Families reviews curriculums that build up brains and bodies!

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Mi Families also creates curriculums encouraging “education through recreation.”

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Recreation is defined as an “activity done for enjoyment when one is not working.”

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One can argue that learning is work, but learning should also be fun.

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One should enjoy learning throughout their life.

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No matter our age we should want to learn new things and explore new places.

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If would like more information about our adventurous learning programs visit www.MiFamilies.com or email Christi@MiFamilies.com … If you’d like more information about the curriculum mentioned in this post visit www.MotherGooseTime.com

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Water Wonders

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It’s natural to be curious about nature.

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Mi Families uses natural and nature based learning in many of our programs.

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Mi Families (“my families”) facilitates youth programs, parent workshops, provider trainings…

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Many of our programs have an “education through recreation” curriculum.

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Our curriculums have a natural flow transitioning through themes.

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Our littlest learners loved transitioning from the bug theme to growing gardens.

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While exploring gardening we began learning about the importance of water.

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Our multi age programs use the same themes but simplify/expand on unit lessons.

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While little learners wondered about water, older students built water ways.

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While learning about water ways and landforms, students discussed ways to care for our world.

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We use top rated curriculums for our lessons, such as Mother Goose Time.

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MGT provides a monthly theme-based curriculum, such as “Bubbles, boats & floats.”

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MGT can be easily modified for tots to learn new concepts, while tweens dive deeper into subject matters.

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All subjects are taught through hands on activities using a stage before age approach.

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All subjects are taught using our STREAMS acronym:

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Science, Technology, Reading (&wRiting), Engineering, Arts, (Music&) Math, Social Studies (&hiStory).

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All subjects are available in our large and small classes, as well as in our small group and individualized tutoring sessions.

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The pictures posted were from this past weeks youth programs.

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Next week we’ll continue enjoying our wet&wacky adventures.

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Next week we’ll wonder about the uses of water, what lives in water, and about water transportation.

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We’ll continue learning about ways to appreciate and conserve water!

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Students may get wet and messy during our activities so please dress accordingly.

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From the youngest to the oldest all students explore learning materials.

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Even in our parent workshops and provider trainings –  adults explore materials.

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Adults learn how to teach when they actively explore materials and play with students.

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This week challenge yourself to explore materials and the world with your kids.

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If you’d like information on our adult – or youth – programs visit www.MiFamilies.com

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Also email Christi@MiFamiles.com for more information.

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Feel free to email for more information on the curriculums we use – or visit www.MotherGooseTime.com for information on many of the products pictured!

 

 

 

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Wonderful Water

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I meant to write over the past couple days, but my family kept me busy for Mothers day weekend.

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Last week kids in our programs were busy making mothers day gifts and finding ways to thank their mom’s and the special ladies in their lives.

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Last week we also were busy thanking Mother Nature and finding ways to take care of the natural resources around us.

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We finished our eARTh ART projects and began our transition to Water World activities.  Starting with the importance of water – for drinking, washing, growing flowers…

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ALL of our programs last week started planting projects.  We planted during provider trainings, parent workshops, tot to teen classes…

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Even my own kids started our garden at our home-based location.  They picked seeds, researched soil, learned about garden critters…

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We learned about the importance of some critters being in the garden and keeping some, like bunnies, out of the garden.

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We reused some past Mother Goose Time curriculum supplies in our home and school projects, to help us transition themes.

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Last month MGT’s Bees and Butterflies is currently transitioning to this months “Bubbles, Boats, and Floats” theme.

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After learning how bees help the flowers and flowers help the earth – we learned other ways to help flowers, such as watering them.

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We also learned ways to help the earth by reusing old supplies and materials in new ways. We talked about reusing, reducing, recycling – and conserving resources.

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We talked about ways to conserve water and why rainy days are good for the earth.  We also talked about looking for rainbows on rainy days.

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Often before doing projects in classrooms I enlist help from my own kids to help with lesson planning and try out proposed crafts.

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My 2 1/2 year old LOVED making the rainbow from our MGT supplies.  She loves any reason to practice her cutting and gluing skills.

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After cutting the pieces she glued them into place and got her hands reallllllly sticky! She decided she doesn’t like cotton stuck to her hands.

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She loved the final project through and will help teach the other preschoolers how to assemble it in our PLAYschool class later this week.

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In PLAYschool, Art Smart, and other classes and tutoring programs – we use MGT and other top rated curriculums in various ways.

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We often do crafts, play outside, and explore sensory tables in our programs so please dress accordingly for our “education through recreation” activities.

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If you would like to learn more about our activities and programs please visit www.MiFamilies com or email me at Christi@MiFamilies.com

This week we’ll continue learning about the wonderful world of water  –  as we make bubbles washing while we do our spring cleaning – and transition into other water activities and water life (Using the MGT curriculum).

If you’d like to learn more about the Mother Goose Time curriculum in video/photos CLICK HERE!

 

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From Bugs to Boats

Our littlest learners have been loving learning about the littlest of creatures!

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Throughout April we learned all about butterflies, bees, and other bugs!

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From thematic classes to individualized tutoring programs –

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Tots to teens report loving our “education through recreation” learning approach.

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Parents and providers report loving our hands on trainings.

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We often get asked for more “make and take” workshops.

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All our programs include take-home resources.

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Mi Families “reaches out with resources” for families – and those who work with families.

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One resource we provide is curriculum reviews.

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Our littlest learners have been using Mother Goose Time’s curriculum

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Last months MGT bug activities are transitioning to May’s water-world activities.

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We learned how critters help save the earth, and learned how we can help the earth too – through Earth Day lessons! Now it’s time to learn how to save our waters!

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Our Earth Day supplies were reused from past MGT theme supplies! Next week we’ll transition from saving the earth to planting and learning about the importance of water for all living things…

After our water transition we’ll start our spring/summer programs off with Bubbles, Boats, and Floats! If you know a little one who’d like to join in the wet&wild fun email Christi@MiFamilies.com.  If you would like to learn more about the fun we have in our other programs visit www.MiFamilies.com … and if you’d like to learn more about curriculums, such as Mother Goose Time CLICK HERE!

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Bunnies 2 Bees

Mi Families facilities programs for families and those who work with families.

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This week Mi Families (“my families”) didn’t host any programs for the first half of the week,

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because my family was busy celebrating Easter!

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Easter is a wonderful time for celebrating with family and friends.

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Easter is a wonderful time for teaching children to love others and love the world.

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Easter gives opportunity to teach children about life…

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Easter gives opportunity to teach about life that comes from eggs.

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Egg’s don’t come from bunnies! Eggs come from birds, frogs, butterflies…

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This month we’ve been learning about the amazing transformation about butterflies.

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This month we’ve been learning about butterflies and bees using Mother Goose Time.

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Mother Goose Time is a preschool curriculum that can be expanded to teach the littlest learners new concepts,

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while encouraging older students to expand on thematic studies.

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As the snow finally melts in northern Michigan all our programs have had a spring theme.

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In our education through recreation programs we’ve been learning about the importance of spring weather.

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As we learn through play and exploration we discover how the spring weather helps all living things.

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Through our learning adventures we learn how to care for all living things, even the smallest creatures.

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Learning about bees and bugs transitioned into our next holiday lessons…

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Many don’t consider Earth Day a holiday, but taking time to teach children about this special day is important.

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Teaching children how to save the earth, the land, the animals – especially those in danger – is important.

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This weeks challenge to all of Mi Families members / team is discover ways to “Save the Earth”

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and take time to play outside!

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Take time to play outside, inside … play anywhere and everywhere!

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Take time as a family to celebrate even if it’s not a holiday.

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Take time to celebrate and take mini vacations and learning adventures with your family.

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If you need ideas for family adventures or would like to know more about Mi Families learning adventures –

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Visit www.MiFamilies.com or email Christi@MiFamilies.com.

To learn more about the learning supplies pictured – visit www.MotherGooseTime.com

 

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Hoppy Easter

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It’s Easter week! Which means our week has been cut short for Easter festivities.

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Our snow has been falling then melting then falling then melting,

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so no idea if we’ll be hiding eggs in snowbanks!

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BUT however we celebrate we’ll have fun.

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If you celebrate Easter – happy Easter!

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If you don’t I hope you still enjoy your weekend.

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I hope you enjoy Easter / Spring filled adventures.

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This week in our learning adventures we used old Mother Goose Time supplies.

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Mother Goose Time is a curriculum that provides theme based crafts, manipulatives, music, etc…

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Sometimes I have left over materials, or save certain supplies for holiday fun!

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Materials that can be reused I often laminate to use over and over.

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Sometimes we re used materials to remember old lessons and transition to new topics.

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Easter transitions nice to or from stories like “the Tortoise and the Hare.”

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This week we learned about different types of rabbits, turtles, birds…

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We also learned about life that hatches out of eggs like turtles, birds, frogs, caterpillars…

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Next week we’ll finish up our Butterfly learning activities and transition into learning about bees!

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Next week we’ll also go on bug hunts and explore spring activities like BBQ’s and bike riding…

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Many of our learning adventures use “education through recreation” curriculums.

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Mi Families programs will often be outdoors so dress appropriately for Michigan’s weather.

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Michigan’s weather is always changing and so are Mi Families programs!

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Mi Families continues to provide programs for families and those who work with families.  Learn more about our Provider trainings, parent workshops, and youth services by visiting www.MiFamilies.com or networking with our team and members on LinkedIN, Facebook, YouTube,etc… Learn more about the curriculum our littlest learners use by visiting www.MotherGooseTime.com !

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Email Christi@MiFamilies.com with any questions you have about curriculums or specific programs… Click image above to view some of our youth service programs available ( OR CLICK HERE for even more info ).

 

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Caterpillars 2 Eggs

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When the snow melts it will help flowers grow and and spring will finally find Northern Michigan!

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Mi Families (“my families”) plans many outdoor activities during spring.

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When it’s too cold and wet however we find ways to keep active indoors!

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Mi Families can help your family find deals for local activities and events,

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… as well as discounts for fieldtrips state wide to museums, zoo’s, butterfly houses …

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Last week we visited a zoo and butterfly house…

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Lots of adventures are planned for later this spring and throughout summer vacation.

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Mi Families facilitates adventurous activities and learning adventures.

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If you’d like more information about our adventures or our “education through recreation” programs –

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Email Christi@MiFamilies.com or network with our other team/members on LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube…

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Mi Families facilitates programs for families and those who work with families.

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Mi Families facilitates provider trainings, parent workshops, youth services…

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Our youth services include tutoring and homeschool classes for tots thru teens.

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Our littlest learners love the lessons we offer using Mother Goose Time.

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Mother Goose Time provides a preschool curriculum that can be adapted for different ages/stages.

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Through MGT themes tots are introduced to new concepts while early elementary students expand on their unit studies.

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As we wait for our area to look like spring – we decorate indoors with our thematic art projects.

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As we learn about caterpillars turning to butterflies – we make many crafts, explore manipulatives…

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Caterpillars turning into butterflies lead into learning about tadpoles turning into frogs.

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Tadpoles turning into frogs lead into learning about other animals that hatch from eggs.

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From butterflies to birds it’s been a week of learning about spring…

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Next week is a shortened week for services – due to the Easter holiday!

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Next week we’ll enjoy Easter activities and more spring adventures…

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inside and outdoors!

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For more information about our adventures visit www.MiFamilies.com

For more information about the curriculum mentioned (and pictured above) visit www.MotherGooseTime.com

 

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April Adventures

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It’s April! That means it’s autism awareness month.

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My kids and many kiddos I work with are on the autism spectrum.

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Autism means you interpret the world differently and learn differently about the world.

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One helpful way to teach spectrum students is through theme studies.

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Mother Goose Time is a theme based curriculum designed for preschoolers, but it can be modified for different stages.

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In multi age/stage programs I find Mother Goose Time to be a great resource for teaching little learners basic concepts.

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Older students enjoy expanding on the topics, researching deeper, and developing their own projects around the themes.

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Mother Goose Time comes with all the supplies you need to teach a unit and provides ideas for expanding on lessons.

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Through hands on activities, manipulatives, crafts, music, etc – students love learning about the world around them.

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The world around us is currently melting as April means spring finally is arriving in Michigan.

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We still have snow in our yard, but students are encouraged to hunt for signs of spring.

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Students this week used their spring senses and started learning about spring changes.

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One of our favorite spring changes is watching for caterpillars that will morph into butterflies!

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We rolled red and yellow playdoh to make orange caterpillars.

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We did critter math, shape math, art smart shapes and colors…

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We will continue learning about spring changes during the weeks ahead.

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Our child development class is learning how to teach little ones about spring and about how kids grow more during spring!

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We facilitate lots of different classes for all ages: tot to teen homeschool groups and tutoring sessions continue year round.

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This spring we’re changing up some programs to meet requests for more parent and provider classes as well.

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From bonding with baby playgroups, youth services, family events, parent workshops, and provider trainings – we’re growing!

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Our littlest learners have been enjoying learning how they, the flowers, and animals are growing.

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We took a field trip to see animals in action over spring break!

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Other field trips and programs are already being planned for spring and summer!

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For more information about our learning adventures visit www.MiFamilies.com or email Christi@MiFamilies.com

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To network with my family or Mi Families members/team find us on LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest…

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You can explore our educational resources and adventure ideas on Pinterest.

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You can learn more about Mother Goose Time resources at www.MotherGooseTime.com

 

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