Guided Discussion — Teaching while Playing

Incorporate theme learning into play time using “guided discussion” rather than worksheets or difficult projects. Present toys that reinforce theme units. Examples: Transportation–Have toys that represent various forms of transportation. As the child pulls a toy out of the storage box or bucket, name the item and give a sentence description, such as, “That’s a helicopter. Helicopters fly in the air.” Later, sort the transportation toys by how they move, what they move, how fast they go, etc. Creation–Provide toys of plants, animals, and people. Play together to put them in the sequence of the days of creation.

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