an early education learning space ~ where play equals learning

September 23, 2013
by countryfun

Learning through Play

As everyone here knows I believe that children learn best by being involved in what naturally occurs throughout their day as part of daily life and through their imaginative play.  It is also important for them to be involved with directed play also. A great way to incorporate that is through games, especially floor games.

As part of my effort to get my preschoolers ready for K next year we have set aside 2 mornings each week for more focused or structured learning time. This week I introduced them to a few of the styles of games they will be seeing through the year as we enrich our natural learning. These games are simple to make at home and year in and year out the kids love to play them.

A domino style:DSC03542

A lotto or bingo style:DSC03544


For complete directions go to: countryfun….homemade games to see how to make these and other types.


September 13, 2013
by countryfun

The Tractor!

We were busy again this week as we continued to settle into our preschool lesson time schedule. The children were all involved and attempted the activities that were presented. The hit lesson was building our shape tractors.

This activity was not about cutting skills, so I precut all the shapes in either red or green, as those are the colors of the tractors that visit the fields around us. It was about shape review and gluing skills.

We built our tractors step by step after making a background with grass and sky.

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Check out our Preschool program blog for complete details on this week’s activities.

September 10, 2013
by countryfun
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Old MacDonald Had a Farm

Who could do a farm unit without including this old favorite – Old MacDonald Had a Farm?

Not me, especially when there are so many materials available for extension activities.[material links and lesson details] I went with stick puppet printables from Making Learning Fun and a fun YouTube video from Kids Fun Online.


September 5, 2013
by countryfun

Country Fun School Starts

The yellow school bus has started it’s pick-up which means mixing in more formal lessons/activities for those preschoolers spending the day at “Country Fun School”. Most of our learning occurs naturally throughout our daily activities, but I do try to have more school-like activities to help prepare the pre-schoolers for regular classroom work. For now these lessons will happen twice a week for an hour before rest-time. We’ll start off slowly to settle into expectations and this new routine.

Wednesday I introduced our first learning theme – “The Farm”

We played a simple game that involved farm animals, their sounds, and following directions.DSC03440

Read and sang “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” and Barnyard Banter.


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