This is my 6th year teaching preschool and I have really enjoyed this month’s theme: Down on the Farm. It makes me wish I lived closer to a farm. How cool would it be to go explore a real farm with my preschool kids and give them a first handlook of farm life? But, we live in a big city and would have to drive quite a ways to get to a farm. It doesn’t make sense for me to do that with my preschool kids, but I encourage my students and their families to visit a farm this month to help make the learning more meaningful.
Even though we can’t visit a farm, I feel like we are getting meaningful experiences with Experience Preschool’s preschool curriculum (formally Mother Goose Time) that the students are going to remember. Each lesson has a theme that is related to the farm. It might be about an animal, or food that grows, or a tool the farmer uses to get his work done. Each lesson also has a community challenge, a STEAM station idea, a suggested story, and an art, literacy, and math activity all relating back to the theme. The students and I are constantly talking about farm life and learning about things that happen on the farm through every activity we do. Plus, we are learning valuable preschool skills through these playful activities.
This week, we learned about things in the barn with Experience Preschool (formally Mother Goose Time). One of the days was all about tractors. For our community challenge we pretended to be farmers and drive our tractor around the room. I gave one student our blue color wand for the month and we took turns driving our tractors around to different things that were blue.
Our STEAM station that day was exploring things with wheels. I set out cardboard strips and the students made ramps. They were excited to set up their ramps and watch the cars speed down them.
We talked about what tractors do on a farm. They can pull animal trailers. For math, we played a game called, “Tractor Math”. How many pigs can your trailer hold? The students rolled the cube, identified the number, and put that many pigs in the trailer.
For art, we placed stickers on a circular cardboard tube. The students rolled the wheel in paint, then rolled it on their paper. It looked like tractor tire marks on their paper. This was the student’s favorite activity for the day.
Our literacy activity didn’t have much to do with tractors, but the students were still very engaged. We played “I Spy” and searched for the letter “I” and things that start with “i”.
With just one day of learning, we identified the color blue, used our fine motor skills, identified numbers 1-6, used 1-1 correspondence, practiced social skills, searched for a letter, and practiced waiting our turn. And I’m sure there are other skills that I missed. It’s nice to have a preschool curriculum that takes all the preschool standards (there are a lot) and organizes it in a way that is fun and makes sense. By the end of the year, the students will hit all of the standards multiple times. The best part is that I don’t have to stress about whether I am hitting all of the standards because I am confident in the preschool curriculum I am using. They have done the hard work for me giving me less time to worry about whether the students are learning everything and more time to plan more ways to learn though play.
We look forward to learning about food that grows on the farm next week. I am so excited because we are going to plant our own seeds in my little garden and hopefully the students will be able to watch the plants grow throughout the rest of the year.
** I receive curriculum from Experience Preschool (formally known as Mother Goose Time) for honest and authentic stories resulting from my daily experiences using the curriculum. This is my 4th year using Mother Goose Time, and I am pleased to promote quality educational learning experiences through play with Experience Preschool with Mother Goose Time!