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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Spring Break

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We’re having a stay-cation for spring break.  We had a vacation planned, but our whole family got sick!

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So, we’re trying to use the time for spring cleaning and making new messes building stuff.

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I’m not sure if birds will be building homes near us anytime soon, but I did hear some singing this morning!

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During the few programs we’ve had over break students talked about signs of spring, and homes…

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Students talked about preparing for spring and helping take care of their homes.

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We talked about building and painting homes and used shapes and colors to learn about houses around the world.

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We learned about places that have different seasons and weather then we have in Northern Michigan.

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We pretended to pack for trips and finished up our Desert Discovery curriculum.

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Desert Discovery is a Mother Goose Time theme filled with warm thoughts and activities!

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Mother Goose Time provides monthly themes for preschoolers packed with manipulatives, music, crafts, books…

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Our library areas and activities are constantly transitioning.

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We’re currently transitioning from learning about the desert to learning about other warm places.

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We’re hoping to be warm and play at our local sandy beaches soon.

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Outside and indoors we fill our days with learning through hands on activities.

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Outside and indoors we learn through our senses and through observations.

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Mi Families focuses on “education through recreation” learning adventures.

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From tots to teens we use diverse curriculums and activities that build a love for learning.

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As the snow begins to melt in our yard I sit here planning our spring and even summer programs!

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Youth programs include one on one tutoring sessions, small group classes, and large group events.

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Mi Families also hosts family events, parent workshops, provider trainings…

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Please visit www.MiFamilies.com to learn more about my family and the families we work with. Network with us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Pinterest, and YouTube to learn more about our programs and programs we support – such as Mother Goose Time! Visit www.MotherGooseTime.com for more about this hand’s on preschool program!

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Lucky Me

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This week we finished up learning about the desert and talked about how the weather is changing …

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Soon it’ll be spring in Northern Michigan. Soon – first the snow has to melt!

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As I type this it’s snowing hard, because the weather is not based on the calendar up here!

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To make us feel warmer we learn about warm places, like the desert, and bring in a sandbox!

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This week our sandbox and sensory tables had a theme transitioning from Desert Discoveries to st. Patricks day.

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From hunting for treasure, to mixing blues and yellows to make green, we had some festive fun.

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Tots to tweens explored materials from various curriculums, such as Mother Goose Time during our programs.

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Mother Goose Time is a preschool based curriculum that provides a different topic each month.

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This month was “Desert Discoveries.”  We’ll transition to next months “Bees & Butterflies” unit using old MGT st Patricks/spring activities…

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As we continue learn about holidays and weather around the world – we discover we’re pretty lucky to have all 4 seasons in our area.

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We also discover we’re pretty lucky to have access to great curriculums like MGT – where we can learn about places far away!

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If you’d like more information on Mother Goose Time CLICK HERE.  If you’d like information on other curriculums and products we use please email Christi@MiFamilies.com

If you’d like to learn more about our other programs feel free to email me or visit www.MiFamilies.com.  Mi Families (“my families”) facilitates programs for families and those who work with families.  Programs include provider trainings, parent workshops, family events, youth services (such as homeschool classes and tutoring…)… You can network with our team/members on LinkedIn, Facebook, Pinterest, and YouTube.  I’m so thankful for the support our programs have had and feel pretty lucky to be a part of Mi Families!

 

 

 

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Desert Days

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Although my yard is still covered in snow – the calendar says that spring is on the way – which means it’s time to start planning our spring and even summer programs!

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Mi Families (“my families”) facilitates programs for families and those who work with families.  From provider trainings, to parent workshops, and youth services – we facilitate activities for all ages.

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Our littlest learners love our theme based learning programs.  This months theme is Desert Discoveries from Mother Goose Time – which is helping us think of warm places, while Michigan is still cold!

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We incorporate all subject matters through themes such as “the Desert.”  Using supplies from the pre-packaged Mother Goose Time curriculum we’re able to work on our reading, math, science, etc…

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Mi Families has access to top rated curriculums and materials for our large group classes, small group experiences, and one-on-one tutoring and developmental services.

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For more information on curriculums such as Mother Goose Time CLICK HERE.  For more information on Mi Families programs CLICK HERE.  Also feel free to email any questions to Christi@MiFamilies.com

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…We’re also on LinkedIN, Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube…

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Changes

We’re still in the first quarter of 2019, but it’s already been the year of changes for my family – and Mi Families.

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Mi Families (“my families”) continues to add new programs to our list for families and those who work with families.

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Mi Families continues to add programs for providers, parents, and youth.

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All programs are uniquely designed and use top rated curriculums.

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Our littlest learners love using our theme based kits through Mother Goose Time.

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This month our theme has been health and fitness.

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As we start a new month we transition to Desert Discoveries.

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Transitions are changes made slowly, so this week we reviewed “healthy me” lessons.

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We talked about ways to stay healthy by eating our fruits and veggies, washing our hands, and getting exercise.

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Sometimes it’s hard to get exercise in Northern Michigan winters – where people spend too much time indoors.

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In all our classes we make sure to work out both our large and small motor skills.

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In tot to tween classes we move our bodies and minds pretending to be animals and explorers.

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Just as we work out our bodies, we work out our brains to make them stronger and smarter.

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Thinking up ways to stay active – we played a lot of pretend while exploring the world around us.

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We explored the world of art and talked about what we know – and what we want to know.

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This week students wanted to learn more about animals that live in different places.

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For exercise we did a lot of animal and transportation charade games.

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We had animal Olympic events – indoors and outside.

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We even pretended we were not living in a snow-covered-land and had a day at the water-park.

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It’s still winter in our area so it’s fun to pretend and learn more about warm places.

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We designed transportation systems to visit warm places around the world.

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We talked about how animals use their super senses for migration, adaptation, and hibernation in the winter.

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We talked about animals and people that live in places that are warm and never have any snow…

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We time traveled back to deserts during ancient times…

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We pretended to ride camels to the great pyramids and explored hieroglyphics.

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We explored large and small creatures that would have lived long ago and those that still live in the desert today.

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While exploring desert animals we created our own –

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We made up stories of desert animals living in the north pole – and penguins living in the desert.

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We learned about desert animals that sleep during the hot sunny days and play at night.

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We made post cards pretending to visit the desert and adventures we’d have with the nocturnal animals.

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Tots to tweens love learning about other places.

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We’ll continue learning about other places as we transition out of our winter activities and into our spring themes.

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From tutor time to homeschool classes Mi Families is lesson planning for some fun spring activities.

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To join in the activities email Christi@MiFamilies.com

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To learn more about Mi Families visit www.MiFamilies.com or network with our team and members on LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest…

20190225_172107To network and learn more about the Mother Goose Time curriculum (pictured) visit www.MotherGooseTime.com

 

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2 weeks of Valentines

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2019 has so far been the year of sick days and snow days.

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Luckily most of Mi Families (and my-own-family’s) schedules are flexible.

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If it takes us a couple weeks to get through Valentine activities – it’s ok!

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It’s never to early or too late to celebrate those you love!

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Tots to teens in our programs enjoyed doing lovely activities throughout last week and this week.

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Some of the materials we utilized were a part of our Mother Goose Time curriculum.

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Mother Goose Time prepackages theme based kits for preschoolers.

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This month the theme is “Health and Fitness.”

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We’ve been learning about healthy foods and activities…

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and the importance of having healthy / happy hearts!

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We’ve been learning ways to keep our bodies and brains healthy and strong.

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We build up our brains by incorporating all subjects throughout our themes.

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From learning basic skills such as shapes and colors…

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To learning more about the arts and language arts…

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We integrate reading, writing, math, science, social studies, etc throughout our themes!

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Many of the pictures in this article showcase materials supplied by MGT.

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Visit www.MotherGooseTime for more information about their materials.

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Visit www.MiFamilies.com for more information about Mi Families programs.

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

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such as provider trainings, parent workshops, family events and youth services.

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Our youth services include infant through preschool playgroups, tutoring sessions, and k-12 homeschool classes.

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One of the places my husband and I provide homeschool classes is through the TCAPS homeschool partnership in Northern Michigan.  For more information on the Partnership or Mi Families programs please email Christi@MiFamilies.com

 

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Happy Healthy Hearts

Snowdays and sickdays continue to make scheduling things like this blog tricky.  Last weekend I was planning to write up an article while on vacation with my family – but snowstorms complicated our vacation schedule.  Also, a sick kiddo made our vacation less enjoyable – but he says he was still happy we went up for his grandmothers birthday.

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Last fall his grandmother had a stroke.  This birthday was quite an emotional one as we  were reminded of the fragility of life and counted our blessings for family memories.  I pray my children live long lives and make many wonderful memories.  We talked about making memories with family and friends, caring for our family and friends, and caring for ourselves.

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We can care for ourselves by loving who we are and taking care of our bodies.  We can take care of our bodies by learning how to have happy and healthy hearts.  As Valentines day approaches my own kids and the kids I work with are all about heart-shapes right now, so it’s a great time to learn about the hearts that keep us alive.

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It’s a great time to learn about how our hearts, brains, lungs, and bodies work and how to help them work a long time.  We talked about the importance of eating healthy and doing healthy activities.  Healthy activities mean getting outside and playing – even in the winter! Too often kids I work with tell me no one will take them outside to play.

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Happy health heart lesson #1 – take your kids outside! It’s important for all ages to have fresh air and run around.  It’s important for your body and brain.  It’ll help you feel physically and mentally better.  I’m writing this as a winter storm is blowing in my yard and wish I could bundle up and sled and enjoy the weather some never experience.

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This storm is not good weather to play in, especially while my son needs to rest up, but rest assured we’ll be outside again soon.  Until then we are going to plan adventures and pack for tomorrow’s adventure at our homeschool partnership.  My husband and I teach and our kids attend with over 200 other students each Wednesday.

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Email Christi@MiFamilies.com for information about  THE partnership, or homeschooling, or information about Mi Families tutoring sessions, family events, parent workshops, or provider trainings! Visit www.MiFamilies.com to learn more about our programs and visit www.MotherGooseTime to learn more about a fun theme based curriculum for little learners!

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This month MGT has packaged a Health and Fitness curriculum that I’m using in a Playschool and ART SMART class, as well as with individual tots to tweens I tutor.  As we transitioned from winter wonderland activities – we enjoyed learning about animals that live in winter wonderlands and animals that live on sunny safaris.

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As we learn more about health and fitness we’ll play lots of active games moving like animals and other things “that go.”  We’ll focus on moving indoors and outside.  We’ll focus on healthy lifestyles – including eating health foods.  We’ll talk about how healthy and safe lifestyles help prevent accidents and help keep us from getting sick.

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Sometimes we can’t avoid getting sick or dealing with emergencies.  Life is fragile, but learning  how to have happy-healthy-hearts is a great lesson for all ages.  Many started this new year writing out resolutions to get healthy … For Valentines day give yourself and your family the gift of knowledge as you commit to learning more about health and fitness, and sticking to your goals.

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Winter resources

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Some differences are easy to spot – like black or white.

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Black or white, zebra or giraffe … Some things are are easy to teach.

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Some things in life aren’t easy, making the lessons hard.

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Some hard lessons are very important, like learning how to ask for help when things get hard.

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Sometimes we need to ask for help and find resources to learn new things or handle new situations.

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Sometimes we need to find new resources and new things to do when we’re stressed or bored.

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Many people were stressed and bored this week, because it was too cold to even go to school.

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Schools, businesses, government buildings, … even the mail was stopped because of the winter weather!

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Up in Northern Michigan we’re use to weather changing plans, so we’ve made lists of new ideas and resources.

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Sometimes I need to send my students ideas and resources to keep them busy until we can meet up.

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I facilitate large group programs, small group classes, and one-on-on tutoring sessions.

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I also facilitate family events, parent workshops and provider resources.

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This week many asked for resources to continue learning at home – until the weather warnings stopped.

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This week many asked for information about programs starting next week…

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You can learn more about our programs at www.MiFamilies.com.

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You can learn more about programs and network with our members/team on LinkedIN, Facebook, etc…

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You can ask questions about our programs and curriculums by emailing Christi@MiFamilies.com.

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One of the curriculums we utilize with our littlest learners is Mother Goose Time.

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Mother Goose Time delivers a package to your home or office each month filled with resources to keep busy!

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As we finish up our Sunny Safari curriculum it’s time to prepare for our Health and Fitness activities.

Since we don’t live anywhere near a sunny safari it gets tough during the winter to keeps families active.

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As February starts it’s my goal to share health and fitness resources with families.

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Even if it’s cold outside we can move and grove indoors

or bundle up and play outdoors.

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Learning to keep active and eat healthy foods will help keep Mi Families – families – healthy!

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We can’t wait to get back to our regular schedule, but if your family caught germs over break (as I heard some have) PLEASE stay home until you’re ready to join in the activities! I’m happy to send resources and ideas to keep you busy until we can meet again! One resource is to look up www.MotherGooseTime.com and check out their Healthy kids kit for this month! We’ll be doing healthy and happy heart activities all month long! Feel free to check out next weeks article to see what we’re up to , or contact us to join in the fun!

 

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Sunny Safari

Mi Families (“my families”) facilitates programs for families and those who work with families – through provider trainings, parent workshops, family events, and youth services.

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Our youth services include large / small group classes, and individual tutoring sessions.  Our youth services start the winter semester next week.

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This week has sure been wintery! With temps at neg17 the other day and 9 more inches of snow falling today…

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With our littlest learners we talked a lot about animals that like living in the cold this week.  We also talked about animals that like living where it’s hot.

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We talked about places that experience different seasons and weather patterns, and places where it stays dark sometimes for long periods or the sun hardly sets.

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The kids had fun packing imaginary suitcases to travel to different destinations.  Our favorite destination was the “sunny safari.”

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During the winter semester we’ll continue learning about places around the world – as we make believe, make a mess, make friends, and make memories.

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This winter we’ll make memories with new friends in our new programs. Mi Families director, Christi, and her husband, Jeff, will be teaching new classes through a homeschool partnership.

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There are also new classes being arranged for playgroups, tutoring groups, and adult ed.  Some classes are full, but some still have room! Visit www.MiFamilies.com for more info.

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If you’d like more info about about some of the cool materials pictured for our Safari curriculum visit www.MotherGooseTime.com.

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Mother Goose Time is one of the curriculums we use for our students.  We have access to top rated curriculums for classes and tutoring sessions!

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Feel free to email Christi@MiFamilies.com or network with our team/members on LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube, etc to be a part our education through recreation adventures!

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World Weather

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This week was spent playing catch-up after holidays, sickdays, and snowdays put us behind on to-do’s… and kept us from finishing our winter-wonderland theme.

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“Transitional-theme-based-learning” is student led, so you don’t change units until the children are ready to move on!

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Sometimes they are ready to move on faster than you plan, sometimes they want to spend more time and dive deeper into lessons.

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One of the curriculums we utilize with our littlest learners is Mother Goose Time.  MGT provides a different theme each month, BUT lessons are flexible on how/when they’re used.

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Last months theme was winter, and now we’re in the process of transitioning to this months Safari theme, using “Worldly Weather” as our transition.

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As we finished learning about Michigan looking like a mitten – for a reason – we talked about weather and seasons around the world.

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We used our imaginations to leave the snow and have fun in the sun! We discussed what we would need to pack for such adventures and traded in snowpants for shorts.

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We discussed places we could visit and what lessons we’ll learn about next week as we travel across “imagination station” to go on a Safari.

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From tots to teens, many of our youth services use transition learning where we’re entering unit studies that will warm us up!

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Our youth services, family events, parent workshops, and provider trainings are transiting into our 2019 schedule.

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For more information about our programs feel free to email Christi@MiFamilies.com or look through our website www.MiFamilies.com.

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You can also network with our members/team on LinkedIn, Pinterest, YouTube, Facebook etc … Mother Goose Time also has a facebook page and site to learn more about them / their product – CLICK HERE. 

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