COUNTRY FUN

~ early education care ~ where our play supports our learning

October 11, 2018
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Changes Ahead

It’s time for another change at Country Fun. This one has to do with how I will be communicating with families going forward. With changes in the program here and to available technology, I will be discontinuing this blog. I expect this site to be completely closed down by Dec. ’18.

I will maintain the Country Fun Facebook page and my Pinterest boards.

I will continue my usage of Seesaw for documenting children’s work and developmental growth while in care. I will also begin to provide more of a newsletter style note on our activities through Seesaw.

For families in care and anyone looking for information about the program of care offered at Country Fun, all operational materials (ie: contracts, philosophies, work schedule and emergency preparedness material) will be located at: https://countryfunchildcare.wordpress.com/. This site is up and accessible 24/7.

September 12, 2018
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Letter “Cc”

Our next letter is “Cc”. I thought it would be all about caterpillar, especially having just watched our Monarch butterfly hatch, but no…… “Cc” is for Cookies.

These books will be read at our shared reading time and available for children to view as they wish:

  • The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson
  • The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? by Mo Willems
  • No Cookies? by Sarah Albee
  • How Do Dinosaurs Eat Cookies? by Jane Yolen
  • Baker, Baker, Cookie Maker by Linda Hayward
  • The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins
  • The Cookie-Store Cat by Cynthia Rylant
  • Who Took the Cookies from the Cookie Jar? by Bonnie Lass & Philemon Sturges
  • Cookie’s Week by Cindy Ward
  • Mr. Cookie Baker by Monica Wellington
  • Who Put the Cookies in the Cookie Jar? by George Shannon
  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff

I’ll be pulling activities from my Pinterest Board: Our Personal ABC Book. There will be separate sections for each letter. Here’s “Cc” for Cookies.

New activities will be added to a couple of the favorites from last week in our activity drawers and available as choice.

Besides a good number of math games, we’ll be in the kitchen for more science, math and language as we bake some cookies. We’ll also get a cookie done for our Personal ABC Books. Not sure yet if it will be tissue paper collage or puffy paint……………..

(*See end of post for update on finished book page.)

August 31, 2018
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Letter “Zz”

Our next letter is “Zz”. Children usually go to “zebra” when you ask them what starts with “Zz”. Zebras are a natural draw with their clear black and white coloring and being similar to familiar horses. To broaden the learning we are going to go the zoo and fun facts for many of the different animals we would find there.

These books will be read at our shared reading time and available for children to view as they wish:

  • Life-Size Zoo by Teruyuki Komiya
  • Why Do Camels Have Long Eyelashes? by Jennifer Shand
  • 1,2,3 To the Zoo by Eric Carle
  • Zoo Day: A My First Experience Book by Anne Rockwell
  • The View at the Zoo by Kathleen Long Bostrom
  • Never, EVER Shout in a Zoo by Karma Wilson
  • The Zebra Who Was Sad by Rachel Elliot

I’ll be pulling activities from my Pinterest Board: Our Personal ABC Book. There will be separate sections for each letter. Here’s “Zz” for Zebra (and zoo).

New activities will be added to a couple of the favorites from last week in our activity drawers and available as choice.

The book page will be separate, but can be made over the week period. The basis for our “Zz for Zebra” book page comes from an idea found on Play Create Explore. We will give shaving cream a try as our art medium, but will build our zebra to show the letter form. (*See end of post for update on finished book page.)

*Update:

The free memory game from kidszactivities was a hit and each child got a copy to take home.

We adapted Playdough to Plato’s free race to the top zoo animal game. I cut up the dice pattern and placed the pictures into our favorite dice pockets. Now we could use individually with the laminated game mat or using different colored markers we could play together. So many adaptive ways to use depending on the children present.

Exploring shaving cream and paint was a good sensory experience with finished papers we cut up to build our zebras for our ABC book “Zz” page:

August 27, 2018
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Letter “Bb”

We’re going to start our year long ABC book with the letter “B”. Now “B” starts many interesting words and we’ll touch on many of them, but our focus is going to be “bear”. (*See end of post for update on finished book page.)

These books will be read at our shared reading time and available for children to view as they wish:

  • Nothing Can Frightened a Bear by Elizabeth Dale – Baby Bear hears a loud roar and thinking it’s a monster wakes his family. They set out to show him there is nothing scary outside the den, and bears are not afraid of anything……..
  • We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen (we also have this as a 25 min short DVD)
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr.
  • Teddy Bears 1 to 10 by Susanna Gretz
  • You and Me Little Bear by Martin Waddell
  • Moon Bear books by Frank Asch (too many to count)
  • Tumble Bumble by Felicia Bond
  • The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood
  • Numbears: A Counting Book by Kathleen Hague
  • Somebody and the Three Blairs by Marilyn Tolhurst
  • Red Bear’s Fun with Shapes by Bodel Rikys
  • Bear and Ball by Cliff Wright
  • A Mother for Choco by Keiko Kasza
  • A Kiss for Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik
  • The Honeybee and the Robber by Eric Carle

I’ll be pulling activities from my Pinterest Board: Our Personal ABC Book. There will be separate sections for each letter. Here’s “Bb” for Bear.

The activities will be in our activity drawers and available as choice.

The book page will be separate, but can be made over the week period. Our “Bb for Bear” book page comes from an idea found on preschoolcraftsus.

We’ll be using a large upper case B template and add circles to build our bears. There will be discussion on size, body parts, lots of counting and the color black (for Maine’s black bear).

I will be keeping the pages as we build our book, but we will be sure to share with you as they are each finished.


*update:

I thought Going on a Bear Hunt would be of more interest for activities, especially with all the time we spend outside, but it was all about Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?  This book is so familiar to us that the children often read it on their own. Their retelling skills got a good workout this week. Glad so many early childhood educators share their resources for activities to go with this book. You’ll find many of them pinned on the “Bb” for Bear board noted earlier in the post.

August 7, 2018
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Moving into Fall 2018

It’s always interesting to balance activities for infants/toddlers and preschoolers to be sure their individual developmental needs are being met, while being sure we’ve supported that all important jump to elementary school readiness. Activities here will remain children driven and natural play focused, but I will be adding in more teacher directed activities the preschoolers will have the option to engage in.

There will not be finished projects going home each night.

There will not be one expected learning outcome for everyone.

There will be the possibility of a complete ABC book made by each preschoolers by the end of the school year.

Seesaw will remain in use as the digital portfolio for each child. I am also hoping to expand it’s use for the preschoolers, so that they have more direct engagement of the app to capture their learning. Weekly Announcements on the letter for the week, books we will be reading, and any resource links to be shared will be sent for the preschoolers.

Facebook will still be used to share snapshots of activities, lunches, informational articles, and local events of family interest.

The blog will have more consistent weekly postings this year. My plan is to post more detailed information about the special focused books we’ll be sharing and any read-along videos links. Links for activities, as well as a look at outcomes will be posted. (Much of this information will also be sent through Seesaw Announcements.)

So let’s start with what to expect our first week – August 20th…….

This week will be all about getting back together, readjusting to the routine here, and welcoming 2 new friends.

Preschool activities will start the week of Aug. 27th, so be looking for a post on that the week of Aug. 20th. 

June 28, 2018
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What’s Ahead and A Look Back…….

Changes Ahead:

Country Fun Child Care program of care will change as of June 30, 2018. For the first time in 30 years summer care will not be offered. Country Fun will begin following the local public school’s schedule. Care will only be offered on days that public school employees are required to be at work. This means Country Fun will be closed for all school vacation weeks, major celebrated holidays and snow days. When open care will still be offered from 7:30am to 5:30pm. Our program will still be very child directed and play based for the mixed ages here in care.

Now for a look back (9/17 to 6/18):

Through the seasons whether it was: exploring the natural environment; cooking together; making and shaping playdough; exploring art mediums; using technology…….. we did it together and enjoyed ourselves.

Spending our days together it’s easy to forget all the growth that has occurred for each child. Whether it was physical, emotional or academic knowledge – looking back over images capturing little moments (like those here) reinforces that growth did occur.

 

May 10, 2018
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Some Light Box Play

Just what is “Light Box” play?

A light box is an illuminated box that offers a way to explore light.

What is it’s value for young learners?

It offers a unique way for children to explore how different materials react to being placed on a light source.

How do the objects change when placed on the light box? Are their many shades of color? Why? Can you change the color of an object by placing another object on top? Does light go through all objects? Why?

Light Box play is offers a stronger experience in a darker environment. That is a problem in our space with all the windows. Solution: take advantage of the interest in forts and build a slightly darker environment with our parachute. This fort would allow for the freedom to go in and out as become comfortable with a darker space.

 

  

If you want to listen into some of the play that occurred in the parachute fort around the light box enjoy this 3 minute video.

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